- Series: Redemption's Edge
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Janet Sketchley (October 23, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993874320
- ISBN-13: 978-0993874321
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,007,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Secrets and Lies: A Redemption's Edge Novel (Volume 2) Paperback – October 23, 2014
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"Secrets and Lies is top notch fiction, with sympathetic characters, a realistic plot, a redemptive theme, and great writing."
~Ginny Jaques, author of Zinovy's Journey
"One of those unputdownable books... If you like romantic suspense with a punch, you'll enjoy Secrets and Lies."
~Deborah M. Piccurelli, author of Love Comes Calling
From the Author
Secrets and Lies is a book 2 in the Redemption's Edge series. I met Carol through writing her brother Harry's story in Heaven's Prey, and I knew her life had not been easy. I also knew she needed the Lord. Secrets and Lies gives her the chance to find Him--unless her enemies find her first.
If you were nervous to read Heaven's Prey because of the subject matter, I invite you to dive into the series here with book two. Secrets and Lies is a much easier read. For one thing, it's a romantic suspense instead of a more intense, psychological suspense, but the biggest difference is that in this story we're not inside the head of a serial killer.
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I was interested to see how Carol and Paul were going to fare as I soon as I found out about this book. Having Harry Silver as a brother and uncle is a huge challenge on its own. This mother and son were always going to have to deal with the challenge of having something to hide, even though they were innocent, for revealing close blood ties to a man like Harry would never win them friends. How do you live when your whole life is forced to be a cover-up? How do you approach possible friends, not to mention potential dates, when you have something (or rather, someone) so sinister to hide?
As with the prequel to this novel, Janet Sketchley has evoked a chilling, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere. Through Carol, we learn that even when we are on constant vigilance, never relaxing, determined to trust nobody, threats may still find their way through the cracks because of their innocent appearances. Other themes in this book include the nature of legitimate faith, the danger of using drugs, and who your real friends are. All through, I was hoping for relief and trust for Carol, and a satisfying life for Paul, who was a down-to-earth young man who sometimes perceived things his mother couldn't. And there's always the question of how Carol will ever choose to let down her guard, trust God and pray, after all that she feels life has delivered her.
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy to review.
The author has a gift for creating suspense. I swear she could put tension in a character’s innocent yawn. She’s adept at keeping the reader on edge without relying on violence, destruction, and sensual titillation. As Sketchley demonstrates, a skilled writer with a good story to tell needn't resort to lazy devices.
Characters—even the bad guys—are realistic, easy to relate to, the sort of people we meet every day. Situations are believable, neither stretched thin nor over-the-top. Best yet, unambiguous Christian themes come across as relevant without causing the reader to feel she’s being clubbed over the head with them.
The solid plot moves along at a good pace, with enough detail and description for the reader to visualize everything. Though the book is self-published, its appearance is professional appearance in every aspect.
I look forward to the third book in the series, which I understand Sketchley plans to release later this year. And I hope this series won’t be the last we hear from this talented author.
Even though Secrets & Lies is book 2 of the series, the author gives enough details so that if readers have not read book 1 they aren’t feeling adrift not knowing how the characters connect. Janet Sketchley did an excellent job of writing a novel that sits comfortably in the middle of the trio, and that can also stand alone.
After her teenage son dies from a drug overdose and her husband leaves, Carol and her other son move from Calgary in western Canada to start a new life farther east in Toronto. Her brother is in prison for murder and she wants to have nothing to do with him. Thinking she has found a safe place for herself and her son, Carol is shaken when a detective arrives at her apartment to give her a warning from her brother. When she receives a threatening phone call, someone who believes she knows where her brother hid stolen money, she turns to the friendship she has with a late night radio deejay.
There are drug lords, concerned neighbours, a break-in, a love interest, a friend with his own dark secret, her son’s Christian girlfriend, and more – all complicating Carol’s life. She is sure she can’t ask God for help.
Secrets & Lies is well plotted, planned and presented. Janet Sketchley is a skilled author who weaves situations of drama, romance, and suspense into a believable story. Although it has a Christian thread running through it, it is not religiously heavy-handed at all.