by Jayne Ann Krentz
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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...
When All the Girls Have Gone is a standalone romantic suspense by Jayne Anne Krentz. I am a long time fan and read both her novels and those penned by her pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick. While I enjoyed this murder mystery that involves a 15-year-old rape case, it didn’t quite capture me like most Krentz books.
The story begins when we meet Charlotte Sawyer, a young woman who has recently been jilted. She loves her job at a retirement home but has been down in the dumps. Her sister is out of town, and she stops by to water her plants and check the mail. She finds an important message from one of her sister Jocelyn’s best friends that containing a set of keys. She decides to reach out to that friend and discovers she is dead.
Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle has been asked by the deceased’s brother to investigate. Police have deemed her death an overdose, but Max soon feels differently. When Charlotte arrives keys in hand, the two end up working the case together. Things escalate, and they soon find themselves in grave danger with a growing suspect list.
Krentz uses a tried and true formula with her books adding twists and characters that allow me to settle in and become engaged. In When All the Girls Have Gone, I never became completely caught up. I wasn’t bored per se, but I wasn’t completely pulled into the tale. The story was too predictable, with a lot of info dumps and what felt like a rushed ending to me. Having said that Charlotte and Max worked the case well together. I enjoyed the moments of suspense and seeing the pieces click into place.
I liked both characters, particularly Max with his dark childhood history. I loved the details and in fact, would like that story, but Krentz also left me unsatisfied. I want more information on his two brothers. Why isn’t this a trilogy? Charlotte has been disillusioned with love, but it was nice to see that she emerged from that experience stronger and unjaded.
The romance was enjoyable, and I appreciated the mutual respect, sharing of secrets and butterfly moments.
When All the Girls Have Gone was an enjoyable read it just didn’t earn a place among my Krentz favorites. I still recommend you read it, but for budget conscious readers a trip to the library may be the better option.When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz was a predictable yet enjoyable read Click To Tweet
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