Irene Hannon's Buried Secrets Review [Guest Post]



Book cover of Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon
(c.) 2015 by Revell

The Artist Librarian: Today, I'd like to introduce you to my first guest reviewer!  My mom, "Mrs. Bookworm" passed down her love of reading to me at a young age and I haven't looked back since.  I don't know of any other person that loves and reads more Christian romantic suspense/mysteries, so I thought she'd be perfect to review Irene Hannon's latest novel. 

Title: Buried Secrets (Men of Valor #1)
Author: Irene Hannon
Published: 2015 by Revell Books

About the Book:

They both wanted quieter, safer lives. But crime never sleeps … and killers keep killing.
After years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant is ready for the kinder, gentler life of a small-town police chief.  But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes department resources.  Enter ex-Navy SEAL Mac McGregor, the detective sent by the county to assist on the case.  As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them.  Someone doesn’t want this dead person telling any tales –and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.
Mrs. Bookworm's Review: 
Buried Secrets is the first book of Irene Hannon’s new series, “Men of Valor.”  Hannon departs from her three previous romantic suspense trilogies by opening with a prologue from the past featuring a first person POV of the original architect of the criminal cover up.  When introduced to Lisa Grant, Mac McGregor and the rest of the characters in the present, I was immediately able to guess who the perpetrator was.  This gave the book suspense from a different angle.  Instead of your typical criminal procedural where you uncover “whodunit” along with the protagonists, I felt the suspense from knowing who the killer was and seeing how our heroes uncovered the truth. 

Hanon’s depiction of her protagonists Lisa and Mac felt quite realistic.  They deal with issues in relationships and health problems in a believable way.  Their interactions with each other were especially neat: a good give and take between the two (not to mention, the chemistry)!

An apt way to describe my relationship with Irene Hannon books is “I couldn’t put down the novel!”  I can’t wait to see what happens with the rest of the McGregor brothers in future Men of Valor novels.  Romantic suspense lovers and Irene Hannon fans will be satisfied with this solid start to her latest trilogy.

[Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, which I have done]

About the Author: 

Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five romantic suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series.  Her books have garnered dozens of honors, including two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America.  She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist.

The Artist Librarian:  Thanks Mom --not bad for your first review!  ;-)

Do you have a favorite romantic suspense author or novel?  What do you enjoy about them?
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