Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Setting: Seattle, Washington
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 2, 2017

Two decades earlier, Virginia Troy was one of several children caught in a raging inferno that was deliberately set by a cult leader. The cult leader vanished and was assumed to have drowned. Virginia lost her mother that day.

When one of the surviving former cult members delivers a series of paintings to Virginia's art gallery and then jumps off a cliff. Virginia suspects there's far more to this case than the suicide police suspect. She turns to Cabot Sutter.

Cabot was another child rescued from the fire. He also lost his mother that day. Now a private investigator, Cabot teams up with Virginia to see if their hunch is correct. The pair is certain that the leader survived and that he's convinced Virginia has something he wants.

Strengths and Weaknesses

Every page of Promise Not to Tell convinced me that this book is the first in a series. It was vividly clear that other books will follow. If that doesn't happen, I'll be shocked.

A lot of the story focuses on the case, but there's also in-depth segments into Virginia and Cabot's anxiety that stems from being locked in a barn that was set on fire. The bond they have, even though they've lived different lives, is clear from the start.

The mystery aspect kept me guessing. I had part of it solved, but not all of it. I knew who was doing things, but I wasn't sure why. I like that there was that element of surprise when the revelation hit. I would say this book is more mystery/suspense than romance. If you like mysteries, you'll enjoy this read.

RTR's Bottom Line

I enjoyed the ride that Promise Not to Tell took me on. It had twists. There was plenty of tension to keep me on edge. I do want to know if there's more to come, however. I looked at the author's website and it doesn't say anything. I can't believe that there's not more to this gripping suspense though.


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