Tuesday, January 10, 2017

3.5 stars-- When All The Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz

Ahh Jayne Ann Krentz. A favorite of mine. I just can't resist her books and with such a gorgeous cover...I was in. When All The Girls Have Gone was a very nice murder mystery and what I hope will be the kick off to a new series.

The quick of it is that Charlotte's sister has vanished, her sister's best friend has been killed, a mysterious note has been sent to her home and life is about to get very interesting as she tries to piece together the secrets her sister has been keeping before it's too late. It's really nearly too much for a girl to take. Thank goodness for a sexy private investigator who crash lands into her life and who shares a similar mission... the hunt for the truth. Woo!

The Characters:
Charlotte and Max were both pretty likable characters. I liked spending time with them, seeing how they thought, their determination and how they handled both danger and frustrations. I had no complaints about them.
The Romance:

This was the weakest part of the book for me and what kept the rating from climbing a little higher. While they had a nice rapport the romance definitely took a back seat to their investigative adventures. It was very light--which was fine!-- but then BOOM lets be in love and get married! Eh. I needed a bit more before that leap happened.

The Mystery:
This was the focus of things. Figuring out who was behind the murder of her sister's friend, where her sister was, how things in the past connected to things currently happening. It was interesting, nicely paced and had infusions of danger that were rather exhilarating. 
All in all, I had a good time with When All the Girls Have Gone. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, the piecing together of multiple seemingly unrelated events. I would have liked a bit more on the actual romance between the two though I did like them together. They were a nice team as they set about solving the disappearance of her sister and the death of a friend. I'd be up for another book with these two or seeing what his brother is up to.

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...

Challenges: Pick Your Genre (contemporary) | New to You (hopefully new series) | Read All The Books | Goodreads

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