Review – When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

when-all-the-girls-have-goneJayne 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…

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I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As Charlotte Sawyer is caring for her step-sister’s plants and mail while Jocelyn is taking an “off the grid” break, a small package from Jocelyn’s best friend, Louise, causes some concern.   It contains keys to Louise’s storage locker and a cryptic note about being paranoid and keeping a copy of the file in the locker.  Puzzled and concerned, Charlotte tries to contact Louise, only to find out that she has died, and a private investigator is now answering her phone.  Since Charlotte can’t contact Jocelyn, she agrees to work with the investigator, Max Cutler, to determine if foul play was involved in Louise’s death.

Charlotte is currently the activities director at a retirement village, and is recovering from being jilted five days before her wedding several months ago.  While she accepts part of the blame for her failed almost-marriage, she’s understandably somewhat wary of men and relationships.  Her self confidence also took a hit, and she considers herself boring, unlike her exciting step-sister.  Max is not at a good place in life either.  He’s coming off a failed career as a profiler, which directly led to a failed marriage.  There’s a traumatic incident from Max’s childhood which still haunts him and affects his life today.

Things really heat up for Max and Charlotte, both professionally and personally, as they pursue the investigation into Louise’s death.  When signs point to Jocelyn’s investment club, and a long ago crime being a factor, everyone is a potential victim.  An attempt to kill Charlotte and Max draws them closer together as they race to identify the murderer before he / she kills again.

As is the case with most of Jayne Ann Krentz’s protagonists, Max and Charlotte are fully fleshed out characters, who are admirable, but have flaws, but those flaws make them stronger.  Both are intelligent, likable, and at a vulnerable place in life.  I love that Charlotte wasn’t above getting a little of her own back when her ex comes sniffing around, and I love that Max was happy to take part.  They understand each other and admire and desire each other.  I wish there would have been more intimacy than what was portrayed, because their attraction is one of the strongest elements.  The storyline is unique and exciting, and I just breezed through the whole book in one sitting.  WHEN ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE is a fantastic, well written romantic suspense novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and heartily recommend.

Rating 4.5Reviewed by Bonnie

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