Jul 1, 2016

Book Review: How Secrets Die

As Laurel Ridge embraces a stranger hungry for answers, a sinister truth is awakened.

A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light, but the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother's sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can't stand.

Protecting his town is Mac Whiting's top priority. Everything else, including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace, is secondary. But as Kate's search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac's protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.

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Lately I have really been in the mood for mysteries and romantic suspense.  HOW SECRETS DIE fit right in as Kate is trying to discover just why her kid brother committed suicide.  She was prepared for the investigation but not so much for how different a small town is from a big city.

Laurel Ridge has an interesting blend of Amish and other folks.  It is just what people would think of as a small town with everyone knowing everyone's business and everyone being willing to pitch in to help when it's needed.  Now I am a city girl but there are times when I would love to have that sense of community surrounding me.  

I was impressed by how alive Ms. Perry's characters are.  They seemed about ready to walk right off the pages.  The dialogue was flowing and at times humorous. The secondary characters were also well portrayed and helped the flow of the story.

I really enjoyed  HOW SECRETS DIE right up until the conclusion.  It felt as though the ended far too abruptly almost as the author ran up against a word limit.  This unsatisfactory conclusion left a bad taste in my mouth so this isn't a book that I would recommend to my readers. 

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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