“Olivia LeClair was halfway across the parking garage and thinking about getting a cat when she realized the man coming toward her intended to murder her.” Thus, begins chapter one of Jayne Ann Krentz’s novel Lightning in a Mirror.
With a glance back at the past of The Foundation, a firm devoted to paranormal research, and Harlan Rancourt’s (the son of its chairman), who has just witnessed his father’s death and is plotting revenge, then a leap forward to meet Olivia LeClair who can “see” the bad guys and uses her unique talents as a private investigator specializing in paranormal events, whose largest client happens to be The Foundation, we are catapulted into this story and immediately hooked.
One of the best things about this book is that although it is the third in a series, you don’t have to read the first two to understand and enjoy the ride. Krentz provides just enough of the backstory to draw a new reader in, but not so much detail that a reader familiar with the other novels is frustrated with the retelling of the story. With a perfect mix of action, adventure, danger, love, and self-realization, the story comes to life and provides a safe escape from the world outside.
Lightning in a Mirror, the final piece of the Fogg Lake Trilogy, begins with Olivia LeClair and brings the intrigue of the trilogy full circle, refamiliarizing us with the characters from the previous books and introducing us to new friends–and enemies, providing a bittersweet reading experience to those who have already read the first two novels and leaving new readers running to find the first two pieces of the puzzle.
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