Monday, January 8, 2024

The Night Island - Romantic Suspense Review

Goodreads:  The Night Island (The Lost Night Files #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz

Rating: Liked It! (3.5 Stars)
Source:   Publisher

Description:  Talia March, Pallas Llewellyn, and Amelia Rivers, bonded by a night they all have no memory of, are dedicated to uncovering the mystery of what really happened to them months ago—an experience that brought out innate psychic abilities in each of them. The women suspect they were test subjects years earlier, and that there are more people like them—all they have to do is find the list. When Talia follows up on a lead from Phoebe, a fan of the trio’s podcast, she discovers that the informant has vanished.

Talia isn’t the only one looking for Phoebe, however. Luke Rand, a hunted and haunted man who is chasing the same list that Talia is after, also shows up at the meeting place. It’s clear he has his own agenda, and they are instantly suspicious of each other. But when a killer begins to stalk them, they realize they have to join forces to find Phoebe and the list.

The rocky investigation leads Talia and Luke to a rustic, remote retreat on Night Island in the Pacific Northwest. The retreat promises to rejuvenate guests with the Unplugged Experience. Upon their arrival, Talia and Luke discover guests are quite literally cut off from the outside world because none of their high-tech devices work on the island. It soon becomes clear that Phoebe is not the first person to disappear into the strange gardens that surround the Unplugged Experience retreat. And then the first mysterious death occurs…

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Why I Picked This Book:  I really enjoyed the first book in the Lost Night Files and I always enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz's books.  

My Impression: Well that was a bit of madness!  Both Talia and Luke have a lost night, some psychic abilities, and a desire to figure out just what is going on in common.  Luke's talents are a bit more intense and a bit scarier but if I was going to a creepy island cut off from the rest of the world he would definitely be the person I'd want with me.  I like Talia and I like how she reacts to Luke's revelations as well as how she handles a stressful situation.  

The island is one of the most claustrophobic settings I've come across in a book.  I could pretty much feel the plants closing in on me as I was reading.  The island is filled with unsavory characters and I while it seemed like no one was up to any good I wasn't sure whose nefarious motives were the problem.  

This a fun read with some bonkers paranormal activity and a super creepy setting.  The whole Lost Night plot is a bit convoluted and the ending felt a bit incomplete which kept this from being a total win for me.  I'm hoping this will be more explained in the next book.  If you're looking for a fun read with likable characters and don't mind stretching believability more than a bit you can never go wrong with a Jayne Ann Krentz book.

Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Of course!  I always enjoy this author's books.

Would I Recommend this Book? If you're looking for a fun read this author is always a good choice

* I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  As always my opinions and impressions are completely my own. *


  1. I'm glad you enjoyed it. This author is hit or miss for me.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  2. I haven't read this author in awhile, but this sounds like a good one.

  3. I enjoyed this one, and it reminded me a lot of the Harmony series.

  4. I really need to read more of this author's work very soon.

  5. That setting really does sound creepy! I hope to read this one at some point. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  6. Good review! "Bonkers" and "stretching believability more that a bit" are excellent descriptions of Krentz's paranormal books... but so is "a fun read with likable characters." I always enjoy these, and devour them like candy.

    And yes, I think the Lost Night plot will be explained more in the next book. (If you haven't read the Arcane Society novels, you may want to give them a try. There's a running thread about the "founder's formula" and a secret cabal called Nightshade that might, just maybe, tie in with either the Lost Night plot or the Fogg Lake trilogy's Bluestone project... or both.)