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When All The Girls Have Gone
     

When All The Girls Have Gone

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by Jayne Ann Krentz
 

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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 stepsister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of her closest

Overview

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 stepsister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one of 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...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
11/07/2016
With this slow-paced book, Krentz (Secret Sisters) launches a romantic suspense series set in Seattle, where Max Cutler, a former profiler turned PI, moved to start his life over after burning out on the job. While investigating the mysterious death of Louise Flint, who belonged to a women’s investment club, he encounters Charlotte Sawyer, whose stepsister, Jocelyn, another investor, also disappeared. Working together, they hope to both find Jocelyn and identify the culprit behind a decade-long rape and killing spree that started with a violent assault on Jocelyn while she was in college. The suspense story suffers from Krentz spending too much text introducing investment-club members in lieu of building ties between Charlotte and Max. It’s also a setup for future books featuring Max’s foster brothers, all of whom have a collective score to settle. Fortunately, the suspense picks up when Max and Charlotte realize they need to trust each other and work in close proximity to bring down the privileged villain. (Dec.)
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Praise for When All The Girls Have Gone

“Krentz returns with an intricately plotted romantic suspense novel that satisfies on every level, includes some clever twists with the senior community, and may open the door for a sequel. A terrific read by a stellar author.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With its fast-paced plot spiked with unexpected twists and plenty of danger, snappy writing infused with tart wit, and a captivating pair of protagonists who could give Bogart and Bacall a run for their money when it comes to creating sexual sparks, Krentz’s latest superbly written tale ticks off every box on a romantic-suspense fan’s wish list.”—Booklist (starred review)

Praise for Secret Sisters
 
“A suspenseful, romantic escape.”—People
 
“Krentz’s focus always is on the relationship between her central characters: Complex, strong-willed and vulnerable, they’re at the heart of what might be her best work yet.”—The Seattle Times
 
“Fans of bestselling Krentz’s books once again hit the literary jackpot with Secret Sisters as the doyenne of sophisticated romantic suspense serves up another irresistible combination of sharply etched characters, suspenseful plotting, smoldering sexual chemistry, and wonderfully written dialogue that snaps, crackles, and pops with the author's distinctive wit.”—Booklist (starred review)
 
“Krentz expertly introduces plausible suspects, weaving in sexual tension between Jack and Madeline and terrifying uncertainty as someone strikes to eliminate the remaining secret-holders. Krentz scores another winner with complex characters and seamless plotting.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“The characters are engaging, and the story is intriguing. Krentz delivers another twisty, plot-driven romantic suspense novel, with two satisfying love stories in the mix.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“With its cleverly constructed mysteries, excellently written characters, perfectly ominous setting, and just the right amount of romance, Secret Sisters is an addictive and exciting read.”—Tattooed Book Review (5 stars)
 
“Romantic suspense and Krentz are an unbeatable duo...mesmerizing...The bonus with this book—besides the fascinating mystery—is it also delivers two romantic relationships. Settle back and enjoy as Krentz takes you on one thrilling adventure!”—RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars, Top Pick)

Library Journal
★ 12/01/2016
Fearing the worst when her stepsister's best friend is found dead and her stepsister, Jocelyn, can't be found, Charlotte Sawyer joins forces with FBI profiler-turned-PI Max Cutler. Max is investigating the crime for the dead woman's cousin, while Charlotte tries to make sense of a mystery that gets more complicated with every step. They are certain it was murder, no matter what the police think, and as the clues begin to mount, a pattern emerges that goes back years and is more deadly and convoluted than they'd thought. A cryptic message, an investment club with a secret agenda, a decades-old abuse scandal, and some seriously shady characters ramp up a fast-paced story with more than enough villainy to go around. VERDICT With her classic flair and skill, Krentz has crafted another intriguing, complex, humor-laced romance that will lure new readers and captivate her fans. Krentz (Secret Sisters) lives in Seattle.
Kirkus Review
★ Sept. 7, 2016
When her stepsister disappears, Charlotte teams up with a private investigator to find her only to discover years’ worth of deception and secrets.Charlotte Sawyer is pretty boring, so much so that her fiance left her days before their wedding. Focusing on her job as activities director at an active-retirement community and her strong relationships—especially with her stepsister, Jocelyn—has helped get over the betrayal, but she still feels inadequate as a woman. Everything changes, however, when Jocelyn’s friend Louise turns up dead and Jocelyn disappears. Charlotte is taking care of her stepsister’s mail and plants while she’s ostensibly away on a retreat, so when a mysterious package comes from Louise and Charlotte follows up, she meets Max Cutler, a former FBI profiler who is starting his own private investigation business and has been hired to look into Louise’s death, which the police have ruled a drug overdose. Louise’s cousin thinks it might be murder, and Max is inclined to agree, especially when Charlotte shows up and they realize the retreat was a cover for Jocelyn to go off-grid. As they begin to dig into Jocelyn’s past, they find a file that indicates Jocelyn and Louise had been trying to track down a possible rapist and serial killer. Complicating matters, the two friends were part of a women’s investment club which may be on the cusp of a big payout, and at least one member may be capable of committing murder in order to increase her own financial gains. Life is anything but boring with Max around, and his attraction to Charlotte soothes her feelings of inadequacy, but as they drill down on clues and danger rises at every turn, it’s not only Jocelyn they have to save. Krentz returns with an intricately plotted romantic suspense novel that satisfies on every level, includes some clever twists with the senior community, and may open the door for a sequel. A terrific read by a stellar author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399174490
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/29/2016
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
29,955
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

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***This excerpt is from an advance uncorrected copy proof***

Copyright © 2016 Jayne Ann Krentz

Chapter One

The killer waited patiently for the target to emerge from the cabin.

There was no great rush, after all. The waiting allowed time to savor the prospect of revenge.

It was rather pleasant sitting there, propped against a mossy tree, rifle at the ready. High summer in the Cascades was a very enjoyable time of year. True, the tourists clogged the narrow mountain roads and insisted on stopping at every lookout point to take photographs. They left their trash behind at the numerous picnic sites. But come fall they would be driven away by the heavy rains and high winds of the early storms. In winter snow would make the roads treacherous.

In the meantime the warm, gentle breeze stirring the branches carried the scents of the trees and the vegetation that thrived in the short growing season.

Now there was time to contemplate the past and all the injustices that could be laid at the feet of the man inside the cabin. While making preparations the killer had worried that when the moment finally arrived, there would be at least a few qualms. Instead there was only a great sense of certainty.

The door of the cabin opened. Gordon Greenslade came out onto the porch. He had always been a good-looking man and he was aging well. His hair had turned an attractive silver-white, not dull gray. He was still lean and fit and his aquiline features had softened only a little.

He had a mug of coffee in his hand. The killer recognized the mug. It was several years old, handmade and hand-painted. Like everything else in the rustic interior of the cabin, it was worn and faded.

These days Greenslade used the cabin primarily for hunting and fishing and when he just wanted to get away from the pressures that came with being the town’s leading citizen. He owned the company that was the second-largest employer in town—the college had taken first place in recent years. But more to the point, he owned the local politicians, the authorities of Loring College and a couple of state representatives. If the rumors were true, he also had at least one U.S. senator in his pocket.

Everybody in Loring respected Gordon Greenslade and a lot of people owed him in one way or another. He was a rigid, self-righteous pillar of the community. But no one really liked him. It would be entertaining to see how much effort the police put into investigating his death.

The killer rose and picked up the rifle. There was a clear line of sight. It would be easy to take the kill shot without being seen. But that would defeat the purpose. When you set out to walk the path of revenge you wanted your target to know who was pulling the trigger.

The killer moved out into the clearing in front of the cabin. It took Gordon a moment to notice that he had company. When he did, he was startled, but only briefly. Irritation soon replaced the surprise.

“What are you doing here?” he asked.

The killer did not bother to respond. It was, after all, pretty damn obvious what was about to go down.

Belatedly Greenslade realized the rifle was aimed at him. Rage and panic flashed across his face.

He tried to retreat back into the cabin where he no doubt had a gun. But he didn’t move fast enough. The bullet took him in the chest.

A head shot would have been too easy because death would have been instantaneous. This way there would be time for the killer to watch the target bleed out; time for Greenslade to comprehend that this was all about revenge.

The death of Gordon Greenslade was front-page news in the Loring Herald. There was genuine shock—Greenslade had, after all, been the biggest mover and shaker in town—but not a lot of genuine mourning. Still, everyone made a point of displaying the appropriate degree of respect for the deceased, because Gordon Greenslade’s death had not changed the economic and political reality. The Greenslade family still controlled the second-largest employer in Loring and, indirectly, Loring’s largest employer, the college. It existed solely because of the Greenslade endowment.

The police did their job and conducted an investigation. But in the end they came to the conclusion that the killer had anticipated: Gordon Greenslade had been killed in an accident. The shooter had been hunting out of season and probably hadn’t even been aware that his wild shot had killed a man. In any event, it was unlikely that the person who had pulled the trigger would ever be found.

Everyone who lived in the area knew that the mountains were inherently dangerous. In the fall, heavy rains flooded the rivers to dangerous levels, sweeping away those who were unlucky enough to get caught in the rushing waters. Landslides blocked roads. Strong winds felled trees that could crush vehicles. In the winter, backcountry avalanches invariably took the lives of a few skiers and snowboarders every year. In the summer, it was inevitable that a hiker or two or three would fall into a crevasse or simply go missing forever.

And hunting accidents happened all the time in the mountains.

Meet 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. There are more than 35 million copies of her books in print.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, WA
Place of Birth:
San Diego, CA
Education:
BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)
Website:
http://www.krentz-quick.com

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When All the Girls Have Gone (Signed Book) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Another great read by my favorite author! Interesting storyline and as always, wonderful characters. Looks like two more books too come. Hurry up Ms. Krentz!
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is a great book! I read it in one sitting ! It has a very interesting storyline. It kept me guessing throughout the book! And the romance was great too!
ElaineReads 5 months ago
Okay, this book is definitely a romantic suspense . . . or maybe, a suspenseful romance? Either way, there is plenty of both in it. One of the things I really liked about Max and Charlotte is they are ordinary people. Neither one is “stunningly attractive.” They both have to work to pay the bills. And they both have broken relationships in their past. They have problems, just like everybody else. Max is definitely the strong, in charge type, but he doesn’t try to tell Charlotte what to do. Probably because he realizes it would be a waste of time. They both consider themselves plodders and use the phrase “one foot in front of the other” to describe themselves. They are just likable people. Now, the mystery. All I can say is Good Grief! I had it figured out half way through the book. I thought. Nope. I was totally wrong. Then, I decided it was someone else. How could I have missed that? Nope, that wasn’t it. And the plot continued to twist and turn. When the mystery is finally solved and all the questions are answered, I had an “oh, yeah” moment. There was nothing that came out of left field. I felt like I should have seen it all along. And that makes for a great mystery. It kept me guessing, but all the clues were there. Jayne Ann Krentz is a great romance author. I have been reading her books for years. However, she is also a wonderful suspense writer. I read her books for the romance and humor, but the plots completely grab me. I haven’t seen anything that says there will be any sequels, but Max is one of three brothers. I really think (hope) we are going to get a trilogy at least. When All the Girls Have Gone comes out November 29th. Give yourself an early Christmas present, but make sure you have time to read it. You will not want to put it down. This book was sent to me by NetGalley in return for an honest review.
PollyBennett 7 days ago
Very interesting and unusual storyline. I loved it, especially the Senior Center characters. A great read.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Great
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Mary Elliott 4 months ago
A nice, easy read and just what I expected from one of my favorite authors. I must admit that from the title I was expecting something darker and more sinister, but I will also admit that this story was exactly what I expect to get from Ms. Krentz. In other words, there was a lot here that reminded me of some of her earlier contemporary stories. In a good way! There was no lag in the pace, and the romance was very satisfying. I enjoyed the suspense and really appreciated the twists. Although I love trying to figure these mysteries out, I adore a good story where the author keeps me from doing just that with plenty of surprises. And Ms. Krentz did deliver! Also, I agree with another reviewer that it is so good to see characters who are not the typical "rich and beautiful" people that authors tend to make their main characters. And although I understand why that is the norm, I enjoy seeing characters such as Charlotte and Max for a really great change of pace. Wish I could say I got a complimentary copy like some of the above reviewers, but I'm just an every day reader who purchased her copy from my local Barnes and Noble store!
FeatheredQuillBookReviews 4 months ago
The love of money is the root of all evil and the proof is shown perfectly in When All the Girls Have Gone. Charlotte Sawyer has a great job that she loves and is living in the city near her stepsister Jocelyn. Charlotte is a woman who is dealing with a failed engagement and trying to go about her life as normal as possible. When Jocelyn decides to go on a technology-free retreat for a month, she puts Charlotte in charge of collecting her mail. While Charlotte is collecting Jocelyn's mail, she receives a chilling package from her stepsister's best friend Louise. Since she was told to open anything that may be important, she decides to open the package. Inside the package, Louise leaves keys for Jocelyn and tells her about important documents that Jocelyn will need if anything happened to her. Deciding that she needs to know more, Charlotte tries calling Louise, only to find out that she has died. Charlotte, not believing the details surrounding Louise’s death, decides to head to Louise’s apartment to look for the documents. Instead of finding the documents, she finds PI Max Cutler investigating her death. After talking with Max and finding the information left for Jocelyn, it is clear that something is going on and she needs to get in touch with her sister. Since Max feels Jocelyn is involved in what happened to Louise he looks into her and finds that she isn't where she said she would be. Knowing her sister can't be involved, Charlotte teams up with Max to figure out what really happened. As they race to find answers, and her sister, Charlotte finds out that there is a whole other side of Jocelyn that she never knew, and it all ties back to Jocelyn’s past. Throughout the web of lies, mystery and blackmail, Charlotte finds herself not only getting closer to her sister, and what really happened all those years ago, but closer to Max as well. When All the Girls Have Gone isn't a typical who-done-it mystery where you wait to find out who the killer is, but more of a why did it happen story. For someone who loves to try to solve the case and figure out who did it, it is a nice change trying to figure out why something happened instead. Although you find out early on who the suspect is, you are left on the outside looking in with numerous possibilities as to what happened. Each chapter is a constant cliffhanger. The story is well written and while each chapter gives out some information, you won't know until the next chapter how that ties into the story. Although the story was a little bit slow to start out, once you get into the details it is hard to put down. Quill says: Definitely a good read for mystery-loving case solvers.
Caroles_Random_Life 4 months ago
This was a decent book. I would probably rate this book closer to 3.5 stars but I decided to round up since I am feeling generous. It was a very readable story that I never quite figured out but it failed to completely pull me in. I thought that the book had some really nice elements with a fast paced plot. There were some parts of the story that were a bit predictable but it was entertaining nonetheless. I liked both Charlotte and Max. It was nice to see them work together on the case from the very beginning of the story and I thought that they made a nice team. I liked that they both gave equally to their partnership and really tried to work together. The romance between them was nice but it never felt very exciting to me. For some reason, I didn't really feel their chemistry like I had hoped. I believed that their feelings were genuine but I missed the extra spark that I had hoped to see. The mystery was fairly complex. Max and Charlotte were busy trying to solve a murder and find a missing person from the start of the book. As they worked to figure things out, the book takes a few twists and turns that keep the book moving along. There were times that I was able to predict some of the twists but I still enjoyed the overall mystery aspect. I would recommend this book to fans of romantic suspense. This was a quick read with a lot of enjoyable aspects. I have not read a lot of books by Jayne Ann Krentz but I have found that I enjoy her writing style and I plan to read more of her work in the future. I received a copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley.
literarymuseVC 4 months ago
Charlotte Sawyer’s stepsister Jocelyn is away on a no-contact retreat far from home. But that need to know basis becomes very important when Charlotte finds out that Jocelyn’s good friend, Louise, has not overdosed on drugs but instead has been murdered. All of a sudden, Jocelyn has disappeared and it turns out she left her retreat after the first night. Charlotte is now afraid for her sister’s well-being. It turns out that several women had formed what was an investment group. A cousin of the murdered woman hires Max, a private eye investigator who lost his previous job because it went all wrong. It’s clear Max is the hero of this story as his investigative skills are immediately obvious. He finally gets out of Charlotte that Jocelyn had a troubled past and they wonder if this is involved, even though Jocelyn had been clean of drugs and rough living for many years. No spoilers here – readers will be shocked when they find out that one’s past follows one for years and has consequences, some of which one can involve more than an obvious victim and perpetrator of crime. These women all know there is more than meets the eye than people know about their “investment” group but now realize they are in some very deep trouble that is beyond their control. Other deaths will happen and families will become more involved, even Max’s family. A secondary part of the story involves how Max and Charlotte work closely together and a romance appears to be in the making, along with some cute humor. While the plot is serious, there’s an easy flow to the story that stops it from being oppressive. Even the humor that is intermixed helps cut down the fear that Charlotte and these women feel – and rightfully so! All in all, When All The Girls Have Gone is a nice read and seems to end as if there is more to come in a sequel. For those who love crime fiction and mysteries, you’ll be pleased with this contemporary, dramatic novel!
ReginaMaeWrites 4 months ago
I remember discovering Jayne Ann Krentz in a used bookstore over 20 years ago and falling in love with the characters she created. Since then, I've looked forward to each new book and the characters in them. When All The Girls Have Gone is another exciting adventure with new, interesting characters, that kept me guessing til the end of the story.
Wild_caffeinated_woman 5 months ago
When All the Girls Have Gone was a highly anticipated title for me. I always look forward to the end of the year JAK release, which comes, like clockwork, every year. "Like clockwork" can describe the formula that JAK books have fallen into especially over the last few releases, building on a reliable format she has used for years and letting it settle into a predictable pattern. Most of the time it's really enjoyable escapist fare; when it's done well there is nothing wrong with the formula. This year's title misses the mark for me. A truly engaging plot about a women's investment group that covers for a vigilante group of sexually abused women seeking revenge against people who have gotten away with assault becomes muddled by poorly developed characters and some passages that I think are meant to serve as red herrings but only bog down the action somewhat. JAK's style is light, sometimes very funny, with a use of characters with quirky and entertaining personality traits that help not only set their characters but help further the build of their relationships. Charlotte and Max (especially Charlotte) are pretty blank in personality. Max has a past trauma that sets up nicely his solitary lifestyle, but beyond that he is, as he describes himself, a "one foot in front of the other type of guy." Their relationship seems to evolve because they are standing next to each other and there's nothing else going on. The secondary characters are Krentz staples: smarmy ex-fiancée/lover/boyfriend, walk on the wild side sibling with a floating moral compass, wild and crazy grandparent character, steady and solid parental (but not actual parent) figure, and parent from whom one of the characters is estranged. You can always count on these characters to make an appearance; and some of them have been so well written that they are indelibly etched in your mind, but these characters seemed to fill a checklist. To be fair, there is a lot of exposition in this novel. It sets up what I think is going to be a trilogy, as Max has two brothers who are referenced and apparently are going to be joining a venture Max has set up by the end of the book, and a major loose end from Max's life is left hanging, hinting that his quest will continue in subsequent tales. I would be interested in seeing where it goes, but When All the Girls Have Gone is a somewhat stagnant start to the story.
CharlotteLynnsReviews 5 months ago
When All The Girls Have Gone is a fast read. The suspense of who done it, the wondering who the next target is, and the fun of getting to know the ladies in the investment club are all what kept me reading and enjoying every page and chapter. There wasn’t a huge mystery as to who did it but it was still entertaining to put the pieces together and figure out the history of Charlotte and Jocelyn. The romance of Max and Charlotte was my favorite storyline. I loved that it was a respectful, trusting, and slow moving relationship. They started as strangers, accepted that they had a mutual goal of solving Louise’s murder, and it moved on from there. With other PI relationships there is a one up manship but with these two they realized the goal was the same and it was easier to work together instead of keeping secrets. In true Krentz ways, there were surprises throughout the story that I never saw coming. I really enjoyed the story and recommend picking up your own copy.
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA 5 months ago
Dark romantic suspense by one of the best in the business. Jayne Ann Krentz does not disappoint. Max and Charlotte find themselves and each other while sorting through a mystery bound to keep you guessing. More creepy than spooky.
JuliaAD 5 months ago
Not the usual story. Lots of intrigue and suspense. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Charlotte's step-sister, Jocelyn, has gone on a month-long retreat or so everyone thinks. Jocelyn belongs to an investment club and one of the members is dead so Charlotte tries to let her know. Turns out she is not at the retreat. Max has been hired to look into the death because her family doesn't think she OD'd and that she was murdered. Charlotte and Max join forces to find out the real story and to find Jocelyn. What they find are old secrets and several people are willing to do anything to keep those secrets.
BooksnKisses 5 months ago
This was a good book. I enjoyed Max & Charlotte’s journey to both solving the murder of Jocelyn’s (Charlotte’s step-sister) best friend and finding each other. While the suspense in this book was not quite as suspenseful as I had hoped or wanted. There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I enjoyed reading this story by Ms. Krentz. If you are a fan you should enjoy this story. If you are new (like me) and like a good romance suspense I would suggest giving When All The Girls Have Gone a try. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley & Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. This review is my own opinion and not a paid review.
TheThoughtSpot 5 months ago
"Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review." Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley for the opportunity to read and review When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz! The story opens with the murder of Gordon Greenslade, which of course would pull any mystery fan into the book! Charlotte and her innocuous life are introduced and she meets Max Cutler, an investigator, who takes on Louise Flint's homicide case. Louise supposedly overdosed and her laptop and cellphone are completely missing. Suspiciously, Trey Greenslade has her missing items and is searching for a hidden package. Twists and turns kept me reading and the book has a good story line and plot, but it was too drawn out for my taste. 3.5 stars!
Barb-TRC 5 months ago
When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz is another one of her wonderful standalone romance suspense novels. Charlotte Sawyer is our heroine, who works at a senior citizen home. She loves her job, and the residents love Charlotte. With her step-sister away on a month long retreat, Charlotte goes to her house to pick up her mail; she finds a note from her sister’s friend about a package. When she tries to contact the friend, she is told by a private investigator that the friend is dead. At this point of her life, though she is happy, things will drastically change. Max Cutler is our hero, and he is a private investigator hired by the dead woman’s cousin to investigate what is presumed to be a drug overdose. Max is very good at his job, since he used to be a profiler, but because of burnout, he gave up that to become a private investigator. When Charlotte arrives to talk to Max about her sister’s mail, they both will strike up a friendship and partner together to try and find Jocelyn (Charlotte’s sister), and the rest of the group that formed the Investment club. When another death occurs, Charlotte fears for her sisters life, and Max with her help will try to decipher what part of Jocelyn’s past is the real reason for the murders. Jocelyn had been raped as a teenager, and the investment club with her friends may also be a reason due to someone wanting to keep the money for themselves. What follows is an interesting, exciting adventure that will bring both Max and Charlotte looking into the past to find out who was responsible for the rape; as well as investigate the people involved in the Investment Club. In the midst of this intriguing storyline, is a slow build romance that will develop between Max and Charlotte. I really loved them together, as they had great camaraderie, and it was fun to watch their feelings for each other grown into love. We also learn more about Max’s childhood that still haunts him, as well as Charlotte’s ex fiancée, who dumped her at the altar. I also enjoyed some of the parts in the senior home, especially where one of the residents will help them. Once again, Jayne Ann Krentz has given us a wonderful romance suspense, with an excellent plot, great characters and fun to read. There were some surprising twists and turns along the way that kept you guessing. If you like romance, suspense and a mystery, you can never go wrong with Jayne Ann Krentz.
PegGlover 5 months ago
When all the girls have gone is an exciting, perfectly paced, romantic suspense novel. I loved every page of this brilliantly crafted book and found it impossible to put down. Madison Benson, the founder, and mastermind behind an exclusive investment club, carefully handpicked each of her four members. Every member was aware before joining her club that there would be a certain amount of risk involved. If a dangerous situation arose, though, every member, was assured, that they would receive the warning code, via email, in time for them to go into hiding. When one of the members, Louise Flint was found dead, and another member rushed to the hospital; Jocelyn emailed the emergency code to Madison and Emily. Someone had discovered the true meaning of their club, and their lives were now in danger. Unfortunately, their little anonymous internet investment game had turned deadly. Charlotte Sawyer was shocked to hear that her step-sister’s best friend Louise was dead. She was equally unnerved when Max Cutler, a private investigator, informed her that her stepsister, Jocelyn was missing. Charlotte and Max teamed up to unravel the mystery of Louise’s death and Jocelyn’s disappearance. As the two worked together, missing pieces and deaths started to pile up, along with their attraction and emotional bond to each other. This novel had so many twists and turns and layers that it kept me guessing until the end. When All The Girls Have Gone is meticulously crafted and highly entertaining. I loved it! Many thanks to the publisher, and NetGalley, for my complimentary advanced review copy.
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There.<br> I could hear them, just past the fringe of the evergreen forest where I lay hiding. <br> They were most certainly after me, the thief of their Mage's Magyc; who evaded Leshiem's warriors, and Grimdeil's Drakons; who braved the ancient forest, Orthalon; who made their Mage an un-Magycal cripple. <br> I have a habit of annoying people, if you couldn't tell. I've been known as many things across the years: Dragon Tamer, Spryte Charmer, Elf Friend, and many other insults such as those harse titles. But my most famous title is the Thief of Magyc, or simply Magyc Thief. <br> Nature holds no fear for me as it does the Humans in the lands Pipringard. No. But neither am I fully Human; I am of the unnatural hybrid race known of the Half-Elven. Few of my race, us you can even call it that, still exist, for many were slaughtered under the vengence of anger-blinded Humans. Alas! there remain but few of my kind in Pipringard. <br> But how came I to be in possession of another Mage's Magyc? you ask. Quite simple, really: I heard tell of a great Mage in the East, and sought a challenge! <br> The stronghold of Rotakst the Mage had many precautions set in place, of course, but few traps can me keep out of place I wish to visit. Yes, I simply went in disguised as a traveler who needed shelter. From there, I set out to find what secret tome held the key to Rotakst's Magyc. <br> And as a successful result, I now lay in hiding. "This way!" I hear someone shout. The Drakons really confused them when I made it look like the beasts were chasing me in the opposite direction. But nay, I crouch in the forest of Dark Orthalon, waiting and listening. <br> Always waiting and listening...