Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

December 1st, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 59 Comments

1st Dec
Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Secret Sisters
by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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....

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Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz is a suspenseful murder mystery thriller served with a side dish of romance. It is the perfect read to snuggle up with by the fire on a cold winter day. Krentz takes us into the lives of Madeline and Daphne two friends who share a secret that is over eighteen years old. It’s a secret they may just get them killed.

Five reasons to grab Secret Sisters and snuggle

  • Jayne Ann Krentz weaves a suspenseful tale with plenty of twists, suspects and red herrings to keep the reader caught up in the world she creates. The story begins eighteen years ago when a man attempts to harm Madeline in the most horrific way imaginable. The girls left and never returned. Four people carry the secrets from that night and now two are dead.
  • Madeline’s grandmother has recently passed and she is now the head of their hotel empire. When she suspects foul play in the death of their caretaker she brings in her hotel security specialist and former FBI Agent Jake Rayner. She and Jake have a volatile relationship creating an interesting dynamic. Beneath their business dealings, you can feel the chemistry shimmering. There is a grace abou Madeline making her appear strong and confident but if you look closely enough her cold reserve, masks her frailty. Daphne and Madeline have not seen each other since that night, and the past two years have been some of the darkest for Daphne. While she and Abe were not the focus, I love that Krentz gave us her story. Seeing these friends reunite lightened the story.
  • Jack Rayner, security specialist, profiler and protector struggles when it comes to Madeline. He feels an overwhelming need to protect her, but has self-imposed rules regarding business and relationships. His former fiancé and business partner betrayed him leaving him guarded. Jack comes off initially as hard, and maybe a little aloof, but Krentz slowly peeled back his layers revealing a complex, sensitive hero. When Jack realizes Madeline and Daphne are in trouble he brings in his brother Abe. Abe is quiet, but I adored the attentions he gave Daphne.
  • Krentz always spins a good mystery and Secret Sisters delivered as she weaved the events from the past into the current threat. Villains and those in power created an interesting suspect list as Jack, Madeline, Daphne and Abe begin to piece things together. We cross paths with a sociopath and those eager for power and wealth creating suspense and ah-ha moments. All of the threads, clues and questions are answers as Krentz notches up the danger before wrapping the story and romance up in a carefully constructed bow.
  • The romantic aspect in Secret Sisters was served as a side dish but provided character growth, and tender moments. It also served to increase the suspense as they faced danger. I was delighted that Krentz gave us not one but two romances. While the second is not as developed she still managed to give me the warm and fuzzies.

Secret Sisters delivered suspense in this standalone thriller with a dash of romance to delight. Fleshed out characters and colorful suspects will keep you reading into the wee hours.

About Jayne Ann Krentz

The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries. Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

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59 Responses to “Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz”

  1. Lexxie

    I’ve had this on my ‘might-read’ shelf for a while, Kim, and your review persuaded me that I should definitely pick up Secret Sisters!
    I love mysteries, and this one sounds like it’s really well done!
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  2. Jenny

    It just so happens that it’s a very cold winter day here today (and wet, boo!) so this sounds like it would be perfect:) You know how much I love romance Kim, so I’m super excited that we get two romances in this one, even if they’re not the focal points of the story:)
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  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    In the past couple of years, I have been drawn once again to this author. Especially to her romantic suspense. I like your description: “The romantic aspect in Secret Sisters was served as a side dish but provided character growth, and tender moments.”

    My favorite kind of side dish in a mystery! Thanks….
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  4. kindlemom1

    I love that even though it is a side (where it should be) that there is still romance in this. For whatever reason and I hate to admit it, but I love having at least a little romance in all my reads now. Maybe it is the older me coming out or the hopeless romantic, either way, there you have it.
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  5. Heidi

    I like the sound of this one, and plus, I think it is great when the romance is done as the side dish instead of the main. I have been meaning to try this author, I just need more time to read.