The girls who disappeared were all 'lost souls' . . .
The police think they're runaways, but Kristi Bentz - who has survived a serial killer twice - senses there's something that links them, something terrifying. She enrolls at her old college in New Orleans, following the steps of the troubled, vulnerable girls.
All Saints University has changed. Among the edgy new courses and plays, there are whispers of a secret society on campus whose members wear vials of blood around their necks. To find the truth, Kristi joins their inner circle where she must play the part of a lost soul without losing herself in the process. Until a cunning and bloodthirsty killer personally selects her for membership in a cult of death from which there can be no escape.
Is she the hunter now, or the prey?
Kristi Bentz, having recovered from her last encounter with a sadistic monster in bestseller Jackson's Absolute Evil, faces an equally terrifying ordeal in this frantic paranormal thriller. Four female students associated with a vampire cult have gone missing at Baton Rouge's All Saints College, where Kristi is pursuing a journalism degree and plans to write about true crime. Kristi by chance rents an apartment once tenanted by one of the missing girls and begins investigating the case, thinking it might make a great first book. Kristi's old college sweetheart, Jay McKnight, provides an unexpected surprise (and protection) when he shows up as the fill-in for one of Kristi's professors. Not too surprisingly, "Vlad," the mysterious serial killer, sets his sights on Kristi. Adding hot sauce to the blood bath is Kristi's new supernatural ability to detect anyone marked for a life-or-death struggle when she sees a person go from living color to deadly gray or black-and-white. Jackson peppers the action with insights into the challenges faced by law enforcement agencies trying to solve crimes in post-Katrina Louisiana.