Type: Romantic Suspense
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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….
I love a good romantic suspense and Ms. Krentz never disappoints. The characters are intriguing and the plot interesting; I could not stop reading, and stayed up well into the night as there are twists and turns until the very end.
Madeline Chase lived on Cooper Island, Washington with her grandmother after her parents were killed when she was young. Then the two promptly moved and left The Aurora Point Hotel to a caretaker after an incident that scared them both. When her grandmother died recently in a fire, Madeline was contacted by the caretaker, Tom Lomax who sounded upset on the phone, now she must revisit this place that brings back so many horrible memories.
Jack Rayner owns a small security business and is working for Sanctuary Creek Inns, the business now run by Madeline and he travels with her to Washington as Tom sounded so disturbed on the phone. When they arrive at the abandoned hotel, they find a dying Tom who is only able to say a few words before he is gone. He mentions a briefcase and Madeline immediately knows the past is coming back to haunt her.
This is a fast pace exciting ride to the end as the author keeps the reader guessing, and just when you think you have it solved, there is another twist. Long held secrets are emerging and there are plenty of people that want these secrets kept hidden.
Madeline is a straight forward woman who has never really dealt with the kidnapping and her personal life is testament to that, never forming attachments to men and wanting to be in control of every situation. Coming back to Cooper Island brings back evil memories and she is glad that Jack came with her. There is a definite attraction between them but they both have huge commitment issues and so they try to ignore what they really want, until they realize they can go into this relationship with eyes wide open and no strings, a perfect solution to start. Jack is harder to read, he keeps everything close and has secrets of his own that have shaped him into the person he is today. I liked Jack from the beginning; dark brooding heroes are always my type.
Secondary characters play large roles, Daphne and Madeline pick up right where they left off, which is the true meaning of best friends and Jack’s brother Abe is very appealing and a fun addition to the story. We also encounter the Webster family who are very prominent on the island, Egan and Louise raised two sons (Xavier and Travis) on and off the island as they built their financial empire. Egan’s wish was for Xavier to be the shining son but there were issues that scared many and had him in and out of hospitals, so Travis took the reins and is currently running for a political office.
With several suspicious deaths and near deaths surrounding the island, Madeline and Jack along with the help of Abe and Daphne are wondering who is nervous enough to kill in order to stop these secrets from coming to light, and as the cast of suspects grows larger so does the danger.
You can’t go wrong with this author, she writes amazing romantic suspense stories with intriguing characters both good and evil. This should satisfy all who enjoy mystery, danger and of course romance.
I give Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz 4.25 stars!