Promise Not To Tell
Cutler, Sutter & Salinas, Book #2
Jayne Ann Krentz
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer jerjen
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. (Goodreads)
When Virginia Troy was a young girl she lived with her mother inside of a cult. One day there is a fire at the compound and Virginia’s mother dies in the fire. By some miracle, Virginia and the other children in the cult survive, at least physically. Emotionally it is a different story. Those children are scarred for life. With a lot of love and support from her grandma and a lot of therapy, Virginia is now an art gallery owner and she is coping pretty well. When one of her artist friends dies, the result of an apparent suicide, Virginia does not believe that is the cause of death. Before they died, they sent Virginia a picture that she drew depicting that fateful night. She believes her friend has been murdered by the cult leader. She decides she needs to hire a private investigator to check out the death.
Cabot Sutter is another one of the children that survived the cult. He too has had to overcome a lot of emotional scars and he has done that pretty well. He has become a private investigator and at least on the outside he seems to be doing okay. He is the investigator that Virginia has hired to find out about her friend. He is the perfect man for the job because he has a personal stake in it. If anyone can help her find the truth, Virginia feels that Cabot is that man.
Both Virginia and Cabot have a lot of baggage that they carry with them. Both of them have trouble with relationships. They are both too intense and guarded for any lasting connection. They both view life differently than others do. But maybe with time and patience, they could be good together. They are very good as partners in solving the mysterious death. They are great putting together the pieces of the puzzle and handling everything that comes their way. Maybe there is hope that they can find their happily ever after with each other.
The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and throughout much of the book I felt like I was right there watching all of the action taking place. And there was plenty of action contained within the pages. She is also very talented in creating suspense with just the written word. I wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next but I was afraid to keep reading because of what might happen next. That is a great predicament to be in.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery suspense. I have read other books by this author and I have enjoyed them all. This author is truly talented and is an author to be read.