Title: Smoke in Mirrors
Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
First published January 1, 2002
358 pages, Paperback
ISBN: 9780515133998 (ISBN10: 051513399X)
Leonora Hutton’s life takes a sharp turn when she discovers that her late friend and con artist, Meredith Spooner, embezzled over a million dollars from a college endowment fund, and the money is hidden in an offshore account reserved for Leonora. Despite her refusal to accept the tainted money, Leonora discovers two other items in the safe-deposit box – a book about Mirror House, the location where Meredith orchestrated her final scam, and a set of newspaper stories about an unsolved murder that occurred there years ago.
Leonora enlists the help of Thomas Walker, another one of Meredith’s victims, to help her uncover the truth. In a world full of illusion and deception, Leonora must navigate the funhouse of mirrors to uncover the truth and stay alive.
About the Author
Jayne Ann Krentz is an accomplished author with more than 50 consecutive New York Times bestsellers to her name. Her novels are romantic and suspenseful, and she writes across three different worlds: contemporary (as Jayne Ann Krentz), historical (as Amanda Quick), and futuristic (as Jayne Castle).
Her books are incredibly popular, with over 30 million copies in print.
Krentz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She went on to complete a Master’s degree in Library Science from San Jose State University in California.
Prior to pursuing a writing career, Krentz worked as a librarian in academic and corporate libraries.
Krentz is married to her husband Frank and they live together in Seattle, Washington.
Smoke in Mirrors by Jayne Ann Krentz is a captivating romantic thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. Krentz is a New York Times bestselling author with over 50 best-selling romantic suspense novels on her resume.
Smoke in Mirrors follows the story of Grace Ellis, a successful business owner who is forced to go on the run after her former partner is murdered. With the help of an enigmatic private investigator, Jack Russo, they team up to uncover the truth behind the murder and the dark secrets that her former partner was hiding.
Krentz has a unique writing style that sets her apart from other authors. Her prose is smooth, concise, and polished, with a perfect balance of action, suspense, and romance.
Smoke in Mirrors is no exception, and Krentz shows her prowess in creating a thrilling and entertaining narrative. The characters in the book are well-developed and complex, each with their own unique personalities and motivations.
Grace is a strong, capable woman who doesn’t back down from a fight, while Jack is a mysterious, yet fascinating character who adds a layer of intrigue to the story. The setting of the book is also noteworthy.
Krentz has a knack for creating vivid and detailed settings that bring the story to life. Smoke in Mirrors takes place in the idyllic town of Eclipse Bay, providing a gorgeous backdrop for the thrilling events to unfold.
Krentz also touches on themes of power, greed, and corruption throughout the book, which makes it particularly relevant in today’s times. She doesn’t shy away from addressing these issues, and it adds a layer of depth to the story.
One of the only flaws in the book is that the romance between Grace and Jack feels a bit contrived at times. While the chemistry between the two is palpable, the relationship doesn’t always feel entirely natural.
Overall, Smoke in Mirrors is a fantastic read for anyone looking for an entertaining and thrilling romantic suspense novel. It will keep readers hooked from beginning to end, and Krentz’s stunning writing style and intricate character development are sure to please.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a thrilling escape from the real world. Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.