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...
What I liked: As many know, if you’re a Jayne Ann Krentz fan, her books are a fast read and leave you feeling good. Ms Krentz uses a very good template for her romantic suspense books. Her heroines are witty/spunky, her heroes a bit tortured, the suspense believable but not frantic, and the other characters are memorable.
Having a father that recently spent time in rehab for a bad back, I loved the setting for When All the Girls Have Gone. More of an assisted living facility, I thought the interactions between the heroine, Charlotte, and the residents was lighthearted and caring.
Charlotte’s step-sister, Joycelyn, is supposed to be on a retreat but when Charlotte needs to contact her, she can’t reach her. Joycelyn being unreachable is part of the suspense/plot. Charlotte decides to do a little investigating on her own and cue the hero, Max Cutler.
Max has been through the ringer lately. An FBI profiler who self-destructed, recently divorced, and needing money, he agrees to investigate the case of an apparent suicide of one of Jocelyn’s “investment group”.
Charlotte and Max agree to work together and the mutual attraction takes over from there. The romance doesn’t over-power the suspense and visa-versa. When All the Girls Have Gone is formulaic at it’s best. There were a couple of things I didn’t see coming but it had more to do with what I think will be a continuation of some of the characters in this book.
The clincher for me with Ms Krentz’s work are the characters. Yes, I enjoy the suspense side and the settings and the overall plot but she has a way of utilizing the secondary characters to make her work even more enjoyable.
What I didn’t like: While When All the Girls Have Gone is not my favorite it was exactly what I wanted to read after too many intricate, heart pounding books in other genres. If it’s your first book by Ms Krentz, you will enjoy it. If you’ve been reading her books for a while, you’ll know exactly what to expect.
The e-book pricing is a bit steep at $13.99. Unless you collect the author's books, I would recommend borrowing from a friend or the library.
There are parts that seem a bit slow but I knew I could sit back and relax and just enjoy the characters!
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.