Tuesday, 26 July 2011

All Night Long by Jayne Ann Krentz

All Night LongTitle: All Night Long 
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz

My Rating: 4 Stars

Synopsis: As a teenager, Irene Stenson discovered her parents’ bodies following what the police believed to be a murder/suicide. Now she is back in her home town after an old friend sends a cryptic email offering new information. Soon the bodies are piling up and the secrets are unraveling, and the only one Irene can turn to for help is innkeeper and former marine, Luke Danner, who has some serious issues of his own.

Review: A clever plot with some surprising twists and turns as well as a few laugh-out-loud moments. The underlying premise is original but it takes a little too long for the threads of the mystery to come together. Nevertheless, once they do, the story becomes engrossing and the resolution is neither obvious nor obscure.

Krentz’s characterization and dialogue are excellent as always. Similar to most of her heroines, Irene is intelligent and independent. She copes well with her PTSD, doesn't wait around to be rescued and can handle herself in sticky situations. Luke is sensitive, caring and protective but secure enough to understand the he need not dominate Irene. Their relationship develops at a rapid but not inappropriate pace. However, it lacks the level of passion and intensity in another book of Krentz’s that I read recently, Sizzle and Burn.

The secondary characters are also entertaining, especially Luke’s family. I particularly enjoyed the dynamic between Luke and his youngest brother, Jason as well as the various tidbits of information about the different townsfolk. It would have been nice if some of these had been better developed. The ultimate villain was not easy to guess as there is just the right number of red herrings to lead the reader astray but not create too much confusion – I was only able to work it out just in time.

Overall, this is an entertaining read and I recommend it for lovers of Krentz’s books and fans of romantic suspense.


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