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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Lost Lives: The Redstone Chronicles Book 5 by Judy T. Bishop invites us on a thrilling journey into the mysterious woods of the southern Sierra Nevada, along with paranormal investigators Mason Redstone and Trick Monroe. The partners at SCOPE had an irresistible offer from the wealthy Barbara Ann Douglas to stay in the luxurious wood cabins for five days, write a review about their time there, and receive five thousand dollars each. The offer included Mason's sister, Mikey, his girlfriend, Valerie, and his friends, Detectives Aaron Remalla and Gordon Daniels, with his wife, Marjorie. It turned out that locals opposed Barbara's plans to develop land that once belonged to Native American nations, and people went missing in these woods. Lindsey Eilish from Cryptid Unit believes that the trip may be dangerous for Trick and his friends. She joins them to keep an eye on the woods, where ancient evil lies hidden.
Judy T. Bishop's Lost Lives will not disappoint fans of stories about monsters or cryptids. Bishop's beautiful writing style and lively dialogue pulled me into the book immediately. The interaction between the characters includes a touch of humor and kept me highly entertained. Bishop's characters are interesting and multilayered. Trick is a player, convinced that he is irresistible, but he shows his chivalrous side by protecting Lindsey, his love interest. Lindsey, a tough girl always ready to put her knife to use, is considerate toward her new friends even if she doesn't want to show them her soft side. I liked that in describing the characters, Bishop portrays normal human reactions to stress and creates believable situations in the paranormal horror account. The book is action-packed, but the narrative is not overwhelming and stays engaging until the end. Bishop's monsters are not trivial and will surprise readers with their abilities. I recommend this to lovers of adventure, paranormal thrillers, suspense, and family drama.