The Secret Hour Author:Luanne Rice One of America's most mesmerizing storytellers, Luanne Rice enthralls readers with her moving tales of ordinary people in crisis -- and how they are transformed by the enduring power of love and family. Now the author of Safe Harbor, True Blue, and other New York Times bestsellers presents the gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a w... more »oman searching for her sister -- and the promise of a new life where both least expected it...
Beneath his careful and controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Rourke is a man whose life is in turmoil. Since the death of his wife, he has been juggling the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demands of raising two children. Eleven-year-old Maggie's crooked bangs and rumpled clothes eloquently reproach John's earnest but haphazard attempts at mothering. Teddy, John's stalwart fourteen-year-old, has quietly assumed responsibilities far too weighty for his young shoulders, as he longs for the way things used to be and tries to ignore the hostility that has swirled around his family since his father took on the defense of a killer whose crimes have rocked Connecticut.
A brick through the window one autumn morning signals a dangerous new level of hatred. But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household on the brink of chaos but brimming with love -- and, she hopes, answers.
Kate Harris is searching for the key to her own mystery. Six months ago her younger sister fled far from their beloved home following a devastating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Willa Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate takes a leave of absence from her job as a marine biologist to come to the seaside Willa adored -- and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.
Compelling and evocative, at once suspenseful, heartbreaking, and triumphant, The Secret Hour is an unforgettable novel that explores the power of sisterly love, the gift of second chances -- and the way magic can sometimes be the most real thing in the whole world.« less
Really excellently read book, read by Linda Emond. I believe her voice "MADE" this selection a great one to listen to. Ppl have written in how much they enjoy Luanne Rice. This may not have been a fair representation of her work, for I'd not gotten the idea that her work was more 'frightening', but when writing about a serial killer, then, yes, this would fit in there. My mistake, for I would surmise I'd expected a bit more of a romantic novel. I'll research better next time, and find a book that rates a good 4 1/2 or above, written by Luanne Rice, beloved author to many.
The story, pacing, characters were well done. Best of course to me, was the 'reading' by this Linda Emond. I really appreciated her voice/changes and handling of the dialog.
Luanne did a good job, just not my cup-of-tea type of story/book. My fault. AND I DO read these kinds of books, from time to time (serial, horror, scary, bloody). Others who love that stuff won't agree that it was very much beyond a "cozy", I suppose. LOL.
I did not like the way this book started out so I did not finish reading it. The book has to grab me from the beginning and I did not like the way this one was going. Everyone is different about their books and this one was just not what I thought it would be.
My current favorite author, reading everything I can find that she's written! This was a great suspense and romance, though the story is somewhat disturbing because of the serial killer element. Love the way this author gets inside the minds of all of her characters and does such a masterful job of describing their thoughts and feelings!