Promise Not to Tell

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I am a fan of Krentz and have read virtually everything she has written. This book, however, seems a retread of earlier plots. I was disappointed.
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This is the first book I have read in a long time that was sexy, smart, and just plain fun. The story reaching back 22 years to a tragic fire set by a cult leader leads to mystery, murder and mayhem in the present with two very attractive survivors of that long ago tragedy. There were many many twists to the story but they all unfolded  logically and kept this reader totally invested up to the last page.  The love story added a dimension to the story without turning it into a Hallmark movie. What is even better is the satisfaction in knowing the story continues. I look forward to reading the next adventure.
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3.5 Hearts Let me say that Krentz is high on my list of favorite authors but this book just didn’t do it for me. It seemed very long and yet each chapter was very short.
Virginia and Cabot knew each other as kids living in a cult and dealing with horrendous conditions and almost being killed. Now they are adults and believe the cult leader is back.
The story just wasn’t suspensive enough and I never really connected to the characters. I suggest reading any of Krentz’s books but don’t start with this one as you will not really get the feel of Krentz’s work.
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I have to say up front that Ms. Krentz is one of my favorite authors of all time. This book did not disappoint, I finished it in one day. I think I identify with this book because it is written about the Seattle WA local which is my backyard but whatever I loved this book, it was very well written and easy to keep up with.
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Jayne Ann Krentz starts a new series in Promise Not to Tell in which Seattle Art Gallery owner Virginia Troy is pulled back into her painful past when she and her mother were held in a mad cult settlement.  After the cult master burned down the settlement with the cult members inside, only a few members survived.  Virginia was a small child mourning her murdered mother.  Suddenly connections to the past revive old memories as one cult survivor dies by murder or suicide and Virginia teams up with other survivors to hunt down what is going on.  Murder, kidnapping, money laundering and romance. What a romp!!!! Read this excellent romantic thriller.
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Virginia Troy owns an art gallery in Seattle and is one of the kid survivor of the cult led by Quinton Zane. The past comes back to haunt Virginia when one of her artist leaves her a clue in a painting about the cult before committing suicide. Virginia decides to ask PI Cabot Stutter who also survived the cult when he was a child for help. As they start getting closer to solving the mystery of the painting the bodies start piling up close to home.

This is the second book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. It is a pretty good romantic suspense and is stronger than the first one. A fast paced suspenseful story with twist and turns that makes it an entertaining read and I cannot...

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DNF- no rating but netgalley makes you add one, so I put 1 star. Sorry.
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Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz is a 2018 Berkley publication.

Rebound! I’m beginning to sense a little excitement with this series!!

The first book in this new series by veteran author, Jayne Ann Krentz, got off to a rocky start, or at least it did for me.

I was hoping fervently that this second installment would show some improvement, and so I am happy to say it is a much stronger effort and I really enjoyed it.

Seattle comes to life in this story, adding the right touch to set the stage for a darker, more in depth look at cults, the psychological damages of trauma, amid a fast- paced race to find a killer, before he strikes again.

Virginia is convinced her friend was...

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If you enjoy romantic suspense – JAYNE ANN KRENTZ is your author.

I have read Jayne Ann Krentz for more than 10 years now and can say that with certainty. First I started by borrowing all her JAK books from the library—not nearly enough. Then I read her alter egos Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. All in all JAK must have written 50 plus novels thus far and I have read them all.

JAK is a master storyteller!

Her romantic suspense novels are as addicting as they are entertaining. With a formula in mind she spins the most captivating stories that ALWAYS deliver a happy ending to her main characters.

In Promise Not to Tell, the second book in the Cutler, Sutter, & Salinas series, she gives...

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Book two in the Cutter, Sutter, & Salinas series. Cabot Sutter is our P.I. for this installment in the series. He is asked to investigate the unexpected death of a woman that grew up in the same crazy cult that he did. their whole group of kids almost died after their founder set fires and only a miracle saved them all which gives them a close relationship to say the least. Sutter gets to work with another woman who was also there and the two of them go around asking lots of questions together in order to find the truth of what really happened since they both think that the founder of the cult faked his death and will return at some point. This may be the break they need which leads to...

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I love romantic suspense and no one writes it better than Jayne Ann Krentz. She writes fast paced books with likable main characters and the perfect balance of romance and suspense. This one just might have been my favorite yet. I had pretty high hopes for this one - especially when I saw it was connected to the previous book - When All the Girls Have Gone - which I read last year and really enjoyed. I was a little concerned because while Kretnz's books are thoroughly enjoyable they are rarely particularly memorable. It turned out to not be a problem because while the cult that this book is centered around does come up in the previous book you can just jump in here with no trouble.
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It's not often you can sum up a book in one word, but that's the case with Promise Not to Tell-convoluted.

It starts with the death of an artist, Hannah, who is convinced she has been seeing a nightmare vision from her past. She does what she can to warn her vulnerable friend, then leaps to her death off a cliff on her isolated island. The friend, Virginia Troy, understands the warning and goes to the one person she know has ties to that same past-Anson????? Anson rescued Virginia and several other children from a burning barn the night Quinton Zane decided to opt out of the cult he had founded and destroy all the evidence left behind. At the meeting with Anson, Virginia meets...

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Robeks has my favorite smoothies! They are actually my second favorite smoothie place.
I was determined to get this book done so I got some reading in while working. Didn’t get too far though before I was swamped with work.
Thank you #NetGalley for generously providing the #ARC for Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz.
The story took off with a bang, pulling me in from the first paragraph. The story follows gallery owner Virginia Troy and P.I. Cabot Sutter. Virginia hires Cabot to look into the death of her friend who seemingly committed suicide. Virginia and Cabot have a shared history. They were both children in a cult run by a mad man. It seems like their current case may...

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Avid Reader – ☆☆☆☆☆
M/F Romance and Thriller
Triggers: Cult living, Murder, Suicide, Mental Health Issues, Attempted Murder, Stalking, PTSD

Whew! This book was fast paced, riveting, and didn't disappoint at all. I didn't read the first book in this series, but never felt that I was lost or didn't know what was happening.

There are a lot of people involved in this story. Cabot and Virginia grew up for their first few years together in a cult that was led by Quinton Zane. He was a man who was charismatic and insane. When the worst happens, Virginia and Cabot are separated until they are adults and Virginia seeks out Cabot for help.
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As I was reading When All the Girls Have Gone, I was very intrigued by Max Cutler and his foster brothers who were rescued from a cult fire. I thought the backstory was captivating and was interested to learn more about their time in the cult and their life afterwards. So I was very interested in this second installment where both of our main characters were cult survivors.

Despite suffering from PTSD, Virginia Troy has made a somewhat successful living as the owner of an art gallery in Seattle. Through the gallery, Virginia maintained contact with some of the older cult survivors who lived on a smalltown island off the coast. When one of the women dies under suspicious circumstances after...

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First line: "<i>Hannah Brewster splashed the accelerant around the inside of the small cabin, working feverishly because time was running out.</i>"

What a way to finish off the reading year!

I began reading this book with a sense of deja-vu. The first couple pages stirred up a feeling of having read this exact part of a novel previously, practically word for word. That is when I put into place that this was the second novel in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas series and I began to wonder if I had read the first one. I realized that I had, in fact, started off 2017 by reading the first book in this series!

I really like Krentz's writing style. I was captivated...

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Promise Not to Tell opens in a troubling fashion: a reclusive artist is convinced that the villain who ruined her life is still alive. No longer can Hannah Brewster believe the claims that the monster Quinton Zane is dead, because she senses she’s being watched—and then she spots Zane on the remote island where she lives.

She had known then that she could no longer deceive herself into thinking that she was hallucinating. The truth was always shatteringly clear at night.

At midnight she had picked up a brush, her hand firm and steady, and begun to paint her final picture. She had continued painting every night until her creation was finished.

And then she had waited for the demon to...

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Ms. Krentz starts off 2018 with a bang with her second book in the Cutler, Sutter and Salinas series. Art gallery owner Virginia finds herself revisiting her horrific past as a child in a cult when one of the former members throws herself off of a cliff after sending Virginia a piece of art. Virgina kept in touch with a select few from that time in her life, a life that was almost cut short when the cult leader locked all of the cult children in a barn and set it on fire. When Virginia, gets Hannah's picture, she goes to a detective to follow up on her suspicions that cult leader Quinton Zane might still be alive and up to no good. Detective Anson Salinas was the man who rescued...

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Promise Not to Tell is a real page-turner. It’s fast-paced, interesting, and has some great twists and turns without ever losing sight of the main couple. I absolutely hated it whenever I had to put Virginia and Cabot’s story down, and quite honestly, by the end of the book nothing could have torn me away.

Virginia and Cabot were children living in a cult until one fiery night where they lost their mothers and were rescued by the local police chief. It’s been over twenty years since the fire but both Virginia and Cabot are still haunted by the past. And when another cult survivor plunges to her death after sending Virginia an urgent message with hidden clues, she and Cabot will have to...

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Jayne Ann Krentz continues to dazzle with the follow-up to ALL THE GIRLS HAVE GONE in PROMISE NOT TO TELL. A burgeoning romance develops during the course of an intriguing investigation into the death of a former cult member. Krentz is at the top of her game as she pits two child survivors, now adults, against a mastermind who's eluded justice for far too long.

Virginia Troy, a gallery owner, was one of the children who escaped death in a horrendous fire while living in a cult. Cabot Sutter, another child who survived the same horror, is now a private investigator who's never forgotten the man who nearly killed them all. Virginia seeks help investigating the suspicious death of...

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