Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication date: November 29th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Length: 304 Pages
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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...
“His dark hair was cut short with military‑style precision. The style suited the rock‑hard planes and angles of his face. It was impossible to read his gold‑and‑brown eyes.
Not the handsomest man in Seattle—not by a long stretch, she thought. But probably the one most likely to survive if he went into the gladiators’ ring to confront the best‑looking guy.”
Well, I was really looking forward to diving into this new read by Jayne Ann Krentz. She is definitely one of my favorites and can be counted on for a solid enjoyable read. That said, I wasn’t as thrilled with When All The Girls Have Gone as I was hoping to be. felt like there was something lacking though I can’t put my finger on exactly what that is.
The two main characters (Charlotte and Max) were both very likable. I especially developed a soft spot for Max after learning about his history and his unusual new family. I am really hoping that this turns into a trilogy as I’d love to meet each of his other two brothers and I’d especially love to see more of their dad Anson.
Great as these two were, I never really developed a real connection to either of them and I also had trouble believing in their connection to each other. I really felt that the romance in this read was lacing. Perhaps it is due to the nature of the characters…they are both very practical “one step at a time” people.
I also thought that although the plot was interesting, the development of that plot was a bit plodding and predictable. I’m not sure if it was just a pacing issue or really a development issue…but the middle of the novel dragged on quite a bit for me. This is where a little heat in the romance department would have done wonders for When All The Girls Have Gone .
All in all this was a solid read but nothing spectacular…sometimes I wonder how writers like this who are so prolific can keep churning out 5 star reads…and maybe this proves that they can’t.
That said, I won’t hesitate to pick up the next novel by Jayne Ann Krentz as I have no doubt that it will be solid and enjoyable and hopefully will be another 4-5 star read as most of her books are!