Families have secrets. Some secrets are locked, sealed, and taken to the grave. Others beg to be told. They ooze through cracks a little at a time. You tease them out until an ugly truth is fully exposed. Ella Perri knows there’s something hidden in the family cottage.
In his last breath, Ella’s grandfather reveals to her a startling secret that hints at something sinister. On behalf of her beloved grandfather, she embarks on a dangerous quest for truth. A World War II diary and the 21st century collide as Ella desperately chases every clue in a faraway and unfamiliar setting where the real story begins. Who can be trusted and who has something to hide?
One secret leads to another.
As Ella delves into her grandfather’s past, she discovers a hidden box. Its scandalous contents reveal a hidden past with implications of a crime and a missing woman named Gianna. The mystery takes Ella on a quest for truth through the streets of Tropea, Italy where her grandfather, Poppy and Gianna grew up. The places she visits and the people she encounters seem to further implicate her beloved grandfather in a crime of passion. As many of her fears are confirmed, a dark truth emerges and Ella must decide: share the secrets and alter the fates of her loved ones forever or become part of the lie that’s been buried deep for decades.
Buried Secrets is a suspenseful mystery with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the shocking ending.
The aura of suspense increasingly bumped up my anxiety, notch by excruciatingly-taut notch. The palpable tension held me in thrall. The twists made me audibly gasp in shock. And, the fast pace of the wildly-captivating plot kept me swiping the pages feverishly. Goodreads Reviewer
"What an incredible story - riveting - couldn't put it down! Great character development. I hope there is a sequel to see what Ella does next." Story Origin Reviewer
"Krissy Baccaro has an impressive ability to put together an intriguing mystery that spans decades. You may think you've guessed who is guilty in Buried Secrets early on, but make no mistake... the ending will leave you breathless!" - Jennifer Jackson, Indies Today
"Baccaro's book is steeped in World War II history, and the details of Ella and Jamie's trip to Italy is made beautifully real in this well-written and superbly researched book about the past. Buried Secrets: An Ella Perri Mystery, Book 1 is most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus, Readers' Favorites
"In 7 decades, I have read a LOT of books! Believe me, this one is in my all-time top 3!" - Ann, Goodreads Review
Average rating from 12 members
Overall this book was very enjoyable. The writing kept me hooked and interested. The characters are just like people you would meet on the street, the dynamics a little off, but overall, not someone you mind chatting with. The book moves very quickly. I was able to guess the ending for the most part, with only a some surprises. I had to re-read the last two chapters a few times because the first time through I thought I missed something, so if you are going to read this, pay a little more attention in those chapters. After Ella's Poppy dies, and instructs her to find a box in his house, Ella learns of the secret her Poppy has kept for years. A secret that turns Ella's life upside-down. Her Poppy's last piece of advice, don't trust anyone. Ella dives deep into the mystery determined to expose the dark family secret, hidden for decades. Most of the time this book was fairly fast paced, the solution a little too convenient, and quite a few mysteries still left unsolved. I would most likely recommend this book for someone who enjoys a good mystery. And I will be on the look out for the next book in this series.
“There’s a box in the cottage. I want you to find it. Only you! Watch who you trust.” This is what Poppy tells Abriella on his deathbed. This excellent book goes on from there. I loved the suspense and travel to Italy, her much loved grandfather’s birthplace. I don’t want to give anything away because I want you to love this book as much as I have. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC for my honest review.
Buried Secrets is perfect for escaping the world for a while. Interesting characters that feel like they could be the neighbour down the street you occasionally say Hello to. The plot keeps you intrigued, even if the ending is easy enough to predict. It's an enjoyable read.
Ella's grandfather, as he lay dying, reveals a family secret that hints at something sinister. BOOK BLURB: On behalf of her beloved grandfather, she embarks on a dangerous quest for truth. A World War II diary and the 21st century collide as Ella desperately chases every clue in a faraway and unfamiliar setting where the real story begins. Who can be trusted and who has something to hide? As Ella follows the clues she discovers a hidden box ... its contents reveal a crime and a missing woman named Gianna.... which leads her to Italy. The more she discovers, the more questions are raised. As the dark truth comes to light, Ella must make a life-altering decision. This is a fast-paced romp through Italy searching for the truth. It's packed with a punch .. a lot of action, suspense that starts at the very beginning and maintains a high level that leads to a most unexpected conclusion. The multi-layered characters are solidly drawn. As Italy has always been on my bucket list, it was wonderful getting lost in the author's descriptions of the people, the culture. Many thanks to the author / BooksGoSocial /Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction/mystery. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
The description of Buried Secrets grabbed my attention so I immediately dived into the book and I loved it so much I devoured it in one sitting. It had enough suspense to keep me hooked and I look forward to reading more books in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for my ARC.