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Review: Promise Not to Tell (Cutler, Sutter & Salinas #2) by Jayne Ann Krentz

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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.

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My Review

“Truth has metaphysical properties.” “Meaning?” “It exists regardless of the presence or absence of the physical surroundings. The trick is perceiving it.”

Promise Not To Tell is a mysterious and intriguing story. While this story is told from multiple points of view, this story mainly follows Virginia and Cabot. Virginia owns an art gallery in Seattle and has spent years battling demons she’d rather forget. But, when one of her artists takes her own life, Virginia’s demons are brought to center stage. So, Virginia calls upon private investigator, Cabot Sutter. He is great at what he does and is the only person that could help her. Together the two of them will embark on a journey with unbelievable twits and turns….

This is my first book by this author, so I wasn’t 100% sure what I was getting myself into, but I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. This story was filled with mystery and intrigue. I couldn’t put it down and could not wait to see what would happen next. I was kept on my toes and had no clue what was going on. Everyone was a suspect. And I really enjoyed trying to put all the pieces together and solve the mystery.

The only real issue I had was the relationship between Virginia and Cabot. While I loved that their relationship wasn’t the focus of the story, I was definitely left wanting more. I needed more chemistry, more development. I needed to see why these two would be romantically involved. Sure, I get that the two of them experienced something incredibly traumatic as children, so as survivors they have a connection that not many get. But, I needed more. I needed more connection, more romance, a reason to believe the small steamy moments and so on. And again, I get that this story really isn’t a romance, but if you’re going to put it in there, it should be believable. But, that’s just my opinion.

So, overall, I thought this book was a pretty good read. Despite lacking and needing more in the romance department, I’m still going to give this book 4 stars. I thought the story-line was very unique and it sucks you in. I loved the mystery and suspense and all of the different points of view. As I previously stated, this is my first book by this author and I look forward to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via Berkeley & Penguin Books. This is my fair and honest review* 

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