The Secrets That Shape Us

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 Sep 2019

Member Reviews

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to review this book.

This was a DNF for me. The writing was too simplistic, almost as if it were written by a first year Creative Writing student. I just couldn't get through it. I tried.
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I  absolutely liked the book cover. It looks very appealing and it's mysterious designed. The writing style is  pleasant and its very fluently to read. The characters are well described and interesting. The tension is always present. The descriptions of surroundings, feelings and scenes were also very well made.
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I did not like this book. I couldnt get into it. I tried but it just wasnt for me. 
Thank you #NetGalley, the publisher and the author for sending my a free electronic copy in exchange for my honest review.
Im sorry that I didnt like it.
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Having three younger sisters, when I read the book blurb, I thought this might give me a few chuckles about how siblings act and react to each other.  This was not quite what I was expecting and in no way brought me any memories to share.

Casey McKay left home several years ago, leaving her parents and  younger sisters.  For years, her sisters kept a secret, that when found out, Casey was angry enough to leave her home.

Ryan Keller, the Private Investigator the younger sisters have hired to find Casey reluctantly takes the job .. and soon finds himself in the crosshairs of someone who wants to destroy the sisters ... and him.

Having three younger sisters is where any similarity ends.  Page after page after page, I was forced to endure siblings who love each other .. but certainly don't show it.  There is name-calling, pushing, shoving,  and insults.   This overshadowed the mystery that should have been front and center.   There's a bit of romance, but it seems a bit disjointed and doesn't flow well in the story.  I found it really hard to like any of the characters.

To say I was disappointed is an understatement.

Many thanks to the author / Wild Rose Press / Netgalley for the digital copy of THE SECRETS THAT SHAPE US.  Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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If you like lots of drama in your mysteries, this book is for you.  There are four sisters in this novel and they create more drama than an entire theater company.  And, they're not above hitting one another, either.  While the basic storyline was interesting, it was SO overshadowed by all the cat-fights between sisters that the mystery story is definitely in the background.  There's also a little "romance" in the book, though I felt it was more like just sex added for the sake of selling books.  And what is this with taking showers?  Seems like every chapter someone says they need to take a shower or are taking one.  Just weird.  The PI in the story is rather prissy, in my opinion.  He doesn't seem very realistic because he seems to be averse to working up a sweat when tracking down a lead.  

I finished the book, just to see who was causing the danger to the sisters, but can't really recommend it unless you like lots of emotional drama in your stories.
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