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An Alternate Book Club Edition for this ISBN can be found here New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delivers her most harrowing novel yet as a young woman's determined hunt for a serial killer draws her into a twisted psychopath's unspeakable crimes. Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hand An Alternate Book Club Edition for this ISBN can be found here New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delivers her most harrowing novel yet as a young woman's determined hunt for a serial killer draws her into a twisted psychopath's unspeakable crimes. Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, and lived to tell about it. Her dad, New Orleans detective, Rick Bentz, wants Kristi to stay in New Orleans and out of danger. But if anything, Kristi's experiences have made her even more fascinated by the mind of the serial killer. She hasn't given up her dream of being a true-crime writer--of exploring the darkest recesses of evil--and now she just may get her chance.


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An Alternate Book Club Edition for this ISBN can be found here New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delivers her most harrowing novel yet as a young woman's determined hunt for a serial killer draws her into a twisted psychopath's unspeakable crimes. Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hand An Alternate Book Club Edition for this ISBN can be found here New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delivers her most harrowing novel yet as a young woman's determined hunt for a serial killer draws her into a twisted psychopath's unspeakable crimes. Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the hands of a serial killer, and lived to tell about it. Her dad, New Orleans detective, Rick Bentz, wants Kristi to stay in New Orleans and out of danger. But if anything, Kristi's experiences have made her even more fascinated by the mind of the serial killer. She hasn't given up her dream of being a true-crime writer--of exploring the darkest recesses of evil--and now she just may get her chance.

30 review for Lost Souls

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    Lost Souls is the 5th book in Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans Series. Story has vampires….not from the Twilight world but from evil in our world, mysterious disappearances, romantic heroes, dark and moody atmosphere of Baton Rouge, serial killers which keeps you in suspense and intrigued until the very end. Kristi Bentz wants to be a crime writer and against her father’s wishes….the Detective Bentz from the previous books…enrolls at Lost Souls College after she hears about the mysterious disappearances Lost Souls is the 5th book in Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans Series. Story has vampires….not from the Twilight world but from evil in our world, mysterious disappearances, romantic heroes, dark and moody atmosphere of Baton Rouge, serial killers which keeps you in suspense and intrigued until the very end. Kristi Bentz wants to be a crime writer and against her father’s wishes….the Detective Bentz from the previous books…enrolls at Lost Souls College after she hears about the mysterious disappearances of co-eds. She enrolls in the same courses as the missing girls and discovers that Jay McKnight, the boyfriend she had broken up is presenting one of her courses. They team up to uncover the evil vampire cult in the campus. The story has some gory details but the love story between Kristi & Jay is really fabulous. Enjoyed reading this book. A great romance thriller

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paige Turner

    My, my! Such high-brow critics we have here! This is a romantic suspense novel, under the category of fiction. The book is like many of it's genre where you have a protagonist who always finds her/himself involved with killers, namely serial killers and comes close to being killed themselves, every time. There's always a romantic interest, with the main characters lustfully attracted to each other, yet constantly fighting those feelings of lust, several murder victims, usually murdered in a hein My, my! Such high-brow critics we have here! This is a romantic suspense novel, under the category of fiction. The book is like many of it's genre where you have a protagonist who always finds her/himself involved with killers, namely serial killers and comes close to being killed themselves, every time. There's always a romantic interest, with the main characters lustfully attracted to each other, yet constantly fighting those feelings of lust, several murder victims, usually murdered in a heinous manner, and plots that would never happen in real life. The book is what it is. Those who read this type of genre, shouldn't expect anything more from this book. I liked it and I enjoy the author. When I read these type of novels, I'm not looking for a thought provoking, true-to-life suspense. I'm looking to be entertained. I found the book entertaining. Those who are expecting more are obviously going to be disappointed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was absolutely RIDICULOUS! I can't believe I wasted my time with it. My problem was even though the entire book was absurd, I still wanted to see what improbable scenario Jackson had planned for the ending. I love a good romantic suspense/thriller, but this had way too many flaws. First, the main character, Kristi, had previously been kidnapped and tortured by two other serial killers. No explanation given. Is this book part of a series? If it is readers still would like some explanatio This book was absolutely RIDICULOUS! I can't believe I wasted my time with it. My problem was even though the entire book was absurd, I still wanted to see what improbable scenario Jackson had planned for the ending. I love a good romantic suspense/thriller, but this had way too many flaws. First, the main character, Kristi, had previously been kidnapped and tortured by two other serial killers. No explanation given. Is this book part of a series? If it is readers still would like some explanation of these prior events to help understand the character. Why would any normal person who's been kidnapped by not 1 but 2 serial killers attempt to involve herself in the hunt for another serial killer, without seeking police help? She's not a professional; she's a college student. STUPID! Oh and the killers........beyond belief. I can handle vampire cults and the like, but this was too over-the-top. The female accomplice wanted to bathe in blood to rejuvenate her skin. She was upset with the other killer because she believed he was odd for wanting to have sex with the girls he killed, so he could drain the blood for her. And she didn't want to reverse the signs of aging through botox, chemical peels or other cosmetic surgical procedures because that was toooo drastic. Murdering someone, draining their blood and bathing in it is not considered drastic? Oh and the blood had to be from an intellectual not a low-life prostitute. And what was the deal with the main character seeing people's faces in shades of gray? She thought she was psychic and it was a sign of impending danger or death. Give me a break!! By the way, when was the last time a Catholic priest referred to everybody as "my child"? I've attended Catholic church for 18 years and have never heard a priest refer to someone as "my child". They speak normal like everyone else. Get real. Please Ms. Jackson, read your manuscript. Kristi brings her ex-fiance/current professor/soon to be reunited lover back to her apartment. Her refrigerator is practically bare; she can't offer him a beer, only a hard lemonade. The next morning, she can't offer him breakfast, only one tea bag or two beers. I guess the beers just miraculously appeared. I get annoyed when I see little errors like this, but even more so when the entire book is one big sham. I'm done with my rant. :(

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stefani

    Lisa Jackson, what is happening with you? You’ve made me sad, very sad. I have been a fan of this series, and another of hers too, from the first book. The last book in this series disappointed me but it still had a few strong points. This book not only was disappointing, there were no strong points. Every sentence of this book reminded me of every other book in the series so far. And Kristi just irritated the living hell out of me. However, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s address Kristi firs Lisa Jackson, what is happening with you? You’ve made me sad, very sad. I have been a fan of this series, and another of hers too, from the first book. The last book in this series disappointed me but it still had a few strong points. This book not only was disappointing, there were no strong points. Every sentence of this book reminded me of every other book in the series so far. And Kristi just irritated the living hell out of me. However, I am getting ahead of myself. Let’s address Kristi first. In the beginning I liked Kristi quite a bit. She was intelligent, sassy, street savvy, and one of the better characters in my opinion. But somewhere along the way Kristi lost her brain. It might have fallen out her ear when she was abducted by a serial killer in the last book. I’m just not sure what happened. First, she seems to have trouble remembering whether she likes her stepmother or not. In one paragraph she says that she likes her and just a page later she says that they don’t really get along too well. Well, which is it? Then she moves and becomes obsessed with missing girls at her college. Gee, that sounds smart! Next thing you know, she’s running around doing all those TSTL things that make me despise so many YA heroines. For the record ladies, it is NEVER a good idea to walk home in the dark when you know someone is watching you just because you’re too stubborn to let your ex drive you home. Things like that made her really get on my nerves. Also ignoring her instincts. Her instincts are excellent for sensing trouble, unfortunately she’s too stupid to listen to them. She actively recognizes that her instincts are correct and then disregards them. The plot has been done so many times in this series. Kristi must have a serial killer attractant tattooed on her ass, because she seems to be the perfect victim type for every serial killer on the planet. Which brings me to another plot point. The actual whodunnit was not that great of a reveal. One part of it was painfully obvious, to the point where the characters were making observations about how obvious it was. The other two were so obscure that not a single clue was given through the entire book over who it was. But in the end there was nothing about the plot that was different or new and exciting. It was just like all the other books in the series except more boring. One last annoyance, isn’t this series about Bentz and Montoya? We hardly saw either of them at all. Kristi should never have been a main part of this series because she just isn’t interesting enough. All the good people got taken out and the book suffered for it. This and other reviews at Stefani's World of Words

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cornerofmadness

    In spite her being a multiple NY bestselling author, this is the first time I’ve read her work that I know of. The library has multiple books by her and after this, I will not be racing to get them. It starts out interesting enough. Kristi Bentz is going back to school to be a crime writer. Her dad is New Orleans Super Cop. Kristi ignores his concerns about All Souls College where four women have gone missing. When she gets there, as an English major, taking one forensic class being taught by Ja In spite her being a multiple NY bestselling author, this is the first time I’ve read her work that I know of. The library has multiple books by her and after this, I will not be racing to get them. It starts out interesting enough. Kristi Bentz is going back to school to be a crime writer. Her dad is New Orleans Super Cop. Kristi ignores his concerns about All Souls College where four women have gone missing. When she gets there, as an English major, taking one forensic class being taught by Jay McKnight, her former high school sweetheart (gee wonder where THIS is going to go). Naturally Kristi has to look into the case to get her first big true crime story. This thing hinges on coincidence, way too much really. I did try to see if Kristi was in other books by Jackson (goodreads has this as book #6 in the New Orleans series but the names weren’t the same in 4 or 5…) because she’s been the target of a serial killer not once but twice already and she’s only 27. Setting her up as a waitress and taking vampire in literature classes with a vampire cult on campus that all four girls belonged to, just telegraphs ‘hey Kristi will be caught by the vampire dude by the end.’ Three times a victim? The coincidences get worse, she ends up renting one of the missing girl’s apartment. The apt manager, a young man, Hiram, knew Tara the missing girl and is in all Tara and now Kristi’s classes. Next coincidence, naturally is Jay taking a night job at the college while working days in the crime lab in N.O. Next coincidence, Kristi’s former college roommate is now teaching at the college and warns her about the cult and the list goes on. Still, it was interesting enough until about just past the halfway mark then it goes entirely off the rails. Everyone has to act like an unprofessional moron in order for this plot to work. (and since it’s such an obvious plot that makes it even worse). Jay doesn’t go to the cops with the stuff Kristi has found out, the cops never even bother to look into the disappearances etc. It hurts the story’s case as well that at this Catholic college, the priest has suddenly hired nothing but hunky men for the English department (has this ever happened on a campus anywhere and they might ALL be in on it??). Not to mention that this college doesn’t function like a real college at all in fundamental ways that like 10 minutes of research would have fixed. (as a professor myself, I’d like to see a school where the teachers have time enough to deck out the room in proto-vampire style or has a schedule that has NO professor names on it and you get whatever time slot the computer says you do. Stuff like that, annoying). I started skimming when it was obvious the villains were recreating Elizabeth Barthoy’s Blood Countess stuff. Then they made eye-rollingly bad connections to the actual countess and I started skimming in earnest just to get to the end. Which was predictable, stupid and made worse by an epilogue that promises another book with these people. There were so many clichés and plotlines needing fools to push it forward that by the end it’s painful.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Soliman

    I found this plot really silly and, frankly, hard work. Vampires, college professors apparently involved in some sort of cult, four missing students and the police/FBI aren't all over it? I also found the heroine really irritating in places. She did such crazy things. Yes, I know she's supposed to be feisty but she went beyond that and was just plain silly at times. There was also a lot of repetition - almost as though trying to make up the word count. How many times were we told that she didn't I found this plot really silly and, frankly, hard work. Vampires, college professors apparently involved in some sort of cult, four missing students and the police/FBI aren't all over it? I also found the heroine really irritating in places. She did such crazy things. Yes, I know she's supposed to be feisty but she went beyond that and was just plain silly at times. There was also a lot of repetition - almost as though trying to make up the word count. How many times were we told that she didn't love the hero - a man from her past - or that her father was anxious about her? Ditto with his introspective thoughts. Get over yourselves! Readers know you're going to finish up together so credit up with some intelligence and don't labour the point. I'm trying hard to think of something positive to say. Okay, I've got it. I persevered and got to the end of the book, just to see if it improved. For me, it didn't, but this is a popular author so perhaps I just didn't 'get' where she was coming from.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    It started out promising, a good book to read on the bus, but then it began to lag at around page 100. I ended up skipping 190 pages after reading up to 266. Didn't seem to miss much. I was even right about who the killer was. Some reviews said Kristi was too stupid to live. I don't know about that, but she was certainly too uninteresting to read. Actually, the only interesting and believable character was Houdini the cat. The serial killer was so annoying. You could make a drinking game for how It started out promising, a good book to read on the bus, but then it began to lag at around page 100. I ended up skipping 190 pages after reading up to 266. Didn't seem to miss much. I was even right about who the killer was. Some reviews said Kristi was too stupid to live. I don't know about that, but she was certainly too uninteresting to read. Actually, the only interesting and believable character was Houdini the cat. The serial killer was so annoying. You could make a drinking game for how many times his erections are mentioned. Well, they can't all be Hannibal (and they shouldn't of course). There was one entertaining line "he had an ass tight enough to hold in his bad ass attitude". LOL, WTF? Anyway, this book wasn't good enough to put into my "decent trash book" tag. I have other Lisa Jackson books, but now I don't know if I'll read them. Especially if they are part of this series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim C

    This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. In this one, Kristi is heading back to All Saints for some college courses. Once again, Kristi is the object of a serial killer while she is enrolled at college. This time the serial killer believes he is a vampire. This is your basic romantic suspense thriller novel. I was interested in the idea of vampires and their popularity in society nowadays. When a book references Buffy the Vampire Slayer three different times, it will have my att This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. In this one, Kristi is heading back to All Saints for some college courses. Once again, Kristi is the object of a serial killer while she is enrolled at college. This time the serial killer believes he is a vampire. This is your basic romantic suspense thriller novel. I was interested in the idea of vampires and their popularity in society nowadays. When a book references Buffy the Vampire Slayer three different times, it will have my attention. The problem is that it could never truly capture my attention. There were a couple of factors for this. The author never truly dived into vampirism to set the scene. Another factor is the author repeated herself many times. An example was when a character was in his car and every single time he almost hit someone because he was cut off. It was so bad when he got in his car towards the end of the book I actually thought he is going to have a close call and he did several pages later. The last factor is the reveal of the protagonist. Sometimes authors will have the protagonist come out of left field trying to be shocking. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. This time it didn't work and when it was revealed I was disappointed as it was flat. I have enjoyed this series and I know what I am getting into when I pick up a novel from this series. This time, I thought the romance was too front and center while the thriller part took a back seat. For me, I would like it to be the other way around.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Ras

    When I started this book, I didn't realize it was part of a series but decided to go ahead. I'm sure some things would be clearer had I read the others but it did not take away from this book. I enjoyed it but felt some parts went on too long and then the ending felt rushed. Still enjoyable and I'll be looking for the earlier books to read as well. When I started this book, I didn't realize it was part of a series but decided to go ahead. I'm sure some things would be clearer had I read the others but it did not take away from this book. I enjoyed it but felt some parts went on too long and then the ending felt rushed. Still enjoyable and I'll be looking for the earlier books to read as well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marca

    Near middle of book. Main character Kristi is a whiny tstl, so far. She has nearly been killed by crazies in two prior books. She is a killer-magnet. But, when she discovers she is living in the same apartment as the victim of a new serial killer, does Kristi move? No. Why do the young women in these books always think they know better than law enforcement (and her father is a cop). Her former boyfriend/cop/professor is not much brighter. He has sex with a student who is currently enrolled in h Near middle of book. Main character Kristi is a whiny tstl, so far. She has nearly been killed by crazies in two prior books. She is a killer-magnet. But, when she discovers she is living in the same apartment as the victim of a new serial killer, does Kristi move? No. Why do the young women in these books always think they know better than law enforcement (and her father is a cop). Her former boyfriend/cop/professor is not much brighter. He has sex with a student who is currently enrolled in his class, then lets her delay reporting crucial info to the police for a week. Finished book. Kristi is a brat. At times, thought I was reading a Harlequin/Fantasy with all the romance and vampire crap. The big mystery to me, and it is not addressed at all, is what happened to the cat?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Linda Munro

    This is not a book you want to start when your schedule is extremely busy; it is just too difficult to have to sit it aside. Kristi Bentz has a knack for getting involved with things she should stray away from, particularly serial killers. At the age of twenty seven, she has barely escaped them with her life, twice! She can't seem to leave things alone, and after returning to the small All Saints College to complete her degree, she begins investigating the disappearance of several female coeds. Th This is not a book you want to start when your schedule is extremely busy; it is just too difficult to have to sit it aside. Kristi Bentz has a knack for getting involved with things she should stray away from, particularly serial killers. At the age of twenty seven, she has barely escaped them with her life, twice! She can't seem to leave things alone, and after returning to the small All Saints College to complete her degree, she begins investigating the disappearance of several female coeds. The problem with these disappearances is that the girls seemed to lack families who cared enough to assure the police not only became involved, but stay involved. They are also known to just give up and disappear; so, without a body what can the police actually do? Kristie is determined to solve this mystery, even as her Dad and her reclaimed romance try to get her to stray from the idea. She is like a a human tracker, even though she has nearly died twice because of her curiosity. When she disappears this time, will she finally succumb to a serial killer?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo

    My first read by Lisa Jackson and it was a  great Romantic Suspense novel. Kristi Benz wants to be a true crime writer. She enrolls in a college in Baton Rouge after girls at the college start disappearing. The law in Baton Rouge and college officials believe that the girls are just college dropouts and have run off not wanting to see their families disappointment in them. Kristi believes there is something more sinister going on and she's determined to prove it. Kristi's father, Rick Bentz, is My first read by Lisa Jackson and it was a  great Romantic Suspense novel. Kristi Benz wants to be a true crime writer. She enrolls in a college in Baton Rouge after girls at the college start disappearing. The law in Baton Rouge and college officials believe that the girls are just college dropouts and have run off not wanting to see their families disappointment in them. Kristi believes there is something more sinister going on and she's determined to prove it. Kristi's father, Rick Bentz, is a detective in New Orleans and Kristi's own life experiences watching her father in action only make her more curious about the missing girls. Kristi finds herself on the path of a true psychopath and serial killer and the possible involvement of a Vampire cult. Great suspenseful, fast paced and intriguing read!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Lucas

    Kristi Benz has gone back to school at All- Saints College in Louisiana, her dream is to be a journalist and suspenseful stories captivate her emotionally. She’s been on the wrong side of evils hand in the past and is very wary of strange happenings. Being a police officers daughter she’s seen and heard some of the worse situations known to exist. When girls begin to disappear around campus, she starts believing that something more sinister is the cause. A cult maybe, but the biggest scare is al Kristi Benz has gone back to school at All- Saints College in Louisiana, her dream is to be a journalist and suspenseful stories captivate her emotionally. She’s been on the wrong side of evils hand in the past and is very wary of strange happenings. Being a police officers daughter she’s seen and heard some of the worse situations known to exist. When girls begin to disappear around campus, she starts believing that something more sinister is the cause. A cult maybe, but the biggest scare is all the missing lost souls took the same classes at All-Saints! She truly believes that’s not coincidence!! An amazing book of suspenseful romance. My first book by Lisa Jackson, but I loved her style and will read more by this talented author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Malena Ponder

    Full of suspense This is the first book of Lisa Jackson that I have read and I loved every bit of it! The way she builds up the the unexpected conclusion had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put this book down. Full of suspense This is the first book of Lisa Jackson that I have read and I loved every bit of it! The way she builds up the the unexpected conclusion had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put this book down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Aparna

    Stars: 4 / 5 Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.   Lost Souls is the fifth  book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in April of 2008. This time around Lisa has Rick Bentz's daughter Kristi Bentz in the center of the plot which begins approximately a year and a half after the fourth book Absolut Stars: 4 / 5 Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.   Lost Souls is the fifth  book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in April of 2008. This time around Lisa has Rick Bentz's daughter Kristi Bentz in the center of the plot which begins approximately a year and a half after the fourth book Absolute Fear (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...) ends.   At the end of the book Absolute Fear, Kristi Bentz wakes up from coma with visions of seeing death around her father. She somehow unlocks her ability to see people at death’s door. After a year and a half of recuperating and trying to get back to her full strength Kristi expected her visions to go away. Instead they simply keep coming back. Finally to get away from all of this Kristi enrolls herself into a Winter semester at All Saints College in Baton Rouge  - same college where she had done her undergrad. And she hoped that she hone her skills to write a true crime. Little did she know that the college where she was going would give her one such case to write about. Four girls from the campus have disappeared in less than two years and no one were being serious about it. Kristi takes it upon herself to investigate the same and finds herself getting deeper and deeper into a dark world of blood and gory. Only person who believes her was her ex-boyfriend Jay McKnight. But will he help her to solve the missing persons case and also save her from being a victim of this dark world? Or will he repeat history and leave her? How will Kristi survive all this and more is what the rest of the book Lisa spins for the reader.   The book was written after the events of Hurricane Katrina, so there are a lot of references of the aftermath of it all through the book. Being so far away from New Orleans or the hurricane or the aftermath, it is hard to imagine how lives changed after Katrina for people living there. Lisa brings all that out through her characters who are going thru the motions, giving the readers a close glimpse of what people faced. However, the dark mood that left New Orleans in its wake is a perfect setting for this dark and sinister world of the plot. I think Lisa has her timing right.   Considering the disappearances happen in Baton Rouge, I did expect new detectives to be involved with in this plot. True to that we meet Detective Portia Laurent - who is convinced there is foul play, Detective Del Vernon - her colleague who has a completely opposite view and Detective Raymond "Sonny" Crawley - a ruthless homicide detective. We see less of Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya, but the case definitely pulls them in.   With so many novels I read about Carpathians and Vampires in the Dark Series (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...) by Christine Feehan, naturally when Lisa centered her main plot around vampire culture, it brought quick attention to me. However, while Christine dealt with fictional vampires and immortals, Lisa shows us the darker side of human mind and soul that believes in the very existence of vampires and puts that culture into practice. As much as Christine's books give me shivers, they give me pleasure to read as well about immortals. However with Lisa's plot I couldn’t stop shaking when thinking about vampires.   Lisa also brings one of her past book into this plot. There are references to the case solved by Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya in the first book Hot Blooded in this plot. Lisa uses that plot as a case study for Jay McKnight in his class "Introduction to Forensics". I knew that Lisa would bring back Father John - the antagonist of that plot - somewhere in future as a main subject considering she had left a hole at the end for Father John. But bringing him just as a reference didn’t satisfy my appetite. I can't wait to read the remaining books to really see the end of Father John.  Dr. Samantha "Sam" Leeds also continues to be a presence in this plot as the radio psychologist and whom we met in Hot Blooded for the first time too. Lisa also brings back a witness from one of the cases involving the Our Lady of Virtues Mental Asylum. Ophelia, one of the student at All Saints College appeared in the third book Shiver (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...). The plot is intense and filled not just with crime with the very darker and insane side of human brain. There is real chemistry between Kristi and Jay, so nothing wrong there. But the whole making of Kristi Bentz character irked me a little. Having gone through life-threatening situations in previous cases, she still doesn’t confide to her father or Jay her plans completely. Trust is something that doesn’t come natural and she has a penchant to attract trouble. Shouldn’t she be more prudent, safer and trusting with the only ones who were looking out for her? I also don’t like when women use their charm to get their way when that way is clearly the wrong one. Perhaps going thru what she went Kristi could not trust anyone but herself but I was hoping she would learn her lesson after one or two incidents, which I didn’t see happening until the very end. She has multiple sub-plot going along-side her main plot just like her previous books, and she keeps the reader on track efficiently. However, unlike her previous plots, the detectives are a bit late to spring into action despite the gravity of the situation. As always the language is impeccable, description of the scenes and scenarios are spot on. Another bone chilling thriller with a touch of romance, love and human emotions that a killer normally doesn’t understand. Not a read for faint hearts but for those brave ones who can read it while sitting in a corner in a darkened basement too. If you are one, I would say go for it.   Spoiler Alerts:   1. Plot Reveals: a. There is mention of Bela Lugosi - the Hollywood actor who was famous for his portrayal as Count Dracula. There is also mention of the 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula here. Although I have seen Bela Lugosi's movie, I havent read the book yet. b. Considering that one of the top crime TV shows in 2008 were CSI and its spin offs, I wasn’t surprised to see them mentioned by Lisa as the plot centers on crime scene investigation and the science of forensics. c. The story of Elizabeth of Bathory that Dr. Grotto asks the students to read upon is indeed real. I hadnt heard about it till now but seems to be Elizabeth supposedly bathed in young women's blood to keep herself young. More about this bizarre and cruel woman from history here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabe.... d. Lisa Jackson ends the plot with referencing to Jennifer Bentz being alive, at least in the form of spirit. Going by the way she writes this series, I would say the next book would be around Jennifer Bentz and the past that Rick Bentz has been trying to get off his back for twelve long years. 2. Grammatical / Historical / Location / Character / Geographical Errors: a. On Pg. 10, Lisa mentions that Olivia Benchet Bentz - Kristi Bentz's step-mom - and Kristi didn’t get along very well. But again on Pg. 12 she mentions they got along fairly ok. So did they get along well or didn’t? Seems like a misrepresentation of the relationship Kristi and Olivia shared. b. On Pg. 33, Lisa mentions that two days after Kristi moved in, she lands a job. But the scenes played after that and through the entire chapter looked like it was as if two hours after she moved in to the rented apartment she lands a job. Perhaps it was two hours and not two days, an error by the author apparently. c. On Pg. 42, line 18, it should be "...Sooner or later she'd found out…" d. On Pg. 341, Lisa calmly delivers the shocking statement through her character Jay that Kristi's room is bugged. However the steps leading Jay to that conclusion were not so clear in her chapters before this page. I wonder if a chapter or a few pages were removed by the editor to reduce overall length of the book. 3. Sub – Plots: a. In Hot Blooded (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...), Dr. Samantha Leeds brother Peter Williams disappears from their lives more than ten years ago. Detectives couldn’t find anything about him either. Will Lisa Jackson bring him back in a future book? b. Although the case is closed, author Lisa Jackson leaves a big door open with regards to Father John’s character in Hot Blooded. Was he truly vanquished by the Detectives or will he re-appear in a future plot by Lisa is something we have to wait and see. c. Norm Stowell – an FBI profiler – and Andre Navarrone – ex-cop at Houston PD - appear briefly in Hot Blooded. However they left me with an impression that they might come back as major ones in a future book. Have to wait and see if Lisa would resurrect them. d. In Cold Blooded (https://inspirethoughts.livejournal.c...), Detective Montaya's girlfriend Marta Vasquez goes missing and doesn’t get solved at the end of the plot. Perhaps it is for another book in the series. e. What will the fate of Sarah Restin and her no-good husband Leo Restin be? These characters appeared in Cold Blooded. f. Unanswered questions about Bernadette and Reggie from Cold Blooded also perhaps will be answered in a future book. g. Jennifer Bentz - Rick's ex-wife - has been murdered. Her character background is shown in both the first book Hot Blooded and second book Cold Blooded. But there is enough left off to make me feel that Lisa Jackson would bring her back in some book in future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Helen O'Conner

    OMG 😱 it took me ages to read this book. I persevered though it’s just not a genre I’m interested in ... at all.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liviania

    #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Jackson started with a number of rejections before she embarked on her new career of killing people. Dear Author has a wonderful article about her first sale. Her personal story made me predisposed to like LOST SOULS – it makes a large difference to me in how I approach the book if I know something about the author. And yes, I did enjoy LOST SOULS. As a thriller the book serves its purpose. The killer might not be a unique spin on the serial killer archetype, but #1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Jackson started with a number of rejections before she embarked on her new career of killing people. Dear Author has a wonderful article about her first sale. Her personal story made me predisposed to like LOST SOULS – it makes a large difference to me in how I approach the book if I know something about the author. And yes, I did enjoy LOST SOULS. As a thriller the book serves its purpose. The killer might not be a unique spin on the serial killer archetype, but the passages through his point of view are decidedly creepy and create tension. The reader becomes quite eager to see him and his partner stopped. However, it seems only police not assigned the case and Kristi Benz are eager to catch him. Four girls have gone missing at All Saints College, but none of their bodies have been found so the police can’t call foul play. So instead we get Kristi Benz, two-time almost-victim and wannabe true crime writer, playing detective. I’m sorry to say this, but Kristi is TSTL (too stupid to live). Seriously, her motive for getting near a serial killer, even though she knows the danger, is so she can write about it. Doesn’t she know the best true crime novel, IN COLD BLOOD, was written after the killers were behind bars? Plenty of material is available from a safe distance. While Kristi’s motive may be dumb, it’s straightforward. Unfortunately, Vlad’s interest in Kristi is inexplicable. He seems to have a history with her, but she certainly doesn’t recognize him. (Perhaps I’m missing something from an earlier book – I’ve never read any of Jackson’s work before.) Also, his victims are all “lost souls,” girls without close friends or family. Serial killers tend to be picky. So why would Vlad be interested in a woman with a loving father (who happens to be a famous detective) and a close boyfriend? On the close boyfriend note, Jay McKnight serves his purpose fairly well. He tries in vain to keep Kristi from trouble and seems to have decent chemistry with her. I just have trouble with the separated high school sweethearts meet again and fall in love trope. Jay, a successful man in his prime, never managed to devote his full self to any relationships after Kristi because he never fell out of love with her. Still, he thinks she’s too stubborn and has a terrible temper. It’s kind of pathetic and not what I want in a romantic hero. I cannot condemn the book though. Even with my dislike of the protagonist, Jackson kept me turning the pages. LOST SOULS is a serviceable thriller, but it could be much better.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    Kristi Bentz has escaped death twice already and she is only 27, but she cannot seem to stay away from danger. it continues to find her where ever she goes. Despite the dangers that follow her around, Kristi still holds on to her dream of being a true crime writer. After three girls disappear from All Saints College, she decides to enroll and follow their steps to write a book of their disappearances. Everyone around considers the missing "lost souls" who have ran away from their problems. But K Kristi Bentz has escaped death twice already and she is only 27, but she cannot seem to stay away from danger. it continues to find her where ever she goes. Despite the dangers that follow her around, Kristi still holds on to her dream of being a true crime writer. After three girls disappear from All Saints College, she decides to enroll and follow their steps to write a book of their disappearances. Everyone around considers the missing "lost souls" who have ran away from their problems. But Kristi feels there is more to the story than people know. A new professor has come to the campus and has gained a following from the students for his class "The Influence of Vampirism in English Literature" and his morality plays. Along with this new teacher and his questionable classes and plays, there are also rumors of a dark cult where members wear vitals of blood around their necks. Kristi is trying to emerge herself into their world to learn more of the disappearances of these girls, one of whom lived in the apartment Kristi now lives in. Kristi has placed herself in even more danger once more and now must play a game with the killer. The killer is more cunning and blood-thirsty than anyone could ever imagine. Is there a link between the class, the play, cult and the disappearances? Or is Kristi looking too far into the coincidences. Thies was the first time I read a novel by Lisa Jackson. While the story was interesting, it was too slow for me. It was a good read while laying on the beach, but it seemed a little too predictable at times. There are too many coincidences that the story relies on. The idea of Kristi purposely following the footsteps of the missing girls like taking the same classes they did, trying to join the mysterious cult or even being a part of the morality plays makes it completely predictable as of to how the novel will end. Nonetheless I enjoyed this story as it was a good read to relax on the beach with. It helped take my mind off of things and helped me relax on vacation.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I am always looking for a new snack-reading author. Someone who can write a genre series with interesting characters and snappy writing and perhaps a clever plot line. I had never read anything by Lisa Jackson, although my library has a whole shelf of her NY Times bestsellers. I picked this one at random, because the blurb--Four girls go missing from All Souls College in Baton Rouge!--tempted me. But the book is disappointing on many levels, primarily the writing. Doesn't Lisa Jackson have an ed I am always looking for a new snack-reading author. Someone who can write a genre series with interesting characters and snappy writing and perhaps a clever plot line. I had never read anything by Lisa Jackson, although my library has a whole shelf of her NY Times bestsellers. I picked this one at random, because the blurb--Four girls go missing from All Souls College in Baton Rouge!--tempted me. But the book is disappointing on many levels, primarily the writing. Doesn't Lisa Jackson have an editor? The book reads like a first draft, after which the author will see--oh, oops, I used the word 'hastened' in two successive sentences, and the word 'sizzled' three times on one page. To refer to lightning. There are sentences and metaphors that sound like they were written by a lovelorn 15-year old. And the text is overwritten. Every little action is described--Kristi locks her bike. Kristi goes down the sidewalk. She goes up the stairs. She puts her hand on the doorknob. She turns the knob. She turns it the other way. It's locked! Oh no! It's no wonder the book is so long. I found I was rotating my hand---come on, come on, just tell us already. It was clear from the outset that this is a series, and we're supposed to know things about annoyingly spunky Kristi Bentz (NOT Rick Bentz's biological daughter! Oh no!) and her past, wherein she attracts serial killers, but survives the ensuing comas to pursue her dream of returning to college at 27 and, as a sidelight, identifying people who are about to die. Seriously--I was still on board after the first few chapters, despite all the expositive melodrama. But eventually, the lack of a coherent plot, the endless repetition and the genuinely awful writing made finishing the book a chore.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laren

    I haven't even finished this book yet but I don't think I need to. First of all, it is a psuedo-romance disguised as a suspense novel, so I feel ripped off. There is not one word in the jacket flap summary about a romantic interest for the main character, and yet there he is, taking up an enormous amount of text and obviously being the real main story. The book is almost 400 pages long, and while I managed to get through 3/4 of it, there is still very little uncovered about the mystery surroundi I haven't even finished this book yet but I don't think I need to. First of all, it is a psuedo-romance disguised as a suspense novel, so I feel ripped off. There is not one word in the jacket flap summary about a romantic interest for the main character, and yet there he is, taking up an enormous amount of text and obviously being the real main story. The book is almost 400 pages long, and while I managed to get through 3/4 of it, there is still very little uncovered about the mystery surrounding 4 girls gone missing from the main character's school (what I thought I was going to be reading). There is however an incredibly large amount of sex and lust. No real romance - just graphic chemistry. Even a relatively impertinent side character who should have been mentioned in less than a page gets his own full chapter complete with a sex scene and is never heard from again. Well, at least his chapter was marital. A really good suspense writer doesn't need any of this - just ask Mary Higgins Clark. In fact, this book is a good example of exactly why I don't really like or appreciate romance novels. What's really annoying is that I know I read another book by this author and remember that it was okay so I don't know what happened here. By the way, there are also allegations of a vampire cult involved in the mystery. Usually that's another big no-no for my reading, and it was only vaguely hinted at in the jacket summary, but don't say you haven't been warned by me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Degarmo

    This book had potential, but really didn't deliver. There are several contradictions in the first few chapters (does Kristi get along with Olivia or doesn't she? The book states both) and the writing is lackluster and hollow. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what it is in the writing itself that bothers me, but maybe it's a case of too much telling and not enough showing. Or perhaps the minutae is just too boring and feels as though it's there simply to increase word count. The characters aren't be This book had potential, but really didn't deliver. There are several contradictions in the first few chapters (does Kristi get along with Olivia or doesn't she? The book states both) and the writing is lackluster and hollow. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what it is in the writing itself that bothers me, but maybe it's a case of too much telling and not enough showing. Or perhaps the minutae is just too boring and feels as though it's there simply to increase word count. The characters aren't believable, and the police work is shoddy. It's disconcerting when half a police force can't make a connection between the missing girls and that it takes as long as it does for the good guys to go after the bad. I also think this book isn't meant to be a standalone. Obviously, this is the second or perhaps even third in a series, but there isn't enough in the book to help the reader feel as though he or she is in the loop. I did manage to get through the book, but the ending was just as murky and unthrilling as the rest of it. Perhaps if I had read the rest of this series I may have enjoyed it more, but after this installment, I'm not sure I want to read any more by this author.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    when i looked up this book, i saw that it had a lot of negative reviews. I honestly didnt have a problem with the book. i thought it had good dialog, good settings. not a bad ending. since i dont know anything about the author or what shes written, i am assuming there is another book after this one? i dont know. but i only had one problem with it. the main character in the book, kristi, was beyond stubbornedly stupid. it kind of urked me. .but i guess thats what made the book i guess. . of cours when i looked up this book, i saw that it had a lot of negative reviews. I honestly didnt have a problem with the book. i thought it had good dialog, good settings. not a bad ending. since i dont know anything about the author or what shes written, i am assuming there is another book after this one? i dont know. but i only had one problem with it. the main character in the book, kristi, was beyond stubbornedly stupid. it kind of urked me. .but i guess thats what made the book i guess. . of course the character has to get into the plot some how. so. i guess its just the way it had to be. but other than that it was a good, . .entertaining read. it wasnt like those other books that are all grusom and gives you gory details. if that is the kind of book you are looking for, it isnt this one. its mild. really mild. and since im not into the real deep horrific books like some people like, i guess thats why it wasnt a bad read for myself . . but, to each, their own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Audio Book #4 of 2009 I'd say this was more thriller than romance as Kristi Bentz and her old boyfriend - now her professor - search for the reasons why four women went missing from Kristi's small college campus. The main problem I had with this book is... where exactly does Kristi get off investigating the disappearance of these woman? She's in no way involved, not a member of any police agency (although her father/boyfriend Jay are), not a private eye, not a government agent. Do regular people r Audio Book #4 of 2009 I'd say this was more thriller than romance as Kristi Bentz and her old boyfriend - now her professor - search for the reasons why four women went missing from Kristi's small college campus. The main problem I had with this book is... where exactly does Kristi get off investigating the disappearance of these woman? She's in no way involved, not a member of any police agency (although her father/boyfriend Jay are), not a private eye, not a government agent. Do regular people really just go up to someone and say, "So, professor so and so, what do you know about the disappearance of your student?" It was an okay listen, at times it felt a bit like it dragged on. But it did keep me engaged, wondering what would happen next.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Celia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I gave one of Lisa Jackson's books a terrible review last year, and apparently had a mental blank on the name when I picked this up at the library. Truly dreadful thriller, featuring a villian who bathes herself in blood to keep herself young. A villian who thinks at one point something like this, "Academically speaking, I know that bathing in blood can't keep me young - but, oh well." How is that a believable character? Our hero and heroine, who endure a cringeworthy love story together, sum it I gave one of Lisa Jackson's books a terrible review last year, and apparently had a mental blank on the name when I picked this up at the library. Truly dreadful thriller, featuring a villian who bathes herself in blood to keep herself young. A villian who thinks at one point something like this, "Academically speaking, I know that bathing in blood can't keep me young - but, oh well." How is that a believable character? Our hero and heroine, who endure a cringeworthy love story together, sum it up for us at the end with a "wow, she sure was crazy" dialogue. Please god, let me never get sucked in by one of Jackson's blurbs again.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    OK, so this started out pretty good--but quickly took a turn towards ridiculous. The premise is a good one--main character has survived terrible trials, but we never learn what the heck those are. Even if it was in a previous book, for those of us not familiar, a quick look back would have been reasonable. It becomes obvious quickly that that suspects of the brutal killings can't be who we thought they were--duh! But when the killers are uncovered there is very little that actually tied them to OK, so this started out pretty good--but quickly took a turn towards ridiculous. The premise is a good one--main character has survived terrible trials, but we never learn what the heck those are. Even if it was in a previous book, for those of us not familiar, a quick look back would have been reasonable. It becomes obvious quickly that that suspects of the brutal killings can't be who we thought they were--duh! But when the killers are uncovered there is very little that actually tied them to the story to begin with, meaning who cares! Glad I listened to this on audio and didn't waste time reading it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sally Lindsay-briggs

    This was an exciting, well written story with lots of action and suspense. It is about Kristi, a college student who goes to school near New Orleans/Baton Rouge and gets mired in the disappearance of 4 girls that the cops think just ran away. It's dangerous and very scary for Kristi and her cop boyfriend. There is to be a creepy cult of vampire followers. You can't figure out who's behind everything, which is great. There's a very tumultous ending with an intersting twist. The fact that the book This was an exciting, well written story with lots of action and suspense. It is about Kristi, a college student who goes to school near New Orleans/Baton Rouge and gets mired in the disappearance of 4 girls that the cops think just ran away. It's dangerous and very scary for Kristi and her cop boyfriend. There is to be a creepy cult of vampire followers. You can't figure out who's behind everything, which is great. There's a very tumultous ending with an intersting twist. The fact that the book was set in the south, was appealing because I have been in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. They make great settings for the occult. I definitely don't understand the bad book reviews.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie A. Cain

    I wish I could give this book 1/2 a star. I am done with Lisa Jackson. She obviously has very little understanding of serial offenders, and doesn't really understand sexual sadists, despite writing them. The poor psychology and criminology might be forgivable if her characters weren't so unbelievably talented, beautiful/handsome, and likely to get involved with serial killers despite the fact that they aren't FBI agents. Ugh. Jackson's books will appeal to fans of soap operas, but my Days of Our I wish I could give this book 1/2 a star. I am done with Lisa Jackson. She obviously has very little understanding of serial offenders, and doesn't really understand sexual sadists, despite writing them. The poor psychology and criminology might be forgivable if her characters weren't so unbelievably talented, beautiful/handsome, and likely to get involved with serial killers despite the fact that they aren't FBI agents. Ugh. Jackson's books will appeal to fans of soap operas, but my Days of Our Lives era ended with high school.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Blood and vampires ... not my cup of tea, but the story flowed and it was suspenseful. Figuring out who the main blood sucker was, was certainly a challenge - they all seemed guilty to me. The gruesome factor played a large part - like cutting open an illegally hunted gator and finding a body part in its stomach - gross! Not a bad read, and the writing was good and is following the rest of the series based in the New Orleans area. 2 thumbs up 4 stars out of 5 (I don't like vampires or books about Blood and vampires ... not my cup of tea, but the story flowed and it was suspenseful. Figuring out who the main blood sucker was, was certainly a challenge - they all seemed guilty to me. The gruesome factor played a large part - like cutting open an illegally hunted gator and finding a body part in its stomach - gross! Not a bad read, and the writing was good and is following the rest of the series based in the New Orleans area. 2 thumbs up 4 stars out of 5 (I don't like vampires or books about them).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    I love a good mystery, and I enjoyed the book. I do think the ending went a little too fast, but I liked how all the characters were brought to life in detail. It was suspenseful and a good thriller leaving me goosebumps throughout the story. One of the best thrillers I read in 2012. I will be reading it again soon.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rajish Maharaj

    All in all a good read. To me it would be worth a 3.5 rating but kristi stubbornness was a bit irritating to me so a 3 would be spot on for me. I did have my suspicions as to who was involved in the sick crimes but i was way off on the real psychos

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