TELL ME NO SECRETS
Can a secret be worse than a lie?
Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …
On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?
When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.
As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process …
Reviews for Tell me no Secrets
By Welsh Annie on 11 April 2017
OK, so maybe there aren’t too many of us who get the opportunity to train as a private investigator – even less of us (sadly…) get to work with a hot guy who really cares, with a hidden past and a knack for doing exactly the right thing at the right time. But the author really makes the story line work, a real page-turner and totally believable – I loved all the detail about running an investigation, the technology, the mind-numbing time in vans waiting for something to happen, even the photos of the backs of people’s heads being less than useful for identification. The way the story slowly escalates and becomes something other is really well done – also totally believable, with real shocks along the way.
I mentioned when I reviewed House of Secrets that the author is really excellent at creating characters. I was particularly struck, when reading this one, by the portrayal of Kate’s mother. Her put-downs take your breath away – but there’s a complexity around what lies behind it that’s extremely well handled. And as for Ben – well, he’s considerably more than just a “hot guy”. He’s caring and gentle, shows a nice touch of humour at times, is wonderfully solid and reliable – yes, he definitely worked for me!
Rob, though, is a real piece of work – there are lies, there are secrets, and then there are the kind of secrets that blow away the foundations of everything you hold dear. It’d be unforgivable of me to give away much of the story – I’ve stayed within what you’ll already know from the cover! – but this was one of those books that had me reading into the early hours, totally unable to tear myself away. I liked the Yorkshire setting too – there’s always something rather unsettling about an edge-of-seat thriller set against a background you know well, and there’s plenty of detail that takes you into the well-drawn locations.
Yes, I think this one is a real winner – a perfect balance between characters you’ll take to your heart and a story that takes you somewhere you really won’t be expecting, and all really perfectly handled by an author getting stronger with every book. I really loved this one.
There’s an edgy feeling from the start in this book and as you follow Kate in her new role in life, trying to deal with her past which isn’t easy when she’s reminded of it everytime she looks in a mirror. Her work as a Private Investigator soon helps to give her new focus, and she becomes intrigued by her new boss, Ben Parker, who also seems to be hiding something.
Really enjoyed how their relationship evolves and also loved how the case they are working on turns out to be a whole lot darker than they first thought! I loved it!
I really felt for Kate, who following a car accident which proved fatal for a member of her family and life changing for others, has low self esteem due a nasty scar on her face. Starting her new job as a Private Investigator, after a period of recovery, Kate investigates a suspected drug dealer, with the bonus being she gets to work with a gorgeous guy called Ben.
There are other characters such as Kate’s Mum, who is always full of put downs for Kate, however as the book progresses you get to understand her more and the beauty in Lynda’s writing is that she can change your feelings for a character from loathing to caring due to the finer details about a character.
I fell a little in love with Ben who was kind, supportive and himself had a sad past but on the other side of the coin was Rob, full of secrets and lies, which slowly unravel throughout the book.
I really loved this book, wonderfully well written, fantastic characters, romance, suspense, secrets, it has it all for me and I can’t wait to read more from Lynda in the future.
Thanks to Choc-Lit for providing me with a review copy of this book in return for an honest review which is completely my own opinion.
I have to start by saying how much I hated Kate’s partner Rob. He was so awful to her and I couldn’t understand why she’d want to stay with him. I suppose the accident and its effects on her appearance made her feel she wouldn’t ever be loved by anyone else but really, if I were her friend I would have been telling her she’d be better off on her own! With her mother and father seemingly blaming her for the car accident, poor Kate really was in need of kind and supportive people surrounding her. Luckily, she did have her sister Eve close by. By contrast, her work colleagues were lovely. In particular, Ben was a great character. Despite the fact that he too had known deep grief in his life, he was so caring and understanding towards Kate and saw past the scar to the intelligent, strong woman beneath.
There was quite a lot of action in this book with Kate and her colleagues getting into all kinds of tricky situations. Lynda Stacey was great at building up the drama and tension within a chapter, then leaving her reader hanging at she moved to a different part of the story. As a reader getting the different characters’ points of view, I was obviously more aware of what was going on than Kate, so there weren’t lots of surprises but there was certainly suspense as I wondered how some of the situations would resolve.
As I expect with a ChocLit novel, at the heart of the book was a love story and a satisfying one at that. The book was well paced with the romance and the drama well-balanced. An enjoyable read, I’ll look out for more from this author in the future.
HOUSE OF SECRETS
Madeleine Frost thinks she’s escaped the evil clutches of Liam O’Grady when she leaves him and takes her young daughter, Poppy with her.
She moves to Wrea Head Hall, her father’s country house hotel and not only begins a new life but also a new romance, after meeting the overprotective Christopher Lawless, aka Bandit.
But Liam won’t be deterred, he doesn’t like being told what to do, nor does like losing control. He’s determined to win Madeleine back and refuses to stand back and watch while Madeleine fall in love with another man.
Strange happenings begin to besiege the hall and Madeleine begins to fear for her life.
Will she escape Liam once and for all or will Bandit find her, just in time?
This beautiful hotel is the backdrop to the book.!!
Author Quotes for House of Secrets:
Murder, mystery and romance. All the ingredients for a thrilling read.
Author Victoria Howard
‘this is a page turner of a suspense, with a heart-warming romance (or two) at its centre’
Author Jane Lovering
A lovely parallel time frame filled with intrigue, passion, mystery and love – a real page turner.!
Author Mandy James
Reader Quotes for House of Secrets:
An enchanting heroine, her adorable daughter and a charismatic and irresistible hero wrapped up in a story of intrigue and mystery that spans time. Add to this, more than a touch of romance and it becomes a book that defies you to put it down.
Real passion, with real life characters. A story that keeps your attention to the very last page. One you will not want to put down.
A great read, found it difficult to put the book down. A story that does not fail to grip and entertain you.
A real majestic house is the perfect backdrop to this story of love and betrayal, mystery and intrigue.