Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

I was excited to get this book and begin reading it.  I like the title and what it could mean for a murder mystery read. "Buried Secrets"-it sounds exciting! After I started reading it, I was disappointed with enough of the book that I did not finish it through, page by page.  I skimmed it and read the last chapter to see if it was brought to a satisfactory end. It was.  My first twinge of discontent began with chapter one, after an intriguing prologue.  The two central characters spent the first four chapters dancing around their attraction to each other.  The author gave us their every thought as they became acquainted and sized one another up out of the corner of the eye.  The buried secret is unearthed in Chapter 1, but it seemed to take forever to get to the identification of said secret, let alone solving the crime.  By the end of Chapter 4, I was beyond ready for the action to begin.  I like romance with mystery, but just that-mystery that has romance that happens during the mystery and is unveiled and discovered while the crime is being solved.  I did appreciate that the faith of the central characters was woven into the story and that prayer to God for guidance was evident.  If you lean more toward romance with a murder and mystery thrown in, you will probably like this book.  It was well written from the grammar and punctuation standpoint and the sentences did flow pretty easily.  All good things for ease of reading.  This was my first Irene Hannon novel and I am not sure I will check out others.  That remains to be seen.  I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for my honest review.  These words are my opinion.  I give Buried Secrets three stars.
Stay tuned--lots of good reads coming up!  Thanks for being here!


  1. Sorry this one didn't appeal to you, Jeri. I do feature romance prominently in all my books, but you might enjoy my next one, THIN ICE (1/16), more as it has a very creepy villain and a is a bit more gritty. I always reveal my villain before the end, though, as I like to take readers into his/her head--a scary place!--as they work to carry out their evil schemes. So I really write suspense more than murder mystery. You might also like AGAINST ALL ODDS, which came out a few years ago. All that said, I do appreciate you taking the time to review this and hope you'll give another one of my books a try.

    1. Thanks so much for your feedback, Irene. I will look forward to THIN ICE and plan on reading it. It does sound more "up my alley." I know of AGAINST ALL ODDS and have considered reading it. I will pick it up at your suggestion and give it a read. I appreciate your reading my review and taking the time to comment. Thanks again. Blessings to you! :-)

  2. I read your review Jeri and the authors comments. That is neat that she sent in her comment to you. And I liked your response back to her. You do good work. Keep up.