Many moons ago, Jayne Ann Krentz was my first foray into Romantic Suspense (I started out my romance reading life as a historical romance addict) and I am happy to say that over the years, her talent for penning a compelling and intriguing story in the genre has not diminished.
Charlotte is picking up her step-sister, Jocelyn's mail while she is vacationing and discovers a note from her sister's friend Louise. She heads to her place to pick up some documents she wanted Jocelyn to have only to run into Max, a PI. Louise is apparently dead and her cousin has hired Max to investigate. When Charlotte tries to get a hold of Jocelyn to inform her of her friend's death, she realizes she is missing. Concerned, she is left with little choice, and partners with Max to unravel he mysteries of Louise's death and Jocelyn's disappearance.
Krentz draws us in immediately with the first chapter where we have a supposed hunting accident unfold before our eyes. Immediately you'll find yourself asking who is murdering who and why. That kind of suspense and unknown mystery kept me on my toes for most of the book. As secrets and betrayals are unraveled I found it hard to put this book down.
In addition to the wonderful suspense story-line, we have the developing relationship between Charlotte and Max. I really enjoyed both characters. Charlotte lives her life on the straight and narrow, taking very few risks and Max is a jaded PI trying to simply make ends meet. These two are complete opposites on the surface, but as they work together, it becomes obvious they are perfect for each other. I will note that the romance does take a back seat to the suspense plot at points, which works here very well. This was a very enjoyable read and I think fans of the genre will enjoy this greatly.
Reviewed by Rosemary Feil
Jayne Ann Krentz, the New York Times bestselling author of Secret Sisters, delivers a thrilling novel of the deceptions we hide behind, the passions we surrender to, and the lengths we’ll go to for the truth...
When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.
Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.
After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…
When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way...
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