Psychologist Grace Callahan suspected her client Stephen Shaw might be suffering from paranoia … but she reconsiders after a masked man breaks into her house looking for the key Shaw supposedly gave her.
It’s Detective Nathaniel Quinn’s first day back on the job when he’s assigned a suicide case that turns out to be murder. The victim is Stephen Shaw, and Grace’s business card is in Shaw’s pocket. It turns out that Nate used to be friends with Grace and her ex-husband.
Shaw worked in computer security and was also contracted to the FBI … or was he? A cryptic telephone message leads Grace and Nate on a chase to find the killer before the killer finds her.
A Secret to Die for is Christian romantic suspense at its best. The suspense starts on page one and doesn’t let up, while the the romantic thread takes a little longer to get going (which is appropriate. I’m always suspect of the relationships that begin in a high-stress situation, because I’m not convinced they’ll last). The Christian element is an underlying theme that gets more and more pronounced as the story progresses.
Overall, A Secret to Die for is another great romantic suspense novel from Lisa Harris. Recommended for fans of Irene Hannon and Diann Mills.
As an aside, I’m seeing a lot of suspense titles with these pink/purple covers with white text, and I love the effect!
Thanks to Baker Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
4.0 out of 5 starsGood suspense with a touch of romance
1 February 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Psychologist Grace Callahan thinks Stephen Shaw is a paranoid when he explains that people are after him. That is until he’s murdered. Now they are after her because they think Stephen gave her something they want and are willing to go to any lengths to get it. Detective Nate Quinn suffers from PTSD after a bombing that left him the only survivor. He has just returned to active duty and is assigned investigate the murder of Stephen Shaw. Turns out the only lead is Grace Callahan, an old friend of his. Now it’s a game of keeping Grace safe while they trying to figure out who’s behind Stephen’s murder and what he left for Grace that is important enough to kill for.
This story was fast-paced right from the very first page. It keeps you guessing about who is behind the murder until close to the end, which I really enjoy. I didn’t particularly fall in love with Grace or Nate. They both had been handed difficult things to deal with and Grace was a good example for Nate. I just didn’t really feel a strong connection between them. I felt this was more of a suspense than romantic suspense. I would say it had a touch of romance. Overall it was a good book that holds your interest until the end.
This complimentary copy was provided by Revell through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris is a total Adrenaline Rush! Harris’ exquisite descriptions make her readers feel as though they’re a character in her story. Her writing is so vivid that you believe you are seeing, hearing and experiencing everything her characters go through. Her characters are realistic, relatable and relevant.
Psychologist Grace Callahan has been treating a client with a secret - a secret that ultimately costs his life. Detective Nate Quinn is assigned to work a homicide case and runs into his old college friend Grace. While they soon realize they are both very different people now, they still have a great connection. What will happen when they find themselves thrown together in the midst of one perilous situation after another? Can either of them decide to open the broken pieces of his/her broken heart and trust someone again? Would it be worth it? What if these are the last moments they might ever have together?
I have read many of Harris’ other books. I have enjoyed each of them for different reasons. I found A Secret to Die For to particularly be an adrenaline rush from start to finish. I was provided an ARC of this book by the Publisher and NetGalley. The opinions expressed here are completely my own and without influence. I also have preordered a copy of this book for my own personal library.
I've read other Lisa Harris novels and enjoyed them very much. I was disappointed in this particular book, however. I purchased the kindle version (at full price.) I began to notice as I read that sometimes Point A and Point B did not connect with each other. By that, I mean that there were "gaps" in the plot, where things were inferred rather than explained. I kept going back to be sure I hadn't missed what happened. And since it was a kindle version, I even wondered if there were errors where something was erroneously left out. Very annoying. I can't give this book more than a 3-star rating.
5.0 out of 5 starsSuspenseful and intriguing and inspiring
7 January 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of suspense followed by intrigue, mystery, and many twists and turns. Strong characters and storyline. Contains many great inspiring insights of walking through grief with faith and strength even when there are know no answers to why bad things happen to good people. I understand loss and the difficulty getting through that loss and making it through it and coming out a whole person and still trust in God. This story deals with this with great insight and inspiration along with a very suspenseful story. A great read.
Lisa Harris has done it again. A heart-pounding thriller keeps the pages turning as the detective, Nate, and the psychologist, Gracie, work at fever pitch to solve the mystery of her client's death at the hand of cyber terrorists, If you enjoy detective stories with a bit of romance, this book will be perfect for you.