REVIEW: The Girl in the Mist by Kristen Ashley

5 SMOOCHES!

   

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SYNOPSIS:

Renowned author Delphine Larue needs a haven. A crazed fan has gone over the deep end, and she’s not safe. Her security team has suggested a house by a lake. Secluded. Private. Far away. In a beautiful area of the Northwest close to the sleepy town of Misted Pines. It’s perfect. So perfect, Delphine has just moved in, and she’s thinking she’ll stay there forever.

Until she sees the girl in the mist.

After that, everything changes.

Delphine quickly learns that Misted Pines isn’t so sleepy. A little girl has gone missing, and the town is in the grips of terror and tragedy. The local sheriff isn’t up for the job. The citizens are up in arms. And as the case unfolds, the seedy underbelly of a quiet community is exposed, layer by layer.

But most importantly, girls are dying.

There seems to be only one man they trust to find out what’s happening.

The mysterious Cade Bohannan.

 

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REVIEW:

I’m a huge Kristen Ashley fan, and I had some seriously high hopes for The Girl in the Mist. Let me start by saying that I fell hard for the gorgeous cover—it’s visually stunning, and hands down, it’s my favorite Kristen Ashley cover to date. Once I read the blurb, though, my anticipation for this book went through the roof, and let me tell you, Kristen Ashley did not disappoint me. There is definitely a special vibe to KA’s writing—it’s what draws her long-time, die-hard readers back to her work, whether it’s for a re-read or a new book. This feeling that she evokes in her readers is her signature, and I come back to her work to re-capture it time after time.

The Girl in the Mist is billed as a romantic thriller, and it lived up to that hype. A romance novel that was heavily centered on the pulse-pounding plot, this book was something new and exciting from KA. I was as heavily invested in the mystery as I was in the romance. KA built an addictive “whodunit” quality to this story, and she masterfully concealed the villain right up to the reveal. Practically everyone was suspect in my mind at one point or another. I honestly wasn’t sure who was behind the crimes until that scene was literally unfolding on the page. I loved it!

I don’t want to give away a lot of spoilers, but there were a few things I really loved about this book. I loved that the heroine, Delphine Larue, and the hero, Cade Bohannan, were older. Older couples have been through some relationship wringers, they know what they want, and they don’t have any problems asking for it—both in bed and out of it. I really liked that they were both so straightforward and direct, and that there was no messing around with each other’s emotions. I also really liked their families and how well they meshed together, and I especially liked the relationship Delphine built with Cade’s daughter. I loved Misted Pines and the townspeople. KA always builds interesting side and background characters into her stories, and she really did that in abundance here. These characters really fleshed out this small town, adding a richness and depth that took this story from good to great.

I really enjoyed The Girl in the Mist, and I’m already looking forward to heading back to Misted Pines. I had such high expectations for this story going in to it, and having now finished it, I’m even more excited about this series! KA ushers in a completely new cast of characters, in an all-new setting, and she does it with the nostalgic feels that I love in her storytelling. Spine-tingling suspense and scorching-hot chemistry between a mature couple made for a story that captured my attention right away. The Girl in the Mist by Kristen Ashley gets 5 smooches from me!

~Danielle Palumbo

 


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