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.
Urban fantasy meets urban legend in this succinct sidebar to Armstrong's Cainsville series. The novella opens with a motorist's encounter with that chestnut of contemporary folk frights, the vanishing hitchhiker. Patrick, a fae trickster and writer of supernatural fiction, calls the incident to the attention of Chicago attorney Gabriel Walsh in the hope that solving the mystery will draw Gabriel (who doesn't know that Patrick is his father) closer to Olivia, a research associate possessed of her own paranormal proclivities, with whom Gabriel has a standoffish relationship. When Gabriel and Olivia trace the incident back to a tragedy that occurred 40 years before, they discover discrepancies in past sightings that suggest something more malevolent and dangerous than a ghost is behind them. Armstrong milks the plot for as much suspense as possible before bringing events to a romantically satisfying conclusion. The tale's strongest element is its use of recurring characters, whose familiarity is sure to be a clincher for fans of the series.