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The Night Island

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In Jayne Ann Krentz's latest paranormal thriller, "The Night Island," the Lost Night Files trilogy takes an exhilarating turn with Talia March and Luke Rand's quest for truth.
The enigmatic disappearance of a key informant sends them to the secluded Night Island, uncovering a sinister plot rooted in government experiments and psychic enhancements.

Krentz masterfully spins a story of gripping suspense and heartwarming romance.

The dynamic duo of Talia and Luke captivates with their charm and chemistry, adding a layer of depth to the narrative. While the story's resolution may leave some questions unanswered, the engaging plot, relatable elements, and Krentz's signature touch make "The Night Island" a compelling and satisfying read.

As a longtime fan of Krentz's work, I find this installment to be yet another testament to her storytelling prowess over the last 15 years since I’ve started reading her stories.

Very grateful to the publisher for my review copy through NetGalley, opinions are my own.
This book comes out in January 2024.

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Characters possessing paranormal abilities has been a recurring theme in Jayne Ann Krentz's novels, and in novels under her pseudonym Amanda Quick since 2007 with her Arcane Society series. Beginning with Krentz's story White Lies and Quick's book The Third Circle, the author continues this theme in her latest novel Night Island, the second installment in her Lost Night Files trilogy.

Some background information about the Lost Night Files trilogy is it centers around three women, Pallas Llewellyn, Talia March, and Amelia Rivers, who share one lost evening. It is a night that none of the three can remember what happened to them. They woke up in the Lucent Springs Hotel, surrounded by a raging fire that forced them to run to save their lives. Lingering thoughts lead them to suspect they were subjects in an experiment designed to enhance their psychic abilities because from that moment forward, their respective psychic talents were deeply enhanced.

Book one, Sleep No More, is the love story between Pallas Llewellyn and Ambrose Drake. Book two, Night Island, develops the romance between Talia March and Luke Rand, who was subject A in an experiment called Cold Fire 2.0 to create psychic assassins. Rand was considered a failure and expected to die. Instead, he survived, leading a nomadic life, continually moving around and never feeling safe to settle down in one place in case the individuals who used him as an experiment were out to kill him.

Luke and Talia are on the trail to finding a list of people used in government funded experients to enhance individuals psychic abilities when they meet. Together, they forge a bond and a trust of one another that is inspiring. Krentz endows the pair with enthralling and endearing traits that make them likeable to the reader. Not only does the story keep the reader engaged, wanting to discover who is behind these treacherous and malfeasant experiments, but the charming characters also draw the reader's attention.

Aspects of the story are relatable to current conditions in society such as the means to enhance the subject's psychic abilities is through injections and boosters. Readers will relate this part of the story to the COVID 19 vaccines and boosters that are being promoted globally to allegedly keep people safe. It puts the story in the modern age rather than making the reader feel detached from the events unfolding.

Another aspect in the story that is relatable to the current conditions of society is the manipulation of plant life to enhance their malevolent qualities through the means of advanced technology and artificial intelligence. Krentz sheds light on the negative effects that scientific experiments can produce.

One unsatisfying part of the story is that Krentz frees the mad individuals, who are funding the scientific experiments. This is unusual for her books. She leads the reader to the wealthy Cutler Steen whose children, Benedict, Celina and Adriana are involved in a sick competition to gain their father's admiration. The three Steen children are behind funding these experiments, and thus far, none of them have been discovered by the Lost Night Files group.

Readers who become engulfed by Luke and Talia's story will be eager to see if book three will uncover the Steen family's devious plans. And if the Steen family will have to face their crimes against humanity. It is a trilogy that puts the reader in the present.

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Continuing the story of lost time and memories, new characters are added to the mix in this one. The best part is the Lost Night Files podcast crew is growing as Luke and Phoebe are added to Talia, Pallas, Amelia and Ambrose. The story will continue but we have to wait. That’s the bad news.

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This is the 2nd in the Lost Night Files which focuses on Talia March who just got a lead on a list that might explain why they were targeted and who might be next and ends up running into Luke Rand another victim of same group who is experimenting on people with psychic abilities that Talia and her friends were victims of as well. They go undercover as a couple retreat on Night Island where Talia’s abilities of finding lost things has lead them but while on the island people keep ending up dead and while they definitely solve the mystery of what was happening on the island they just end up with more questions about who is behind the whole experiment and why they were chosen and what they are trying to accomplish. The romance and chemistry between Luke and Talia was explosive and of course they fall in love during the course of the investigation. I can’t wait to read Amelia’s story and finally figure out who is behind the experiments and the reason why.

Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for the complimentary copy of this book. All opinions in this review are my own.

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The Night Island, written by Jayne Ann Krentz, is the second installment in a series that is best enjoyed when read in chronological order. This captivating novel is brimming with thrilling action, intricate conspiracies, and a touch of romance. It leaves readers eagerly anticipating the release of the next book in the series.

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I always love Krentz's books for their shoutouts to librarians, their well-worn but enjoyable tropes, their spunky heroines, and satisfying conclusions, even if the love-at-first-sight thing is not a super relatable trope....

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Krentz is a master at developing stories that will quickly draw you in with her descriptions and characters. This one is no different. Talia March and her friends continue their search for answers to who was behind the lost night. They learn from Phoebe, a listener of their podcast there might be a list of others. Problem is Phoebe has go missing. Enter Luke Rand, another test subject also looking for the list. After being attacked, they decide to work together. The search takes them to an unplugged retreat on Night Island where the staff, guest and the vegetation are not what they seem.
Thanks to both NetGalley and the publisher for an arc of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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I wasn’t too sure about the first of this series about the Lost Night Files but I found that this second book in the series hooked me. The characters were more developed in this book. I’m really looking forward to the next in the series.

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The Night Island
Jane Ann Krentz
Jan 9 2024
Paranormal
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
The disappearance of a mysterious informant leads two people desperate for answers to an island of deadly deception in this second novel in the Lost Night Files.
Another fantastic novel by Krentz. Read and find out if Luke and Talia find Phoebe. I recommend this for those who enjoy romantic suspense,
5 stars

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Three women who developed enhanced psychic abilities after a mysterious night they can’t remember learn that there may be a secret list of test subject names. As Talia March tries to obtain it, she meets Luke Rand, also after the list. Is he one of the psychic assassins that Talia and her friends were warned about? Talia determines Phoebe, the list seller, has been abducted and she teams up with Luke to find her. They travel to Night Island as a couple on an unplugged retreat hoping to combine their talents to find the mysterious agency conducting the life-altering experiments.

Second in the series best read in order. Full of action, conspiracy, and even a little romance. Can’t wait for the next book!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is the 2nd book in the “The Lost Night Files” series. I always enjoy reading a Krentz book and look forward to the latest and greatest. This book didn’t disappoint. Right from the beginning the action started and didn’t stop until the end of the book. Talia, Pallas, and Amelia were all together when they woke up and realized that they had lost a whole night. They decided to work together to find out what happened. This is when the Lost Night Files Podcast begins. This story follows Talia March in her search for what happened to them during their lost night. The ladies have made a connection to why they were chosen, to a test that they took in college about psychic abilities. Talia has been contacted by a hacker that is willing to sell the list to her. When she gets to the meeting place she finds Luke Rand instead of the hacker, Phoebe. Luke states that Phoebe never showed, and he was also looking for the list because of some time he lost just like Talia. Talia finds a clue in Phoebe’s cottage that directs them to the Unplugged Experience on Night Island. Luke and Talia decide to join forces to find Phoebe, the list, and what happened to them during their lost nights. Read and find out whether Luke and Talia find Phoebe, the list, and what happened to them during their lost time. Enjoy another great romantic suspense from Krentz.

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another great story. Talia and Luke were great together. I like how the storyline connects with past books. Such a wonderful writer

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The List Night podcast team is onto their next project and it could turn deadly. Is it possible to create killers who use only their psychic abilities? Can they be stopped before it is too late? Another exceptional book from Jayne Ann Krentz.

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I enjoyed this book but it felt very similar to the other in the series but not in a good way. It felt formulaic. This time the story just wasn't as interesting to me. I will continue to read the series but hope that the next one is more unique.

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Another fantastic read by Jayne Ann Krentz. This is the second book in the Lost Night Files. Talia and Luke meet up at a retreat on Night Island. A killer begins to stalk them and they are cut off from the world. If you love romantic suspense you will love this book and series.

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The second in the Lost Night Files series. Podcaster Talia meets up with Rand when trying to buy a list of people who took a psychic test and en up on the Night Island. ARC from NetGalley.

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