Quick Review: The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz

The Vanishing Book CoverThe Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz came out in January 2020 and I finally got to it yesterday. I finished reading it this morning.

Fogg Lake, Book 1
Paranormal Mystery / Suspense and Romance

Here’s the book description.

Decades ago in the small town of Fogg Lake, The Incident occurred: an explosion in the cave system that released unknown gases. The residents slept for two days. When they woke up they discovered that things had changed—they had changed. Some started having visions. Others heard ominous voices. And then, scientists from a mysterious government agency arrived. Determined not to become research subjects of strange experiments, the residents of Fogg Lake blamed their “hallucinations” on food poisoning, and the story worked. But now it has become apparent that the eerie effects of The Incident are showing up in the descendants of Fogg Lake.…

Catalina Lark and Olivia LeClair, best friends and co-owners of an investigation firm in Seattle, use what they call their “other sight” to help solve cases. When Olivia suddenly vanishes one night, Cat frantically begins the search for her friend. No one takes the disappearance seriously except Slater Arganbright, an agent from a shadowy organization known only as the Foundation, who shows up at her firm with a cryptic warning.

A ruthless killer is hunting the only witnesses to a murder that occurred in the Fogg Lake caves fifteen years ago—Catalina and Olivia. And someone intends to make both women vanish.

First, I have to note that a big chunk of that description talks about stuff that actually isn’t in the book. So that was weird for me. I don’t think I’ve ever read a Krentz book with a description so far off the mark.

The book I expected wasn’t the book I got, in other words.

This one is a hard one for me to review in other ways, too.

The mystery was entertaining and pulled me through the pages quickly. But as I read, I kept feeling like I was missing something and it wasn’t until I got to the end and went searching that I knew what that was. The Vanishing introduces a new group, the Foundation, that deals with paranormal research, and brings back Vortex which is a shady organization that showed up in Jayne Ann Krentz’s Jayne Castle books set on Harmony.

The problem was that I kept wondering why no one in this book seemed to know about the Arcane Society, because so much of the stuff in the book was familiar in a way that only makes sense if this is happening in the same universe. If Arcane and Vortex coexist on Harmony, then Arcane must exist in the present in which The Vanishing takes place. And if this Foundation is as important as it seems, how can no one know about the Arcane Society?

The fact that it was never even hinted at just really threw me. I couldn’t seem to get past that while I read this story.

So in the end, the story was diminished by this missing link.

Another issue I had with this one is that there was almost no focus on the romance at all. I might as well have been reading a mystery novel.

Honestly, I know Krentz has been one of my favorite authors for a long time, but I’m just not feeling satisfied by her books as romance novels any longer. And although I like mystery novels, I don’t like them as much as I like romance, and when I’m in the mood for a romance novel, I want romance.

Unfortunately, I think this means that it might be time for me to start passing on Krentz’s books when I want a romance.

All that said, this was still a good book. If you don’t mind light romance and lots of mystery and some suspense, you should give it a shot. :-)

Just a Few More Days Until Copper Beach Hits Stores

Copper Beach is in stores on January 10, 2012. I’ve had my preorder in on Copper Beach for a couple of months now, since my birthday when I used a gift card to stock up on upcoming favorites.

Copper Beach - Jayne Ann Krentz

Since I’m a total fan of Jayne Ann Krentz (I think even her bad stuff is better than most other authors’ good stuff, LOL), I’ve been waiting for this since In Too Deep, which is now finally available in paperback. Now’s the time to start keeping an eye our for a bargain priced hardback for that one too.

After this book, JAK will be releasing Crystal Gardens (Ladies of Lantern Street) as Amanda Quick in April 2012. Both are paranormal romance and mystery, and it looks like Arcane Society is finally out of the picture for now. Although I have enjoyed the series, I’m definitely ready for a break from it. I’ll be sure to post about whether or not Copper Beach is a stand-along beginning to another series. The book is being called A Dark Legacy Novel, implying this is the beginning of a series and not identifying itself with any affiliation to Arcane.

Ghost Story Audio Book is Available

Ghost Story by Jim Butcher is the thirteenth book of his popular Dresden Files series involving wizard detective Harry Dresden.

Jim Butcher Ghost Story audio book coverBuy the Ghost Story audiobook

Penguin Audiobooks put together this audio book and it’s read by John Glover. At 17 hours and 52 minutes long unabridged, there’s plenty of story to keep you interested.

I haven’t quite caught up with the series yet, so I haven’t bought a copy.

James Marsters narrated the other books in the Dresden Files series, but not this one. However, John Glover has a great voice and I could see it working for this story. The sample audio sounds great but I have to admit, I’m a fan of Glover as an actor.

Some listeners didn’t like the switch and gave the book a low rating because of it; however, Glover is an accomplished narrator and most of those ratings are because the listeners couldn’t imagine Harry as anyone other than Marsters. If you can overlook that, then don’t miss this book. If you’re a fan, you’ll want it because it resolves a certain cliffhanger ending found in book 12.

Purchase the Ghost Story audio download at a discount if you sign up for one of the audiobook plans at Audible, or buy Ghost Story as an individual purchase. The link above works for either choice. Either way, you can get the Ghost Story audio book cheap.

About Ghost Story

The new novel in the #1 New York Times best-selling Dresden Files series from Jim Butcher.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn’t doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn’t stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends – and his own soul – Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic….

If you scroll down on the page at Audible, you can listen to the entire first chapter of Ghost Story.

The Complete Dresden Files Book List

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Ghost Story
  • Side Jobs (Short Stories)

You can also find out more about Ghost Story at Jim Butcher’s website page for the book but there isn’t a link to buy the Ghost Story audiobook.

Small Favor – Jim Butcher – Hardcover Bargain

Small Favor Dresden Files Jim ButcherSmall Favor by Jim Butcher is book #10 in the Dresden Files series.

The Dresden Files series is up to book #13 now and having the books of this series in hardcover is a great addition to any science-fiction and fantasy fan’s library.

Small Favor by Jim Butcher

Small Favor is an intricately plotted mystery of extranormal goodness. This tense tale keeps the trademark touches of humor, and the book manages to keep the large cast and necessary backstory straight for readers.

Bargain Price

If you’ve ever wanted a hardcover copy of any of these books, this is your chance to buy Small Favor in hardback at a discount. The hardcover is in the Bargain Books section at the moment, and it’s a real deal at 60% off. Click here to check the current price. Hopefully, you can still get a copy at a bargain price. When you can buy a hardback book at the price of a paperback, it’s time to do some library building.

Currently, Small Favor’s price in hardback is less than the Kindle ebook or the paperback edition.

The full Dresden Files series includes the following books to date.

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat
  12. Changes
  13. Side Jobs

There are also some short stories and graphic novels associated with the Dresden Files series.

There was a short lived Dresden Files television series based on the books, but the books have outlived the cut-short-too-soon TV series.  I enjoyed the TV series, don’t get me wrong, but the books have many, many more fans. The books contain paranormal mystery elements, combining real mystery with all out paranormal stories.

Buy the bargain hardcover :: Small Favor by Jim Butcher

More Formats :: Kindle ebook | Paperback | Audio CD | Audio download

Treachery in Death – J.D. Robb

Click the image for Treachery in DeathDetective Eve Dallas is back and she’s ready to track down criminals, including those sworn to take down the bad guys…

Treachery in Death by JD Robb

As the 33rd full length novel in the J.D. Robb In Death series, Treachery in Death will keep you turning pages late into the night. There are several formats available, from print to digital versions. See below for more links.

Click here to buy the paperback or other format

More Treachery in Death Formats

Because this is a recent release, you can buy either the hardcover, ebook, or audio book, but the paperback is only ready to buy as a preorder. Read on for details…

Treachery in Death Hardcover

JD Robb Treachery in Death Hardcover

Click here for the Treachery in Death hardcover

A Treachery in Death hardcover edition is perfect for library building. Because the series has now covered 33 full length books and numerous short stories (in various anthologies), the story told in this book has enormous depth. If you buy one, you should buy them all. :-)

Treachery in Death eBook Download

There’s both a Treachery in Death PDF ebook and a Treachery in Death EPUB ebook available at the diesel ebook store.

Click here to buy the ebook.

eBooks.com has both an iPad and iPhone version.

Click here to buy Treachery in Death for iPhone or iPad.

Treachery in Death Paperback

JD Robb Treachery in Death paperback

Click here to order the Treachery in Death paperback

July 26 is the release date for the paperback edition. You can preorder now for the lowest price guarantee if you can’t bring yourself to part with the cost of a hardcover copy. You can also wait and try to catch the hardcover at bargain prices, which usually come about at about the time the paperback edition comes out. However you choose to buy Treachery in Death, don’t miss another great book in the J.D. Robb In Death series.

Treachery in Death audio book

JD Robb Treachery in Death Audio Book

This highly rated audio book is perfect for JD Robb fans who don’t have a lot of time to read. Listen whenever and wherever you can. It’s always fun to have someone read to you, and an audio book turns your reading experience into a great listening experience. I don’t usually buy that many audio books (gave up my membership to Audible several years ago) but for those who would rather listen than read, the Audible links below should take you right to the audio book version you prefer.

Treachery in Death audio books: Abridged | Unabridged

You can get 50% off the title if you sign up to Audible as a member. However, you can still buy Treachery in Death a la carte if you don’t want a membership.