They both wanted quieter, safer lives.
But crime never sleeps . . .
and killers keep killing.
After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources. Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales–and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.
The first book in Irene Hannon’s new series starts with a mysterious prologue set at the scene of what may or may not be a murder. It’s a first person narrative and, while we quickly learn the names of the person’s accomplices, we have no idea who this person is. It’s evident, however, that they are in charge of the situation and determined to cover up what happened. It reminded me of the teen novel I Know What You Did Last Summer, by Lois Duncan. The plot then moves to the present day and the discovery of the remains.
Buried Secrets is similar to other Hannon novels in that there’s a crime and the two leads are going to fall in love. The good thing is that they acknowledge the tension between them and agree to put it aside. It’s not always easy, of course, but taking this aspect out of the suspense frees the reader to concentrate on the actual case. We also soon learn the identity of the person in the prologue, and how much they have to lose should their secret be revealed. Despite that, however, I wasn’t sure where the plot was going. After all, it’s not revealed until near the end just how the victim died. There are also a few twists as the main suspect gets increasingly desperate.
I’m a fast reader so I finished Buried Secrets within the day. I didn’t want to put it down. I wanted to know what had actually happened just before the prologue. Secondary characters shone, such as Lisa’s office manager, Florence, and a dog named Tilly. (No harm comes to the dog, thank goodness!) As I noticed in other books by Irene Hannon, there is an appearance by a character from a previous series. This time, the ‘guest’ is Mitch Morgan from Deadly Pursuit (Guardians of Justice 2), who happens to be Mac’s colleague.
At the end of the book there’s an excerpt from the second title in the series. It features one of Mac’s brothers, is set in the St Louis area, and includes another familiar face from a previous series. I couldn’t get much from it otherwise, and I’ll have to wait until Spring 2016 for its full release.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary review copy of Buried Secrets, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 07 April 2015
Page Count: 384