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An exhilarating blend of romance and suspense that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the sensational climax. Orphaned as a child when her parents were killed in a tragic car wreck, Meg Rhyland is shocked when a stranger appears claiming to be her half-brother and demanding his share of her inheritance. To make matters worse, Meg and Kit, her partner of four ye An exhilarating blend of romance and suspense that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the sensational climax. Orphaned as a child when her parents were killed in a tragic car wreck, Meg Rhyland is shocked when a stranger appears claiming to be her half-brother and demanding his share of her inheritance. To make matters worse, Meg and Kit, her partner of four years, are having serious problems – and Kit has begun drinking heavily. After Meg catches her lover in bed with a close family friend, Kit moves out, leaving Meg alone to deal with her alleged sibling. When Meg learns that the car crash that killed her parents might not have been an accident, she hires Private Detective Susan Marks to find out the truth about her father's past. As the women unravel the tangled knot of lies and family secrets, they discover that Meg is the target of a terrifying conspiracy. But will they be able to stop it before the killing begins?


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An exhilarating blend of romance and suspense that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the sensational climax. Orphaned as a child when her parents were killed in a tragic car wreck, Meg Rhyland is shocked when a stranger appears claiming to be her half-brother and demanding his share of her inheritance. To make matters worse, Meg and Kit, her partner of four ye An exhilarating blend of romance and suspense that will keep you enthralled from the first page to the sensational climax. Orphaned as a child when her parents were killed in a tragic car wreck, Meg Rhyland is shocked when a stranger appears claiming to be her half-brother and demanding his share of her inheritance. To make matters worse, Meg and Kit, her partner of four years, are having serious problems – and Kit has begun drinking heavily. After Meg catches her lover in bed with a close family friend, Kit moves out, leaving Meg alone to deal with her alleged sibling. When Meg learns that the car crash that killed her parents might not have been an accident, she hires Private Detective Susan Marks to find out the truth about her father's past. As the women unravel the tangled knot of lies and family secrets, they discover that Meg is the target of a terrifying conspiracy. But will they be able to stop it before the killing begins?

30 review for Family Secrets

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    To some extent an entertaining mystery. Though published in 1996, the plot is unfortunately relevant today. Meg Rhyland was put upon to such an extent I thought she would break but she did not with the help of a good friend and the other leading lady. The plot unfolded in such a way that almost every supporting character was a possible person up to no good and out to get Meg. The read was choppy while moving from telling the backstory to what is going on currently.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Mysteries come in all shapes and forms. So many, in fact, that it is often hard to decide if they are actually mysteries or something else entirely—crime novels, romantic suspense, or whatever. Is there a puzzle or a mystery? Is it solved? And what if the protagonist is not the sleuth? That’s the case here as Meg Rhyland, successful Nantucket potter, hires a private eye to investigate a man who says he’s her long lost brother—who is claiming half of her recent inheritance. Meg doesn’t need this Mysteries come in all shapes and forms. So many, in fact, that it is often hard to decide if they are actually mysteries or something else entirely—crime novels, romantic suspense, or whatever. Is there a puzzle or a mystery? Is it solved? And what if the protagonist is not the sleuth? That’s the case here as Meg Rhyland, successful Nantucket potter, hires a private eye to investigate a man who says he’s her long lost brother—who is claiming half of her recent inheritance. Meg doesn’t need this grief; she is opening a new store and her partner Kit is fast becoming an alcoholic. Add to that the fact that Meg wants to get a private eyeful of her detective, Susan Marks. But let’s start at the beginning, where Young consumes much of the first 25 pages or so in backstory. It is good, compelling backstory, although it seems to take place all at once—giving us an interesting glimpse into Meg’s childhood and the history of her meeting Kit. There is nothing wrong with this set up, per se, but after all the history, things seem to go south fast. Young is about as heavy-handed a writer as you will find. Instead of subtly introducing us to Kit’s reliance on scotch over a period of time, she hits us over the head with it again and again. Kit’s got a glass of scotch in her hand almost every time we see her after page 50 or so. And of course when Meg cautions her about it, Kit flies off the handle. And we never find out what causes Kit’s sudden alcoholism. As Mr. Knightley might say to Emma, “very poorly done.” Her treatment of men is no better. The long-lost brother, Michael Gregory, could hardly be portrayed as more of an ogre. From his portly, disreputable appearance to his attitude, he is described much like a villain in an early Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys book. Such as, “Michael Gregory stood in the living room doorway, a callous sneer plastered across his unshaven face.” He also has “a snide laugh” and other disturbing characteristics. All the other men in the book fare just as badly. I’m as much aware of the “evil that men do” as anyone, but this kind of writing is unacceptable. And speaking of Nancy Drew and her penchant for discovering secret hiding paces, Meg finds an important clue behind a hidden bookcase in her grandfather’s study. And Susan just happens to have a hidden hiding place of her own in a cave, a la Hardy Boys. The plot itself has a bit of excitement, but it also has holes galore. Here’s one. A criminal locks Meg and her friend Hollis up on her yacht while he rows to shore on a raft to pick up his friends. Meg easily escapes the locked room, but instead of just cruising out of danger, the two women risk their lives by swimming to shore. The prose and copyediting of Family Secrets are professional, the backstories good, and the fact that Meg is an artist—one of the only protagonists in the lesbian mystery genre that is—give the book some panache. There are also some nice sparks between Meg and Susan, who gets her own point of view chapters late in the book. But these minor plusses do little to make up for the major gaffes and plot holes. Give it not much higher than a 2. Note: This review is included in my book The Art of the Lesbian Mystery Novel, along with information on over 930 other lesbian mysteries by over 310 authors.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ulla

  4. 5 out of 5

    Julie

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

  7. 4 out of 5

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  8. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Bowman

  9. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Hyatt

  10. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

  11. 5 out of 5

    Toni

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ximena Barrera

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pepper

  16. 4 out of 5

    Guerunche

  17. 4 out of 5

    LGBT-Centre Manchester

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gay City LGBTQ Library

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jules

  21. 5 out of 5

    C

  22. 4 out of 5

    Corinne Guest

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nka300

  24. 5 out of 5

    F Campbell

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kaylynn Wiltshire

  27. 4 out of 5

    Doreen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zoran

  29. 4 out of 5

    Eva Reddy

  30. 4 out of 5

    KING STINKY

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