Published by Berkley on November 29th 2016
Genres: Commentary, Romantic Suspense
FINAL DECISION: This is a nice romantic suspense but not spectacular. I liked the characters and there was good action but I probably wouldn’t pick it up again.
THE STORY: Charlotte Sawyer is a social director for a retirement community. Charlotte is careful, caution and risk adverse. She was just ditched by her “perfect” fiance. She receives a key and a note from a friend of her stepsister and finds out that her stepsister’s friend just died under somewhat strange circumstances. Her own stepsister is unreachable at a “tech-less” retreat and when Charlotte comes to see what the note and key are for, she meets Max Cutler. Max is a private investigator and former-profiler who has come to Seattle after his divorce to build a new life. Max is looking into the death. He and Charlotte partner up to investigate what is going on. The two find themselves in danger.
OPINION: I enjoyed this book while reading it, but I didn’t feel that it had the power and memorability of many of Krentz’s books. The romance was good and the suspense aspect was interesting with lots of twists, but I didn’t walk away thinking I would want to read this book again.
I liked the characters of Max and Charlotte. They are grounded people who are both rebuilding their lives. I thought that they had a good rapport. I did feel the relationship between them grew naturally out of their interactions. I also enjoyed that they are both flawed and there isn’t any big drama between them.
The suspense story was twisty and although much of the story was revealed during the book, there were still surprises. Things were not what they seemed to be. As I mentioned, I enjoyed this book but it wasn’t a story that I loved so much I would return to it again.
WORTH MENTIONING: I think this book appears to be the beginning of a series. UPDATE: this book is the first of the Cutler, Sutter and Salinas series although it is not advertised as such.
CONNECTED BOOKS: WHERE ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE is a standalone.
STAR RATING: I give this book 3 stars.