How Secrets Die by Marta Perry (Amazon)
Rating: Very Good
Source: Blog Tour
Description: As Laurel Ridge embraces a stranger hungry for answers, a sinister truth is awakened. A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light, but the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother's sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can't stand. Protecting his town is Mac Whiting's top priority. Everything else, including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace, is secondary. But as Kate's search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac's protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both. (from Goodreads)
Why I Picked This Book: I've seen Marta Perry's name around quite a bit lately and have been wanting try her books. This blurb sounded interesting so I decided to make the leap.
My Impression: I've seen Marta Perry's name around for awhile and I jumped at the chance to try her. I'm so glad I did! To be honest at first I wasn't so sure. When I first met Kate I really didn't like her. She's prickly and defensive with a mile high chip on her shoulder. Her reaction when she first meets Mac was so over the top hostile I just didn't see how I was going to make it an entire book. But pretty quickly that began to change. We are able to really get into her head and see her thoughts and motives. While it took me awhile to really begin to like her I did begin to understand her and sympathize with her which is even better. I really enjoyed Kate and Mac working together. They definitely have their starting opinions but they're willing to listen and to change their mind. I did guess how it was going to wrap up about 3/4 in but I was still glued to the book wanting to see how it unraveled. I knew it was a good sign when about 50% in I went over to Amazon to make sure there were other books in the series because this couldn't be my last visit to Laurel Ridge, PA. While there are some very dark subjects tackled the story never felt overwrought or melodramatic. Despite my initial and short lived reservations I thoroughly enjoyed this read, felt emotionally connected to the character, and it kept me turning pages. I'm not sure I could ask for anything more!
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Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'm excited to spend more time in Laurel Ridge and explore Perry's other books.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Absolutely! I think most readers would enjoy this - it's an interesting mystery, well developed characters, and just a touch of romance. A little something for everyone!