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Lost Souls Hardcover – March 25, 2008

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Kristi Bentz, having recovered from her last encounter with a sadistic monster in bestseller Jackson's Absolute Evil, faces an equally terrifying ordeal in this frantic paranormal thriller. Four female students associated with a vampire cult have gone missing at Baton Rouge's All Saints College, where Kristi is pursuing a journalism degree and plans to write about true crime. Kristi by chance rents an apartment once tenanted by one of the missing girls and begins investigating the case, thinking it might make a great first book. Kristi's old college sweetheart, Jay McKnight, provides an unexpected surprise (and protection) when he shows up as the fill-in for one of Kristi's professors. Not too surprisingly, Vlad, the mysterious serial killer, sets his sights on Kristi. Adding hot sauce to the blood bath is Kristi's new supernatural ability to detect anyone marked for a life-or-death struggle when she sees a person go from living color to deadly gray or black-and-white. Jackson peppers the action with insights into the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies trying to solve crimes in post-Katrina Louisiana. (Apr.)
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After recovering from her own experience with a killer, Kristi Bentz is determined to pursue her dream of becoming a true-crime writer. To that end, she enrolls at All Saints College in Baton Rouge, away from her overprotective detective father. Kristi yearns for a big case to write about, and All Saints provides one when four coeds go missing. No one seems to believe anything sinister has happened to them, but Kristi finds clues she can’t ignore: all were English majors and had taken the same classes as Kristi. Unbelievable rumors of a vampire cult on campus add to her belief that something nefarious is afoot. Kristi is intrepid and stubborn in her need to solve this mystery without involving the police, especially her father. Fortunately, an old boyfriend she unceremoniously dumped is one of her teachers, and she reluctantly allows him to help her. From beginning to end, Jackson creates a world of little romance and relentless suspense, where every nuance, from the weather to a too-long stare, builds the tension to an unbearable and satisfying pitch. --Maria Hatton

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 403 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075821183X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739494530
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

#1 NYT and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Jackson started writing after her sister read an article in TIME Magazine in 1981 about how young mothers were making money writing romance novels. Both Lisa and her sister, Nancy Bush, began their writing careers right then, and lo, these many years later Lisa has published seventy-five plus novels and has no plans to slow down anytime soon.

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Format: Hardcover
Kristi Bentz wants to be a true-crime writer. She's got a great background for it, having already tangled with two serial killers in her young life. Against her over-protective father's wishes, she re-enrolls in All Saints College in Baton Rouge.

All Saints has livened up its English Department with attractive professors and trendy courses, but all is not well. Four girls have disappeared in the past two years, all enrolled in the same English courses including The Influence of Vampyrism in Modern Culture and Literature. Kristi sees the coed disappearances as subject matter for her first book, and her research draws her into a ring of evil. She infiltrates a group of students who play in vampire chat rooms, wear tiny vials of blood on gold chains, and hold secret meetings after hours in the cellar of a museum. She's determined to solve the mystery of the disappearances, against the wishes of her father Rick, a New Orleans detective, and her boyfriend Jay McKnight, back in her life after a breakup years before.

While LOST SOULS is based on a vampire theme, its evil is strictly of this world rather than supernatural. The main characters are well drawn and engaging; the dialog and action flow easily. One of the strong elements is the moody atmosphere of post-Katrina Louisiana, effectively woven into the story.

I took one star off for a bit more foreshadowing than I like; otherwise this is a thoroughly entertaining read. If you like complex, well written romantic suspense novels with a double dose of suspense, don't miss LOST SOULS. Author Lisa Jackson kept me reading -- and guessing -- right to the end. Thanks also to bookreporter dot com, in whose contest I won an ARC of this excellent book.

"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary: men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." Joseph Conrad.

Linda Bulger, 2008
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a year and a half since Kristie Bentz's coma. She's ready to go back to All Saints College and has registered for winter classes. Her desire to become a crime writer prompts her interest in the four missing coeds, one of which lived in her very apartment before she went missing.

Teaching one of her classes is Jay McKnight, a high school sweetheart she dumped in a previous book. He also has been working in the New Orleans crime lab. They team up to uncover clues that tie the missing women to a dark vampire cult on campus. What they don't realize is the killer knows of Kristie's every move and has from the day she arrived on campus.

LOST SOULS is part of the New Orleans series. I highly recommend these books to be read in order. This one is a sequel to one of the previous books. Out of the books I've read, this is my second favorite. HOT BLOODED is the first. Here are the titles:

* Hot Blooded (2001)
* Cold Blooded (2002)
* Shiver (2006)
* Absolute Fear (2007)
* Almost Dead (2007)
* Lost Souls (2008)
* Malice (2009)

HOT BLOODED still remains my favorite of the entire series.
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Format: Hardcover
Last night, at page 198, I finally gave up on this book. No way could I finish it; it is just way too boring and slow to capture my interest at all.

For a book touted on the flyleaf as "her most harrowing novel yet", I kept wondering when Jackson was going to throw in some "harrow". This thing moves at an absolute snail's pace; the characters are simply bo-o-o-o-ring people; the characterizations are two-dimensional at best, paper thin; and to this point in the book, almost NOTHING has happened.

Endless drivel about character Kristi's class schedule, work schedule, and her angst that one of her profs is an old boyfriend. More endless pages about the prof's angst that Kristi's his student. Ya-a-a-a-awn......

Meanwhile police departments everywhere are unbelievably uninterested about a possible serial killer in the area; and I mean "unbelievably".

The Bad Guy -- what little I've seen of him to this point in the book -- isn't really all that interesting, either; pretty run-of-the-mill bad guy.

It seems there's some tie-in to Goth practices or vampire obsession, but frankly.......... who cares? This book just doesn't interest me enough to try to wade through all this boring nonsense to find out about it.

One star at best.
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Ridiculous and unbelievable. Kristi is really dumb. I actually liked the fact that you don't find out her age until later on, because interacting with her parents I thought she was 18. (She's 27). She supposedly almost got killed by two serial killers in her past and now she's looking for another one? Hasn't she learned anything? Furthmore there is nothing even likable about her personality. She callously dumps her boyfriend for someone else, and he's still somehow in love with her. She tampers with evidence rendering a case against a serial killer completely null. As a cops daughter you'd think she would know better, but this girl is an idiot.
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Kristi Bentz has survived being nearly killed twice, by a serial killer. Now she is trying to get on with her life and hopefully attain her goal of becoming a true-crime writer. And even though her dad only wants her safe, in New Orleans with him and her stepmother, Kristi has to move forward. Her first step is to further her education by becoming a student at All Saints College and enrolling in All Saints' English classes. Kristi does not need to tell her Dad that the four students who have gone missing from the college in the last two years, took the same courses and her course load is doing double duty as research for her first novel.

Of course life is never easy. Besides the serial killer and her cop father, there is also the ex-boyfriend she left behind many years ago and the dark cult. All of which add to a life that is more interesting than it should be on occasion.

I loved Lost Souls. Lost Souls is a fast-paced, intriguing novel that looks at some of the dark aspects of life. I have enjoyed Lisa Jackson's books in the past, but this one to me, was just perfect. I could not put it down. I found her descriptions to be exactly what was needed and as always Ms. Jackson gives the reader all the information they need - while managing to surprise with twists and turns. All the characters are well drawn to the point you feel the urge to hug the `lost souls' and smack the main characters for being idiots. And as for the relationship between Kristi and her father Rick, I just enjoyed how developed it was, and how well they knew each other. Also Ms. Jackson writes excellent, twisted personalities for the leaders of the cult and those they have affected. For all this and more, I am Joyfully Recommending Lost Souls.

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