Jayne Ann Krentz Reminds Readers to Face Their Fears in ‘Promise Not To Tell’ [REVIEW]


One woman will never forget the night fire took her mother’s life in Jayne Ann Krentz’s Promise Not to Tell. (Photo courtesy Pexels.)

When a tortured but talented artist casts herself into the sea, she leaves behind a legacy of secrets that threaten to roll in with the tide. Now, a gallery owner and a private investigator who share a mysterious history must discover the truth before they become the next to die in Jayne Ann Krentz’s delicious new novel, Promise Not to Tell. 

Jayne Ann Krentz's PROMISE NOT TO TELL


In this stunning new story of romantic suspense, the author of Where All the Girls Have Gone introduces us to two compelling new characters: Seattle gallery owner Virginia Troy and P.I. Cabot Sutter. Both of them grew up in a cult, until the compound was destroyed by fire and both of them lost their mothers to the blaze.

Every day, each of them try to bury the past and move on with their lives, but the horrific memories sometimes overtake them and plunge each of them into the dark depths of despair.

Hannah Brewster, a brilliant artist, is another cult survivor and one of Virginia’s dearest friends. When she is found dead the local police label her death a suicide, but Virginia knows better. She is convinced Hannah was murdered by none other than Quinton Zane, the cult leader who escaped just before the fire started all those years ago. However, records show Zane died in a boating accident months after the fire. Virginia has her doubts, however, since his remains were never found.

After all these years, it is unclear why Zane would come out of hiding and kill a former cult member, unless of course Hannah knew something that she shouldn’t. Thus Virginia turns to Anson Salinas for help, a man who rescued her in the past, and who currently owns a private investigation service called Cutler, Sutter and Salinas. Together they will risk everything to discover the truth.

Promise Not to Tell showcases Krentz at her storytelling best. Peppered liberally with clues, simmering romance and psychological insight, this is a novel that makes us take a long hard look at the demons that plague us and asks if we can ever truly leave the tortured children of our youth behind, and if so, at what cost.

Like she does in all of her novels, Krentz entertains us with fascinating, irresistible, and deeply flawed characters we come to love and cheer for despite their imperfections, or perhaps because of them. As a result, these characters are authentic and resonate with many of us, providing a reminder that if we trust our instincts and surround ourselves with positive people, we can vanquish the very things that frighten us most.

Jayne Ann Krentz

Jayne Ann Krentz
(Photo by Marc von Borstel)


Jayne Ann Krentz is the author of more than 50 New York Times bestsellers. Her recent novels include Where All the Girls Have GoneSecret SistersTrust No OneRiver Roadand Dream Eyes

She has written contemporary romantic suspense novels under that name, as well as futuristic and historical romance novels under the pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick, respectively.

She lives in Seattle. Connect with her online at www.jayneannkrentz.comlike her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.

By Jayne Ann Krentz
336 pgs. Berkley. $27

Order Promise Not to Tell from one of these fine online retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

About Heather Fink
Heather Fink is a writer, bibliophile and award-winning librarian who loves to introduce the next generation of readers to the wonderful world of books. She currently resides in Texas.

One Response to Jayne Ann Krentz Reminds Readers to Face Their Fears in ‘Promise Not To Tell’ [REVIEW]

  1. Jathan Fink says:

    Reblogged this on Jadeworks Entertainment and commented:

    Three cult survivors. A fire that unites them all. And a mysterious threat from the past that is determined to silence them all forever. Jayne Ann Krentz’s PROMISE NOT TO TELL is more than just romantic suspense, it is a story that reminds us that it is possible to vanquish our fears.

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