Author: Marta Perry
Publisher: HQN Books
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Rating: 4 1/2 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A tale of sorrow, love, betrayal, and secrets worth more than some are willing to pay
Kate Beaumont wants nothing more than to find out the circumstances behind what caused her brother to kill himself. She travels to Laurel Ridge, the town he had been living in and where he was found dead of a drug overdose in the cemetery. She wants answers! She owes him justice and needs peace of mind that her recent lack of involvement in his life didn’t lead him to take such drastic measures. As she makes her way through the town, she meets the one person she knows can help get her answers, but he is also on her bad side since he is the sheriff and didn’t do much investigating into what happened to determine if it really was a suicide. Mac Whitling wants to protect his town. When Kate shows up, he is afraid of what might happen. As soon as she arrives, trouble starts following her every step she takes. Regardless of whether or not they want it, they are drawn together by the secrets they are both trying to uncover and those that want to keep them buried.
How Secrets Die was a very enjoyable and easy read. The characters had a natural balance to how they acted and interacted with each other, which is nice. Kate’s search for answers to what happened to her brother was done well. It gave her a good emotional response to what happened and how she reacted to each individual she came into contact with. It was obvious she and Mac were going to be attracted to each other but I liked the way it was played out. Yes they had feelings for each other but they didn’t act on any of those feelings until her questions about her brother were answered. A lot of romantic suspense books lean so heavy on the romance that it takes away from the suspense and causes the characters act in a way that isn’t believable to what they should be doing in their situations. Perry did a great job of shaping the characters to carry the suspense and add the romance secondary. A job well done and I will be recommending this book for sure!