Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s featured book is the latest by Jayne Ann Krentz:  Secret Sisters.






Beginning:  (Cooper Island, eighteen years earlier….)

He stood in the shadows of the kitchen and tried to decide which girl he wanted.  An hour ago they had both fallen asleep in front of the television.  Now they slept the way only the young could sleep—deeply, soundly.


56:  Whatever they’d had back at the start of their marriage had long since evaporated.  But they were forever bound by their two sons.  Xavier and Travis had inherited so many of their father’s gifts—his striking looks, his blue eyes, and his talent for mesmerizing an audience.


Synopsis:  Madeline and Daphne were once as close as sisters—until a secret tore them apart. Now it might take them to their graves.

They knew his name, the man who tried to brutally attack twelve-year-old Madeline in her grandmother’s hotel. They thought they knew his fate. He wouldn’t be bothering them anymore…ever. Still their lives would never be the same.

Madeline has returned to Washington after her grandmother’s mysterious death. And at the old, abandoned hotel—a place she never wanted to see again—a dying man’s last words convey a warning: the secrets she and Daphne believed buried forever have been discovered.

Now, after almost two decades, Madeline and Daphne will be reunited in friendship and in fear. Unable to trust the local police, Madeline summons Jack Rayner, the hotel chain’s new security expert. Despite the secrets and mysteries that surround him, Jack is the only one she trusts…and wants.

Jack is no good at relationships but he does possess a specific skill set that includes a profoundly intimate understanding of warped and dangerous minds. With the assistance of Jack’s brother, Abe, a high-tech magician, the four of them will form an uneasy alliance against a killer who will stop at nothing to hide the truth….


What do you think?  Do the excerpts capture you?  Make you want to read more?  I know that I can’t wait to find out every tidbit and every secret.



    1. I love her romantic suspense, Freda….and I’ve been eyeing the book you are spotlighting….I anm drawn to stories about the Berlin Wall, especially since my eldest son lived in Berlin for several years and photographed the art on the walls in 2009. (20th anniversary of the wall coming down).


  1. Kathy Martin

    I was lucky enough to get a review copy of this one. I am a big fan of JAK and like that she is taking a little darker and grittier turn with this story. Happy reading!


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