Review: Shattered Secrets, Karen Harper

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Shattered Secrets Karen Harper
Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek.
Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess.
Tess isn't ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth. But when another child in the town goes missing, she's certain it's related to her return to Cold Creek. Together,Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good…

A New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Karen Harper is a former college English instructor (The Ohio State University) and high school literature and writing teacher. A lifelong Ohioan, Karen and her husband Don divide their time between the midwest and the southeast, both locations she has used in her books. Besides her American settings, Karen loves the British Isles, where her Scottish and English roots run deep, and where she has set many of her historical Tudor-era mysteries and her historical novels about real and dynamic British women. Karen's books have been published in many foreign languages and she won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for 2005.

This is a great mystery thriller and yes I was in need of one! Though I did guess the outcome pretty early one it was still great fun to puzzle along and find out if I was right in the end.
I really liked Tess. She has been trough a lot and is aware that she freaks out and why but still she is not a complete victim. Things have to happen so she dares to step up and try to make them happen.
The love story development was a bit weak and predictable. Though I did not really mind as I was enjoying the puzzle and excitement in the missing girls to much.

Shattered Secrets
Author: Karen Harper
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 400
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 0778316475
ISBN-13: 9780778316473
Series: Cold Creek #1
Harlequin MIRA : various
Shattered Secrets
3 stars

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29 August, 2014 delete

Wow....I LOVE this cover.

The book sounds quite good too. Love mysteries. A puzzle? That is even better to have a great mystery that is a puzzle.

Thanks for sharing.


01 September, 2014 delete

When last did I read a mystery thriller? Can't remember. I'm glad you liked this. What happened to Tess?