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

  • ☕ Kimberly

    From the onset, I liked the chemistry and back and forth banter between Virginia and Cabot Sutter. They share a connection and played to each other's strengths.

    Virginia has reached out to the firm because Hannah Brewster's recent death was ruled a suicide. As the reader, we are made privy to what occurred on the night of Hannah's death. I was immediately pulled into the investigations and loved the plot Krentz developed from the paintings to the hidden key. Twists and unexpected connections made

    From the onset, I liked the chemistry and back and forth banter between Virginia and Cabot Sutter. They share a connection and played to each other's strengths.

    Virginia has reached out to the firm because Hannah Brewster's recent death was ruled a suicide. As the reader, we are made privy to what occurred on the night of Hannah's death. I was immediately pulled into the investigations and loved the plot Krentz developed from the paintings to the hidden key. Twists and unexpected connections made for an entertaining and suspenseful mystery. While Krentz tends to write in a formulaic pattern, I had fun guessing her intent as I read.

    Both Virginia and Cabot are strong characters left with scars from their time in the cult. Both lost their parents, Cabot was adopted, but Virginia was taken in by her grandmother a woman who refused to discuss what happened. You might have to suspend belief a little as to some of their shared dysfunctions, but I thought Virginia's intimacy and anxiety disorder to be genuine.  The two worked well together, and their shared connection created a bond. I loved the story concerning Cabot's family, Virginia's gallery and details about Cutler, Sutter & Salinas.

    Promise Not to Tell was a page-turner and for me, a stronger book than the first in this series. Fans of well balance romantic suspense, quests and cults will find the story contained within entertaining.

  • Beth

    A complex and engaging mystery, spanning 20 years, makes for some seriously intense reading especially when it comes from Krentz.

    Virginia Troy, gallery owner, and Cabot Sutter, private eye, have a tragic past in common. But 20 years later that tragic past has come back to haunt them, and it has definitely turned deadly.

    A set of disturbing painting, an artist’s “suicide”, and a group of children that all survived a fire that wiped out the cult their parents belong too, draw Virginia and Cabot cl

    A complex and engaging mystery, spanning 20 years, makes for some seriously intense reading especially when it comes from Krentz.

    Virginia Troy, gallery owner, and Cabot Sutter, private eye, have a tragic past in common. But 20 years later that tragic past has come back to haunt them, and it has definitely turned deadly.

    A set of disturbing painting, an artist’s “suicide”, and a group of children that all survived a fire that wiped out the cult their parents belong too, draw Virginia and Cabot closure to the truth than they ever imagined.

    Krentz writes a detailed plot filled with intricate twist and turns vividly painting a mental picture with words.

    I received this ARC copy of

    from Berkley Publishing Group. This is my honest and voluntary review.

    is set for publication Jan. 2, 2018.

    My Rating: 4 Stars

    Written by: Jayne Ann Kentz

    Hardcover: 336 pages

    Publisher: Berkley

    Publication Date: January 2, 2018

    ISBN-10: 0399585273

    ISBN-13: 978-0399585272

    Genre: Suspense | Thriller | Mystery

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  • 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

  • .Under the pages

    Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter both were in a cult along with their mothers when they were just kids, until the day the cult leader, Quinton Zane, set the compound they were in on fire and killed their mothers.

    They never saw each other again until one of Virginia’s artists, who also was in the cult twenty-two years ago, killed herself right after leaving Virginia one last piece that left her second guessing all her beliefs regarding the cult. Cabot, now as a private investigator, is th

    Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter both were in a cult along with their mothers when they were just kids, until the day the cult leader, Quinton Zane, set the compound they were in on fire and killed their mothers.

    They never saw each other again until one of Virginia’s artists, who also was in the cult twenty-two years ago, killed herself right after leaving Virginia one last piece that left her second guessing all her beliefs regarding the cult. Cabot, now as a private investigator, is the only one who can help her and also protect her seeing as their lives will also be in danger. Again.

    Ok, so the amount of people involved in this investigation is insane. Obviously, Virginia and Cabot are the main characters, but there are so many people connected that sometimes it was honestly hard to keep track of them all and remember their names. But throughout the book, there’re moments when all the pieces fit perfectly together and you basically get blown away by the logic of it! At least, I was blown away with all the twists in the book! Which leads me to one of the things that I most appreciated about this book: the fact that the author doesn’t leave all the secrets to the end. Which turns the book into an addiction (at least for me it was)! There’s always something happening, new people coming and going, new cases! Definitely a lot of suspense! Honestly, five big stars for this investigation and all the characters involved!

    Then, there’s the romance. As you can guess, Virginia and Cabot both have issues thanks to the fire they had to go through twenty-two years ago. And, even though that has always been a major deal breaker with their other relationships, between them it’s their biggest bond! They understand each other and instantly know what the other needs without words. However, there’s not a lot of coupley moments! I really wish there was more romance in the book! There’s some intimacy, not as much as I would like but still. Basically, if you can’t settle for a discreet relationship this is not the book for you. They don’t talk much about them (only the investigation basically) and they’re not the lovey-dovey kind so not expect hearts and unicorns with this book!

    Still, the book is really amazing!

    I didn’t read the first book of the series but I feel like there’s some unfinished business in this book so I’ll definitely want to read the next one (if there’s one).

  • Monnie

    This complex, intriguing story spans more than 20 years - from the time eight young children are rescued from certain death in a barn fire deliberately set by the leader of a cult to which their parents belonged to the present, when death once again stalks the survivors. Now, one of them - an artist whose work is in an art gallery owned by another of the survivors - commits suicide. Virginia Troy, the gallery owner, suspects the death was murder; to test that theory, she hires the private invest

    This complex, intriguing story spans more than 20 years - from the time eight young children are rescued from certain death in a barn fire deliberately set by the leader of a cult to which their parents belonged to the present, when death once again stalks the survivors. Now, one of them - an artist whose work is in an art gallery owned by another of the survivors - commits suicide. Virginia Troy, the gallery owner, suspects the death was murder; to test that theory, she hires the private investigation firm owned by Anson Salinas, a former police officer and the man who rescued the children all those years ago.

    Back then, Anson adopted three of the surviving boys; one of them, Cabot Sutter (also a former cop), now works with his adopted father. Early on, Cabot and Virginia take a closer look at a few of the victim's paintings that depict the cult fire; they suggest that sociopathic leader Quinton Zane, who reportedly was killed in a boating accident years earlier, may in fact be among the living. Still other clues from the paintings suggest that the cult held many more secrets - one of which is that cult members may have embezzled a substantial amount of money right under the leader's nose.

    Apparently, those secrets aren't so secret anymore - and bodies of those who may have learned the truth are starting to pile up. Can Cabot and Virginia (who, surprise, surprise, have taken a strong liking to each other) get to the bottom of things before they themselves become victims? It's a race to the finish, with plenty of action and surprises right up to the end.

    Speaking of which, it makes sense to me that this book deserves at least one follow-up. If and when that happens, I hope the publisher will once again grant me the honor of reading an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. Very enjoyable!

  • Chris  Carroll

    Fast paced with lots of twists.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    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.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    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

    Full Review ~

  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    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

    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 us a solid and suspenseful tale that was chilling, but also touching. As always, the book was dependably entertaining and features fascinating and strong characters, male as well as female.

    Virginia Troy and Cabot Sutter share a common past— a horrific event that tore their lives apart as children and changed their future in unforeseen ways. Now years later they meet again, and because of this common past it allows them to connect in a way that was genuine and bone deep. Together they hunt their mutual nightmare, a nightmare that wants to make them the hunted. What neither expects is that their mutual attraction, intuition, and trust in each other is just the beginning of a partnership that will endure any hardship.

    On their search for answers Virginia and Cabot face danger on every corner. Only their inner strength and faith in each other keeps them alive and going.

    Both are rather no-nonsense characters, that handle high tensions as well as nail biting terror with self-confidence and a calm demeanor. With dry humor and grace Virginia keeps a cool head in the most dire situations. Cabot, in his straightforward and pragmatic way, leads the way with confidence and controlled strength. Together they are a couple that’s hard to beat.

    Sharing habits that others might not accept only cemented a relationship that was built on more than just attraction.

    She went into the kitchen. “Do you think we’ll be getting up at this hour of the night for the rest of our lives?”

    “I have no idea. But I have to tell you that it’s nice to know I’m not alone. One thirty in the morning is a very weird time of night. Things feel different at this hour.”

    She reached up into the cupboard for the box of tea. “Tell me about it.”

    Virginia and Cabot were perfectly matched and their relationship a true pleasure to see unfold. In midst of threats and danger, their relationship gets stronger with each passing day. The way they complimented and completed each others was the true highlight and result of masterful plotting and an expertly written arc that kept me turning pages until the very end.

    For me, Promise Not to Tell, reminded me of classic JAK novels. Strong characters, a thrilling and a suspenseful plot, and a romance that burned slowly but intensely. Besides the two wonderful main characters, the supporting cast was as genuinely likable as interesting. Cabot’s brothers are intriguing and fascinating. His adoptive father is a stand up guy, dependable, and someone he can be proud to call father. His young cousin was adorably impressionable – in my opinion a perfect supporting cast.

    The authors skill of crafting plots that captivate and fascinate in equal parts is on point and something I rely on each time I pick up one of her books.

    Truly, you can’t go wrong by picking up a JAK novel.

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  • Chloe

    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

    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 wait for the next one in the series.

    I would like to thank Berkley Publishing Group & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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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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