Lightning in a Mirror (Fogg Lake)

  • Author Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Release Date January 22, 2022
  • Publisher Berkley
  • ISBN/ASIN 9780593337752
  • Our Rating
  • Reviewed by SJ

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Our Review

LIGHTNING IN A MIRROR is the last book in the Fogg Lake Trilogy by NYT bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz. You don’t need to read the other books to understand this one (though you get a better feeling for Fogg Lake and its quirkly occupants if you do.) This is a romantic suspense light on romance and heavy on suspense with a satisfying conclusion.
Olivia LeClair has not had a good time of it dating. Her last date tried to kill her, and the guy who sits down with her at speed dating only wants her help finding a legendary psychic laboratory. Harlan is taken with Olivia from the very first, but she doesn’t seem to warm up to him much at all. The romantic connection between the pair felt very one-sided all throughout the book, which made it difficult to like Olivia. She’s tough, but almost too tough in her desire not to have anything to do with Harlan.

The mystery is spot-on as the pair try to find the lost Vortex Lab. Harlan has a packed past, since he’s the son of the man who used to run the Vortex Lab, a man who was more a mobster and villain than scientist. Is Harlan on the up and up, or does he have an agenda?

Olivia is the key to the investigation, since her psychic talent is needed to settle Vortex so that it’s stable enough to find…and perhaps use.

I am a huge Jayne Ann Krentz fan, but this book just didn’t hit it for me. The mystery is great, but the romance really lacks. Well-written and for the most part engaging—if you pretend Olivia is nicer and warmer than portrayed—LIGHTNING IN A MIRROR will delight JAK fans and mystery lovers alike. Just don’t expect a satisfying romance.

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