I was offered the opportunity to review this book from my wonderful friends at Pump Up Your Book Promotion and jumped at the chance. Not only is Lisa Jackson a #1 New York Tims Bestselling Author, but she also writes the type of books that are right up my alley.
Being the daughter of a New Orleans detective may seem like it would protect you from harm, but this is not the case for Kristi Bentz. In fact, she may be one of the unluckiest people in the world. At 27 she has nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, but has fought and lived to tell the tale. Now that she is recovered, she has decided that it is time to leave home and pursue her dream of becoming a true-crime writer.
All Saints College isn’t too far away from the watchful eyes of her father, but there is something not quite right on campus. 4 girls have disapperared in the last two years, and even though they were troubled and have no family that cares it still seems as if there is more to the story. Kristi has decided to make it her personal mission to do some amateur detective work, especially when she discovers that the apartment she is renting was previously occupied by one of the missing girls. Not only that, all of the girls have a schedule extrememly similar to Kristi’s, including “The Influence of Vampirism in Modern Culture and Literature” taught by Dr. Dominic Grotto one of the new hip teachers on staff.
What Kristi uncovers is a dark and secret society of students and possibly teachers who are fascinated with vampires, and my quite possibly be taking their fascination too far. With the help of her former flame Jay McKnight (who is now her professor), Kristi seeks to find the clues necessary to pin these crimes on the perpetrators, something that may well end up costing her her life.
With clear concise writing, this book was a true pleasure to read.
About the author:
Lisa Jackson can’t keep away from murderers, especially serial killers. She’s been killing people everywhere from Savannah and New Orleans to San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest—and it’s been worth it. Her readers come back again and again, and her novels are fixtures on national bestseller lists. In fact, her book Fatal Burn was a number one New York Times paperback bestseller, and the first two of her novels to be published in hardcover, Shiver and Absolute Fear, were in the top five on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Next, readers will be looking for LOST SOULS, being published in hardcover by Kensington Books to go on sale March 25th.
Having made serial killing her business—sort of—she has put her characters through the wringer. They have been up to their necks in danger and stared death, usually a pretty gory one, right in the face. She continues to be fascinated by the minds and motives of both her killers and their pursuers—the personal, the professional and downright twisted. As she builds the puzzle of relationships, actions, clues, lies and personal histories that haunt her protagonists, she must also confront the fear and terror faced by her victims, and the harsh and enduring truth that, in the real world, terror and madness touch far too many lives and families.
Lisa began writing at the urging of her sister, novelist Nancy Bush. Inspired by the success of authors she admired and the burgeoning market for romance fiction at the time, Nancy was convinced they could work together and succeed. They sat down, determined to write and to be published.
They did and they were.
Initially they wrote together. Later, they moved in different directions. Lisa brought more and more suspense to her work and began writing much darker stories. Nancy’s writing expanded to include not just her own novels, including her highly praised Jane Kelly Mysteries, such as the recently published Ultraviolet. She also spent several years writing for one of television’s leading soap operas, even transplanting herself for a time from the sister’s Pacific Northwest roots to Manhattan. This year, they plan to work together again on a thriller set for publication in 2009.
Meanwhile, for Lisa the killing continues as this mother, daughter, workaholic and amazing writer continues her habit of making the hair stand up on the back of readers’ necks, and landing her books on The New York Times, the USA Today, and the Publishers Weekly national bestseller lists.
Lisa Jackson’s novels include the upcoming LOST SOULS and the best sellers Absolute Fear, which will be published in paperback for the first time in March, Hot Blooded, Cold Blooded, The Night Before, The Morning After, Deep Freeze, Fatal Burn, and Almost Dead. Last year, Most Likely to Diewas written by Lisa, Beverly Barton and Wendy Corsi Staub was published and became a number three New York Times paperback bestseller. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America.