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Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O'Connells disappearance? NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you The Family Secret, an O’Connell family novel, when a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connell Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O'Connells disappearance? NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you The Family Secret, an O’Connell family novel, when a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connells down as well. Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’s life—from the day she met him, to the day a year later when she married him, to the tragic night before she never saw him again. Some would say they had the perfect all-American life. Now, eighteen years later, questions arise about the night her husband disappeared, leaving a bloody knife and a letter addressed to her, in which he said goodbye and told her not to look for him, with not even a second thought for her and their six children. The scandal when Raymond left rocked the community, fueling widespread rumors, from him running away with his mistress to him being dead. But through it all, Iris kept her head down, keeping the secret of what really happened. Although her children often wondered, and her eldest thought he was protecting her from something heinous when she asked him to get rid of the knife, what they didn’t know was that their father wasn’t who they thought he was. Making sure his secret didn’t come out was the only way to keep her family together. Now, Iris can no longer keep her life with Raymond O’Connell buried, because her adult children are asking questions. The only thing she can think to do to protect herself and them is to enlist the help of a lawyer, her daughter’s husband, fearing that once the truth starts to surface, it could change everything about their lives. The secret of their father, which Iris has hidden for so long now, has the potential to destroy everything the O’Connells have built for themselves, and once the truth of who Raymond O’Connell really was comes out, it will put a target on all of them, and their lives in peaceful Livingston, Montana, will never be the same.


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Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O'Connells disappearance? NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you The Family Secret, an O’Connell family novel, when a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connell Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O'Connells disappearance? NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you The Family Secret, an O’Connell family novel, when a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connells down as well. Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’s life—from the day she met him, to the day a year later when she married him, to the tragic night before she never saw him again. Some would say they had the perfect all-American life. Now, eighteen years later, questions arise about the night her husband disappeared, leaving a bloody knife and a letter addressed to her, in which he said goodbye and told her not to look for him, with not even a second thought for her and their six children. The scandal when Raymond left rocked the community, fueling widespread rumors, from him running away with his mistress to him being dead. But through it all, Iris kept her head down, keeping the secret of what really happened. Although her children often wondered, and her eldest thought he was protecting her from something heinous when she asked him to get rid of the knife, what they didn’t know was that their father wasn’t who they thought he was. Making sure his secret didn’t come out was the only way to keep her family together. Now, Iris can no longer keep her life with Raymond O’Connell buried, because her adult children are asking questions. The only thing she can think to do to protect herself and them is to enlist the help of a lawyer, her daughter’s husband, fearing that once the truth starts to surface, it could change everything about their lives. The secret of their father, which Iris has hidden for so long now, has the potential to destroy everything the O’Connells have built for themselves, and once the truth of who Raymond O’Connell really was comes out, it will put a target on all of them, and their lives in peaceful Livingston, Montana, will never be the same.

30 review for The Family Secret

  1. 4 out of 5

    Helen Lewis

    Author Lorhainne Eckhart has created an exciting addition to the O'Connells' Family series. Marcus O'Connell threatens a sitting judge with exposure if he dies not repeal sentences he assigned to a group of teenagers. A body found at the edge of town reopens old speculation about the disappearance of Raymond O'Connell and possible cover-up by Sheriff Marcus O'Connell. Marcus is stripped of his badge and his mother is arrested for murder. Speculation is put to rest from an unexpected source. Their Author Lorhainne Eckhart has created an exciting addition to the O'Connells' Family series. Marcus O'Connell threatens a sitting judge with exposure if he dies not repeal sentences he assigned to a group of teenagers. A body found at the edge of town reopens old speculation about the disappearance of Raymond O'Connell and possible cover-up by Sheriff Marcus O'Connell. Marcus is stripped of his badge and his mother is arrested for murder. Speculation is put to rest from an unexpected source. Their lives may never be the same.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    Fascinating story and series! When the skeleton of a man is found on a local man’s property, the district attorney targets the O’Connell family. Raymond O’Connell, father of the six O’Connell siblings, went missing eighteen years ago and now the district attorney hopes to prove that this is the missing Raymond. Gossip has thrived for years about the family and their struggles to survive without their father. Their mother, Iris, is keeping a secret about Raymond and it is time the family learns a Fascinating story and series! When the skeleton of a man is found on a local man’s property, the district attorney targets the O’Connell family. Raymond O’Connell, father of the six O’Connell siblings, went missing eighteen years ago and now the district attorney hopes to prove that this is the missing Raymond. Gossip has thrived for years about the family and their struggles to survive without their father. Their mother, Iris, is keeping a secret about Raymond and it is time the family learns about a letter that Raymond left. Although her daughter Karen is a lawyer, Iris seeks out Karen’s husband and partner, Jack. Karen’s family is now his family and he will do all that is necessary to protect them. I would not suggest this as a standalone read as you would be missing so much of the richness of the other stories as well as the characters that are involved in solving the mystery of the missing father. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation from the author. (by paytonpuppy)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Catlou

    The O’Connell family saga has been filled with a lot of drama, strong emotions, some heartbreaking, more heartwarming, plenty of passion, and a big family secret that causes quite a bit of angst and intrigue. Just as with the rest, this is a tale that is sure to keep you riveted from start to finish. It has twists upon twists, and as the plot thickens, you’ll find the mystery only deepens. Things are certainly not as they seem nor as you might expect. There’s more going on to cause problems for The O’Connell family saga has been filled with a lot of drama, strong emotions, some heartbreaking, more heartwarming, plenty of passion, and a big family secret that causes quite a bit of angst and intrigue. Just as with the rest, this is a tale that is sure to keep you riveted from start to finish. It has twists upon twists, and as the plot thickens, you’ll find the mystery only deepens. Things are certainly not as they seem nor as you might expect. There’s more going on to cause problems for the O’Connells than just the secret of what happened to Raymond O’Connell all those many years ago. The family’s secret has secrets that only time will tell if we’ll ever know all the answers. You will find some surprising answers in this story, but fair warning, there’s also some more questions. You don’t want to miss this fast-paced, gripping read that will grab you at the beginning, and keep you enthralled until the end.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    This was a very explosive and heartwrenching story. A body is found and the DA is out for blood. As long as it's O'Connell blood, he doesn't much care whose. Who will be accused of the murder? Who was murdered? What does this have to do with their long lost father? This story just keeps getting better and better. Will this poor family ever find peace? I will keep reading to see because you just can't stop rooting for them. Ms. Eckhart is a master at family dramas. And who doesn't want to read a This was a very explosive and heartwrenching story. A body is found and the DA is out for blood. As long as it's O'Connell blood, he doesn't much care whose. Who will be accused of the murder? Who was murdered? What does this have to do with their long lost father? This story just keeps getting better and better. Will this poor family ever find peace? I will keep reading to see because you just can't stop rooting for them. Ms. Eckhart is a master at family dramas. And who doesn't want to read a master at work? Excellent job! I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robin Lee

    When a long-buried body turns up in a wooded property, talk immediately begins again regarding the disappearance of Raymond O’Connell. Adding into the mix is that one of the people awaiting sentencing for murder of the young man at the high school alludes to having seen Marcus bury a knife the night Raymond disappeared. With no evidence, Marcus is suspended from duty and his mother is accused of murder even before the body is identified. There is so much going on in this book and there are more When a long-buried body turns up in a wooded property, talk immediately begins again regarding the disappearance of Raymond O’Connell. Adding into the mix is that one of the people awaiting sentencing for murder of the young man at the high school alludes to having seen Marcus bury a knife the night Raymond disappeared. With no evidence, Marcus is suspended from duty and his mother is accused of murder even before the body is identified. There is so much going on in this book and there are more revelations about the night Raymond disappeared. You won’t want to miss this one!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Merry Jelks-Emmanuel

    Iris past is about to come back and haunt her. The man she married was not who she thought he was. One night when she discovered two men in is office and they did not look too friendly her husband ordered her back upstairs to bed but when she woke up she was in his office with a bloodied knife and a missing husband. Covering up the evidence and getting her oldest son involved only made matters worse and now everything is coming back to where it all began when a dog digs up a body. Will Iris be v Iris past is about to come back and haunt her. The man she married was not who she thought he was. One night when she discovered two men in is office and they did not look too friendly her husband ordered her back upstairs to bed but when she woke up she was in his office with a bloodied knife and a missing husband. Covering up the evidence and getting her oldest son involved only made matters worse and now everything is coming back to where it all began when a dog digs up a body. Will Iris be vindicated and can she move on with her life after everything comes out in the open. I voluntarily agreed to receive an ARC of this book for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cathy Shea

    Enjoyed the read This was Iris and Ray love story. All these years later their love was still strong. Their secrets of the night he left still effected all the family. The story had many twists and turns which kept you wanting to continue reading it also had a true ending that didn’t leave you hanging as previous books in this series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Linda Zelinsky

    This has to be the best book in the series. Lorhainne really out did herself in this next chapter of the O’Connell family. The story kept you filled with several emotions throughout this mystery. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Jordens

    Wow what drama, what tension, what suspense. Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O’Connells disappearance? What part did Iris play? All is revealed in this well written, intriguing and entertaining story which I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Wow. So many things happening in this story of the O'Connell family. A warrant. A damaged home. An arrest. A night in the cells. No more a sheriff. A bulldog of a lawyer. More secrets. And a man who doesn't exist. Whew. What a great read. Wow. So many things happening in this story of the O'Connell family. A warrant. A damaged home. An arrest. A night in the cells. No more a sheriff. A bulldog of a lawyer. More secrets. And a man who doesn't exist. Whew. What a great read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    The saga continues with lots of twists and turns. Couldn’t put the book down. Excited to see what happens next...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Read in e-pub format on my Nook.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tarsha Woods

    Eckhart provides the meaning of how far a mother will go to protect her family. Regrets of what could have been done differently hunts the family and the community each of the six have worked to clear their families name of past rumors breaks down their mothers front door. Larking in the shadows is the man who walked away to keep his family safe.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lee Simpson

    This was a very intense story, that made it hard for me to put it down. Eighteen years ago the O'Connell siblings lost their father. They were told by their mother that he up and left and was never coming back. There was a lot of mystery about the night he left and a lot of rumors around town about what really happened. In this story everything comes together and we find out what really happened that night eighteen years ago. This was a very intense story, that made it hard for me to put it down. Eighteen years ago the O'Connell siblings lost their father. They were told by their mother that he up and left and was never coming back. There was a lot of mystery about the night he left and a lot of rumors around town about what really happened. In this story everything comes together and we find out what really happened that night eighteen years ago.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracey Tranter

    Another great read from Ms Eckhart Just like the other books in this series, this story is sure to keep you riveted from start to finish. It has twists upon twists, and as the plot thickens, you’ll find the mystery only deepens. Things are certainly not as they seem nor as you might exp You don’t want to miss this fast-paced, gripping read that will grab you at the beginning, and keep you enthralled until the end. I was given an advanced copy of this book. I voluntarily write this honest review!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    What crazy twist and turns in this chapter in the O'CONNELL world Wow what crazy twist and turns. I can't believe they arrested Marcus mom for murder. I never saw what happened that got her charges dropped either. Boy does this family have secrets. Plus Ray showing up in the back yard. Crazy I can't wait to start the next book. What crazy twist and turns in this chapter in the O'CONNELL world Wow what crazy twist and turns. I can't believe they arrested Marcus mom for murder. I never saw what happened that got her charges dropped either. Boy does this family have secrets. Plus Ray showing up in the back yard. Crazy I can't wait to start the next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Dian Griffin

    Love this series! The O'Connell's are a family of six children, their families and their mother, Iris. The father disappeared eighteen years ago without saying goodbye and now a body has been dug up by a dog... This is very on the edge of your seat reading to see what happens next. Iris is arrested for the murder of her husband, but is he dead??? If you like suspense, this is a must read. I do recommend that you start at the beginning of the series if you haven't already read them. Love this series! The O'Connell's are a family of six children, their families and their mother, Iris. The father disappeared eighteen years ago without saying goodbye and now a body has been dug up by a dog... This is very on the edge of your seat reading to see what happens next. Iris is arrested for the murder of her husband, but is he dead??? If you like suspense, this is a must read. I do recommend that you start at the beginning of the series if you haven't already read them.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    This has been a incredible series, and I am so glad that I found this author. I love her books, she has such a special talent of drawing you into the books. Each book pulls you in farther, and you can't wait to see where she will take the storyline next. I definitely would recommend this book to everyone. I received a ARC but was under no obligation to leave a favorable review, all opinions expressed here are my own. This has been a incredible series, and I am so glad that I found this author. I love her books, she has such a special talent of drawing you into the books. Each book pulls you in farther, and you can't wait to see where she will take the storyline next. I definitely would recommend this book to everyone. I received a ARC but was under no obligation to leave a favorable review, all opinions expressed here are my own.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebmay

    This book is one you will not be able to put down. The twists and turns this O’Connell story takes as family secrets are exposed bare witness to the mastery of this author. When a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connells down as well. The family gathers together to create a defence, then several secrets from the night their patriarch disappeared come This book is one you will not be able to put down. The twists and turns this O’Connell story takes as family secrets are exposed bare witness to the mastery of this author. When a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence and a chance for revenge lead to one family members’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connells down as well. The family gathers together to create a defence, then several secrets from the night their patriarch disappeared come to light, seeming to make a case for murder. Just as everyone seems to be turning on this family or stalking them for more information, an unexpected defence is launched that leads to a dismissal of all charges. The O’Connells struggle to regroup and recover, but they all realize that not all the secrets have come to light, and many more questions have yet to be answered. What will happen next for the O'Connells? I have come to love the O’Connell family....their unconditional love and support of each other and the way the siblings are determined to protect their mother. They are all fascinating and vivid characters that one can’t fail to like. I need to know more about all of them and their life adventures. They have become somewhat addictive. I received an ARC of this book and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Cruz

    This masterful storyteller does it again - she grabs your attention from the first page to the last, leaving you wanting, and in between creating a story with more questions and answers that have you wanting to tell her you need book 10 YESTERDAY!! We are back with the O’Connell siblings and the mystery of the how, why, and where about their father’s disappearance . A disappearance that turned their lives upside down 18 years ago and when things were almost settling, a body if found . Iris , the This masterful storyteller does it again - she grabs your attention from the first page to the last, leaving you wanting, and in between creating a story with more questions and answers that have you wanting to tell her you need book 10 YESTERDAY!! We are back with the O’Connell siblings and the mystery of the how, why, and where about their father’s disappearance . A disappearance that turned their lives upside down 18 years ago and when things were almost settling, a body if found . Iris , the mother , is arrested for the crime. But what is the real story? Does Raymond really exist? Is he in town? Meanwhile, Jack, lawyer and son-in-law of Iris, will do anything for his wife and the family that has become his. Even with the possibility that his life will change when favors he got to help Iris out, will have to be paid back. Be ready for a rollercoaster ride where when you think you are ready to get off, it starts all over again. Another engaging story in this series that keeps on getting better with each book. I was entrusted a copy of this book. The opinions expressed are solely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carmela Dimattia

    This book was truly another amazing read by Lorhainne Eckhart. It is filled with drama and suspense and family secrets that will make your head spin. The love and affection that this family has for each other is what inspires you to read these books. The past comes back to haunt them all when a body is found and is suspected of being that of Ray O’Connell, the father and patriarch of the family who disappeared many years before. My heart broke for them all as Iris, their mother, was arrested for This book was truly another amazing read by Lorhainne Eckhart. It is filled with drama and suspense and family secrets that will make your head spin. The love and affection that this family has for each other is what inspires you to read these books. The past comes back to haunt them all when a body is found and is suspected of being that of Ray O’Connell, the father and patriarch of the family who disappeared many years before. My heart broke for them all as Iris, their mother, was arrested for Ray’s supposed murder. Ray’s return, and him clearing Iris of his murder, was not what I thought would happen. Quite a few twists and turns in this book and I can only hope that we find out more about this drama in the next book because this story is far from over. Worthy of the 5 stars but this whole series in my opinion is worth 10 stars. This book will blow you away. I received an book copy and am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reddell

    This week I take you into the secrets of the O'Connells. A family who loyalty knows no bounds. Yet, that loyalty is about to be tested to the limits. The dead never stay buried for long -- secrets or bodies, and the O'Connells are about to discover both. Find my review on The Family Secret by Lorhainne Eckhart on this week's blog review. https://rebeccaswriteinspirations.blo... Thanks to Author Lorhainne Eckhart and Reedsy Discovery for the chance to read an ARC copy and provide an honest review. This week I take you into the secrets of the O'Connells. A family who loyalty knows no bounds. Yet, that loyalty is about to be tested to the limits. The dead never stay buried for long -- secrets or bodies, and the O'Connells are about to discover both. Find my review on The Family Secret by Lorhainne Eckhart on this week's blog review. https://rebeccaswriteinspirations.blo... Thanks to Author Lorhainne Eckhart and Reedsy Discovery for the chance to read an ARC copy and provide an honest review. :)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne Loidolt

    Tense and suspenseful wrapped around a good story This was the most complete book of the O’Connell’s family story. It developed, broadened characters and relied heavily on the family loyalties. The books before were interlude portraits of individual family members that enlarged the details of the family unit but did not stand on their own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Leah Hines

    An intriguing family saga that is full of twists. While it can be read as a standalone, I felt like I was missing out on a lot by not having read the previous books. I was however sucked into the story and by the end completely invested in the characters. I will be going back and reading the series. I am excited for the next book and seeing how things play out.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Mary Young

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought the storyline was very predictable and rushed. It started off a little choppy for me, and then, boom, mom is arrested, and then, the charges are dropped the next day, and basically, the story ends. Very boring.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gary R. Kuske

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Lorraine Tyler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Juliet C. Grzywinski

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gloria Wishart

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