Thursday, October 19, 2017
All The Secret Places by Anna Carlisle (thoughts)
"Gin Sullivan is back in Pittsburgh on an extended leave from her job at the Chicago medical examiner's office and rekindling an old flame with her high school sweetheart, Jake. Gin is readjusting to life at home when Jake receives harrowing news early one morning. The new housing development his construction firm is building has caught fire and underneath one of the burnt homes is a dead body. When the body is identified as a man who may very well be the violent offender who terrified Gin's childhood town years ago, the pool of suspects broadens and it becomes a greater challenge to pinpoint his killer. Gin is determined to unearth old demons, hers included, but soon finds some people will kill to keep them buried. Small town secrets cast daunting shadows in All the Secret Places, Anna Carlisle's riveting second Gin Sullivan mystery."
Last year I read and loved the first book in this series titled Dark Road Home. I've been impatiently waiting for this second book every since. I cannot tell you the last time that I read a book in one day....it hasn't happened yet this year until now. I started this book on a rainy Saturday morning and finished it late that night. That's how good this book was! There is just something about this author's books that absolutely suck me in. I couldn't stop reading even when I was trying to watch the Harry Potter marathon at the same time. There is something so real about these books and this small struggling town that is trying to get past the economic struggles it has been through. When you add to that strong main characters and a solid mystery it equals out to a really great read.
One of my favorite things about this series is the characters. The author has managed to really bring them to life for me so I care about what happens to each of them. My one and only complaint with this book was that I didn't care for the Tucker storyline. I don't want to give anything away but I didn't care for his friendship with Gin at all. I did really appreciate that we got the chance to see more of Olive who played a small but important role in the first book. The mystery itself was really well done. I didn't have the slightest clue to who was behind it all until the very end. It made my reading experience that much more intense which is why I couldn't stop reading. The ending of this book wrapped everything up perfectly and left me wishing for the next book right now. I so enjoyed this book but it is going to be a long wait for book three!
Overall I really, really enjoyed this book and have become such a huge fan of this series. Loving this book just as much as the first book means that this author has been added to my favorites list. I will reading everything she writes at this point because it is a rare event when a book compels me to read it in just one day. While you don't have to read this series in order, I would highly recommend that you do as reading this one first will basically spoil for you the mystery in book one. There are a lot of references to what happened in the previous book so it would be best to read the series in order. I would recommend this series to mystery and suspense fans alike. I highly recommend!
Bottom Line: Finished this book in just one day...that should tell you all you need to know!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley.