Rating: 4 out of 5
Review book courtesy of Penguin Group
The Lost Night (A Rainshadow Novel) is by Jayne Ann Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle. It’s an odd book, set in a world called Harmony, peopled with folks who have odd and unusual abilities, containing such creatures as dust bunnies (they seem to make very devoted companions)—among more dangerous things. Yet it’s surprisingly modern-day in its setting despite that, complete with roads, cottages, and even SUVs. (I gather there are other Harmony novels, but I found this one stood alone surprisingly well.)
Rachel Blake has the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, but she’s retreated from the world and moved to the peaceful Rainshadow Island, where she operates a bookstore and cafe. Nevertheless, things aren’t quite right for her—she’s missing a night in her memory, and has no idea where she was or what she was doing during that time.
Harry Sebastian has arrived on the island to investigate strange and possibly dangerous developments in the alien wood known as the Preserve. He’s drawn to Rachel on a personal level, but he thinks he also needs her help to figure out what’s going on. And she just might be the one person who can balance Harry’s own dark gift…