May 18, 2016

Loved It: Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Series: Standalone
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
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….

Wow, I devoured SECRET SISTERS in a day. If I didn't have errands to run, I could've devoured this murder mystery in one sitting. Aside from its clever plot lines and twisty turns, it also features a few delicious meal inspirations AND for a book that categorizes itself as romantic suspense, it's pretty timid compared to its counterparts (yay!).

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.

Talk Supe


  1. I'm totally fine with a mystery that focuses more on the motive, as long as it's interesting.

  2. I agree with Christy, as long as it stays interesting and keeps me on my toes, I'm usually good with it.

  3. The ones I have read I have liked so I am sure I'd like this one too

  4. I really liked the books by the author I did read but it's been a while and I think I still have some in my TBR pile, I should look into that

  5. It's certainly been a while since I've had one of those one-sitting reads. And I've always wanted to check out her books. So this one sounds like a perfect starting point. :)

  6. Woohoo! Yes! I loved this one too :D She's such a fantastic author. So glad to see you loved it :D

  7. I love romantic suspense and I have read some of Jayne's books, so she is always on my reading list. Great review.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. I've read a bunch of her books and really liked the ones I've read.

  9. I think I nearly read this one straight through in one sitting as well. I enjoyed following along as they figured stuff out.

  10. wow Braine I'm a JAK fanatic and this one didn't make it on my radar. I'm fixing that right now Thanks!

  11. Oh my, Braine! Secret Sisters sounds really good! And I have a feeling I have a copy of it hanging out somewhere in my house... Better get to it soon, right?
    I hope you've had a fantastic week :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  12. I've read some other good reviews of this one. I'll have to watch for it at the store. :)

  13. This sounds like a great story. I really need to read more mysteries. Great review

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  14. I've never read Krentz but you've made me want to give this story a try! You really are on a mystery kick right now, aren't you? :)


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