Natalie Cavanaugh – a police detective with the Boston, Massachusetts police force. She is single, forty-two years old, and drinks to excess when off duty. Natalie is very damaged by the events surrounding her father’s murder when she was only fourteen.
Glenn Abbott – Natalie’s younger sister, is married, the mother of twelve year old Mavis, and hosts a successful cooking/life advice blog. She has a cookbook that will be coming out in a week… Now, someone is posting disturbing comments on her blog.
Jake Abbott – Glenn’s husband. He has gotten himself involved with some dangerous people and betrayed many of his friends and neighbors by embezzling funds.
Mavis Abbott – is twelve years old and, on a dare, enters an abandoned warehouse on the way to school. She finds a dead body – and even more disturbingly, she recognizes him!
Lieutenant Angela White – Natalie’s superior in the Boston Police Dept. She values Natalie as a talented detective, but is suspicious of her and her shady background. Recent events have prompted her to remove Natalie from the present investigation.
Rife with secrets, suspicion, masked identities, and shady characters, this twisty thriller kept me turning pages with baited breath.
Although I have not read this author’s series featuring Hester Thursby, I did notice that she appears in a cameo as a friend to the police Lieutenant Angela in this book. I liked her character and her brief appearance here made me want to read his Thursby series.
Some aspects of the book were somewhat incredulous, yet it was a thrilling read with several diverting red herrings and surprising plot twists. It proved to be a delightful blend of police procedural and domestic thriller.
In short, “The Secrets We Share” is an entertaining, fast-paced thriller that I really enjoyed reading. I’ll be on the lookout for more books by this author.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel from Kensington Books via NetGalley – for my own reading enjoyment and the writing of this review.
Hardcover ISBN: 9781496735416 – ASIN: B098KMPMTL – 304 pages
Edwin Hill is the Edgar- and Agatha-award nominated author of three novels in the Hester Thursby series: Little Comfort, The Missing Ones, and Watch Her. His latest novel is the standalone thriller The Secrets We Share.
He was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and spent most of his childhood obsessing over The Famous Five, Agatha Christie, and somehow finding a way into C.S. Lewis’s wardrobe. His parents were fond of taking his sister and him on month-long family camping trips across the U.S. and Canada, and one of his best memories is of finishing a copy of The Seven Dials Mystery while the rest of the family visited Mount Rushmore. Growing up when VHS tapes were new meant that watching Alien, Jaws, The Shining, or Halloween whenever he wanted seemed luxurious, and still does today. Like Hester Thursby, he watched these movies – and others like them – a lot.
After attending Wesleyan University and graduating with a B.A. in American Studies, he headed west to San Francisco for the dotcom boom. Later, he returned to Boston, earned an MFA from Emerson College, and switched gears to work in educational publishing. He served as the vice president and editorial director for Bedford/St. Martin’s, a division of Macmillan Learning for many years before turning to writing full time.
He lives in Roslindale, Massachusetts with his partner Michael and his favorite reviewer, their lab Edith Ann, who likes his first drafts enough to eat them.