Her Deadly Secrets

Laura Griffin
Her Deadly Secrets
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Gallery Books
Release Date
July 2019
Book 2 of Wolfe Security
Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Private Investigator Kira Vance spends her days navigating the intricate labyrinth of Houston's legal world, and she knows all of its shadowy players and dark secrets.

On a seemingly normal day, she's delivering a report to her top client when suddenly everything goes sideways and the meeting ends in a bloodbath. Twenty-four hours later, the police have no suspects but one thing is clear: a killer has Kira in his sights.

Fiercely independent, Kira doesn't expect—or want—help from anyone, least of all an unscrupulous lawyer and his elite security team. Instead, she launches her own investigation, hoping to uncover the answers that have eluded the police. But as Kira's hunt for clues becomes more and more perilous, she realizes that she alone may hold the key to finding a vicious murderer. And she knows she must take help wherever she can find it if she wants to stay alive.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Jun 05, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
44 people found the following review helpful
HER DEADLY SECRETS is the murder mystery aficionado's sort of read--and a little different in than the usual Laura Griffin Tracers style--as PI Kira Vance finds herself somewhat over her head investigating an associate's murder and the hot-shot lawyer that she suddenly reports to.

But the security team that he's called on her brings on a tagalong bodyguard that she resists, until it seems that what she's looking at is a vicious killer who's got her in his sights.

It's a template that has been told many times before--variations on a theme in a way that Kira Vance treads where many others have trodden before. As a police-procedural-type series with an intense focus on the unsolved crime, this works perfectly fine.

But the book's billing as romantic suspense however, doesn't, especially not when the romance has been written in awkwardly, with two people thrown together by force and then suddenly developing a romance when there's a distinct lack of romantic chemistry between them.

For someone who expected a bit more of the latter after going through Laura Griffin's Tracers books, I was actually taken aback with surprise when the first kiss happened, left incredulous with anything that hinted of romance between them past the initial weak attraction. In short, Kira/Jeremy as a pairing were sidelined here so much that I hesitated to even call this a connection (as hurriedly as it was developed) in favour of tying all the loose ends of the plot up.

It isn't to say that the book isn't written with Ms. Griffin's usual aplomb: meticulously planned and executed with the kind of writing that pulls you in.

But the storytelling felt somewhat unbalanced--exciting at the start, only to head, rather frustratingly, into a lacklustre and sagging middle--along with a romance that hardly took off. In short, HER DEADLY SECRETS is probably a book suited to those who prefer the journey of uncovering the whodunnit mystery than following the emotional development of the protagonists.
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Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Mar 20, 2020   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
15 people found the following review helpful
Action-packed and mesmerizing, HER DEADLY SECRETS held me in its thrall from the first to the last page.

Kira Vance is a brave heroine. For all her PI work, she's new to the murder scene and I find her reactions realistic, especially her PTSD. While I applaud her never-give-up attitude of needing to solve the mystery for the sake of her murdered mentor, there's something about her that irks me. Not sure what exactly, but it's why I can't warm up to her so much. I thought Jeremy--gorgeous hunk of a hero--is shortchanged with her as heroine. She doesn't deserve him.

The mystery is a bit convoluted. I had to read things twice when they finally pinned the murder on the people who are the real villains. Maybe I'm a bit naïve and all that, but when the truth was revealed, it made me a bit sick.

That said, I'm loving this series. Wish we could see more of lawyer/courtroom scenes though. And who knows, maybe we'll see Charlotte and Logan as a pairing for the next book, making my wish come true. Am certainly looking forward to that.
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