Sunday, April 19, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

Buried Secrets

Irene Hannon has earned a spot as one of my favorite suspense writers, right next to Mary Higgins Clark, Dee Henderson, Terri Blackstock, and Lisa Wiehl.  BURIED SECRETS, the first book in her new Men of Valor series, features ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, a St. Louis detective who has been sent to assist small town police chief Lisa Grant when a shallow grave is discovered at an excavation site.  Mac and Lisa soon find they have much in common; both have left behind intense, dangerous careers in hopes of finding balance between work and personal lives in smaller communities.  Although both like their new, somewhat less stressful jobs, they have not managed to carve out any meaningful personal lives.  That is, until they meet at the unmarked grave.

Professionalism demands that they set aside any personal attraction and focus on identifying the body and cause of death.  When it appears that the body is a college student who disappeared two decades earlier, Mac and Lisa question the former roommate and two other acquaintances.  Across the country, real cold cases are being opened and new forensics methods are finally providing both justice and closure, and our fictional heroes are on the same quest for the family of the young coed.  Little do they realize that their efforts are upsetting the carefully orchestrated life plan of one person who never wants the truth known.

BURIED SECRETS begins with panic and a chilling decision that will hook readers who like suspense.  Hannon keeps the tension throughout the book, even while interspersing a more pronounced romantic vein than other titles I've read.  And for fans of this book, she lays the groundwork for Mac's brothers to show up in the next Men of Valor books. I know I will be looking forward for book two.  I received a copy of this title from FAMILYCHRISTIAN  for my honest review.

On my 2015 Bethany House Reading Challenge, BURIED SECRETS completes the BEGINS A SERIES square!

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