Kristi Bentz almost died. She has been a target on more than one occasion because her father, Rick, is a detective in the New Orleans Police Department. Now that she has recovered from a coma, Kristi wants to set out on her own path and become a strong, independent person. So she leave homes and returns to All Saints College where she can pursue her goal of becoming a true crime writer.
All Saints College, however, is having a crisis. Four girls have gone missing from the school in less than two years. The administration isn't particularly concerned and neither are the police, passing the whole thing off as a few troubled young ladies who have run off. They have no concerned families or friends, and are written off.
Kristi begins her own investigation and soon starts to uncover a dark and deadly underbelly that hides in plain sight on the campus of All Saints. With the help of former flame Jay McKnight (who is now her professor), Kristi seeks answers to the vampire cult that may be to blame for the disappearances. Adding to Kristi's already heightened nerves is the discovery that she is living in a room previously rented by one of the missing girls.
With LOST SOULS, Lisa Jackson takes readers back to New Orleans, but this is a different New Orleans. It is scarred, battered and altered forever by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The damage wrought by the storm plays a role in the unfolding of the tale, and Jackson does a marvelous job of detailing some of the problems faced by the police department, such as evidence lost in floods and how it has changed those who are working to keep the peace. She does this without descending into a weary lament but rather by using it as a thread that secures part of the story to the rest. Subtle but vital.
Kristi certainly has her troubles laid out for her in LOST SOULS, and for one who has endured so much previously, she holds up quite well. Jackson has drawn her as a strong young woman who truly is trying to break free from her p