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- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Lyrical Press (November 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B79CJY7
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Jannine Gallant writes this genre fabulously. There is a cosiness to the entire book, a special warmth between friends and different characters of the book. But mind you, it is a murder mystery but nothing graphic about it. So that doesn't remain in the forefront.
Paige and Quentin have been friends forever till they cross the line with a kiss and get into romance and relationship. Meanwhile an old murder and skeleton gets revealed by Paige, and the murderer starts getting antsy when the murder weapon is sold by mistake to Paige. The story rolls on...
This was an easy 2 hour read though I went slowly through its pages as I wanted to savor the entire atmosphere of a small town life. I had begun to guess the identity of the murderer, but I soon stopped following the clues. So my niggles were told to shut up. I just wanted a good, sweet mystery which I could read without too much stress or concentration, and this book fit the bill.
This is the 3rd book in the series, but can be read as a standalone. The other characters of the first 2 books are friends of Paige so they just make fleeting visits in this.
This series gives you a kind of “Twin Peaks” look at a small town, not the warm homey place most would want to live. Hidden Secrets is a haunting mystery, romantic too but not cozy at all. Like the others in the series, it can be read on its own. Also there is not a cliffhanger or unresolved issues between the two main characters.
An ARC of the book was given to me by the publisher through Net Galley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
This novel centers around two best friends practically from birth, Paige and Quentin, who admit to loving each other (as friends) but who have chosen different paths in life. Paige Shephard has remained in her hometown of Siren's Cove, Oregon, and now owns an operates Old Things, an antique store. Quentin left Siren's Cove, made a name for himself as the owner of 5 successful
West Coast restaurants, and he's back in Siren Cove to open his sixth restaurant, having just purchased what was once The Poseidon Grill. No one is happier to see him than Paige, who is in her early thirties, and who has used Quentin as the yardstick by which she's measured every other man she ever dated, and none of them measured up to Quentin Radcliff.
The two 30-something best friends seem to have successfully navigated the treacherous waters of the "a man and a woman cannot just be friends" relationship, and while both are attracted to one another, and admit to loving one another, handsome and charming Quentin has had no problem filling his bed with attractive women for both year-long relationships and one-night hook-ups. None of these women have ever measured up to Paige, but he's not ready to settle down and start raising a family, while Paige sees how happy and successful the two couples, who were the primary characters in the first and second books in the series, have become, and she wants that for herself. Since Quentin will be in Siren's Cove for several months trying to get The Poseidon Grill cleaned-up, modernized and refitted, he and Paige eventually agree to risk their friendship by becoming friends with benefits, agreeing that if things don't work out, their lifelong friendship will remain intact. Although the two characters seem to hit it off in bed, the sex scenes between them were pretty vanilla, and very lackluster. Simply telling the reader that the sex is passionate is far less effective than showing the reader exactly how passionate it is, at least for this reader.
As the novel opens, Paige is at the farm of elderly Zeb Stillwater, buying antiques from the huge hoard of items in his immense barn. His grandsons show up and accuse Paige of trying to cheat the old man, but Zeb is adamant that Paige paid a fair price for everything she bought. Paige leaves and has two more buying appointments that day, and it's not long after that that the break-ins begin at her antique shop, and the mystery of who's breaking in but not taking anything begins. What the reader has already learned in the prologue, is that there is a serial killer of women who's been staying beneath the radar for decades, burying his victims in remote areas and none have yet been found. That's about to change, especially after Paige and Quentin go to cut down Christmas trees for her store and home and find a tarnished silver necklace snagged on a log in a nearby creek, a find that will put Paige in serious danger. I do have to admit to finding myself disliking Paige for being utterly clueless about her own safety. Quentin, buys her a dog, but Paige still repeatedly forgets to lock her doors, and repeatedly goes off alone in search of both antiques and following what she sees as opportunities to take the suspicion off Quentin, and putting herself in harm's way.
As mysteries go this one wasn't bad. There were plenty of red herrings throughout, two more women who were both connected in some way to Quentin, who also go missing, leading the police to suspect him, and enough other suspects to keep the reader guessing the identity of the killer, at least until the halfway point of this novel, and even then, you have your suspicions that the author may be leading you down the wrong path. While I'm not a huge fan of mysteries, this one worked for me, and so did the fact that the two friends had more than a couple of obstacles in their path to an HEA ending. I also liked that the author used alternating narration, which drew you in to what Paige, Quentin and the killer were thinking, and the cherry on top of this romantic suspense mystery sundae is a mad race to the finish, and a truly satisfying ending. While this novel can be read as a standalone, the characters from the previous novels get more than just a walk-on in this one, and I suggest reading these novels in the order in which they were written.
I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this novel. The opinions expressed are my own.