Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the case, though, he’s forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn’t the only one who has lost her way.
With Lost Souls, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.
Revolving around Gabriel whose journey has been a hard one, we catch up with him when he is at a low ebb. There's a connection between him and Olivia, who works for him, that is magical but not in the way you expect but as this story begins their friendship is under a lot of pressure. So, what better than a new case to blow away the cobwebs and the one that Patrick is dangling fits the bill but is it real and just why is Patrick so keen?
I empathise so much with Gabriel and yet freely admit he's not the most warm and fuzzy character and yet, he just works! There is a sort of triangle running through this book involving Ricky but it's very much on the back burner as the author takes the ghost story of urban myth and tarts it up in her own inimitable fashion. Olivia has experienced so much and yet she will bravely go forward without losing that spark that makes her shine. As for Patrick instigating things, well he never quite gets it right, but hey ho at least Gabriel and Olivia somehow forge ahead or is that just maintain the status quo?
Happily, even with Gabriel in turmoil, he's not allowed to wallow and indeed he ((shock, horror)) seems to be facing reality! Although the reality here is that yes, we now know the Fae are real but perhaps ghosts are too? Plus, there's a clock ticking away with a life at stake, so time to pull on those big girl panties and solve the case!
I really do think Lost Souls should be read after the first three books in the series as it gives away a huge plot line that still needs to be resolved, but as a way of catching up with characters it works very well. The twist in the tale as we discover just what is really happening whilst a little quick for my taste was a surprise but that's why I keep coming back to Ms Armstrong as her imagination just knows no bounds!
A copy of Lost Souls was provided to me which I have voluntarily read and these comments are my own honest opinion.
*It appears the hardcover will be available late March