Bayou Born

Piatkus. (Foundling, Bk. 1). Jan. 2019. 336p. ISBN 9780349417066. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9780349417059. FANTASY
Found in the Mississippi bayou as a child, Luce Boudreau has no memories of her past or the meanings of the strange markings that cover her body. Adopted by the police officer who rescued her, she follows in his footsteps, determined to prove the assumptions about her wrong. When Luce rescues another young woman from the swamp, similarly covered in markings, rumors start again. With the help of Cole Heaton and his private security company, Luce starts to unravel the mystery surrounding the woman, but the investigation soon gets derailed when she disappears from the hospital. Luce's best friend also vanishes under strange circumstances. While Luce, Cole, and his crew track down leads on both missing women and survive an attempt on their lives, Luce's ability to recover quickly is mirrored by Cole's own healing powers. A strong attraction between Luce and Cole also develops, despite Cole's attempts to distance himself. The unknowns surrounding Luce's backstory and markings are soon revealed to be part of the current dangers facing humankind.
VERDICT This paranormal fantasy/mystery/romance presents a compelling plot and likable characters, promising more to follow after an addictive beginning to this new series. Perfect for fans of Darynda Jones and Patricia Briggs.

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