Secrets Never Die

by Laurie Lewis

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Tallie Brown’s life has never made sense. Raised in isolation by her mother, Julia, Tallie was dragged suddenly and without explanation from one third-world outpost to another until life normalized seven years ago when Julia took a position on a mountaintop in the Pacific northwest. But when Julia unexpectedly dies, Tallie uncovers clues suggesting that Julia had a secret life. Journalistic phenom Jackson James is still recovering from the devastating mistake that flatlined his promising career. Now he’s paying the price, working as the editor of a syrupy community rag in a posh D.C. suburb. But when the very man who destroyed him drops a tantalizing lead about a potential D.C. scandal, the reporter sees his chance for redemption and sets off to chase the story. Jackson’s investigation leads him to Cutler’s Ridge, a dying Virginia coal town, and directly into the path of the mysterious and beautiful Tallie. As these two mistrustful loners follow their leads, their stories begin to intertwine until they reach an alarming conclusion – something terrible happened in Cutler’s Ridge. As they doggedly pursue the story, the town’s cold reception spirals into threats and danger, proving that there are those who will stop at nothing to keep the past hidden forever –because secrets never die.

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Audiobook NarratorJason Tatom
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 13 hrs
AudiobookUnabridged
Size6 x 9
Pages328
ISBN9781524408411
PublishedCovenant Communications 2019

About the Author

Laurie Lewis

Laurie (L.C.) Lewis is the author of women’s fiction romance who also writes under the pen name L.C. Lewis – writing the award winning FREE MEN & DREAMERS historical romance series set again the backdrop of the War of 1812. She is a RONE Award Winner for The Dragons of Alsace Farm and was twice named a New Apple Literary Award winner in 2017. In 2018, winning Best New Fiction for Love on a Limb. She is also a BRAGG Medallion honoree, and she was twice named a Whitney Awards and USA Best Books Awards finalist.

Laurie is a Marylander at heart – loves weather-whining lover of crabs, American history & the sea, she admits to being craft-challenged & a devotee of sappy movies. Secrets Never Die is Laurie’s twelfth novel.

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Reviews

Average rating:

(based upon 14 reviews)

(4.5 stars) - an intriguing & suspenseful mystery with a little romance on the side
By , Submitted on 2019-08-02

The author sets things up carefully, and we're introduced to the puzzle that is Tallie's life thru Julia's death.

The story gives us pieces as we go, gradually leading us to the answers. BUT we're given details in a rather natural way & from different perspectives, so it can be a little confusing as things are not necessarily in chronological order, in addition to seeing pieces from different sides of the story & the inconsistencies that come with that.

So even as we figure out parts, it's still not fully clear what exactly happened until the finale. It's both frustrating and clever, lol.

There are elements of the final answer that I'm still not sure I'm satisfied with, but I'm so impressed with how well done the mystery was that I can't bring myself to cavil over it.

*Clean romance level: sweet kisses
*Religion: some general references to God & belief, but very minor

A slowly-building suspense that will keep you turning pages to the climatic end.
By , Submitted on 2019-07-25

SECRETS NEVER DIE is one of those stories that starts with questions and then takes you on a goose chase as the heroine tries to find answers in a small town where no one wants to help her. The suspense gradually builds to a climatic ending. Suspense readers will find much to enjoy about this story.

Tallie is one of those characters easy to relate to on a lot of levels, but also a little removed due to her upbringing. She's very intelligent, beautiful, and talented, but socially inept and somewhat unmoored. He mother has left her with so many questions and on unsteady feet as she tries to piece together what she is supposed to find. I would have liked her character to be a little more steady as I felt she was sometimes on the brink of being unstable, but I also got why she was the way she was. Jackson is also really easy to relate to and is a great character. I enjoyed seeing things through his journalist eye as he tries to figure out what is going on. It is interesting seeing how their friendship develops, as well as a few others they meet, and how there is just a hint of romance (not enough to really call this romantic suspense).

As a reader, you constantly following bread crumbs that seem to lead nowhere, building frustration for trying to figure out what happened that coincides with the climax of this story. The feeling of unease is always present. Everyone is a suspect. You're never quite sure where it all is going and what will happen in the end. There are all these pieces that need to be put together. I appreciated that the author never just gives the answers until the end, that you only know what the characters know. As noted previously, it can be frustrating as you're strung along. I did want a little more danger and a more complex plot in places. The ending had a few holes that didn't work for me, but otherwise, it was well done.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I enjoyed reading this! It's a slowly-building suspense full of clues that readers try to make sense of right along with the main characters. It's gripping in places, emotional in others, and ends sweetly once the truth comes out. Recommended to suspense readers.

Content: Some violence applicable to the story, but would consider this clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect my review in any way.

Secrets Never Die
By , Submitted on 2019-07-25

I was swept into the story right away and it kept my attention for the first handful of chapters, but once Tallie got to Cutler's Ridge, the story started to lag a little. There were so many unanswered questions and I felt like I was constantly missing half of the story because of it.

Thankfully, the story picked up steam later on and I became more invested in it. Sadly, I just didn't feel that much of a connection with any of the characters. I'm not sure why, maybe they just needed a bit more development.

The ending played out well and I liked the twist near the end, but I couldn't wrap my mind around the reason for all the secrets and subterfuge. Maybe I just didn't understand the explanation, but it really didn't seem like that event was enough to cause everything that happened in the story. (Ok, it's really hard to get my point across while not giving out any spoilers!)

All that being said, I would still read more from this author.

Intriguing
By , Submitted on 2019-07-22

3.5 Stars

Secrets Never Die was a quite intriguing. I really didn't know what to expect from this unknown-to-me author, but Laurie Lewis did a great job of creating a story and characters that kept me wanting to turn each page.

Tallie's upbringing was pretty sad. Her mother was very emotionally disconnected. She taught Tallie many skills, but the most important thing (love) was something Tallie never felt. I wasn't really sure what to think about Jackson initially, but he grew on me.

Cutler's Ridge was a town that I wouldn't want to spend time in. The people came off as a bit crazy, and so many were full of secrets.

I really had no idea how everything was going to tie together, and there were lots unforeseen of twists and turns-perfect for a suspense novel.

This was a fast, clean read. I would read more from this author.

Crazy good suspense book!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-22

A good suspense book is one of my very favorites to read! I loved the way the author did this one. There are several points of view that you get to see the story from. You get to see it from the point of view of Julia, that’s Tallie’s mom, Tallie and Jackson. All these points of view make the story more interesting. And help it to make more sense.

There were lots of things about Tallie that I liked. I liked the way she was smart. She had learned a lot of things through not only schooling, but through the way she was raised by Julia. They spent their whole lives on the run. But that’s not really something Tallie really understood until after Julia died. Julia sent Tallie on a mission after she died, a mission to find out where she came from and the secrets that surrounded her life.

Jackson has his own secrets. I liked the way his secrets drove him to be a better person than he had previously been, to change. That’s really what we’re all looking for in our own lives.

The reader doesn’t see much of the story through Julia’s point of view. Only the first chapter is her. But I learned from her that there’s always a way to fix your mistakes. Even if it’s hard. She tried to fix hers, even though she was already dead.

The plot of this book has so many twists and turns. I loved the way I never knew just what was coming next. And there’s no way I would have ever guessed just how all the characters were connected. I loved reading this one!

Secrets never die
By , Submitted on 2019-07-19

Wonderful!

Extreme intrigue
By , Submitted on 2019-07-17

This novel is absolutely amazing. It has love, pain, fear, intrigue, and conspiracy. I loved every minute of it.

Secrets Never Die
By , Submitted on 2019-07-13

With each book I read of Laurie Lewis , I am spelled bound. Her stories never disappoint. Page turners always. Secrets Never Die is no different. Keeps you reading on until you have to will yourself to put it down. Has the story line unfolds and the secret unravels bit by bit. You find yourself pushing on just to know what’s next. You can’t let go, curiosity grabs you and you continue just so you know more. If you think you can figure it out, something else slides in and than you are on to the next. A definite read for anyone that enjoys reading a book that you enjoy the characters, the mystery and the thrill of reading a real page turner.

A Great Suspence Novel
By , Submitted on 2019-07-12

If you like suspense, with some romance thrown in, this book will not disappoint. There is intrigue and mystery right from the start. There are twists right to the end. It is interesting how and why the characters relate to one another or are manipulated together. I don't want to give any spoilers! I highly recommend this book!

Wow! A great thriller/mystery
By , Submitted on 2019-07-09

When Tallie Brown's mother (Julia) dies in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington Tallie finds a letter from her with two choices--"establish yourself in a new place with a new career. You can start fresh, be anything you want, with no past and no baggage." or another option, "Do you want to find answers to the questions you were afraid to ask? Start with the photo. You'll figure the rest out." A file folder with a letter and a faded photo from 21 years ago taken in Cutler's Ridge have the power to send Tallie on a journey that will bring emotional upheaval, and change her life in a way she can't possibly imagine. It's the start of a hunt for answers to questions Tallie has had most of her 22 years.

Jackson James is working at a small local paper in Kensington, Maryland trying to get back on track after a devastating decision ruined his promising journalist career. A mysterious phone call from the someone he never wanted to hear from again sends him to Cutler's Ridge, where he crosses paths with Tallie Brown. For such a small, insignificant little town there are a lot of secrets.

Wow!! This is my first book by this author and it was spellbinding. The mystery and suspense start in the first chapter, but the answers don't come until the last few chapters, and even when the questions are answered the suspense doesn't stop. I've never read a book with so much intrigue, where almost everyone has a secret.

I'm not sure how much I can say in my review without spoiling anything, but if you enjoy suspense this is a great book. I didn't want to stop reading because I had to know how Tallie finding out the truth about her past fit in with the reason Jackson was sent to Cutler's Ridge. I NEVER would've figured it all out. WARNING: You may not want to start reading this book at night--you'll never go to sleep.

Thank you to Covenant Communications via NetGalley for my copy. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

WOW!!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-09

WOW! This is a very well written book. It is full of twists and turns and keeps you turning pages to see what happens next. It has suspense, drama and action; it will keep reading way past bedtime. I highly recommend this book. Thank you Covenant Communications via NetGalley for the ARC copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wow! A great thriller/mystery
By , Submitted on 2019-07-09

When Tallie Brown's mother (Julia) dies in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington Tallie finds a letter from her with two choices--"establish yourself in a new place with a new career. You can start fresh, be anything you want, with no past and no baggage." or another option, "Do you want to find answers to the questions you were afraid to ask? Start with the photo. You'll figure the rest out." A file folder with a letter and a faded photo from 21 years ago taken in Cutler's Ridge have the power to send Tallie on a journey that will bring emotional upheaval, and change her life in a way she can't possibly imagine. It's the start of a hunt for answers to questions Tallie has had most of her 22 years.

Jackson James is working at a small local paper in Kensington, Maryland trying to get back on track after a devastating decision ruined his promising journalist career. A mysterious phone call from the someone he never wanted to hear from again sends him to Cutler's Ridge, where he crosses paths with Tallie Brown. For such a small, insignificant little town there are a lot of secrets.

Wow!! This is my first book by this author and it was spellbinding. The mystery and suspense start in the first chapter, but the answers don't come until the last few chapters, and even when the questions are answered the suspense doesn't stop. I've never read a book with so much intrigue, where almost everyone has a secret.

I'm not sure how much I can say in my review without spoiling anything, but if you enjoy suspense this is a great book. I didn't want to stop reading because I had to know how Tallie finding out the truth about her past fit in with the reason Jackson was sent to Cutler's Ridge. I NEVER would've figured it all out. WARNING: You may not want to start reading this book at night--you'll never go to sleep.


By , Submitted on 2019-07-03

All I can say about this book is just Wow! What an awesome book! Absolutely one of the best suspense books I have read. The book follows Tallie Brown from a mountain top in the state of Washington to a town in the East. When her Mother dies unexpectedly she leaves Tallie a letter telling her that she can make a new life for herself or go to Cutler’s Ridge and dig up the past. There she meets Jackson, a newspaper reporter who is in search of a story that will redeem his mistakes. Tallie is on a search to find out who her Father is. Together they team up to find the secrets of the past. There are so many twists and turns in this puzzle that it will keep you guessing throughout the book. It grabbed me on the first page and didn’t let go. This is the first book in a very long time that has kept me up late to finish reading it. I highly recommend this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

Loved it!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-01

This book is AMAZING and will take you on some twists and turns to find all the answers. Be prepared to be riveted to each page. Such fun writing! I loved how the ending came together. Do no miss out on this one.

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