Friday, June 14, 2019

The House of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas

The House of Secrets

Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.
As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, Sarah finds herself caught in a struggle between the living and the dead.
Unsure who she can trust, Sarah must solve the mystery of the soul determined to haunt her, and save Dr Geisler and herself from an unknown threat.
This book was previously published as WEEPING IN THE WINGS

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The House of Secrets is 99p throughout June as part of the June Kindle Monthly deal.   The Spirit of Grace, book 1 in the series is also .99 throughout June. 

Although this is not the first book in the series, I read it easily as a stand alone.
We begin as Sarah hears the verdict in a trial in which she is a victim and a witness but the public reacts as if she is the most horrible and hated person on earth.
Sarah is looking for asylum and a place to heal and start over. Before this trial she had a head injury. Since then she has been having what could be hallucinations, or could it be more?
Her plight takes her to a hospital for veterans with head injuries and mental trauma. The doctor there is studying their treatment as well as occult studies. He believes his deceased sister has been unable to move on.

I found the book to be fascinating and exciting. It has a Gothic feel with some romantic themes. Sarah's boyfriend, Zeke, is involved in secret government work. 
The doctor's childhood friend has recently arrived to the hospital, with consequences to his marriage. Murder and misdirection run rampant.
I enjoyed the pace and tone of this author. The events seem plausible.
I also enjoyed the friendship and support of Sarah's friend, Cynthia, an ambitious reporter.

I will be going back to read the previous books and am eager to learn what happens next in this series.

Author Bio –
Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.
Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.
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