Promise Not to Tell

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Promise Not to Tell

Jayne Ann Krentz delivers on another compelling Romantic Suspense. Promise Not to Tell features some familiar faces and some new ones. Krentz’s stories are intricate and her world building is stellar. It sometimes feels as if you’ve known the characters for generations even after a few chapters because Krentz does such a good job of establishing what drives the character and their underlying traits so quickly in her books. Of course, she has a method and clearly it’s a successful one as each book is just as good or even better than the last. She also likes to hide little Easter egg mentions of her other series within each book and it always gives me a little thrill to recognize either a name or a subject from one of her previous novels. Promise Not to Tell was a very satisfying read and I can’t wait for the next one in the series.

Virginia Troy is a gallery owner in Seattle with an unusual past. As a child her mother moved them to a cult. In a sad turn of events one night the compound caught on fire and her mother was killed. Virginia has spent years trying to move beyond that, and she thought she had, until an artist sends her a painting that brings all of those memories to the surface and causes her to begin questioning the past. Cabot Sutter is also a survivor of the cult fire, and as he and Virginia are thrown together he realizes that perhaps the fate of the cult leader wasn’t as cut and dried as every one believes…perhaps there’s more to the story.

Book Blurb for Promise Not to Tell

A broken promise reveals a terrifying legacy in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of When All the Girls Have Gone.

A painter of fiery, nightmarish visions throws herself into the sea—but she’ll leave some of her secrets behind...

Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound, killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture: a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide—and her own past.

Like Virginia, private investigator Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire...and only he can help her now. As they struggle to unravel the clues in the painting, it becomes clear that someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and that she must be stopped. Thrown into an inferno of desire and deception, Virginia and Cabot draw ever closer to the mystery of their shared memories—and the shocking fate of the one man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2018 4.50