Release Date: December 8, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One and River Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.
Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.
They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.
Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.
Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.
Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….
The magic of SECRET SISTERS (for me) is on how it's written with the plot a close second. There's just an easiness to how JAKrentz told this story despite its heavy and dark themes. Everything just flows, the pace is steady with carefully placed "highs" in the right places which did a lot of good for the build-up.
The mystery is good but it's not mind bending. The focal point is on the motive rather than the whodunnit. I found that it told more than showed with the protagonists piecing things together and coming up with intelligent guesses and conclusions. Also for a title like SECRET SISTERS, the novel mostly features Madeline and her blossoming romance with Jack rather than Daphne and the kind of sisterhood she has with Madeline.
I love this book! I got sucked into the story from the beginning, the characters made compelling introductions and the consistent aggression of the antagonist motivated me to keep reading until I find out WHY this is all happening. Jayne Ann Krentz, this isn't our last cuddle, I look forward to our next chiller together.