When her stepsister disappears, Charlotte teams up with a private investigator to find her only to discover years’ worth of deception and secrets.
Charlotte Sawyer is pretty boring, so much so that her fiance left her days before their wedding. Focusing on her job as activities director at an active-retirement community and her strong relationships—especially with her stepsister, Jocelyn—has helped get over the betrayal, but she still feels inadequate as a woman. Everything changes, however, when Jocelyn’s friend Louise turns up dead and Jocelyn disappears. Charlotte is taking care of her stepsister’s mail and plants while she’s ostensibly away on a retreat, so when a mysterious package comes from Louise and Charlotte follows up, she meets Max Cutler, a former FBI profiler who is starting his own private investigation business and has been hired to look into Louise’s death, which the police have ruled a drug overdose. Louise’s cousin thinks it might be murder, and Max is inclined to agree, especially when Charlotte shows up and they realize the retreat was a cover for Jocelyn to go off-grid. As they begin to dig into Jocelyn’s past, they find a file that indicates Jocelyn and Louise had been trying to track down a possible rapist and serial killer. Complicating matters, the two friends were part of a women’s investment club which may be on the cusp of a big payout, and at least one member may be capable of committing murder in order to increase her own financial gains. Life is anything but boring with Max around, and his attraction to Charlotte soothes her feelings of inadequacy, but as they drill down on clues and danger rises at every turn, it’s not only Jocelyn they have to save. Krentz returns with an intricately plotted romantic suspense novel that satisfies on every level, includes some clever twists with the senior community, and may open the door for a sequel.
A terrific read by a stellar author.