Wednesday, January 9, 2019

ARC Review: Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz

Author: Jayne Ann Krentz
Series: Cutler, Sutter & Salinas (Book 3)
Publication: Berkley (January 8, 2019)

Description: A man's quest to find answers for those who are haunted by the past leads him deeper into the shadows in this electrifying novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Promise Not to Tell.

Quinton Zane is back.

Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. His almost preternatural ability to get inside the killer's head has garnered him a reputation in some circles--and complicated his personal life. The more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace.

But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long. Having solidified his position as the power behind the throne of his biological family's hedge fund, Zane sets out to get rid of Anson Salinas's foster sons, starting with Jack.

My Thoughts: Winter Meadows has set herself up in Eclipse Bay as a meditation therapist. She was orphaned at fourteen, placed in foster care, and used the skills she learned from her mother and grandmother to keep herself safe from the predators who were foster parents. She is a very skilled hypnotist which came in handy when she needed to protect another young orphan named Alice from a foster dad. The two of them took to the street until Alice's aunts managed to catch up with them. then Winter became part of their family.

She is finding it difficult deciding on a career path that uses her skills and winds up in Eclipse Bay when she is running from a stalker. Jack Lancaster is also in Eclipse Bay. He is having trouble with his lucid dreaming and goes to Winter for help. Jack has been a college professor, an author, and a person who solves cold cases. The coldest of all is the location of Quinton Zane, the man who killed his mother, when he was cleaning up at a commune he started as a money-making scheme. Jack, his foster brothers Max and Cabot, and some other children were rescued from a locked barn by Anson Salinas. Together Anson, Cabot and Max have formed a detective agency. Among their cases is always tracking down Quinton Zane.

When Winter's stalker finds her, Jack is sure that he was put on her trail by Quinton. Together the two of them begin tracking him down. Jack's ability to connect small bits of information and predict outcomes and Winter's ability to hypnotize work together as they put the clues together. They also fall in love.

This is the final book in the Cutler, Sutter & Salinas trilogy and finally brings the search for Zane to a satisfying conclusion. It was also a great romance as two people found in each other the acceptance that had been missing in their other romantic relationships. I liked the fast pace and the crisp dialog. Krentz is always a satisfying read for me and this story was no exception.

Favorite Quote:
"Okay, so you don't solve those cold cases with a gun," she said, a little exasperated. "Instead you use your ability to collect a lot of seemingly unrelated facts and link them together in a logical fashion."

"Some people would say that what you just described is the working definition of a conspiracy theorist."
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.


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