ROMANCE

Secret Sisters

Berkley. Dec. 2015. 352p. ISBN 9780399174483. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698193666. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE
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OrangeReviewStarCooper Island is the last place boutique hotel chain owner Madeline Chase ever wanted to revisit, but when she receives a worried call from the caretaker of Aurora Point, the shuttered hotel that her late grandmother once owned, she reluctantly heads for the small San Juan Island where she grew up. Murder awaits and so does the past as Madeline reconnects with her childhood best friend and "secret sister" and is plunged into a nightmare that is rooted in a terrifying, life-changing event she'd hoped to have buried forever. Family skeletons, career-crushing secrets, multiple villains, and exactingly drawn characters (including gunslinger-sexy, tough-minded security expert Jack Rayner) keep the action swift and the plot humming in this violence-laced thriller that is hard to put down.
VERDICT Long-kept mysteries resurface with deadly results in this mesmerizing, well-crafted tale that doles out clues with clever precision and keeps the tension high, the romance simmering, and the revelations coming until the very end. Krentz (Siren's Call) lives in Seattle. [See Prepub Alert, 6/29/15; an LJ Best Romance of 2015, see p. 36.

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