The Family Secret #BookReview #BlogTour

Written by Terry Lynn Thomas


150 hrt


The Family Secret




Will she find the truth?

England, 1940

After a sudden unexplained disappearance, Thomas Charles comes back into Cat Carlisle’s life with the suggestion she leave London – and the threat of bombs – to move to back her childhood village in Cumberland.

Back in her hometown Cat discovers her childhood friend, Beth Hargreaves, is suspected of murder. As Cat tries to prove Beth’s innocence, she discovers a scheme of deception that affects the whole village.

Can she uncover the family truths behind the murder and expose the enemy hiding in plain sight?




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Good, Interesting Mystery!  4 stars


A very interesting domestic mystery, set during WWII – and one I enjoyed getting my teeth into!

Thomas Charles turns up once more in the life of Cat Carlisle; with German bombs dropping nightly on the capital, he offers a move to Cumberland – in the village Cat was raised. When she arrives, Cat quickly gets re-acquainted with her childhood friend, Beth, who seems to be suspected of having a hand in a recent murder. Not without experience in such things, Cat vows to do all she can to help.

This is the second in series; I did not read the first but throughout this book there is enough information to fill in events then, but without continually harping back. This is a complete mystery with several strands to follow, and makes for a good read. There are few war details, but events are connected to that conflict; the British spirit shines through, however, with village life continuing as near to normal as it can.

A well-plotted novel with each separate story intertwined with the others, there are enough ups and downs to easily keep the readers attention and by the final page every problem is answered, but I suspect we haven’t seen the last of this duo. I shall look forward to another instalment in the lives of Cat Carlisle and Thomas Charles with great anticipation!

My thanks to publisher HQ Digital for my copy via NetGalley. As always, this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: mystery, WWII
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audio
  • Size: 241 pages
  • Publisher: HQ Digital
  • Publication Date: 1 March 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Meet the Author


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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 has 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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