When A Secret Kills


Title: When A Secret Kills
Series: Deadly Reunions
Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
Published: May 1, 2013
Pages: 352


Jillian Carter has spent the last ten years on the run from a murderer. When the man’s accomplices find her all the way across the country with a new name, she knows it’s time to put the past to rest. She’s tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. Jillian is no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared, and she’s ready to fight and find the truth and expose it.

Colton Brady has spent the past ten years trying to get over Jillian and thought he had done so successfully until she comes back into his life. But the reasons why she’s here are dangerous and he doesn’t want to believe that his uncle, Senator Frank Hoffman, committed a murder. What he can’t deny is that whoever did commit the murder wants her dead and he’s going to help her stay alive and get proof. He needs to prove his uncle’s innocence or step aside and let someone else arrest him. But the road to get there won’t be easy.

As Colton and Jillian struggle to stay alive and gather enough evidence to prove someone guilty of murder, they’re confronted with countless murder attempts, doubt, and the past. And the more they’re shoved together, the more they begin to realize that they never really stopped loving each other. However, a past mistake as teens means Jillian has news to share that will be hard to swallow and Jillian wonders whether he will think the result is a mistake too.

Will Jillian be able to prove that Frank Hoffman committed the murder or will new evidence prove otherwise? Will Colton find that his uncle is innocent of murder and isn’t trying to kill Jillian or will he find shocking evidence to prove that he was involved after all? Will Jillian’s news tear a rift between them that can never be repaired or will it draw them even closer together? Will they be able to survive murder attempt after murder attempt or will the killer succeed burying the truth forever?

When this book was given to me to review I jumped at the opportunity, because I had read the previous two and was more than anxious to finish this series but also because of the fact that this author has given me incredible books every time I’ve picked one up. This is another incredible one. In fact this is my favorite in the series not just because it’s the conclusion and all my questions are answered but also because this one was an incredible suspense. This book is a huge hit for me and I loved every second.

The storyline of this book is tightly knit together with the first two but can be read as a stand-alone though I don’t really recommend it. The tension was so thick in this story that I literally couldn’t put it down and I actually finished this book in about six hours total time, which for me is incredible. I loved the never ending suspense and tension as well as the questions about who is involved and how much. It kept me guessing and I just couldn’t put it down.

The romance was pretty good. The problem with romantic suspense is that one subject has to be the add-on and take a backseat. In this case, fortunately it was the romance. However, because there was some past history between the two characters and a few other added details I won’t divulge, it didn’t feel too out of place. Also, the suspense distracted me for most of the book so my main concern wasn’t the romance but the killer. It was a pretty good romance particularly for a suspense novel.

For over a year now I have been not so patiently waiting for this book and the conclusion to a trilogy that has ended on a cliffhanger every time. In my review of the first book in this series I expressed that I hoped that the end would be worth the wait and let me tell you that it was completely worth the wait. Not only was this a fantastic conclusion to this trilogy but it was just an overall great suspense and it was completely worth the long wait to see it become published.

Lynette Eason hooked since the first book of hers that I’ve ever read. That happens to be the first book in this series. I’m a huge fan of her ability to write nail-biting suspense blended with good romances and a smooth storyline. I look forward to what’s coming next and will be wondering if it will be a continuos series like this one or a standalone series like most series’. Either way I want to read it. This author, series, and book come highly recommended.

Overall, I loved this book. It was well developed and is definitely one of my favorite’s of all time. This book is perfect for fans of romantic suspense, suspense, or this author. I highly recommend that you read the other two first, I think you’ll appreciate this one more if you do. This book is perfect for adult and maybe teenagers but I don’t recommend it for younger readers. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*