When All the Girls Have Gone (Jayne Ann Krentz)

December 12, 2016 Book Reviews 8 ★★★★½

When All the Girls Have Gone (Jayne Ann Krentz)When All the Girls Have Gone Series: Cutler Sutter & Salinas #1
on Nov. 29, 2016
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Also in this series: Untouchable

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished.

Beautiful, brilliant—and reckless—Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames—literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

After surviving a near-fatal attack, Charlotte and Max turn to Jocelyn’s closest friends, women in a Seattle-based online investment club, for answers. But what they find is chilling…

When her uneasy alliance with Max turns into a full-blown affair, Charlotte has no choice but to trust him with her life. For the shadows of Jocelyn’s past are threatening to consume her—and anyone else who gets in their way...

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.


When All the Girls Have Gone is a perfect blend of romance and suspense, with the emphasis on suspense. The plot is nicely convoluted, with plenty of twists and turns and several potential (and actual) villains. I really like Charlotte; she’s optimistic and loyal, but also perceptive, and not as naive as people think she is. Her ability to hold on to optimism and faith in people is a strength, not a weakness. Max Cutler, the hero, is less overwhelmingly alpha than many of Krentz’s heroes; he’s quieter, but still exhibits steely determination and a commitment to uncover the truth. Like most Krentz heroes, he’s also wounded and a little obsessed, but Charlotte seems to understand and cope with him admirably.

Krentz is one of my auto-read authors; I’ve read every book she has put out since I first discovered her about five or six years ago, and bought about half of them. Her books never take me long to read, but I know I can always count on them to be suspenseful, fun, and entertaining.

I really enjoyed When All the Girls Have Gone, possibly even more than last year’s Secret Sisters. I very much hope Krentz might be planning a sequel or two. The possibility exists; there’s a mystery in Max’s past that remains unsolved at the end of this book, and it sort of involves both of his foster brothers… who could theoretically end up with their own books. Fingers crossed!

ETA 1/01/2018 to add: Yes, this is a series. Book #2, Promise Not to Tell, comes out on January 2, 2018.


About Jayne Ann Krentz

author photo of Jayne Ann Krentz (2018 photo by Marc von Borstel)

The author of over 40 consecutive New York Times bestsellers, JAYNE ANN KRENTZ writes romantic-suspense, often with a psychic and paranormal twist, in three different worlds: Contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick) and futuristic (as Jayne Castle). There are over 30 million copies of her books in print.

She earned a B.A. in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz and went on to obtain a Masters degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California. Before she began writing full time she worked as a librarian in both academic and corporate libraries.

Ms. Krentz is married and lives with her husband, Frank, in Seattle, Washington.

Pseudonyms: Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, Stephanie James, Jayne Bentley, Jayne Taylor, Amanda Glass.

8 Responses to “When All the Girls Have Gone (Jayne Ann Krentz)”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I really enjoyed this one too! I loved how she really showed that just because Charlotte wasn’t super cynical didn’t mean she was naive and that she was capable of taking care of herself. When I first read this I didn’t think I enjoyed it as much as some of her others but I think that was more mood than fact because now that I’m thinking about it I’m realizing how much I’m enjoying it!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I was really in the mood for a Jayne Ann Krentz when I picked this one up, so that may have influenced how much I liked it… but I think I would’ve really enjoyed it no matter when I read it.