After reading Jayne Ann Krentz' Secret Sisters, I wondered why it had been so long since I've read one of her books. She's a master at romantic suspense. This book is a page-turner, one that keeps the reader guessing until the very end with its twists and turns.
When Madeline Chase and her best friend, Daphne Knight, were twelve years old, a sexual predator targeted them, picking the smaller of the two as his victim. It was a night that scarred both girls for life.
Eighteen years later, Madeline returns to the scene, the deteriorating Aurora Point Hotel on Cooper Island in Washington. Her grandmother had owned the hotel, but when Madeline, her grandmother, and Daphne and her mother fled that horrific night, the property was left in the hands of a caretaker. Now, Madeline's grandmother is dead, and the caretaker has called, saying he failed in his duty to keep their secrets safe. When Madeline finds the dying man, struck down by an attacker, she knows she's the next target. She calls Jack Rayner, the head of Rayner Risk Management, the security team for Madeline's inherited string of boutique hotels. It doesn't take Jack long to determine that Daphne might also be in danger. The two women, who hadn't seen each other since they escaped eighteen years earlier, are now reunited. And, someone knows the secrets Madeline's grandmother tried to hide all those years ago.
Jack Rayner is a professional, and he soon discovers someone on Cooper Island has an interest in keeping those secrets hidden. And, there are a number of secrets a powerful family might want to keep buried. As he and his brother, a computer genius, work to protect the two women, they uncover the truth, and the evil, behind a facade.
Krentz' latest novel introduces characters who are strong because of their weaknesses. Madeline and Jack, along with Daphne and Abe, are likable, ordinary people, caught in a dangerous game. There's enough tension to keep any reader on the edge of their seat.
Secret Sisters is a book to recommend to anyone who likes romantic suspense, with the emphasis on suspense. Fans of Heather Graham's Krewe of Hunters books will find this book appealing. If, like me, you haven't read one of Jayne Ann Krentz' books in a while, it might be time to go back and pick up this one.
Jayne Ann Krentz' website is www.jayneannkrentz.com
Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz. Berkley Books. 2015. ISBN 9780399174483 (hardcover), 342p.
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