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Secret Sisters

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  8,963 ratings  ·  950 reviews
No one does romantic suspense better than Jayne Ann Krentz. Now, the New York Times bestselling author of Trust No One and River Road delivers a novel that twists and turns into a read that will leave you breathless.

Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sistersuntil a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published December 8th 2015 by Berkley
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Madeline and Daphne were once the best of friends until a terrible event took place. A man attacks Madeline and, despite the fact that the man would never again bother anyone did Madeline's grandmother close up the hotel she owned and moved with her granddaughter far away.

Now 18 years later Madeline is back at the hotel. Her grandmother is dead and she has to decide what to do with the old hotel. But she must confront the past when the old caretaker of the hotel is brutally murdered. Madeline
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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This book was good. Really good, actually. When I saw that I had a chance to get my hands on an advanced copy of this book, I snatched it up quickly before anyone could change their mind. As a long time reader of romantic suspense, I somehow have missed Jayne Ann Krentz and all of her pen names. She has always been somewhere in my TBR pile but I just never actually sat down and read one of her books. This was the perfect opportunity to try
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Madeline and Daphne were best friends, secret sisters, when they were young. They parted ways when a horrific event set them going their separate ways, but they are thrown together again when the nightmare resurfaces. Eighteen years later secrets thought long buried have somehow been unearthed and Madeline and Daphne are once again in great danger. Theyre not alone, though. Madelines head of security, Jack Rayner and his brother Abe are there watching their backs. And Madeline feels safe with ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I enjoyed Secret Sisters, the latest book by Jayne Ann Krentz but there were a few things that missed the WOW factor for me.

The story started off really well. Intriguing and mysterious!!! Something that happened 18 years ago in the rather scary Cooper Island that has since remained a secret between the people involved.

But halfway through the book I kept thinkingare these people for real!!! Look, dont get me wrongI actually kept turning the pages and read it in one go.but yes, another but..the
Jacqueline's Reads
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3 Suspenseful Stars

This is my first book by Jayne Ann Krentz. I was seduced by the cover and summary. I love picking up new books and I love suspenseful reads. Secret Sisters isnt a romance book, but there is a love interest. It kind of reads like K.A. Tuckers Burying Water series. The plot is very developed and there are many twists and turns along the way.

The beginning starts off very dark and to my surprise that isnt the tone for the rest of the book. So, if you cant stomach dark reads, you
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

When it comes to writing romantic suspence, Jayne Anne Krentz (who also writes as Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick) is clearly one of the best. You cant possibly go wrong with one of her books they are all exciting, romantic and excellently paced. She does, after all, fall into the same category as Nora Roberts, queen of the genre; and let me tell you, as much as I worship Nora, Jayne Anne Krentz has just as much to offer.

In Secret Sisters, Krentz brings us the story of two former best friends
1-Click Addict Support Group
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Holy Twists and Turns, Batman! This book was just one thing after another! It started off strongly for me with a dark mystery, and a little fear. The kind that's not over done, but is realistic and more than enough to catch my attention. Then, it jumps into the life of Madeline, a strong, take-no-nonsense womanthe kind of woman you find yourself liking out of respect for her authority. As a character, she had to grow on me a bit, had to finally show some of her inner self that was hiding deeply ...more
CD {Boulder Blvd}
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: s-bv-library
I have mixed feelings about this one. On one hand I really liked the set up of the plot with Daphne and Madeline brought back together after 18 years of keeping a secret from the past. And when that secret also leads to secrets that the town's controlling family, the Websters, have kept it should have been good. It was well paced and there were some good parts that kept me reading.

Some of the items that didn't work for me:

Madeline and Jack felt flat and way too much like all the other H/h that
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I generally like books from Jayne Ann Krentz, however I admit that some of them are better than the others. This one is a good one, thought not the excellent. If you read some books by Jayne Ann Krentz, you already know the pattern.

When Madeline was a kid somebody tried to rape her, her grandmother and a housekeeper stopped the man and killed him. After that Madeline and her grandmother left the island for good. Now, after her granny's death, Madeline comes back to this place to found the dying
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first encounter with the suspense-filled world of Jayne Ann Krentz and it won't be my last. I was hoping for a mystery I could sink my teeth into and some romance as well. I got way better than I was expecting. Just when I thought I had things figured out, a new twist would happen to send that theory careening away. What a fantastic blend of romance and suspense.

The story was a standalone and that had appeal for a first-time encounter.

Beginning in the past with a brutal encounter that set
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I so enjoy Jayne Ann Krentzs stand-alone romantic thrillers! Secret Sisters was everything I could imagine, for a book I picked just to pass the time. The pace was fast and steady from the very beginning, with excitement and suspense growing up to the very end. There is a breathtaking blend of romance and suspense, which complement each other perfectly.

It all started 18 years ago, but the past comes back to haunt almost everyone involved, especially the secret sisters Madeline and Daphne. The
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Five reasons to grab Secret Sisters and snuggle

Jayne Ann Krentz weaves a suspenseful tale with plenty of twists, suspects and red herrings to keep the reader caught up in the world she creates. The story begins eighteen years ago when a man attempts to harm Madeline in the most horrific way imaginable. The girls left and never returned. Four people carry the secrets from that night and now two are dead.
Madelines grandmother has recently passed and she is now the head of their hotel empire.
Anna's Herding Cats

Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.

Mystery, romance, intrigue. Krentz rocks them all. Secret Sisters was everything I love about her books. Easy romances, strong characters and a mystery that kept me guessing. I fell in love with her books years ago--totally binged on them--and it was so fun getting back to the swing of it and falling in with her characters again.

The quick of it is that 18 years ago Madeline and her best friend went through hell. And the
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Secret Sisters is a perfect blend of mystery and suspense, full of unexpected twists and turns, with a little romance thrown in to round off what is an excellent story.

Madeline and Daphne are the "secret sisters", friends from childhood who are reunited as a long hidden secret starts to unravel. Madeline is called home to Cooper Island, the small island in the Pacific Northwest where everything began. The death of her grandmother, and now the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of the
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this book. The suspense was predictable The characters were annoying at times and unoriginal, there were humorous parts but not enough to keep it going, The relationship between the two main character women we're supposed to be profound and like sisters I found them to be superficial and unreflective of what I thought the book was supposed it was also too long and I was just expecting something different than what I got.
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Secret Sisters was a gradually building story that reeled you in slow and easy and then you discovered you were completely hooked.

Madeline has successfully worked by her grandmothers side for years. An unexpected accident leaves Madeline grandmother dead and Madeline the heir to the group of hotels her grandmother had acquired.

For some reason, right before Madelines grandmothers passing she hires a security firm expert, Jack Rayner.

Within this group of hotels, there is one that had been abandon
Diana • Book of Secrets
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
SECRET SISTERS is an exciting novel of romantic suspense, and also the first book I've read by Jayne Ann Krentz. The blurb drew me in with the promise of a spooky abandoned hotel on an island in the Pacific Northwest, and it just got better from there. The main character, Madeline, and her grandmother fled the island twenty years earlier and left some dark secrets buried there. Now her grandmother is deceased, and Madeline is back on the island to confront her past. There, she reunites with her ...more
After her grandmother's death Madeline Chase returns to Washington to meet with the caretaker at her grandmother's Inn. She arrives as the man is dying. His death appears to be connected to the murder of a man from nearly 20 years before. So Madeline sends for her security man, Jack Rayner to help investigate. Now it is time for secrets to be reveal.

Another excellent author that writes in a style that works for me. A few surprises here and there but the "baddies" were pretty easy to figure out.
Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz is a 2015 Berkley publication.

First of all, I would like to thank the publisher and the LibraryThing early review program for the nice audiobook set of this novel.

It has been a very, very long time since I read a romantic suspense novel by this author, more famously known for her paranormal crossovers writing under the pseudonyms of Amanda Quick and Jayne Castle. However, Ms. Krentz did write RS novels without paranormal elements as well as regular contemporary
Despite hundreds of titles that have been released, this is my first Krentz book. I have never read any of them, even under her other pen names. So I will not be able to compare whether this is her good one or her mediocre one. I can only form an opinion based on my reading experience of this one.

Secret Sisters is categorized as romantic suspense. I will try to give opinion on both elements ... romance and suspense (or mystery). In terms of the mystery, it is pretty intriguing. The first
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I believe I have read most of Jayne Ann Krentz's published writings. I have watched her women characters become stronger and more complex as the decades have passed. When picking up one of her books, whatever the pseudonym, I know the main characters will be interesting and likable regardless of their faults and the environment, alien caverns or corporate boardroom, will feel rich and real. Secret Sisters is the culmination of years of growing storytelling talent.

This new novel really is a
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This wasn't bad as far as mysteries go (which many people know isn't my favorite genre, so I'm a hard grader), but there were a few things that kept this from being 4 stars instead of 3. I did like there was low angst on the romance side (especially given everything else going on) and I thought it was well written.

Now for the things I didn't:
For a book called Secret Sisters, I expected there to be more about Madeline and Daphne's relationship. But there was already a lot with the mystery and
Hope Decker
I loved the setting of Cooper Island, a small blustery island off the coast of Washington State where this suspenseful story takes place. Inns, B&B's and hotels are great scenes for murder, mystery and mayhem. Madeline Chase and her childhood friend Daphne are reunited for the purpose of getting to the bottom of a family secret that has their lives in peril. With the help of a hired security detail consisting of ex-criminal profiler Jack Raynor and his computer genius brother, Abe, the ...more
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When hotel exec Madeline Chase gets a distressed phone call from the caretaker of the only decommissioned hotel in her familys chain of boutique B&Bs, she screws up her courage and returns to the scene of her worst nightmare. After the caretaker suffers a dire fate on Cooper Island, Madeline calls the cops and her security team for good measure.

Jack Rayner rushes to Madelines side and together they try to solve the caretakers murder. Except the more they look into it, the more the answers
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
Some days, I love to curl up with a good suspense read. I love the twists and turns; plus the gripping story-telling and writing skills, just like those by Jayne Ann Krentz. Add in a bit of simmering romance along side and I am locked in for hours.

I have had the pleasure of reading several of Jayne Ann Krentz books in the past and when this new release showed up, I knew it was one I would have to set aside several hours at a time to lock into the story. This author is wonderful at telling a
Tammy  Zautner
Jul 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
At one time JAK was one of my go to authors. I'm beginning to think my tastes have drastically changed, or her writing style has changed. I don't know which is the culprit here but what I do know is, I just couldn't connect with these characters.

The romance between Madeline and Jack felt lacking. Their chemistry was flat. No if, and, or but about it. If you classify something as romance than it should contain romance. Not romance that is eluded too while the protagonists make a run for it each
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Overall, this book was not that great. The writing was weak, (there was a lot of "telling" and not "showing.") and the "twists" in the mystery story just weren't that surprising or suspenseful. The characters were not very well-developed, either. The love story between Madeleine and Jack was very weak. They both seemed one dimensional and not very interesting. Plus the author must have used the phrases "intimacy issues" and "commitment issues" over 20 times in this book. Who talks like that? The ...more

I used to love the author's novels _ along with her Amanda Quick pseudonym _ but lately it seems as if her stories and characters are just being recycled, over and over.
The characters are paper thin. The relationships not well developed and the romances were just lacking. After this, I should probably go and re-read some of my past favourites to see if my memory is proving me wrong, because I remember those romances being HOT; this, was not.
As for the mystery, the author kept pulling this red
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
JAK's books are so easy to read. This one is no exception. I liked that in this book, she doubled down on her usual heroine and hero types. We get the pragmatic business executive type in Madeline and the artsy type in Daphne playing the secret sisters. Then we get the outwardly remote Jack and his geeky computer nerd brother Abe playing the security guys/love interests.

The plot is also a bit more twisty than the usual. All in all, an enjoyable time to spend an evening.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This joint review was originally published at The Book Pushers

Marlene: I always forget just how much I love Jayne Ann Krentz stand-alone romantic suspense books until I read one, and then I wonder how I ever forgot. I love her paranormal futuristic series, where the Arcane Society eventually travels to Harmony, but her stand alone contemporary romantic suspense books are equally awesome. And its nice reading something where I dont need a cheat sheet for who did what to whom three (or thirteen)
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The author of over 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters

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“I don’t want any misunderstandings between us. I can’t make any promises.”
“Ah. Commitment issues.”
“Something like that.”
She considered briefly and then nodded once. “Okay.”
“Okay? That’s all you can say?”
“I’m good with your issues if you’re good with mine.”
“Your issues don’t begin to compare to mine,” he warned.
“Now we’re comparing issues?”
“You think running background checks on the guys you date constitutes a serious issue?”
She frowned. “Of course not. Paying someone to run background checks on my dates is just common sense. My issues are a lot more personal. I do not intend to discuss them with a man who isn’t interested in having a relationship with me. Good night, Jack. Again.”
“Wait. You’re saying you’re okay with my commitment issues?”
“Right. Now, if you’re done with this conversation—”
“We’re not having a conversation, we’re conducting a damn negotiation.”
She raised her brows. “Is that right?”
“Just to be clear—you’d be okay with a relationship based on the understanding that I’ve got a lousy track record in the relationship department?”
“I’ll put my lousy track record up against yours anytime.” She folded her arms. “However, I do insist on monogamy on both sides while we are involved in this uncommitted relationship.”
Her voice was as tight as that of a gambler who was doubling down on a desperate bet.
“Agreed,” he said. He did not want to think about her with another man. “Anything else you want to negotiate?”
“Can’t think of anything offhand,” she said. “You?”
“Nothing comes to mind.”
“Then it looks like we have established the terms and conditions of a relationship.”
“Are you going to whip out a contract for me to sign?”
Her browns snapped together. “What?”
“Talk about taking the romance out of things.”
She stared at him for a beat. Then she went off like a volcano.
“You started it,” she said.
Her voice was harsh with indignation, anger, and—maybe—pain. Or maybe—just maybe—those were the emotions tearing through him.
“Me?” he shot back. “You’re the one who wanted to compare issues.”
“I can’t believe you’re trying to make this my fault.”
He moved closer to her. “Damned if I’ll let you stick me with the blame for this fiasco.”
“First you accuse me of taking all the romance out of our relationship and then you call it a fiasco. You’re right. Whatever happens between us probably won’t last very long, not at the rate we’re going, so I suggest we get started before it fizzles out completely.”
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