Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Read copy: eBook
Published: December 8, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
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....
Eighteen years ago a brutal night tore through Madeline and Daphne's lives, separating the two "secret sisters". Now, after her grandmother's sudden death, Madeline receives a call from the old caretaker of the rundown resort where her life was changed forever. She's too late, but with his dying breath, he opens up old memories and wounds, plunging Madeline into an investigation of just what her grandmother had hidden away all those years ago. An investigation that might just prove to be deadly.
I keep repeating myself, but there's just nothing better than a Krentz/Quick/Castle book to get someone back into the (right) reading groove. Although the characters are starting to get a little formulaic (at least in the hero department), the stories are still rather fresh and engaging, packed with just the right amount of (believable) romance, drama, page-turning action, and gripping suspense.
This one was no different (albeit, as mentioned, a bit formulaic in the character department). It kept me guessing just who the true villain was, the author kept killing off all the suspects, so I really had no idea, the romance was plausible and unobtrusive (although a bit rushed in the end, if you ask me), the supporting cast was perfect, and the roster of possible suspects varied (and getting smaller by the page).
The only gripe I have about this one, and it's also the reason for the low rating, is the fact toward the end it became more and more convoluted, adding and adding villains and their motives, until I wanted to scream "enough already!". There was one twist too many, if you ask me and it sort of took the spotlight from the first big villain-y reveal (which was a true gem of a surprise).
Still, better than average.