Series: Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #1
Release Date: November 29, 2016
Publisher: Berkley Books
Rating: 3 Stars
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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...
I was really excited to give this book a try. Like… really excited. After all, I am what one would call a mystery/thriller whore 😉 But I have to be honest, I was a little disappointed.
Ms. Krentz is not a “new to me” author. I have read her in the past and have been quite pleased with her storytelling abilities. She generally packs quite a punch in her books, making them nearly impossible to put down. But in When All the Girls Have Gone, I found that punch to be somewhat lacking. The plot has too many lulls, the characters aren’t developed to a point that I feel some sort of connection to them, and the romance between Charlotte and Max feels… forced and unrealistic.
Now, don’t get me wrong. The jist of the story makes for great bones, and it kept me intrigued enough to keep reading. And I know that not every book an author creates can be a homerun. I just feel that had the author included a little more physicality in to the book, it would have made the romance seem more… romantic and less mechanical.
Overall, the story isn’t bad. The author still knows how to tell a story that is enjoyable. I think I was just expecting so much more.
I read and reviewed a paperback copy of the book gifted to the blog in exchange for an honest review. All conclusions reached are my own.