Published by Berkley Publishing Group
Virginia Troy is the owner of an art gallery in Seattle. When one of her artists turns up dead, Virginia has a good reason to believe that it was murder. Virginia is one of the few survivors of a cult that was destroyed when she was a child, and the missing author was one of her mother’s few friends with in the cult. Virginia knows she can’t take her suspicions to just anyone; but Anson Salinas, the man who helped save the children from the fire, happens to be a partner in a private investigation firm. He is the one person Virginia knows she can hire that will take her seriously.
Cabot Sutter is one of the surviving children from the cult who was adopted by Anson. He is also one of the main investigators in the firm. When Virginia shows up with her concerns and wants to hire the firm to find out exactly what happened when the artist was killed, Cabot is assigned to the case. Cabot and Virginia certainly have some past history in having lived in and survived the cult. As a result, both are wary in letting anyone get too close, yet they quickly become a firm partnership as they start to follow the clues and every lead to find out not only what happened the night an artist fell off a cliff, but also just what exactly happened the night the fire destroyed the cult compound.
Quinton Zane was the cult leader who decided to try and kill all of his followers when the law came down on him. During the events of the evening, it was unsure if the cult leader had been killed somehow or if he got away when it was all over. As Cabot and Virginia begin getting a few answers, they begin to suspect that Quinton got away and still lives. The danger multiplies as more answers are located and, even as each turn seems to bring even more danger, Virginia and Cabot also discover that some of the sparks are actually coming from them. It seems that romance doesn’t care what is going on around you when love is meant to be. The final answers prove Virginia was right, and yet it is a surprise on who was actually behind everything. The question is: Is all the horror of the cult and its ending finally, over or is there more out there to be discovered and ended?
Scars on the inside can be much more harming than those on the outside as both Cabot and Virginia learned growing up as survivors of a cult that went out in a deadly blaze in Promise Not To Tell. I really loved how Virginia and Cabot forged forward even when the outcome brought out things they really didn’t want to think about again. I also enjoyed trying to figure out the clues as I read along during their adventures. I was surprised at how well Cabot and Virginia matched up once their attraction was undeniable. At first, I was sure they were just too far apart, even with the shared background. If you love a great suspense, then you can’t miss with giving Promise Not To Tell a read. While not a series, one of Cabot’s other adopted brothers is the hero of When All The Girls Have Gone.