Sleep No More

Berkley (Long Night Files, Bk. 1). Jan. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9780593337820. $28. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
Investigating a lead in an abandoned Californian hospital, Lost Night Files podcast host Pallas Llewellyn runs into thriller writer Ambrose Drake, who believes someone was recently murdered there. Ambrose reveals that he previously had a stay at the Carnelian Sleep Institute, where he suspects he was drugged, but he doesn’t know why and now thinks it ties into a murder at the hospital. Ambrose can read people’s auras, an ability that has gotten even stronger since his stay at the institute, while Pallas draws the visions she sees when reading the energy in a room. Even though she is haunted by an earlier event that left her with own blank night she cannot remember, she agrees to help Ambrose investigate. The stakes become even higher when they get close to uncovering the truth, and it becomes clear someone wants to ensure that doesn’t happen.
VERDICT Krentz (Lightning in a Mirror) infuses gripping romantic suspense with the metaphysical in this novel that will delight long-time fans and new readers alike. A few unanswered questions create an intriguing set-up for the next book in this new series.
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