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#Book #Review "When All the Girls Have Gone" by Jayne Ann Krentz
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... MY TAKE: 4 STARS!
This was my first Jayne Ann Krentz novel, and I enjoyed it for the most part. It was a little different, refreshing, actually, to have a Private Investigator on the case instead of a police related person investigating what had happened, although the reason there is a PI on this case is because the police have pretty much just blown off the death of Louise Flint as a suicide only based upon this person having had a history of drug use. Somehow Daniel Flint, Louise’s cousin, does not believe her death was a suicide, especially because of the state of her apartment, including the fact that her technology was missing, ie., her computer and phone. Who and why would that have been taken? Daniel contacts Max Cutler, Private Investigator, new to the area ready and willing to start his own PI firm. They are standing in the apartment and it’s clear as day to them someone killed this woman just from the way the apartment looks tossed. This starts the hunt to find out what is going on and why this person was killed.
In the meantime, this person’s friend, Charlotte Sawyer can’t get a hold of her sister, Jocelyn, who was supposed to be at a convent retreat going technology free. Apparently this is the new rage for vacations, but this leaves Charlotte at a loss to be able to tell her sister that her friend had been killed. Charlotte now knew with the disappearance of Jocelyn that this definitely meant she was worried for her own life, thus the disappearance. Something major is going on and Jocelyn knows her own life is in danger, and most likely the lives of her friends.
Charlotte ends up working this case with Max Cutler, the PI, and he finds Charlotte very attractive. A romance between the two happens, but there is not enough heat between them that would make you think a romance would even be likely, but there is one. I would have liked to have seen more of this attraction between the two develop, In order to have romance, in my opinion, you need to have that heat, and the author definitely fell short here. Jocelyn and some of her friends had formed an investment group, and these friends were the friends who were at danger. There is also something about Jocelyn getting raped and that he could possibly be the killer as she had continued to follow rapes of other girls because they could not catch her rapist and her evidence box disappeared. This story had a lot in it that made for a great yarn. The author lead you in several directions, and you enjoy the ride. The book picks up pace towards the end again with all the twists and turns along with the unexpected events you deserve a good mystery to give you.
I have to say in the beginning with these four friends, a sister, the dead girl, her cousin with the same last name, the PI, I began to get a little over-charactered. It took a while to get used to all of the characters, and at one point I wondered if I would ever catch on to ALL the characters. I did. It was a good one you should enjoy. I don’t know that if this book becomes a series that the author has me dedicated enough to it that I would continue reading it, though. The publisher, Berkley Romance, provided me with a free copy of this book to read and write a review of my own opinion, and I thank them for this.
About the Author:
Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers and has sold 40 million novels. She has written romantic thrillers under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. Learn more at jayneannkrentz.com and connect with her on facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz.