***I was gifted a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review***
To start off, you need to have read Book 1 (Cassie Scot: ParaNormal Detective) to be up to speed on what’s happening in Cassie’s world. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you stop reading this review until you have 😛
Ok, sooooooo Cassie and Evan are still at the “will they, won’t they” stage due to neither knowing if the other is showing their true feelings due to the Life Debt Cassie owes. Cassie realises she needs to get a paying job when her friend Kaitlin starts shoving bills in her face. Her brother Nicolas tries to pay her to do a investigation into the disappearance of two young girls, one of which is a distant cousin to Cassie.
Right, I think that’s an apt enough catch-up without revealing too much.
This book leaves Book 1 in it’s dust!! Yes, I did enjoy Book 1 but boy, ‘Secrets and Lies’ smacks it right out of the ball park. Here’s what I liked:
There are relatives from both the Scot and Blackmore families introduced that have had brief mentions in Book 1 but which feature much more in this book.
The disappearance of two young girls provides the brilliant storyline for Cassie’s detective skills and introduces yet more family members from both Cassie and Evan’s families.
The slow paced romance between Cassie and Evan starts to progress from sparks to flames and dies down, flares up, dies down… keeps you guessing as to which way it will actually go LOL.
Cassie’s relationship with her family is still a major bone of contention for her and it eventually comes to a head – this part actually had me saying “WHATTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!????”
Here’s what I disliked: ——-NOTHING——-
Would I read more from this author: Ummmmmm is the Pope Catholic???
Christine Amsden has the ability to weave a spell around her readers by crafting a world that is somewhat familiar to all (okay, so we don’t all experience paranormal activities or abilities, but we can relate to fathers demanding we follow their rules, overprotective brothers etc) and characters that are interesting to read about. Once she has cast that net out and hooked her readers, Christine adds action and romance to ensure her readers are snared and yes, I was fully snared and loving it.
‘Secrets and Lies’ truly delivers and for that 5 stars is my rating. I couldn’t find anything wrong with this book whatsoever.