Lost Souls (Cainsville Series Novella)

Lost Souls (Cainsville Series Novella)

by Kelley Armstrong

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Overview

The disappearing hitchhiker is one of the hoariest urban legends, and no one knows that better than Gabriel Walsh, a lawyer who grew up on folklore and myth. When Patrick--author of books on the supernatural--brings him the case of a hitchhiking woman in white who vanished on a country road after accepting a ride from a businessman, Gabriel knows the Cainsville elder is just trying to wheedle into his good graces. But Gabriel is a man in need of a mystery, one that will get him back into someone else's good graces. His investigator, Olivia Taylor-Jones, has blown town supposedly on a simple vacation. But when she left there was a rift between them and...he misses her.

Gabriel is well aware the only thing Olivia loves more than a good mystery is a weird one, and this hitchhiker case more than fits the bill. As Gabriel digs into the case, though, he's forced to face ghosts of his own and admit that the woman in white isn't the only one who has lost her way.

With Lost Souls, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong weaves an unmissable novella-length tale connected to her fan-favorite Cainsville series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156850501
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Publication date: 12/15/2016
Series: Cainsville Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 89,251
File size: 3 MB

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Lost Souls 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even in review
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
I generally hate love triangles and frankly I'm surprised my intolerance for love triangles hasn't kept me from reading and enjoying all of the Cainsville books that have come out so far. What has kept me reading the books, other than my love of Armstrong's writing, is the fact that I cannot see Liv ever really settling for Ricky (the blandest "bad boy" ever, who is more Mary Sue than renegade). To me, Gabriel won the contest in the first book by being about a million times more interesting and multi-faceted than Ricky. In Lost Souls we get to experience an investigation through Gabriel's eyes and get a smidgen more insight into how the past has shaped his character and his ability to participate in relationships. Basically, this novella drives home why he struggles to unclench long enough to tell Olivia how he really feels about her. I found the case interesting and engaging as well. I liked that it took a common ghost story and built from there. I would recommend this novella to anyone who has read the Cainsville novels or anyone who is interested in trying out Armstrong's writing. I receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MiekeReads More than 1 year ago
I generally hate love triangles and frankly I'm surprised my intolerance for love triangles hasn't kept me from reading and enjoying all of the Cainsville books that have come out so far. What has kept me reading the books, other than my love of Armstrong's writing, is the fact that I cannot see Liv ever really settling for Ricky (the blandest "bad boy" ever, who is more Mary Sue than renegade). To me, Gabriel won the contest in the first book by being about a million times more interesting and multi-faceted than Ricky. In Lost Souls we get to experience an investigation through Gabriel's eyes and get a smidgen more insight into how the past has shaped his character and his ability to participate in relationships. Basically, this novella drives home why he struggles to unclench long enough to tell Olivia how he really feels about her. I found the case interesting and engaging as well. I liked that it took a common ghost story and built from there. I would recommend this novella to anyone who has read the Cainsville novels or anyone who is interested in trying out Armstrong's writing. I receive an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Armstrong characters come to life on the pages of her books. Lost Souls is a short read in the Cainsville series. Gabriel Walsh is a successful lawyer with a past full of demons that makes him unable to project his inner feelings. This issue makes his life full of pot holes when dealing with Olivia his research assistant. Ghosts, Fae, and cemetery paths make for a page turning race. A copy of this book was provided to me by Subterranean Press via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
LOST SOULS by Kelley Armstrong is a companion novella in the author’s contemporary adult, paranormal Cainsville mystery/suspense series. The time frame happens somewhere between the events of DECEPTIONS (Cainsville 3) and BETRAYALS (Cainsville #4) but can be read as a stand alone without too much difficulty although I recommend reading the series in order for cohesion and backstory especially the ongoing mythical dynamics between Gabriel, Olivia and Ricky. LOST SOULS is not a necessary installment to the series but does reveal some background about Patrick’s connection to Gabriel. Told from dual third person perspectives (Gabriel and Patrick) LOST SOULS focuses on the urban legend of the ‘vanishing hitchhiker and the lady in white’ - in the case of CAINSVILLE everything happens for a reason, and an explanation is exactly what attorney Gabriel Walsh is hoping to explore. Whether a hoax or a happenstance, Gabriel is out to prove, one way or another, that the vanishing hitchhiker is more than an urban legend. LOST SOULS follows Gabriel as he reluctantly teams up with Patrick –a man whose true identity to Gabriel is kept secret-but a man who has kept watch over our leading hero for most of his life. Patrick is trying help keep Gabriel occupied during his PA’s absence-Olivia Taylor-Jones-an absence Gabriel feels down to his bones. What ensues is the search for the truth, and the revelation of mystical and magical creatures that are up to no good. LOST SOULS is a ‘spirited’ story line with witty banter, rapid back and forth conversations, and a time-honored mystery that appears to recycle every few years. The relationship between Olivia and Gabriel continues to be tested, not only with Olivia’s love for Ricky but by ongoing, repetition of history and fabled lore. The premise is entertaining and imaginative; the characters are animated, revealing and energetic. The final resolution and reveal was a little abrupt but it is a novella so long winded explanations are not usually forthcoming.
LolaReviews More than 1 year ago
This was a great novella and I really enjoyed it! I would recommend it to fans of the series who want more Gabriel. The whole novella is told from Gabriel his point of view, with a few Patrick chapters in between. It really helped give even more understand and more depth to his character. Gabriel is one of my favorite characters in this series, so I loved spending time in his point of view. It was obvious how much he cares about Liv and it was heartbreaking to see how he keeps messing things up and can't help himself. He's fully aware what he's doing and how it sounds, yet he can't stop pushing her away in certain situations. There's a small mystery that gets resolved before the end of the book, but mostly I would recommend it for the additional time spent with the characters. All in all a great read.