Sunday, March 25, 2007

Truth or Dare by Jayne Ann Krentz

Zoe is an interior designer with a unique sense of style. But even more uncanny is her sense of what's going on under the surface, the secrets a house can hold.

At the moment, though, Zoe is more concerned about what's going on in her own house in Whispering Springs, Arizona, where she lives with her new husband, private investigator Ethan Truax. Thrown together by murder, they've gambled on commitment after a whirlwind courtship, hoping that their powerful attraction can help them learn to live together despite their opposite personalities.

But newlywed life is suddenly interrupted when a shadowy figure from Zoe's past shows up in Whispering Springs, and her closest friend is put at terrible risk. For Zoe and Arcadia Ames share a shocking secret. And as they seek to protect the truth, they must join together, and with Ethan's help, accept a very dangerous dare...

This is the follow up book to Light in Shadow which I read last year, and to be honest my feelings about this book was pretty the same. I know that there are lots of Jayne Ann Krentz fans out there, but the three books that I have read so far have been kind of underwhelming for me! I am not sure if that is because I am not really a romantic suspense reader, although I have read and enjoyed some RS before.

That doesn't mean to say that I didn't enjoy reading this book, because I did. It just means that I am waiting to be completely blown away by one of her books as so many other people have been. Maybe the next one will be the one to do it for me!

Given that this was a sequel a lot of the threads of storyline did flow onto this book. The main focus was once again the relationship between Zoe and Ethan, a relationship very much still at the beginning despite the fact that they had already gotten married in the previous book. Ethan in particular struggles to try and ascertain whether this is a true marriage or if Zoe is going to leave him because it was convenient to get married at the time! His insecurities were nicely written, not only about that, but also about the death of his brother.

In addition to that storyline, there were also threads featuring Ethan's sister in law Bonnie and the bookstore owner/internet expert Singleton, as well as Zoe's friend Arcadia and Harry. The friendships and relationships angles were well done, but I didn't feel as though the suspense angles were that great in this book.

Overall, a pleasant read...and next time I am actually going to read one of the books that I was told to read in the first place, and see how I go with that!

Rating 3.5/5


  1. I'm a huge JAK fan, but I totally understand that you'd find these two underwhelming (which was the third book, BTW?). I liked them and thought they were good comfort reads, but they're not the titles I'd recommend to someone who wanted to try her out for the first time.

  2. the third book was Smoke in Mirrors.



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