Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Review: Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz

Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz
Publisher: Berkley
Publication date: December 8th 2015
My rating: 4 stars 
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No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One and River Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother's hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn't be bothering them anymore...ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother's mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts...and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack's brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth....

My Thoughts:
Madeline and Daphne were best friends, “secret sisters,” when they were young.  They parted ways when a horrific event set them going their separate ways, but they are thrown together again when the nightmare resurfaces.  Eighteen years later secrets thought long buried have somehow been unearthed and Madeline and Daphne are once again in great danger.  They’re not alone, though.  Madeline’s head of security, Jack Rayner and his brother Abe are there watching their backs.  And Madeline feels safe with Jack in her corner.

Eighteen years seems like a long time to be apart, but it feels like nothing when they’re reunited and have a mystery to solve.  I appreciated the positive female bond between Madeline and Daphne, and liked the support and healing they provided for each other.

Sometimes, with a mystery the events of the past are kept hidden with only small bits of information parsed out, and this can be very frustrating.  I’m happy it was revealed, almost from the beginning, what happened with Madeline and Daphne in the past.  The main part of the mystery in the present is trying to figure out who is stirring up the past.  Who knows what happened back then besides the five sworn to secrecy? As the killer takes aim over and over, it becomes imperative to flush this person out before they all end up dead.

There was plenty of danger, twists and turns in Secret Sisters!  I’m happy that the drama and thrills came from the mystery instead of the romantic relationships.  Jack and Madeline were each strong-minded, with romantic issues, but this made it easy to relate to each other.  They understood and didn’t pressure.  I liked Jack’s take-charge, protective nature, and Madeline appreciated his expertise in the dangerous situation they found themselves in.  Jack was the more experienced one in their predicament, but he never diminished Madeline’s strengths or smarts, and he took her counsel to heart.  Abe and Daphne’s romance was more on the back burner, but I enjoyed it as well.  They were an odd, but cute match-up. 

This is my second Jayne Ann Krentz romantic suspense novel, and I plan on reading more from her.  Secret Sisters was a highly entertaining and satisfying mystery! 

About the author:

Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than fifty New York Times bestsellers. She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively. Learn more at jayneannkrentz.com and connect with her on facebook.com/JayneAnnKrentz.


  1. Oooo this looks very interesting especially the fact that the drama came more from the suspense and less from the romance.

  2. I love the sound of this one, I do love a good romance suspense novel but I don't read enough of them. Krentz is quite a bestseller at my work so I need to read some of hers asap. Great review, Rachel. :)

  3. Awesome to hear there was a satisfying mystery!

  4. I've wanted this book since I saw it months ago. My library's hold list is so long, that it may be months before I can read it.

  5. I've heard so much about this book already, Rachel. I just need to find a way to get myself a copy. I love that the drama comes from the mystery and not the romance. You know how important it is for me to not have the couples separate. I'll definitely look into this one, Rachel.
    Beautiful review!

  6. I really need to get this book. Everyone is buzzing about it. I am glad that you enjoyed the mystery.

  7. Awesome review Rachel :D I'm so glad you liked this book. You make it seem awesome. Sigh. But not for me, hih :) But the mysteries seems pretty awesome. Thank you for sharing about it. <3

  8. It sounds pretty fantastic, Rachel, and yours is not the first review that praises this novel, either. I think I'll need to find time to see for myself :)

  9. I really enjoy romantic suspense stories and have heard of this author before, though I have yet to read a book by her. I'm definitely going to be adding this to my TBR, though. Thanks for a great, rec, Rachel! :)

  10. I haven't read anything by Jayne yet but I have now added this book to my TBR list! It sounds really interesting and I've been meaning to read more romantic suspense books. Thanks for a great review Rachel!

    Pavan @ YA Reads

  11. Ohh I haven't read a book by this author. Is it like a Sandra Brown kind of suspense?

  12. I hadn't heard of this book before, but you've made it sound fun and fun in mysteries is always great. Nice review, Rachel! I'll have to check this out.

    Sarika @ The Readdicts Book Blog


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