When All The Girls Have Gone

When All The Girls Have Gone

by Jayne Ann Krentz

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When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

“A master of the genre.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399174490
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 419,505
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(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, 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.

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)

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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.

Reading Group Guide

1) The family relationships in the book are not what are considered traditional family connections: Charlotte and Jocelyn are stepsisters; Max and his brothers are foster brothers, not blood relatives. In this day and age where family is often used to describe an emotional connection, how would you describe what “family” means to Charlotte? To Max? To Anson Salinas?

2) Charlotte and Jocelyn consider themselves to be “sisters-of-the-heart” but they are very different in terms of their personalities. What qualities did these two women possess that enabled them to transcend their differences and form such a strong bond?

3) In the beginning of the book, Charlotte makes it clear that she thinks of herself as a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other type; a plodder, not a risk-taker. Her therapist told her she lacked a sense of spontaneity. At what point in the story did Charlotte start to acknowledge her own inner strength? How did that understanding affect her relationship with her step-sister? Her ex-fiancé? With Max?

4) Throughout the story several characters confront the fallout of various acts of revenge. Do you think that those who seek revenge always pay a price?

5) The notorious Seattle weather plays an important part in the story. How did the author use it to create atmosphere? To help illustrate the personalities of Charlotte and Max?

6) It becomes clear in the course of the story that Max and his brothers are dealing with some unanswered questions concerning their shared past. Do you think Charlotte’s advice – that Max should continue to search for answers – was good advice? Or should she have told him to “let it go” and “move on”? Knowing what you do about Max’s character, what would you have advised?

7) The story is driven by the long shadows cast by secrets from the past; most are long-buried family secrets. What makes those kinds of secrets so fascinating to readers?

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When All the Girls Have Gone (Signed Book) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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
I’m partial to the Arcane series, but this was every bit as good.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Loved the characters and story line. Looking forward to the next book .thanks for writing this one. .
Sandy5 10 months ago
Anticipation, this is what I felt as I listened to this novel. It was the perfect addition as I walked the exercise trails and pushed the mower across our yard, this novel kept me moving. The short chapters, the small list of characters and the enticing storyline had me speeding through these activities. The novel began when Charlotte was house-sitting for her stepsister, Jocelyn and receives a package addressed to Jocelyn. Charlotte discovers that the sender of this package has been killed. Attempting to notify Jocelyn of this information, Charlotte realizes that her stepsister is not where she is supposed to be. It seems that Jocelyn is not on the retreat she “supposedly” took. Troubled, Jocelyn hires a P.I. to help her locate her missing stepsister. Working together, Charlotte and Max discover that Jocelyn and a few of her friends had put together their own side business. Piecing together this puzzle, death comes calling again. This death is also linked to the side business Jocelyn was a part of. The partners are being eliminated as Charlotte and Max try to connect the dots. I liked the short chapters and how things moved along quickly in the novel. I enjoyed how Charlotte worked alongside Max during the investigation. Charlotte knew things about her stepsister which helped move the investigation along faster. There was a romance building between Charlotte and Max and I was glad that it didn’t take center stage. Although some of the story was predictable, there were parts of the story that weren’t. 3.5 stars
Pika_ 12 months ago
Even though I didn't click as well with the main characters of this novel as I did in book two of the series (Promise Not to Tell) I actually enjoyed the plot of his one better. Book three is currently set to release in about six months and I am anxiously awaiting what adventure faces the 3rd foster brother of his family Jack. Fun quick series that I think most would enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great story. I have read all JAK books since I found her stories published by Macfadden (not sure of the correct spelling) she wrote stories under the name Jayne Bently, In Her books, the alpha male was not cruel and unkind to the female character the way most of the Harlequin published books were in the l960/l970/l980's. I have followed her from Macfadden, candlelight, Harlequin Temptations and Avon etc. I sure hope ebooks keep bringing back her older books, they were all good stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good one.
CarolASM More than 1 year ago
A real nail-biter from the start. Fascinating backstory and a host of interesting characters. Max and Charlotte are believable and the romantic part of the story fun and captivating. Some scurrilous villains as well as a strong friendship angle. A gripping and enjoyable read.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings What a mystery! I loved the mix of elements from the past and things happening in current day and the two things coming together to create this major mystery. Charlotte and Jocelyn are step sisters and they are all each other have after their parents died, but secrets come out that make them realize that maybe they weren't leaning on each other as much as they should have. I loved the ins and outs and ups and downs of this book. Just as I thought that I knew where it was headed the book took a 180 turn and each time I loved it! Sometimes I don't love books that take a lot of turns, but I enjoyed the windy curvy road of this one!
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gmcootie More than 1 year ago
When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz is the perfect blend of suspense and romance, and ideal for an audiobook. The action is non-stop, with plenty of clues but so many twists and turns you are kept guessing right up until the end. Jocelyn and Charlotte are stepsisters. Jocelyn seems to be the adventurous, reckless one, in spite of or maybe due to tragedy in her past, while Charlotte appears to be the one-foot-in-front-of-the-other, rule-following plodder who plays it safe. Turns out they are both brave and determined. Max is a former profiler and new PI, hired to find out what happened to Jocelyn’s friend who just died. Charlotte convinces Max they should work together and look for Jocelyn as well. Charlotte and Max are likeable. They are both carrying some baggage and it is interesting to watch them try to work through it and at the same time deal with the strong, instant attraction they feel for each other. As soon as they start investigating, they discover many people who will go to any lengths to keep their secrets. At times it seems the danger will never end and there is no one they can believe or trust. Charlotte can be a bit too stubborn and insistent upon doing things her way, which gets them into even more danger, but Max is a good balance to her personality and the humor in the story lightens things up just when you need it most. There are several chapters after the main mystery has been resolved. I believe they could have been presented in a better way, perhaps as an epilogue. I kept waiting for another major reveal or dangerous situation when in fact it was really just a wrapping up of events and characters. I received this audiobook from LIbraryThing in exchange for an honest review. I recommend it. It is a fast-paced, solid mystery with just the right touch of romance.
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Queenbethanny More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic creative story with many twists and turns. I honestly was kept guessing until the final pages. My one complaint - Jayne usually offers more of a romance - that was lacking here.
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Very interesting and unusual storyline. I loved it, especially the Senior Center characters. A great read.
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Mary Elliott More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.