by Irene Hannon
Trade Paperback: 384 pages
Released: April 7, 2015
Source: Review copy from the publisher.
Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department.
A call for assistance brings county police detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. 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 reputation-shattering secret stays buried.
Buried Secrets is a Christian romantic suspense novel. The main characters were likable, acted realistically, and we got to know them well. The suspense came from physical danger to those involved in the past case, including those presently investigating it. The villain was a psychopath and very clever about making murder look like it was an accident.
I have a pet peeve about heroines who are only able to prove the murderer's guilt by that person trying to kill them. In this story, the killer was so clever that there wasn't enough proof even though the hero and heroine where able to narrow down whodunit based on careful investigation. The killer wasn't acting rationally anymore and was overconfident. By the end, Lisa knew whodunit and was on guard against attack. It's a suspense novel, so knowing that a clever killer was not happy with our heroine adds to the suspense. So it worked for me.
The Christian element was shown more in how the characters treated people and acted than through their talking about God. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this enjoyable and interesting novel.
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