Review: Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz

Posted January 4, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 34 Comments

Review: Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz
Promise Not to Tell

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Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Berkley
Released on January 2, 2018
Pages: 325
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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A woman’s leap to her death off the cliff of Lost Island in the San Juans of Washington State brings the past back into glaring detail for art gallery owner, Virginia Troy, and private investigator, Cabot Sutter.  Deadly focus turns onto Virginia and a fiendish cult leader from her past may be at the heart of it.  I was sucked into this story and couldn’t put it down through all the tension, danger, and twisting end.


Promise Not to Tell is the second book in the Cutler, Sutter, and Salinas series, but I was able to easily read it out of order as a standalone.  The connection is an older man and his three foster sons running a private investigation firm together and staying on the trail through the years for elusive cult leader who destroyed so many lives.

This was only my second venture into the author’s writing and I was struck once again how she creates an atmosphere and not just a setting.  She allows the reader into the mind of protagonist and antagonist both without diminishing the impact of the story.

Virginia and Cabot both suffer PTSD from their brutal childhood of living as captive hostages in a cult compound and narrowly escaping being burned alive in a locked barn.  Cabot and his brothers work their PI business, but on the side pursue the possibility that the cult leader actually survived and is still doing his thing elsewhere.  I liked seeing these two people who know they are not in healthy places in their lives or anywhere near able to have normal relationships find each other while they are investigating the death of one of Virginia’s artists.

The romance is slow-burning just like the case because all the psychological damage that the pair has suffered.  It’s balanced and paced well with the suspense portion of the story.

There are two mysteries through the book- a past and a present one.  I untangled much of it, but still managed to get startled by some twists which was great.

All in all, I enjoyed the characters, the series premise, the twisting thriller-like suspense and I definitely want more.  Romantic suspense and thriller fans should definitely give this one a go.

My thanks to Penguin-Random House for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I rarely read suspense but I think I might have to try a few this year!!!

    • I used to read only RomSusp, but then got away from it. I’m coming back to it slowly. Krentz writes some good ones. Hope you get the chance! 🙂

  • Debbie Haupt

    I need to get this Sophia Rose its been too long since I read a JAK novel and I love her. Great review, I’ve seen this around.

    • Oh yes, you really need to snag this one. I was riveted from the start and loved it all the way through. And I need to get to her backlist. This was only my second one by her. Fortunately, my library carries several under all her names.

      • Debbie Haupt

        I love her as all three Sophia Rose.

        • LOL, I just checked under her aliases, and whew, she’s prolific. Catching up with her books will keep me busy for quite some time.

  • I saw another good review for this one and it’s been a while since I haven’t read one of her novels. I’m curious!

    • Worth the curiosity, Melliane. I have a feeling it will get a lot of good reviews. Hope you get a chance at it. 🙂

  • I think this is one that I would really like so thank you for putting it on my radar. The relations between Virginia and Cabot sounds like a good one and it has suspense too. Yes, please!

    • Woohoo! My work is done. I do love pointing folks toward good books. 🙂

  • Great review. This sounds intriguing.

  • It has been awhile since I have read Jayne Ann Krentz. I loved her books, I need to pick her books again and this looks like a good one to start with.

    • Oh neat that you already love her books. Oh yes, this one’s can be jumped into though its part of a series and hopefully will make for a good reunion read for you with JAK!

  • I am glad that you enjoyed this one, this author is great at portraying great twists in a story.

    • I’ll say! She sure snookered me good. 🙂

  • Yes. I am glad to see you enjoyed this one as well. It was stronger than book one.

    • Good to know about book one so I can get my expectations in the right place. I’ll try to read it before book three comes out.

  • Oh yay! I’m so happy you’re liking her books. She’s one of my favorites. I had a great time with book one so hope you’ll enjoy that one, too.

    • And you so need to try her Quick books. Some of my favorite historicals 🙂 She does fantastic deflowering scenes, I think. lol

      • LOL! But really, I shouldn’t laugh b/c it really does take some talent to write those scenes well. 😉

        • LOL she makes them rather awkward. Things go off before they should or aren’t automatically smooth. Some rather funny. It’s quite entertaining, really.

          • I like it when things aren’t perfect. Its funny, but also believable.

    • I’m definitely going back for it when I get the chance. The foster brothers and their dad all seem fantastic. And oh yes, I do want to get to her other pen name books, too. I’ve seen your great reviews of them. 🙂

  • That sounds interesting how they run a private investigation firm together. That sounds awesome how she creates atmosphere and setting. The slow burn romance sounds like a good fit for this type of story and with how damaged the characters are. I have read a few books with a past and present mystery, it can be great when done well. Great review!

    • Yeah, it was all around a wonderful book. I loved all the elements so much. I definitely need to go back for the first brother’s story and then keep going with the third one. Oh, and probably hit up her really big backlist. LOL

  • I love a bit of a mystery in a book and this sounds really good.

    • Yeah, it was just the right balance for me. A good twisting and slightly thrilling mystery with a solid romance. Hope you get the chance, Mary!

  • Wow…definitely going on my wishlist. Krentz never disappoints.

    • I am definitely going to read more of her stuff and I understand she’s pretty fabulous with historicals, fantasies, and futuristic stories, too.

  • I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book in this series so I hadn’t looked too hard at it. It seems that everyone is loving this one so I might have to give it a try. Great review!

    • I was told by one person that this one is better than the first one so maybe that will be the case for you. I need to go back and read it still b/c somehow I missed it last year.

  • RO

    Ooh…this sounds really good, Super Sophia! Despite not having read Krentz for a while, definitely want to pick this up. Most people don’t really understand PTSD and how it can make everyday life very difficult. I like that the romance in the story takes some time to build, making it all so real life. Great review and Happy Saturday! Hugs…RO

    • Oh yes, this one is worth jumping into with both feet. You’re right, PTSD is not handled as well as it deserves. Thanks, Radiant Ro! 🙂 Stay warm this weekend!