The Secrets We Share

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Pub Date 29 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 05 Apr 2022

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In a mesmerizingly twisty standalone suspense novel perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Riley Sager, acclaimed author Edwin Hill explores the deep bonds—and deadly secrets—between two very different sisters haunted by the crimes of their father murdered nearly twenty years earlier…

Two sisters, one long-ago murder, and a web of terrifying secrets…
At first glance, Natalie Cavanaugh and Glenn Abbott hardly look like sisters. Even off-duty, Natalie dresses like a Boston cop, preferring practical clothes and unfussy, pinned-up hair. Her younger sister, Glenn, seems tailor-made for the spotlight, from her signature red mane to her camera-ready smile. Glenn has spent years cultivating her brand through her baking blog, and with the publication of her new book, that hard work seems about to pay off. But her fans have no idea about the nightmare in Glenn and Natalie’s past.
Twenty years ago, their father’s body was discovered in the woods behind their house. A trauma like that doesn’t fit with Glenn’s public image. Yet, maybe someone reading her blog does know something. There have been anonymous online messages, vague yet ominous, hinting that she’s being watched. And with unsettling coincidences hitting ever closer to home, both Glenn and Natalie soon have more pressing matters to worry about, especially when a dead body is found in an abandoned building.
Natalie is starting to wonder how much Glenn really knows about the people closest to her. But are there also secrets Natalie has yet to uncover about those she herself trusts? For two decades, she’s believed their father was murdered by their neighbor, with whom he was having an affair. But if those events are connected to what’s happening now, maybe there’s much more that Natalie doesn’t know. About their father. About their neighbors. About her friends. Maybe even about herself.
But there are no secrets between sisters…are there?
In a mesmerizingly twisty standalone suspense novel perfect for fans of Shari Lapena and Riley Sager, acclaimed author Edwin Hill explores the deep bonds—and deadly secrets—between two very different...

Advance Praise

“This suspenseful story will have readers careening from one erroneous conclusion to the next.” –Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"Full of whiplash twists and dark family secrets, Edwin Hill's new standalone is clever and chilling. Be advised to not trust anyone." –PETER SWANSON, best-selling author of Every Vow You Break and The Kind Worth Killing

“Shari Lapena meets Ruth Ware. A compulsively readable domestic thriller about two sisters and the secrets they share.” CHARLIE DONLEA, USA Today best-selling author of The Suicide House

"A superbly crafted thriller that delivers on every level. Hill is a master storyteller that leads the reader through a maze, expertly unveiling one twist after another.” –FEMI KAYODE, author of Lightseekers

 “A bold, ambitious novel with a big, multigenerational story line, a busload of characters, and a smart balance between mystery and suspense…For fans of Robert Bryndza and Karin Slaughter.” –First Clue (STARRED REVIEW) for The Secrets We Share

“This suspenseful story will have readers careening from one erroneous conclusion to the next.” –Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"Full of whiplash twists and dark family secrets, Edwin Hill's new...

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Glenn and Natalie, on the surface two sisters who seem as different as chalk and cheese. Glenn is a media darling/cookbook author and Natalie a no nonsense Boston police detective. But the sisters share a dark past; no one really knows the story of their father’s body being found in the forest behind their house when the girls were young; supposedly killed by the neighbor he was having an affair with. Now, Glenn tells her sister that she’s getting online threats and innuendos about that long ago day. And when a body is found in an abandoned building, Natalie wonders if the assumptions made about her father’s death were wrong….dead wrong. Suspenseful storytelling with strong, well developed protagonists

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Thank you to Netgalley, Kensington Books, and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review of the book. Having heard good things about Edwin Hill's Hester Thursby's series, I was very excited to receive an ARC for this new standalone. And, indeed, it was worth the excitement. This story starts with a punch--literally and figuratively. By the end of the first chapter, I had gasped out loud twice. Hill knows how to make his reader identity with a character and shock them out of their comfort zone. As the story begins, young Natalie has a secret (which we discover within a few pages): her father--a despicable man--is dead, murdered, his body in the woods behind their house. Time fast forwards about 25 years, and we find Natalie grew up to be a sharp but struggling detective who is thrust into a new case involving her sister and niece. And it soon becomes clear that the murder of her father all those years ago isn't dead and buried. This story kept me guessing and searching for culprits. I was most attached to the characters who were children--in the present and in the past. One minor issue I had was that there are a number of players in this drama and sometimes I had to stop and think about who some of them were--though I also read this at a very busy time of my semester, which may have been part of the problem. This was a great novel that kept me turning the pages. And now I'm going to get started on that Hester Thursby series for sure!

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I was so completely drawn into the wonderful characters in Edwin Hill's The Secrets We Share that I read the entire book in about 8 hours. I could not put this down! Not only were the characters great, but the plot was so exciting and the details as they unfolded, were more reasons for me to keep reading. This was a deviously plotted story - things were not as they seemed and the more I learned the more I wanted to know. Edwin Hill has crafted an edge-of-your-seat riveting read that will keep many readers up past their bedtime and maybe even cause a few to call in sick to work to finish this fantastic thrill ride of a read. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of this book. You'll want to share with friends and family as well, I'm sure. Thank you to the publishers, author, and Netgalley for granting an ARC at my request. All thoughts are my own.

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A well written suspense novel that has so many twists and turns you can’t and don’t want to stop reading. When Natalie and Glenn were young their abusive father was murdered and their mother blamed for the crime. Now adults, Natalie a detective and Glenn, an author find themselves unwillingly hurled into the past as another murder is committed. A fast paced interesting plot, this is a mystery/ suspense book you won’t forget anytime soon.

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Edwin Hill does it AGAIN. While not a a Hester Thursby mystery, we do find our favorite librarian sleuth offering her assistance every now and again, and as always, I love it. In 1995, Natalie Cavanaugh and her sister Glenn Cavanaugh Abbott watched as life as they knew unraveled with the discovery of their father's murder, and suicide of their nextdoor neighbor Diane Sykes. Flash forward, Natalie is a detective and Glenn is a social media influencer with her own blog and soon to be released cookbook. Natalie has spent the years burying her grief in work and booze, and Glenn with her daughter, husband, and pursuit of stardom. But, despite their facades, the secrets of the past still haunt them...and when bodies start to pile seems the present is about to dig up the past. How deep will Lieutenant Angela White have to dig to find out the truth of who really murdered Alan Cavanaugh...and how is his murder linked to the body in the factory and Glenn's deceased husband? Filled with twists and turns, this title is destined to be a best seller! #LibraryGirl

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Edwin Hill is such a talented author and this was well-evidenced in his latest standalone domestic suspense. Two sisters are forced to come to grips with terrible secrets from their past when present day events mirror what happened to them long ago. I love Hill’s writing and found the plot to be both gripping and entertaining, with lots of unexpected plot twists. Though this is a standalone, there are appearances from characters in Hill’s also excellent Hester Thursby series, which I loved. Hill’s writing keeps getting better and better. Fans of Allen Eskens and Paul Doiron will devour this. Many thanks to Netgalley, Kensington Books and Edwin Hill for my complimentary e-copy ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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