The Girl in the Mist, an all-new, thrilling standalone romance from New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley filled with off-the-charts chemistry, and edge of your seat suspense, is out now!
From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley comes an all new thrilling romantic suspense guaranteed to have pulses rise, and readers begging for more.
Renowned author Delphine Larue needs a haven. A crazed fan has gone over the deep end, and she’s not safe. Her security team has suggested a house by a lake. Secluded. Private. Far away. In a beautiful area of the Northwest close to the sleepy town of Misted Pines. It’s perfect. So perfect, Delphine has just moved in, and she’s thinking she’ll stay there forever.
Until she sees the girl in the mist.
After that, everything changes.
Delphine quickly learns that Misted Pines isn’t so sleepy. A little girl has gone missing, and the town is in the grips of terror and tragedy. The local sheriff isn’t up for the job. The citizens are up in arms. And as the case unfolds, the seedy underbelly of a quiet community is exposed, layer by layer.
But most importantly, girls are dying.
There seems to be only one man they trust to find out what’s happening.
The mysterious Cade Bohannan.
I love a good thriller, the kind that provides a significant amount of suspense to keep readers alert and in a constant state of anticipation so add that to the way that Ashley crafts her stories, focusing on the development of her characters and the smallest of details when it comes to moving a plot line forward, I couldn’t wait to dive into Delphine Larue and Cade Bohannon’s story. And even though this is a bit of a different read for Kristen Ashley fans, to me, this is KA in her element…this is old school KA, along the lines of her Burg series but with a much more concentrated story line on the suspense and mystery more so than the romance, but believe me, that’s there too.
Delphine and Cade are intriguing characters and they definitely have some of the trademarks of Ashley’s heroes and heroines. I love the fact that she’s in her 50s with a solid career and a good head on her shoulders, despite the fact that she’s dealing with an obsessed fan. Cade is alpha all the way…one who doesn’t say a lot but you can understand his meaning clearly with just a simple nod of his head. He’s quite the mysterious guy, which is fitting for this story, and his protective nature comes in clutch a time or two as the plot progresses.
There’s a lot of subplots in this story line, which makes sense given the nature of a thriller/suspense, so it’s necessary to stay focused and keep track of all of the information that is being dispensed, not only about the mystery behind the missing girls but also those involved in the case in a variety of different capacities. Readers who aren’t used to the amount of details that are provided and clues that are slowly unraveled amidst the twists and turns of the plot may find it difficult to see everything clearly, but to me, that’s a key aspect of this genre so it allows readers to be both entertained as well as a part of the investigation, working through the evidence while also understanding the town and its inhabitants.
The fact that readers get to check-in with some of their favorite KA heroes and heroines is an added bonus to Ashley’s new Misted Pines series, and I’m excited to see how the next book draws on the same components and techniques to unravel the next mystery of this sleepy small town…that seems to be hiding way more than it seems.
4.5 Poison Apples
I called Hawk Delgado.
It was no surprise this situation in Misted Pines was known to him. He was tasked with keeping me safe, and although this had nothing to do with me, it had to do with Misted Pines, and that was where I was. It was also not a surprise that he currently did not have any resources to devote to assisting with it.
However, he gave me two names.
Nightingale Investigations, an outfit located where Delgado was, in Denver, Colorado.
And Tanner Layne, a private investigator who worked out of a shop in Brownsburg, Indiana, which was, to my astonishment, where Joe Callahan was based.
Neither were close.
But Nightingale was closer.
Though for reasons I didn’t understand (they probably had to do with Callahan), I called Layne first, left a message as it was the weekend and waited.
It was not long before he returned my call.
He had a full caseload, but said he’d look into it and get back to me.
I then reached out to Denver, leaving another message.
Not much time passed before a woman named Shirleen Jackson got in touch, saying she’d assessed it and presented it to her boss, the man behind the name, Lee Nightingale. She would follow up with me as soon as he’d made his decision.
Within hours, I had two replies.
Layne: “We’re ready to roll when we receive word from the investigator on site that he welcomes assistance. We have a message to him. But if he doesn’t give us the greenlight, I’m afraid at this time we can’t get involved. I hope you understand. I would feel the same if someone I didn’t know pushed into one of my investigations, especially at this early juncture. Trust me when I say that it’s never helpful.”
I didn’t know who “we” was, I also didn’t ask, but I suspected he’d consulted with Callahan.
I also didn’t think this was “early.” At that point, she’d been missing nearly a week.
Which begged the question, what parents had a slumber party for their eight-year-old on a Monday evening?
I didn’t ask Layne that either.
Jackson: “We understand your concern, but Lee looked into things and the investigator contracted to assist the local authorities is second to none. In this kind of situation, although it seems contradictory, more hands on deck can make a mess.”
That was two nos of the same ilk.
I decided to focus on the “second to none” comment, knowing they were referring to the fact it was clear the locals had called Cade Bohannan in.
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About Kristen Ashley
Kristen Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of over sixty romance novels including the Rock Chick, Colorado Mountain, Dream Man, Chaos, Unfinished Hero, The ’Burg, Magdalene, Fantasyland, The Three, Ghost and Reincarnation, Moonlight and Motor Oil and Honey series along with several standalone novels. She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
Kristen’s novel, Law Man, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award for best Romantic Suspense. Her independently published title Hold On was nominated for RT Book Reviews best Independent Contemporary Romance and her traditionally published title Breathe was nominated for best Contemporary Romance. Kristen’s titles Motorcycle Man, The Will, Ride Steady (which won the Reader’s Choice award from Romance Reviews) and The Hookup all made the final rounds for Goodreads Choice Awards in the Romance category.
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