In her first cross-over novel, bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz (aka Amanda Quick) brings her Arcane Society series to the present. The organization, founded by the Jones family centuries ago, monitors and trains psychic individuals on how to sharpen their skills and use them productively. The Society also offers psychic families a way to measure their talents and even offers a matchmaking service to pair complementing talents for satisfactory marriages.
Clare Lancaster is a rarity, even for the Society. Her psychic abilities place her at the highest level of the Jones scale, and possibly exceeds it. Her particular talent is one that makes most people uncomfortable. Clare is a human lie detector. The Arcane Society leaders expect that the constant exposure to lies will drive her mad. Clare is made of sterner stuff. As the illegitimate daughter of Archer Glazebrook, she has inherited his stubborn nature and a practical streak. She has learned to accept that everyone lies to some degree, and how to use her abilities when it matters most.
Clare has come to Arizona at her father’s request. She does not like to intrude on the family because of her circumstances, and prefers to be independent. This is difficult since she is currently looking for work, and every avenue appears to be a dead end. She is especially upset by her repeated rejections by Jones & Jones, a psychic investigation agency. One would think that a talent like hers would be valuable, but the firm thinks she is unstable.
Jake Salter is also in Arizona on business. As an investigator for Jones & Jones, Jake is pretending to be a business consultant while he searches for clues about a new threat to the Society. Jake’s own psychic abilities are uniquely suited for this task. He is a hunter.
The arrival of Clare Lancaster has disturbed Jake in more ways than one. She will easily be able to discern his lies and want to know why he is really in Arizona. She is also setting off his personal alarms and Jake knows that he will have to keep a close watch on her.
Just as the first Arcane Society novel Second Sight, breathed new life into Amanda Quick’s writing, White Lies has also energized Ms. Krentz. The novel draws the reader in from the start, and keeps them enthralled until the final page. I could not wait to see what Jake and Clare would discover next, and both the danger and passion are off the charts. There are some very satisfying twists to the story, and a few ends left dangling for future books.