Book Review: When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Posted November 29, 2016 by Melissa in Book Review | 19 Comments

Book Review: When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann KrentzTitle: When All The Girls Have Gone
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Berkley, Penguin
Publication date: November 29th 2016
Target Audience: Adult
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense
Length: 304 Pages
Source: Publisher
Format: eARC
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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...

Book Quote

“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.”

My Thoughts

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!

Cover Love – I just have to comment on that cover! It doesn’t get any prettier or more atmospheric that that! I love it!!!

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About Jayne Ann Krentz

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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19 responses to “Book Review: When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

  1. I love the quote and that premise. And yeah I love that cover too- very atmospheric. Too bad this one was a bit disappointing- it sounds like it could be really good. but they can’t all be great! 🙂 Maybe if she continues the series the characters will get more developed/ have more heat. Nice review!
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  2. oh I just really like this author. I need to get caught up on her books though. She was a five star author for me though, I love her writing its very engaging. Sorry to hear it dragged a bit in the middle. That is the worst. But it definitely sounds like a story I will be picking up.
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