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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Lost Souls by Lisa Jackson opens with gripping details of a ritual sacrifice. You can almost smell the fear of Rylee as she lies paralyzed but able to see, hear, and feel her terrifying ordeal. Four girls were missing from All Saints College, Baton Rouge, LA. The four girls had several things in common, including their emotional neediness and signing up for the same English class--The Influence of Vampyrism in Modern Culture and Literature. There is a strong cult influence at the campus. The allure of Vampirism was addictive to more and more students.
Kristie Bentz returns to college, majoring in English. Her goal is to write true crime novels. She was almost obsessed with crime. Twice she had almost died at the hands of a serial killer. Her father Rick Bentz, a New Orleans Detective, begged her not to leave home. He knew about the missing girls and feared for her life. She and former boyfriend-turned-professor became embroiled in the investigation. What they discovered put their lives in danger.
Lisa Jackson is well known for her psychopath killers. Lost Souls will not disappoint fans and will bring in new readers. This book is set in post-Katrina Louisiana; Jackson captures the essence of the wounded area. The plot is forceful and includes unexpected twists and turns. Jackson captures the reader’s attention from the first chapter and does not let go until the end of the book. I have to admit that I do not normally read or like vampire books. Fortunately, Jackson uses a very human protagonist and stays away from the supernatural. The “lost souls” draws the reader’s sympathy. The lead characters are well-developed and have distinct voices. The protagonist is pure evil,making him perfect for this genre of book. Fans of Lisa Jackson will enjoy her latest; once again, she delivers chills and thrills.