Promise Not to Tell

Promise Not to Tell

Listening Length: 10 hours and 40 minutesA painter of fiery, nightmarish visions throws herself into the sea—but she leaves 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...

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Title:Promise Not to Tell
Author:Jayne Ann Krentz
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Promise Not to Tell Reviews

  • Julie

    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 sta

    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 murdered or at the very least driven to commit suicide, and the killer could be the cult leader Virginia escaped from as a child. Knowing Cabot Sutter will understand the gravity of the situation, she hires him to flush out their arch enemy.

    But, when Virginia and Cabot come face to face there is an immediate and undeniable current between them. Their relationship development is quirky, but awesome, and I quickly grew to like them both.

    The subject of cults is timely, in my opinion, mainly because of the psychology behind them and how ‘leaders’ are able to convince people to join them and remain committed to them, no matter how outlandish things become.

    Of course, like in most crimes, this one boils down to the basic greed and the love of money, but, there are some unexpected twists along the way, with some crazy, jarring revelations, as well.

    The book also touches on the complexities of family and the importance of forgiveness, which gives the story more depth.

    There was some repetitive dialogue, here and there, but the banter and chemistry between Virginia and Cabot sizzles, and the author deftly adds a very realistic look at PTSD and anxiety attacks. The plotting is tight, fast-paced, and creepy, which is a big improvement over the first installment.

    One word of caution, though- while the immediate story line is wrapped up, there is a ‘to be continued’ element at the very end- so you will definitely want to be on board for the third installment, which promises to be to a real humdinger.

    If you missed the first installment, it’s no biggie. It might provide a little background, but you can start with this one and be just fine.

    Overall, this a solid outing for JAK, who was beginning to really worry me. It’s good to see her get back into the groove with this one.

    4 stars

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  • Chris  Carroll

    Fast paced with lots of twists.

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    The author has stepped up the game in this newest offering and I am excited to share my review and thoughts on this story. One good thing, if you missed the prior book, do not dismay. This is a total standalone. The family is the tie between the books, not a story continuation.

    In the prior book, I enjoyed the story but it had some flaws to me. I was so happy this this story was much more exciting and the flow was great.

    Even though this is a

    Fast paced with lots of twists.

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    The author has stepped up the game in this newest offering and I am excited to share my review and thoughts on this story. One good thing, if you missed the prior book, do not dismay. This is a total standalone. The family is the tie between the books, not a story continuation.

    In the prior book, I enjoyed the story but it had some flaws to me. I was so happy this this story was much more exciting and the flow was great.

    Even though this is a longer story than most, I was whipping through it fast and was completely tied up in the twists and turns. Fast paced with plenty of action and even a bit of romance made this an interesting and engaging read. While I feel that there is room for more tenderness, less rigidty and matter-of-fact connections in the romance department, the author totally came through on the suspense and thriller side.

    I loved the story premise and the plot. While you do somewhat know who it is that they are chasing, Krentz adds in a lot of additional plot details and twists to keep you wondering and even throws a few curves that I did not figure out until the end.

    With so many novels under her belt, she is a master at storytelling in ways that will keep you enthralled to the end.

    * copy received for review consideration

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  • ♥Rachel♥

    Virginia and Cabot survived the machinations of twisted cult leader as kids, when he tried to kill them all in a fire, but their mothers weren’t so fortunate. They’re reunited when Virginia hires Cabot’s detective firm to investigate the suspicious death of one of the survivors. The police think it’s a suicide, but Virginia is convinced there’s more to her death when she receives a message in the form of a cryptic painting depicting the supposedly dead cult leader in a horror scene that

    Virginia and Cabot survived the machinations of twisted cult leader as kids, when he tried to kill them all in a fire, but their mothers weren’t so fortunate. They’re reunited when Virginia hires Cabot’s detective firm to investigate the suspicious death of one of the survivors. The police think it’s a suicide, but Virginia is convinced there’s more to her death when she receives a message in the form of a cryptic painting depicting the supposedly dead cult leader in a horror scene that looks like it was set in the present. It soon becomes apparent that Virginia is in grave danger.

    Both Virginia and Cabot are haunted by the past. It’s made any romantic relationship difficult at best, so I was happy there was an immediate attraction between them, because they just got each other’s hang-ups resulting from the inevitable PTSD they experienced. I loved Cabot and Virginia working together, piecing together the clues and handling each new threat shot their way; and believe me there were plenty! It seemed there was danger at every turn! Just when they’d escape one threat another would slam them! I liked that they thought things through in the face of chaos, and handled whatever crazy thing came their way. Cabot and Virginia really made an excellent team!

    I also liked the little side story of Cabot’s family and inheritance. Xavier, Cabot’s teenage cousin, was a delight and I hope we get to see him in future books.

    was page-turner! An exciting ride! Everything I love about romantic suspense: surprising twists, danger, action, and a romance you can root for!

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  • paulie

    3.494 stars - - (to be released 01/02/18)

    this was my first krentz title. it seems she has a

    load of titles under her belt (one of three names she uses depending on genre). there's a difference between blueberry yogurt and plain yogurt with blueberries. the same with strawberry yogurt and plain yogurt with strawberries. you take the plain yogurt (book's foundation), adding a particular fruit with each title. thi

    3.494 stars - - (to be released 01/02/18)

    this was my first krentz title. it seems she has a

    load of titles under her belt (one of three names she uses depending on genre). there's a difference between blueberry yogurt and plain yogurt with blueberries. the same with strawberry yogurt and plain yogurt with strawberries. you take the plain yogurt (book's foundation), adding a particular fruit with each title. this is the impression i get with this story; while the story is nice and entertaining, it is far from engrossing and a standout. like a child unwrapping an x-box one on christmas, this is quick plug and play.

    this is the second in the cutler, sutter & salinas series (private investigators), and while i did not read its predecessor i did read the blurb and it doesn't seem like you miss out on any (major) details by starting with book two (book one was about max cutler - book two is cabot sutter). the person who walks into his life is virginia troy, and we learn they knew each other as children as their mothers became entangled in a cult. at first, their banter and interaction was awkward, stilted, and i cannot decide if this is the genius of ms. krentz's writing or if it just was lackluster for starters. as the story progresses the relationship starts to solidify and the exchanges are much better. the chemistry went from pedestrian to penthousesque (that's a bit of a stretch, but you get the gist).

    like an application in its beta stage, the characters did not seem fully developed. some of the scenarios were too *in the nick of time* and there were a couple too many for my liking. the ending is simultaneously satisfying and frustrating depending on which angle you look at it (possible future title seems likely). think of a made for cable movie - it's a nice way to spend an evening, but it's not getting any oscar noms.

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