Promise Not to Tell (Sons of Anson Salinas Series #2)

Promise Not to Tell (Sons of Anson Salinas Series #2)

by Jayne Ann Krentz

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A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.

Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture...a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide--and her own past...

Like Virginia, PI Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire--and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the picture, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories--and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399585289
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/23/2018
Series: Sons of Anson Salinas Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 22,439
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.30(d)

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 and futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively.


Seattle, WA

Place of Birth:

San Diego, CA


BA in History, University of California at Santa Cruz, MA in Librarianship from San Jose State University (California)

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Promise Not to Tell

Jayne Ann Krentz

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Questions for Discussion

1. Trusting your gut instinct plays a major part in the book, whether it’s when Cabot Sutter trusts his investigator instincts, or when Virginia decides not to ignore her instincts that something seems off with Hannah’s “suicide.” Has there been a time when you knew that trusting your gut was the right thing to do? Were you ever wrong to do so?
2. Red herrings are used in mystery and suspense novels to throw the reader off the track of the real suspect. What were some of your favorite red herrings used in this book? Who did you think was really behind all of it?
3. Seattle comes alive as a character in the book, and not just the setting. Have you ever been to Seattle? How does Seattle play a role in defining the characters, and how appropriate is it that they are living in Seattle?
4. The book ends on a huge cliffhanger in terms of the real person at the heart of the novel. Who do you think Quinton Zane really is? What do you think he is planning to do?
5. Cabot and Virginia have a traumatic past in common, which brings them together. Do you think their shared past is also the main reason for their romantic interest in each other? Why or why not?
6. The theme of family is explored throughout the novel. Discuss the ways in which family is important to the various characters.
7. Cults have existed in society throughout human history. What do you think is the appeal of a cult, and why are people drawn to them? Do you know anyone who has had an experience with a cult? Was it a positive or negative experience?

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Promise Not to Tell 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down once I got into it! Jayne's characters are so real, I find myself forgetting the world; that's why I read every book she writes at least once. When I temporarily run out of interesting books to read, I always return to read the 70+ ebooks she's written and read them chronologically by original publication date. Even though I've practically memorized each storyline, I still find new items in every book that make me stop and think, "So that's where she first introduced that idea!" Jayne, keep up the good work; you haven't written a boring book ... ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A well crafted romance buoyed by a strong mystery storyline.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
Great book! I liked it as much as the first... now on to the third.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love JAK's mysteries. What i always find funny is that when the two main characters finally acknoledge there lust and follow thru with it, they jump up and get back to solving their problems. Kind of cold of them. Not like her characters used to be. Great story altogether tho.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept me excited all throughout the story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Jayne Krentz weaves a good story.
Pika_ More than 1 year ago
Well paced quick read. The two lead characters are well described. They come off the page very genuine and life-like. I enjoyed meeting both of them very much. There is very little sensuality in this book (one sex scene that was brief but wonderfully memorable.) The story is plot driven with significantly more focus given to the mystery that the developing relationship between the two leads. When I started the book I didn't realize that it was the second in a series. That wasn't a problem at all, it is very much a stand-alone novel with only a brief mention of the leads from the previous novel (the fact that the male lead is the brother (adopted) of Cabot in this novel and that he just got married and is on his honeymoon). I enjoyed this book well enough that my next book is going to be a quick step back in time reading the first book in the series When All the Girls Have Gone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Krentz is one of my favorite authors. Not disappointed in this book. Can’t wait for the next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book keeps you interested and guessing. I could not put it down for long. I had to read yhe nest chapter, afraid to miss anything,
BetweenMyBookendz More than 1 year ago
Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter survived not only their childhood in an oppressive cult but the hellish end to it when cult leader Zane Quinton torched the cult compound, killing most of the adult cult members. The handful of children members locked in a burning barn were heroically rescued by police officer Anson Salinas. Three boys rescued that night, including Cabot, became Anson’s wards and later his business partners in a private investigations firm. Zane Quinton allegedly died fleeing authorities but Anson, Cabot and the other two “boys” never believed he really was dead…. Virginia was saved that night by Anson but turned over to her grandparents. Although deeply scarred by the events of that night, Virginia successfully became an art gallery owner but cannot overcome her anxiety to be successful in her romantic relationships.Her past in the cult is always lurking, especially since one of the few surviving adult cult members, artist Hannah Brewster, has befriended her and sends disturbing artwork depicting that fiery, tragic night. When Hannah sends a final “message” then dies, Virginia seeks out the services of Cutler, Sutter & Salinas to investigate….. And so we are off and running in another great adventure created by the talented Ms. Krentz! This story is well-plotted and populated with interesting characters that have just enough quirkiness to be fascinating, not annoying.The suspense is spot on, as always, but what I really liked about this book the way the romance developed. Virginia and Cabot are so scarred and flawed by their shared past, personal relationships just never worked for them individually. But together, these two knew how to woo each other, which made for a very satisfying romance dance! And the end revelation and “cliff-hanger” only whett
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usual a great read. I can't wait for the next!
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
I loved this addition to the series. A great fast mystery with lots of action. Cabot and Virginia were perfect in all ways. I can't wait for the next book.
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Review written by Marie for Ever After Book Reviews! 4.5 Stars! This chilling thriller by Jayne Ann Krentz is intense. Spanning 20 years, the story takes our two main characters (Virginia and Cabot) back to their past as one of their closest friends has died in a suspected suicide. But Virginia thinks otherwise. Determined to prove that her friend wasn’t the culprit, but rather the victim, she and Cabot dig into a world of deception and fear to find the answers they’re looking for. Incredible. This book is a masterful story chocked full of twists and turns, hidden clues, and a bond between two survivors that blooms in to a perfectly satisfying romance. I couldn’t stop reading it. It was engaging, thrilling and highly entertaining. I would even boldly go as far as to say it was quite a step up from the first book in the series, and that’s saying a lot, as I truly enjoyed that one. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense and mysteries, you’ll love Promise Not to Tell. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
WOW....Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read my first Jayne Castle book in 1980 (Gentle Pirate). I've read Krentz, James and Quick. I have yet to find a book of hers that I wouldn't read again. That includes this one! Can't wait for the sequel . HURRY UP MS. KRENTZ!!! (Please!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the mystery and the way both main characters were able to relate to each other through their shared traumatic childhood.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had a hard time putting it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Waiting for sequel
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very typical of Ms. Krentz books but I enjoyed the characters and like the continuing story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept my attention throughout.