This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary from Goodreads:
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…
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I read River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz and really enjoyed it- so I’ve been making a habit to look for her latest romantic suspense books when they come out. I was able to find Secret Sisters on Edelweiss and get approved for an e-review copy!
First up- and this is no reflection on Jayne’s writing- the formatting for the e-ARC left much to be desired. Words were split in 2 (example the would be “t he”) and a few other things. It made it hard to read at times! However, that is the problem with e-ARC’s; sometimes they just have funky formatting.
On to the book:
I looked back at my Goodreads status updates for these thoughts:
“Lots of red herrings”
“I’m torn between 3 & 4 stars”
The mystery/suspense part worked for me- there were clues and red herrings all over the place.
The romance, though- I like Jack and I like Madeline. I knew they would end up together, but man- we had to talk commitment issues, etc to death before that happened. It just felt a bit too much “rinse and repeat” for me. I actually enjoyed the Abe and Daphne romance angle a bit more (maybe because they weren’t spending time working on issues!)
Bottom line: I liked this book. I enjoyed parts of it more than others, but overall- it’s a fine addition to the JAK romantic suspense storyline!
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T