Review – All the Colors of Night by Jayne Ann Krentz

About the Book:

Two psychics plunge into a dark world of deadly secrets in this second installment of the Fogg Lake trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz.

North Chastain possesses a paranormal talent that gives him the ability to track down the most dangerous psychic criminals. When his father suddenly falls into a coma, North is convinced it was caused by a deadly artifact traced back to the days of a secret government laboratory known only as the Bluestone Project. North knows his only hope of saving his father is to find the artifact. He is good when it comes to tracking down killers but to locate the relic, he’s going to need help from a psychic who knows the shadowy world of obsessive collectors, deceptive dealers, and ruthless raiders…

With her reputation in ruins after a false accusation, antique expert Sierra Raines is looking for a fresh start. She turns to the murky backwaters of the paranormal artifacts trade, finding and transporting valuable objects with a psychic provenance. When North Chastain approaches her for help, Sierra takes him on as a client, though not without reservations. North represents the mysterious Foundation, the secretive organization established to police the underworld populated by psychic criminals and those, like Sierra, who make a living in the shadows of that world.

North and Sierra soon find themselves at the scene of The Incident that occurred decades ago in Fogg Lake. The town and its residents were forever changed by the disaster in the nearby Bluestone Project labs. The pair unearth shocking truths about what happened that fateful night, but they are playing with fire—someone in town knows what they’ve discovered and will do anything to make sure the secrets stay buried.


All the Colors of Night (Fogg Lake Book 2)    The Vanishing (Fogg Lake Book 1)

My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this book.

ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT opens with an enticing scene, as Sierra Raines is being apologized to by her client for being about to kill her.  The client is unaware that Sierra has multiple psychic abilities, including one power which allows her to render the would-be murderer unconscious as she makes her escape.  Sierra’s current vocation is acting as an agent, or, go-between, delivering artifacts between buyers and sellers.  Sierra’s last job had her being the scapegoat for a scandal at that firm, one of many unsuccessful career choices, as she struggles to find her true calling.  She is also able to read people’s auras, or energy fields, as well as having the ability to read emotions left on objects.  When Sierra is offered a side job which involves hunting down some missing valuable artifacts, she eagerly accepts the opportunity to earn the additional income.

North Chastain’s successful career as a tracker of psychic criminals is about to come to an end, as he is suffering from a malady which is slowly draining him of his own psychic talent.  In addition to the devastating approaching loss of his talent, he also wonders at his own sanity, as he sees and hears visions of ghostlike figures.  North’s grandfather, Griffin, a renowned scientist and magician, was accused of being a traitor decades ago, and of selling government secrets to the enemy.  He has never been seen again, and it’s assumed he was either killed or chose to vanish into the enemy country.  North never believed that his grandfather was a traitor, and is now living in his house in Vegas.  Now North’s own father has been mysteriously injured, and this all seems to tie in somehow to his grandfather, and missing artifacts.  North still trusts in his own investigative ability, even if his paranormal powers are dwindling, and he immediately begins to try to solve the mystery, hiring Sierra to help him find the missing items.

As the new partners begin to work on tracking down the objects, it’s not long before Sierra realizes that North is neither going insane nor losing his ability.  Rather, someone is actually planning a sinister attack on him in a most diabolical way.  Sierra uses her own ability to help stabilize North, while not revealing that he is recovering, hoping to find the person or people who wanted him rendered harmless.  North’s admiration for Sierra only adds to the desire he had already been feeling for her, but Sierra mistakes his feelings for gratitude, which she wants no part of.  When a dangerous encounter leaves them full of adrenaline, they turn to each other with a steamy passion that shocks them with its intensity.

North and Sierra seem to fit together, both as partners and lovers.  Their investigation takes them down treacherous paths, where they face danger of the physical and psychic variety.  My favorite thing about reading a novel by Jayne Ann Krentz is that I know that two things will always be true – the hero will always respect the heroine and treat her accordingly, and the heroine will always be intelligent and able to see beyond the obvious.  North and Sierra share so much in common – their psychic ability, their feeling of not fitting in, their unsatisfying romantic past, their seeking of their true career niche, and even being tainted by false accusations.  I love their developing love for each other, and how everything seemed to fall into place, assuring me that their future together is solid.  I read ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT in one sitting, not wanting to put it down, as the suspense aspect is as captivating as the romance.  This book two of the Fogg Lake series can be read as a standalone, but I do recommend book one, THE VANISHING, as a great introduction to the history of Fogg Lake and its unique inhabitants.  I’m totally enjoying this series, and believe ALL THE COLORS OF NIGHT will appeal to readers who enjoy a fast paced story with a satisfying blend of romance and suspense.    ~Rose

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