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Lost Souls

(New Orleans #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,664 ratings  ·  401 reviews
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jackson delivers her most harrowing novel yet as a young woman's determined hunt for a serial killer draws her into a twisted psychopath's unspeakable crimes. Twenty-seven-year-old Kristi Bentz is lucky to be alive. Not many people her age have nearly died twice at the
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 2008)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Lost Souls is the 5th book in Lisa Jackson’s New Orleans Series.
Story has vampires….not from the Twilight world but from evil in our world, mysterious disappearances, romantic heroes, dark and moody atmosphere of Baton Rouge, serial killers which keeps you in suspense and intrigued until the very end.

Kristi Bentz wants to be a crime writer and against her father’s wishes….the
Detective Bentz from the previous books…enrolls at Lost Souls College after she hears about the mysterious disappearances
Paige Turner
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
My, my! Such high-brow critics we have here! This is a romantic suspense novel, under the category of fiction. The book is like many of it's genre where you have a protagonist who always finds her/himself involved with killers, namely serial killers and comes close to being killed themselves, every time. There's always a romantic interest, with the main characters lustfully attracted to each other, yet constantly fighting those feelings of lust, several murder victims, usually murdered in a ...more
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Apr 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
Lisa Jackson, what is happening with you? You’ve made me sad, very sad. I have been a fan of this series, and another of hers too, from the first book. The last book in this series disappointed me but it still had a few strong points. This book not only was disappointing, there were no strong points. Every sentence of this book reminded me of every other book in the series so far. And Kristi just irritated the living hell out of me. However, I am getting ahead of myself.

Let’s address Kristi
Jim C
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. In this one, Kristi is heading back to All Saints for some college courses. Once again, Kristi is the object of a serial killer while she is enrolled at college. This time the serial killer believes he is a vampire.

This is your basic romantic suspense thriller novel. I was interested in the idea of vampires and their popularity in society nowadays. When a book references Buffy the Vampire Slayer three different times, it will have my
Jan 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
In spite her being a multiple NY bestselling author, this is the first time I’ve read her work that I know of. The library has multiple books by her and after this, I will not be racing to get them. It starts out interesting enough. Kristi Bentz is going back to school to be a crime writer. Her dad is New Orleans Super Cop. Kristi ignores his concerns about All Souls College where four women have gone missing. When she gets there, as an English major, taking one forensic class being taught by ...more
Wendy Soliman
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found this plot really silly and, frankly, hard work. Vampires, college professors apparently involved in some sort of cult, four missing students and the police/FBI aren't all over it? I also found the heroine really irritating in places. She did such crazy things. Yes, I know she's supposed to be feisty but she went beyond that and was just plain silly at times.

There was also a lot of repetition - almost as though trying to make up the word count. How many times were we told that she didn't
Aug 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It started out promising, a good book to read on the bus, but then it began to lag at around page 100. I ended up skipping 190 pages after reading up to 266. Didn't seem to miss much. I was even right about who the killer was.

Some reviews said Kristi was too stupid to live. I don't know about that, but she was certainly too uninteresting to read. Actually, the only interesting and believable character was Houdini the cat. The serial killer was so annoying. You could make a drinking game for how
Cheryl Ras
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
When I started this book, I didn't realize it was part of a series but decided to go ahead. I'm sure some things would be clearer had I read the others but it did not take away from this book. I enjoyed it but felt some parts went on too long and then the ending felt rushed. Still enjoyable and I'll be looking for the earlier books to read as well.
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Near middle of book. Main character Kristi is a whiny tstl, so far. She has nearly been killed by crazies in two prior books. She is a killer-magnet. But, when she discovers she is living in the same apartment as the victim of a new serial killer, does Kristi move? No. Why do the young women in these books always think they know better than law enforcement (and her father is a cop). Her former boyfriend/cop/professor is not much brighter. He has sex with a student who is currently enrolled in ...more
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
My first read by Lisa Jackson and it was a great Romantic Suspense novel.

Kristi Benz wants to be a true crime writer. She enrolls in a college in Baton Rouge after girls at the college start disappearing. The law in Baton Rouge and college officials believe that the girls are just college dropouts and have run off not wanting to see their families disappointment in them. Kristi believes there is something more sinister going on and she's determined to prove it.

Kristi's father, Rick Bentz, is a
Malena Ponder
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of suspense

This is the first book of Lisa Jackson that I have read and I loved every bit of it! The way she builds up the the unexpected conclusion had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put this book down.
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: Bone-chilling thriller with the touches of romance, lust and twisted minds - a perfect medley to enjoy the read despite the shivers it leaves in the reader's spine.

Lost Souls is the fifth book in the New Orleans series by Lisa Jackson with Detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya published in April of 2008. This time around Lisa has Rick Bentz's daughter Kristi Bentz in the center of the plot which begins approximately a year and a half after the fourth book Absolute
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it
#1 New York Times bestseller Lisa Jackson started with a number of rejections before she embarked on her new career of killing people. Dear Author has a wonderful article about her first sale. Her personal story made me predisposed to like LOST SOULS – it makes a large difference to me in how I approach the book if I know something about the author. And yes, I did enjoy LOST SOULS.

As a thriller the book serves its purpose. The killer might not be a unique spin on the serial killer archetype, but
May 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Kristi Bentz has escaped death twice already and she is only 27, but she cannot seem to stay away from danger. it continues to find her where ever she goes. Despite the dangers that follow her around, Kristi still holds on to her dream of being a true crime writer. After three girls disappear from All Saints College, she decides to enroll and follow their steps to write a book of their disappearances. Everyone around considers the missing "lost souls" who have ran away from their problems. But ...more
Oct 18, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mysteries
I haven't even finished this book yet but I don't think I need to. First of all, it is a psuedo-romance disguised as a suspense novel, so I feel ripped off. There is not one word in the jacket flap summary about a romantic interest for the main character, and yet there he is, taking up an enormous amount of text and obviously being the real main story. The book is almost 400 pages long, and while I managed to get through 3/4 of it, there is still very little uncovered about the mystery ...more
Jessica Degarmo
Dec 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book had potential, but really didn't deliver. There are several contradictions in the first few chapters (does Kristi get along with Olivia or doesn't she? The book states both) and the writing is lackluster and hollow. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what it is in the writing itself that bothers me, but maybe it's a case of too much telling and not enough showing. Or perhaps the minutae is just too boring and feels as though it's there simply to increase word count. The characters aren't ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
when i looked up this book, i saw that it had a lot of negative reviews. I honestly didnt have a problem with the book. i thought it had good dialog, good settings. not a bad ending. since i dont know anything about the author or what shes written, i am assuming there is another book after this one? i dont know. but i only had one problem with it. the main character in the book, kristi, was beyond stubbornedly stupid. it kind of urked me. .but i guess thats what made the book i guess. . of ...more
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Audio Book #4 of 2009

I'd say this was more thriller than romance as Kristi Bentz and her old boyfriend - now her professor - search for the reasons why four women went missing from Kristi's small college campus.

The main problem I had with this book is... where exactly does Kristi get off investigating the disappearance of these woman? She's in no way involved, not a member of any police agency (although her father/boyfriend Jay are), not a private eye, not a government agent. Do regular people
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting, well written story with lots of action and suspense. It is about Kristi, a college student who goes to school near New Orleans/Baton Rouge and gets mired in the disappearance of 4 girls that the cops think just ran away. It's dangerous and very scary for Kristi and her cop boyfriend. There is to be a creepy cult of vampire followers. You can't figure out who's behind everything, which is great. There's a very tumultous ending with an intersting twist. The fact that the book ...more
Jan 21, 2009 rated it did not like it
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Mar 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
OK, so this started out pretty good--but quickly took a turn towards ridiculous. The premise is a good one--main character has survived terrible trials, but we never learn what the heck those are. Even if it was in a previous book, for those of us not familiar, a quick look back would have been reasonable. It becomes obvious quickly that that suspects of the brutal killings can't be who we thought they were--duh! But when the killers are uncovered there is very little that actually tied them to ...more
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Blood and vampires ... not my cup of tea, but the story flowed and it was suspenseful. Figuring out who the main blood sucker was, was certainly a challenge - they all seemed guilty to me. The gruesome factor played a large part - like cutting open an illegally hunted gator and finding a body part in its stomach - gross!

Not a bad read, and the writing was good and is following the rest of the series based in the New Orleans area.

2 thumbs up 4 stars out of 5 (I don't like vampires or books about
Stephanie A. Cain
Apr 04, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give this book 1/2 a star. I am done with Lisa Jackson. She obviously has very little understanding of serial offenders, and doesn't really understand sexual sadists, despite writing them. The poor psychology and criminology might be forgivable if her characters weren't so unbelievably talented, beautiful/handsome, and likely to get involved with serial killers despite the fact that they aren't FBI agents.

Ugh. Jackson's books will appeal to fans of soap operas, but my Days of Our
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love a good mystery, and I enjoyed the book. I do think the ending went a little too fast, but I liked how all the characters were brought to life in detail. It was suspenseful and a good thriller leaving me goosebumps throughout the story. One of the best thrillers I read in 2012. I will be reading it again soon.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am always looking for a new snack-reading author. Someone who can write a genre series with interesting characters and snappy writing and perhaps a clever plot line. I had never read anything by Lisa Jackson, although my library has a whole shelf of her NY Times bestsellers. I picked this one at random, because the blurb--Four girls go missing from All Souls College in Baton Rouge!--tempted me.

But the book is disappointing on many levels, primarily the writing. Doesn't Lisa Jackson have an
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, kindle
I have come to the conclusion that Lisa Jackson is not my kind of write despite the rave reviews her book tend to get. In Lost Souls, Kristi Bentz is 28 and headed back to All Saints College to finish her degree. She wants to write true crime even though her detective father won't let her use his cases. But it appears as though All Saints has its own. 4 co-eds have gone missing and no one, including their families, seem to care, but Kristi does. Making her life harder, her ex-college boyfriend ...more
Lucinda Rose Cefalo
I wasn't really thrilled about this book over all. This was my very first book that I read involving vampires. The plot was a good one. I loved the interaction between Jay & Kristi specially when things started to get heated and somewhat steamy! Loved the suspense increasing that was in the story more and more when you get to the end of the story. It actually got confusing cause you have all these different sided stories in the beginning it was non-confusing in the beginning cause you only ...more
Lu Rose
I wasn't really thrilled about this book over all. This was my very first book that I read involving vampires. The plot was a good one. I loved the interaction between Jay & Kristi specially when things started to get heated and somewhat steamy! Loved the suspense increasing that was in the story more and more when you get to the end of the story. It actually got confusing cause you have all these different sided stories in the beginning it was non-confusing in the beginning cause you only ...more
This story follows a protagonist by the name of Kristi Bentz. The daughter of a cop, aspiring true crime writer and amateur detective. Our heroine sets out to enroll at a university where four missing girls with troubled pasts are thought to be victims of an underground vampire cult on campus but many including their families assume they're just runaways.
This book was a crazy ride. It was suspenseful, creepy and packed with action. Somehow I always ended up picking up this book during the night
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Lisa Jackson is the number-one New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including Afraid to Die, Tell Me, You Don’t Want to Know, Running Scared, Without Mercy, Malice, and Shiver. She is also the co-author of the Colony Series, co-written with her sister, Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa Jackson’s books in print in twenty languages.

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