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Mini Review: The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak

The Secrets She Kept by Brenda Novak
Published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: MIRA
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis
The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it's suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn't believe it.

Keith bears scars—both physical and emotional—from his childhood, but he's worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he's built a new life in LA. He's also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother's death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again—and he's determined to find his mother's killer.

Problem is…coming home to Fairham puts him back in contact with Nancy Dellinger, the woman he hurt so badly when he left before. And digging that deep into his mother's final days and hours entails a very real risk.

Because the person who killed her could be someone he loves.

My Thoughts
This read takes place five years after the first read and Josephine the matriarch of the Lazarow family is dead. Keith her son who has had drug problems in the past is now drug-free and is finally putting his life back on track. For some reason, he doesn’t believe that his mother’s death is a suicide and is determined to find out what the real story is. It isn’t a stretch that Josephine’s death could be a homicide, you see she isn’t the friendliest of people and isn’t well liked in the community either. So when his mother dies he comes back home and decides to find out who killed her and most importantly why. 

However coming back home he comes face to face with Nancy who has always wanted a relationship with him but sadly Keith never returned her affections. Although Keith doesn’t want to come back home, he doesn’t want to slip back and relieve those painful times but he must talk to Nancy who might know something when it comes to his mother’s death.

The Secrets She Kept is another mystery/thriller that keeps you intrigued. I loved how you don’t really know what to think and I was surprised as far as the storyline goes. I also liked how this read focused on Keith and his problems which we only saw a glimpse of in the previous read. All in all, this is one read that continued the thrilling backdrop that is the Fairham Island series.

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