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The Family Secret

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The dead never stay buried for long -- secrets or bodies, and the O'Connells are about to discover both.

The O'Connells are a tight-knit family. Six children have grown up with their mother ever since the night their father disappeared, and their loyalty knows no bounds. Yet, it seems those bonds are about to be tested to the limits. What comes next will be a nightmare none of them expected.


Being Book #9 in the series, I was a little lost at the beginning to all these characters. However, as the story progresses, I began to get a handle on the brothers and sisters. I still promote reading this series from the beginning though, and I've definitely gone on to download all eight previous books to read because this is an excellent story full of action, unexpected twists, and charming characters. 


Mother Iris has a bad feeling that something's gonna happen, and she's not wrong. Barely a day after she goes to her daughter Karen's husband, Jack, and confesses to him what happened the night her husband disappeared, a dead body is found in the woods. All evidence points to Iris O'Connell, and her whole family is pulled into this family crisis as each fight, in his or her own way, to keep their mother out of prison.


Raymond O'Connell is coming back from the grave one way or another, and the convoluted story comes out in bits and pieces as Iris reveals what happened the night her husband vanished. Her son-in-law, Jack, fights to prove the evidence circumstantial. Marcus, her son, is the Sheriff, and he's working hard to clear his mother's name, keeping his brother, Owen, out of the spotlight, and trying to regain his job. Each character part pulls you into the intrigue, secrets, and desire to figure it out.


The end holds its own twist as a witness comes forward to help spare Iris O'Connell and her family from anymore of the ordeal, and we finally hear the whole story of what happened that night. 


I definitely couldn't put this book down, and I highly recommend it as a fabulous new read you can get lost within. A mixture of point-of-views, red-herrings, foreshadowing, and a dead body with the proverbial "bloody knife" stirs up a decade old mystery. Fans of crime, legal thrillers, and psychological suspense will fall in love with the O'Connells and the skeletons they have hidden in the closet.

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About the author

Lorhainne Eckhart writes Raw Relatable Real Romance is best known for her big family romances series, where “Morals and family are running themes. Danger, romance, and a drive to do what is right will see you glued to the page.” As one fan calls her, she is the “Queen of the family saga.” view profile

Published on July 31, 2020

40000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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