Book Review

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

I still remember my first time reading Mary Higgins Clark. I was pulled into the story before I could even flip the first page. There was mystery, suspense and a certain element of danger. My mom and I would watch for her older books at yard sales and pick up her new books as soon as we could. Eventually, I had them all read. And I’ve been searching for a new author with a lot of books to her name as well as being known for some riveting suspense. Last year, I first discovered Irene Hannon and I’ve been hooked. This was the second book I’ve read by her, and I’m even more determined to read some more.

**I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**


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 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 life-shattering secret stays buried.

Master storyteller Irene Hannon is back with an exciting new series featuring former special forces operatives now in the thick of the action in civilian life. Hannon is at the top of her game in this can’t-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page.

Characters: Characters truly make a good book better. In this book, the good guys are really good– Mac is an ex-SEAL and Lisa has a number of years as a detective to her credit, and the bad guys… they are complex.

Storyline: This storyline had me puzzled. It doesn’t take long in the book to figure out who is behind the mystery, but the problem is, the tracks that were left behind we covered really well. The detectives only have assumptions to go from and the biggest mystery was how they were going to crack this case. The questions I had held me captive to this book. It was a wonderfully written story.

My Thoughts:  I wasn’t going to let myself read this book all at once. Then I started reading it, and just kept going. Next think I knew, I was close to finishing it, and decided to stay up an extra hour to finish it. I adored Mac and Lisa and their relationship with one another was fantastic. Mac’s two younger brothers show up (I predict they will each have their own novel in this series) and they were so fun to meet as well. There were so many things to love about this one, so if you enjoy some suspense, be sure to pick Buried Secrets up.

About the Author:

Irene Hannon is a bestselling, award-winning author who took the publishing world by storm at the tender age of 10 with a sparkling piece of fiction that received national attention.

Okay…maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But she was one of the honorees in a complete-the-story contest conducted by a national children’s magazine. And she likes to think of that as her “official” fiction-writing debut!

Since then, she has written more than 45 romance and romantic suspense novels. Her books have been honored with two RITA awards—the “Oscar” of romantic fiction—and she is a six-time finalist. Her books have also won a Daphne du Maurier award, a Carol award, three HOLT Medallions, a National Readers’ Choice Award, a Retailers Choice Award, a Booksellers’ Best Award and two Reviewers’ Choice awards from RT Book Reviews magazine. One of her novels was also named by Booklist as a top 10 inspirational fiction books of 2011. In addition, she is a two-time Christy award finalist.

Irene, who holds a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in journalism, juggled two careers for many years until she gave up her executive corporate communications position with a Fortune 500 company to write full-time. She is happy to say she has no regrets!

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and singing.  A trained vocalist, she has sung the leading role in numerous musicals, including “South Pacific,” “Brigadoon,” “Oklahoma” “The King and I” and “Anything Goes.” She is also a soloist at her church.

When not otherwise occupied, Irene and her husband enjoy traveling, Saturday mornings at their favorite coffee shop and spending time with family. They make their home in Missouri.

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