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 step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one 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...
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published: November 29th 2016 by Berkley
Three and a half stars: An exciting mystery with lots of threads and plot twists, but the romance was a bit lacking.
Charlotte heads home after her shift at the assisted living home where she works. Unfortunately, she has no big plans for Friday evening. Her social life has been dismal since her fiancé broke up with her right before the wedding, leaving her with shaken confidence and a stack of bills. Before heading home, Charlotte stops to get her sister's mail where she finds a mysterious package from Jocelyn's best friend. Later, Charlotte learns that Jocelyn's friend is dead, supposedly of an overdose, but Charlotte can't shake the feeling that Louise wouldn't have killed herself. Charlotte soon meets, Max, a private investigator, hired by Louise's cousin to find out the truth. Quickly, Charlotte and Max learn that something is off about Louise's death, and the deeper they dig, the more troubling the clues become. What really happened to Louise?
What I Liked:
- When All the Girls Have Gone is a book that is perfect for whiling away an afternoon or evening. I liked the interesting mystery with all the clues and the story threads that all came together. Even when I thought I had things figured out, the author managed to throw in some plot twists that I didn't expect. If you want a well written mystery, this is a good one.
- Even though it is revealed up front who the killer was, I liked that there was so much more. There were so many story lines, and I had no idea how they would all come together, but the do. I enjoyed the main mystery, but I also found myself completely invested in a couple of the small side stories such as the thread involving Max's past and his biological family and Ethel, the old lady writing her memoirs. I so appreciated that everything tied in and was done up by the end. No loose threads or nagging questions.
- I know some will not be satisfied with the romance because it doesn't burn up the pages. I actually liked that it was simple and straightforward and that it didn't overtake the plot. I thought it worked.
- I was surprised to find there were several additional villains aside from the bad guy. At first, I was disappointed that I knew right away who the killer was, but then there are some twists and I learned there were accomplices. I liked that I was caught off guard and that things weren't as easy as the seemed in the beginning. I certainly didn't see some of the reveals coming.
- I was glad that this book refrained from straying into the dark territory. With thrillers, often times you get the gory and disturbing details when it comes to the murders. Thankfully, that doesn't happen here.
- The ending is neat and nice and it doesn't leave anything unfinished. However, the author seemed to be laying down story lines to be followed up in what I am guessing will be a sequel. I would be interested in learning more about the man who haunts Max, and I wanted to know more about his stepbrothers. I am guessing another book will be coming up with one of the stepbrothers.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I liked that the romance was straightforward, I also felt like it moved way too quickly. I would have preferred to see it take it's time developing.
- There is a lot going on in this one, and at times, it was a bit confusing because I wasn't sure how things would fit in. Luckily, with a little patience, it all makes sense.
- I was disappointed that the identity of the killer was revealed right away. I always prefer not knowing so I can try and guess.
When All the Girls Have Gone is an exciting and entertaining romantic suspense novel. I thought the murder mystery was well done, and even though the killer is revealed early on, I was still surprised by reveals down the road. The romance is a bit lackluster, but that wasn't a big issue for me, however, if you are expecting this one to have a torrid love affair you will be disappointed. This was my first book by this author, and I can say, I will definitely read her again.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.