Can a secret be worse than a lie?

Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …

On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?

When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.

As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realize is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process.

Title:  Tell Me No Secrets
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Author:  Lynda Stacey
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Published:  April 9, 2017
Publisher:  Death by Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars

One of life’s little cruelties is that brief moment just before fully awakening when it’s possible to forget reality – for one tiny moment – before it comes crashing in with full force once we leave that safe state.  That is Kate’s life now.  Once each morning held a promise, now it holds a memory and a guilt that she cannot escape.  Kate’s self esteem is at a rock bottom, she holds herself responsible for the accident that changed so many lives.  She’d begun to think that maybe there was still brightness in the world when she met her husband to be, Rob.  Yet, that is proving different than what she expected as well.  Lies and secrets have no place in a loving relationship… and lately it’s the loving that’s in question, not the other parts.

A Kate begins a new life with a new job as a private investigator, she meets Ben for the first time.  There are sparks there, ones she knows she shouldn’t be feeling, but it’s hard not to notice a man as handsome as Ben… or one in as much turmoil as she, even if he does his best to hide it.

The case they’re currently working on will bring them closer – and bring out truths that neither one was expecting.  Lives are about to be changed.  Can something as honest and true as real love survive?

Tell Me No Secrets is a heartbreaking, captivating story.  Two people who have faced the greatest tragedies of their lives now must face even more.  The outcome is not guaranteed unless love can break through their barriers.  Only time, patience and solving a mystery may bring them to their own happy ending.

There are times in a story that I will absolutely loathe characters.  Kate’s mother is now at the undeniably top of that list, followed closely by Rob.  What despicable people.  And the truly sad part is, these types of monsters do truly exist in our world, unfortunately.  It was with satisfaction that I watched Ben and Kate leave their pasts behind for a better future together.  Nothing can erase the past, but with the right support and people in our lives we can live again… and deserve to be happy.  Tell Me No Secrets gives us a good mystery to solve, a look at how devastation affects people differently, quietly rejoice when people do truly get what they deserve in life (the good and the bad) and find a love that is strong enough to not be broken by life.  And that is a treasure to hold onto.

There are twists and turns in Tell Me No Secrets, the type that keeps you glued to the page.  Not everything is as it seems, and there is a darker level to this story as it moves forward.  In all, it’s a thrilling ride that you won’t want to miss.

This story has many layers, and I’m quite certain you’ll enjoy discovering them all for yourself.  I’d definitely recommend this story to any reader no matter the genre, but Romantic Suspense readers would particularly enjoy this one.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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