Lost Souls (A Bentz/Montoya Novel)

By Lisa Jackson

"Solidifies Jackson's prestige because the queen of the modern day suspense thriller." --The windfall Journal

Kristi Bentz desires to write real crime. All she wishes is that one case that may take her to the pinnacle. She unearths it whilst she enrolls in any respect Saints university after studying that 4 women have disappeared in under years.

"Expect the unexpected." --The Clarion Ledger

All 4 ladies have been "lost souls"--troubled, susceptible women with out one to care approximately them, not anyone to come back searching for them in the event that they disappeared. the single individual that believes Kristi is her ex-lover, Jay McKnight, a professor on campus. The police imagine they're runaways, yet Kristi senses there is something that hyperlinks them--something terrifying. . .

"Jackson creates relentless suspense. . .builds the strain to an insufferable and pleasurable pitch." --Booklist

As Kristi will get deeper into her research, she will get the sensation she's being watched and followed--studied, even. Then the our bodies begin turning up, and Kristi realizes she is enjoying a video game with a killer who has chosen her for club in a distinct membership from which there'll be no escaping loss of life. . .

"Dark and disturbing." --The Roanoke Times

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There has been an opportunity Jay could be noticeable together with her, yet she figured it didn’t subject. Who might care? slightly breaking a sweat, she made it to the hangout purely 8 mins past due. Shouldering open the door, she slid within. With a short perusal of the semidark, crowded inside, she zeroed in on Jay seated on the bar, nursing a drink, staring up at a tv monitor the place a few soccer video game used to be being performed. He used to be dealing with clear of her, yet she well-known his shaggy brown hair, huge shoulders stretching the again of a grey sweatshirt, and denims she’d obvious him put on in school, the battered, sun-bleached ones with a tear on the best of a again pocket. The stool beside him was once empty, yet he’d claimed it by way of resting the only real of his beat-up Adidas operating shoe upon one of many cross-rails, as though he have been saving her a seat. fats likelihood. She knew he hadn’t desired to come. She’d heard the hesitation in his voice. yet then, Kristi couldn’t blame him. It had taken her part every week to paintings as much as calling him, and the single cause she had used to be that she was once determined and wanted support. His support. She took in a deep breath as she wended her method among the tables and knots of consumers conversing, giggling, flirting, and ingesting. Glasses clinked, beer sloshed, ice cubes rattled, and the scent of smoke hung within the air regardless of all of the efforts of a wheezing air-filtering approach. The televisions have been muted yet track wafting from audio system fixed excessive at the partitions competed with the noise of the gang. Jay kicked out the stool simply as she reached him, as though he’d sensed her presence. “Nice trick,” she acknowledged, and he lifted his glass towards the bar and the replicate at the back of it, the place her mirrored image stared again at her. She slid onto the stool. “And for a moment i presumed possibly you have been clairvoyant. ” One facet of his mouth twitched upward. “If i used to be, then I’d comprehend what the hell it really is you will have from me, now, wouldn’t I? ” “I bet you'll. ” To the bartender wiping up a spill, she acknowledged, “I’ll have a beer…light. no matter what you’ve obtained on faucet. ” “Coors? ” the bartender requested, tossing his rainy rag right into a bin less than the bar. “Yeah. high quality. ” Forcing a grin she didn’t believe, she met Jay’s brutal gaze. “Bet you have been stunned that I referred to as. ” “Nothing you do surprises me anymore. ” The bartender set a frosted glass in entrance of her and he or she put her identity and several other money owed at the bar. “That’s a tip,” Jay acknowledged to the fellow in the back of the bar. “Put her drink on my tab. ” To Kristi, he further, “Come on, let’s speak within the dart room the place it’s a bit quieter. you then can inform me what this can be all approximately. ” “And beat you at a online game. ” “In your goals, darlin’,” he acknowledged, and her silly middle did a foolish little turn. She wasn’t falling for his charms. No approach, no how. there has been a cause she’d damaged up with him all these years in the past and that hadn’t replaced. Worse but, he was once donning a three-day’s development of beard, the type of pseudo-chic glance that she detested. in fact it simply made him glance cowboy-rugged. Crap. The least he may well do used to be glance undesirable. She grabbed her beer and back serpentined in the course of the tables and crowd to a sales space the place a busboy used to be busily identifying up near-empty glasses and platters bearing the remnants of onion jewelry, french fries, and small swimming pools of ketchup.

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