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....
What I liked: I really know what I'm going to get when I buy a book by Jayne Ann Krentz (JAK) or any other books under her pseudonyms - Jayne Castle or Amanda Quick. You get a bit of heat, great characters, a slice of humor and a scoop of suspense. And if you've read any of her novels, you'll get a happily ever after for the main characters and just maybe the side characters too.
I really, really thought I had all the mystery figured out but as usual Ms Krentz threw in a few change ups and I was kept guessing for a long while. Secret Sisters wasn't necessarily an edge of your seat romantic suspense but it was more than entertaining.
The characters and plot were creative and the humor subtle. I've never been to the Northwest so the descriptions intrigued me a bit. I have however spent plenty of time in the Southwest and agree, it's a dry heat especially when compared to Washington State. The friendship between Madeline and Daphne was a testament to friends forever even when you don't talk or see that friend for a very long time.
I'm pleased when Ms Krentz writes her heroines the way she does. They don't depend on a male to get them out of every single dangerous situation. And they are smart about not only themselves but the people around them. I guess I'm trying to say, the heroines are no shrinking violets. The by-play between Madeline and Jack is smile worthy. Neither want to play games but they are certainly both afraid of commitment. That made their relationship more interesting to me.
What I didn't like: I think I could have connected with Jack a lot sooner if his history had been told a tad sooner. It almost seemed like an afterthought to tie up all the story lines.
This is becoming more and more of a sore point with me and I KNOW it's not the author's fault. The Kindle and Nook version of Secret Sisters is $13.99. I love Ms Krentz and I really have a hard time with my eyes reading paperbacks or hard covers so I get the majority of my books on Kindle. This Kindle/Nook edition is approximately ONLY $3.00 less than the hard cover and the audible audio book. I'm to the point now that the majority of my recommendations will be to get the book from the library or a friend who might have a larger book budget that the majority of readers I know.
Overall a good romantic suspense. I highly recommend if you are a JAK fan, check Secret Sisters out from your local library!