Shadow’s Review – Promise Not to Tell (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz

It’s not often you can sum up a book in one word, but that’s the case with Promise Not to Tell-convoluted…Overall, a thrilling effort by a talented author. ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures

A 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 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.

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 Cabot Sutter, another one of the children saved from the barn. In fact, Anson adopted three of the boys from that night, including Cabot.

As they begin to investigate Hannah’s death, they find that they share more than a physical attraction, they share the same nightmares and methods of coping-which leads them both into becoming averse to relationships. But as things progress with the case, the two find their shared coping skills mesh nicely. Can these two damaged people find happiness together before a killer stops them?

This was an exciting and interesting romantic suspense book. All of the main characters are good guys and we are promised more of them as the book’s ending set up the scenario for the next chapter. The sex scenes don’t dominate the book, but are hot, and the method the lover’s find to overcome some of their obstacles ingenious.

Overall, a thrilling effort by a talented author.

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