Tuesday, November 29, 2016

When All The Girls Have Gone
by Jayne Ann Krentz

Title: When All The Girls Have Gone 
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: November 29, 2016

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...

Jayne Ann Krentz has been writing good books for a while. I love her Arcane Society series and from the moment I saw this cover, I was excited to read When All The Girls Have Gone. One thing I'm always glad to see in her books is how she's able to weave suspense and romance into her novels and the end result is invariably good.

In When All the Girls Have Gone, Charlotte Sawyer is looking for her step-sister Jocelyn. Jocelyn has left for a month retreat in a convent without electronics but before long her friend and business partner Louise is found dead from an alleged overdose. Charlotte's sure this isn't the case after she meets the man investigating her death. Every clue she learns points to Jocelyn's past who was raped while she was in college and the perpetrator was never caught. 

Max Cutler is a P.I. Yet, before he became one, he was a very good profiler working in D.C. A bad decision made him leave his job and move to Seattle. He's just starting his own business when he's asked to look into the death of a woman who had a past history of drug abuse. Max realizes things don't add up. For one, her cousin believes she was murdered. Second, she was part of a five women foundation where one woman is dead and another is missing. Third, Charlotte lands into his life, making this case more personal than he would like it to be.

It was easy to like the main characters. They were both depicted as regular people. Charlotte was a woman who was coming out of failed relationship but was trying to move forward. She was naive to a point but she was also able to keep a clear head when she was in danger. Max was very honest about what his expectations are with the case and with Charlotte. He was smart, level headed and willing to accept help when needed. He also loved the man who treated him like a son, Anson Salinas. He was there for him and his brothers when they needed him the most. 

Another reason to like When All The Girls Have Gone would be the side stories it contains. For instance, we still don't know if the man responsible for the death of Max's mother is still alive. To me, this represents a bigger arc that could lead to more books in this setting. There are two brothers Cabot Sutter and Jack Lancaster who are mentioned and who might want justice against the man that wronged them. In addition, we get some drama in regards to Max's biological family too. Last, we get Ethel and her memoir. Quite an interesting lady she turned out to be!

I'm hoping Mrs. Krentz decides to continue writing stories in this world. I can assure you I'll read them.

Cliffhanger: No

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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