Sunday 30 July 2017

BLOG TOUR: Her Deadly Secret - Chris Curran


A dark and twisty psychological thriller, in which a young girl is abducted and her family is confronted with a horror from deep in their past. Perfect for fans of BA Paris and Sue Fortin.

A young girl has been taken. Abducted, never to be seen again.

Joe and Hannah, her traumatized parents, are consumed by grief. But all is not as it seems behind the curtains of their suburban home.

Loretta, the Family Liaison Officer, is sure Hannah is hiding something – a dark and twisted secret from deep in her past.

This terrible memory could be the key to the murder of another girl fifteen years ago. And as links between the two victims emerge, Joe and Hannah learn that in a family built on lies, the truth can destroy everything…

What did I think?

Having previously read Her Turn to Cry by Chris Curran, I was eager to read anything that Chris might write next.  I was so impressed with Her Deadly Secret and absolutely raced through it in my haste to get to the thrilling conclusion. 

We meet Joe and Hannah when their 14 year old daughter, Lily, goes missing.  As the police investigate Lily's last known movements, they find an argument with her mother, a keen interest in a local cult and a hunt for her real father.  It is clear that Hannah is harbouring a secret and she is even hiding it from her husband, Joe.  Could this be motive for Joe to harm Lily?  Even worse, in an attempt to keep her secret buried, could Hannah have harmed Lily?  What a great hook...but there's more!

There are also two other linked stories, that of Loretta and Rosie.  Loretta is the Family Liaison Officer, allocated to Lily's family.  Loretta has her own challenges to deal with both at home and at work, but her persistence with Hannah might just pay off in the end.  There is also the story of Rosie whose sister, Alice, was killed many years ago.  Rosie's Dad went to prison for his own daughter's murder and even his family thought he was guilty, until letters from a mystery writer claimed he was innocent.  The writer seems to know a lot more about Alice's death than they should...but what does this have to do with Lily going missing?  We find out after travelling through so many twists and turns, as Chris Curran takes us on a rollercoaster ride, and sometimes a wild goose chase, leaving my heart in my mouth at the end of the book.

Her Deadly Secret is an absolutely thrilling read with so many shocks and surprises that it kept me on my toes from start to finish.  It's definitely worthy of a huge 5 stars.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.  I am thrilled to release my review as part of the blog tour.

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About the author:

Chris Curran lives in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex. Her first two psychological thrillers, Mindsight and Her Turn To Cry, were both Amazon bestsellers. She also writes short stories one of which was recently shortlisted for the 2017 CWA Margery Allingham award. Her latest novel, Her Deadly Secret, is published as an ebook on July 21 2017 and a paperback in August.

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