Book Reviews of The Secret Hour

The Secret Hour
The Secret Hour
Author: Luanne Rice
ISBN-13: 9780749934286
ISBN-10: 074993428X
Publication Date: 1/29/2004
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Piatkus Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
I think this was one of Luanne Rice's best books. It's definitely different from the others I've read, but in a good way.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.
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Helpful Score: 2
I enjoyed this book - It had more a of a story then I thought it would! a quick read for me!
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Helpful Score: 1
Another Luanne Rice great story. You will enjoy the hours you get to listen and rest or drive.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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excellent read!
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Love--loss---and the gift of a second chance. must read!
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Great Story!
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Good book, not as good as some of hers. Just took me awhile to get into the story
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Love, loss and the gift of second chances ... Beneath his controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Rourke is a man in turmoil. Since the death of his wife, he has juggled the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demands of raising two children. As 11-year-old Maggie and 14-year-old Teddy long for the past, they must also contend with the hostility that swirls around them since their father took on the defense of a despised killer -- including a brick through their window one autumn morning.

But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives ont he O'Rourke doorstep to find a household in chaos but brimming with love -- and she hopes, answers. Six months ago Kate Harris's younger sister fled from 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 comes to the seaside -- and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.
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Kate Harris's sister is missing...can lawyer John O'Rourke help her find out if her sister was murdered by one of his clients? I
would recommend this book.
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A good read.
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Since the death of his wife, John has been juggling the rigors of a controversial murder case & the demands of raising 2 kids. As 11 yr. old Maggie & 14 yr. old Teddy long for the past, they must also contend with the hostility that swirls around them since their Dad took on the defense of a despised killer - including a brick through their window one morning. But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives at John's door to find a household in chaos but brimming with love- and she hopes answers. 6 mons. ago Kate's younger sister fled from home following a devastating confrontation. After mailing a postcard from the New. Eng. shore, Willa has vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate comes to the seaside & discovers the one man who may be able to help her...
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I liked this intriguing story. Follow the leads of an attorney's case and watch as love gets mixed up into his work.
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Very good suspenseful story with a romance weaved into it! A quick read!
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John O'Rourke is a man 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 2 children. The children are also contending with the hostility that swirls around them since their father took on the defense of a despised killer--including a brick through their window.
Kate Harris arrives at the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household in chaos but brimming with love -- and she hopes, answers. Six months ago Kate's younger sister Willa vanished after mailing a single postcard from the New England shore. With only the postmark to go on, Kate came to the seaside--and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.......
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Liked the Book, good read
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This was a good read. The struggles that the main characters goes through was interesting. What John goes through as a lawyer, representing the bad guy and how it affects his children. Kate looking for her missing sister. It had good suspense, especially at the end. I wanted to get through the book just so I could found out what happened.
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Holy Cow!!! My heart was pounding towards the end of this book! It reminds me of the suspense/tension of that old movie with Audrey Hepburn, "Wait Until Dark". Just amazing
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Enjoyed this book! One of her best.
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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!
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Another wonderful Luanne Rice mystery
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Surprised me! More than entertaining.
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Luann Price has done it again. I have enjoyed all of her books.
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Very good book. First book read by Luanne Rice that had mystery. Surprise ending.
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Wonderful book, full of mystery and romance!
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Since the death of his wife, John O'Rourke has been juggling a capital murder case and the demands of raising his two children. A woman arrives on his doorstep one morning to find the household in chaos - a brick had been thrown through the living room window. John assumes she is the babysitter reporting from the hiring agency.
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Loved this story!! A story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister - and the promise of a new life where both least expect it.
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A man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister, and the promise of a new life for all of them. Attorney John O'Rourke is defending a man who may have murdered Kate Harris' sister.
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Great book!!
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excellent ending
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great read!
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Awesome Book!
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Excellent book
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very good author loved the book
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Beneath his controlled demeanor, attorney Joh O"Rourke is a man 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. As eleven year old Maggies and fourteen year old Tedy long for the past, they must also contend with the hostility that swirls around them since their father took on the defense of a despised killer-including a brick through their window one autumn morning.
But a quieter event also took place that day. A woman arrives on the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household in chaos but brimming with love and she hopes answers. Six months ago when Kate Harris' sister fled from home following devastating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Willa Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate comes to the seaside and descovers the one man who may be able to help her......
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Thought that this was an Anne Rice book, it is not. Kind of a mystery and suspence book.
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Not recommended for young readers....
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Wonderful book, I love this author. I have read almost all her books. 1-5 I give it a 5
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excellent...lovely story....
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I loved this book. It really conveys the strong bond between sisters, forgiveness, and discovering love in unusual places.
Lori S, Raymond, NH
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A gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister - and the promise of a new life where both least expect it. As usual a very good read from Luanne Rice.
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I loved this book. I am an avid reader and found this book to be sad, funny and mesmorizing.
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Very good book. Subject matter somewhat gruesome. Very well written.
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Love, loss, and the gift of second chances.......
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This is the first Luanne Rice book, I've read. I couldn't put it down. If you like mystries and romance all rolled into one book, this is the book for you. It's a really good read.
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Very good book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it
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The gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for his sister - and the promise of a new life where both least expect it.
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Two lives shattered by wayward love are drawn together to find a killer in a small New England Town where veryone known your business except you.
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Beneath his controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Rourke is a man in turmoil. Since the death of his wife, he has been juggling the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demand of raising two children. As eleven-year-old Maggie and fourteen-year-old Teddy long for the past, they must also contend with the hostility that swirls around them since their father took on the defense of a despised killer - including a brick through their window one autumn morning.

But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household in chaos but brimming with love - and, she hopes, answers. Six months ago Kate Harris's younger sister fled from 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 comes to the seaside - and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.....
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Beneath his controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Roarke is a man in turmoil. Since the death of his wife, he haas been juggling the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demands of raising two childeren. As eleven year-old Maggie and fourteen year-old Teddy long for the past, they must contend with the hostility that swirls around them since their father took on the defense of a despised killer-including a brick through their window one morning.

But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household in chaos, but brimming with love-and she hopes answers. Six months ago Kate Harris's younger sister fled from home following a devistating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Willa Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate comes to the seaside-and discovers the one man who may be able to help her...

Luanne Rice is a favorite and this is one of her best. A who-done-it and romance keeps you glued to the pages.
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From the back cover "...the gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister -- and the promise of a new life where both least expect it."
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Good Book, Great ending
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Gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister and the promise of a new life when both least expect it. Good read.
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Beneath his careful and controlled demeanor, attorney John ORourke 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 Maggies crooked bangs and rumpled clothes eloquently reproach Johns earnest but haphazard attempts at mothering. Teddy, Johns 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 ORourke 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.
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The gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister--and the promse of a new life where both least expect it.
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Beneath his controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Rourke is a man 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. As eleven-year-old Maggie and fourteen-year-old Teddy long for the past, they must also contend with the hostility that swirls around them since their father took on the defense of a despised killer-including a brick through their window one autumn morning.

But a quieter even also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O'Rourke doorstep to find a household in chaos but brimming with love-and, she hopes, answers. Six months ago Kate Harris's younger sister fled from home following a devastating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Will Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate comes to the seaside-and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.
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A good enjoyable read.
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This is a good book!!!!!!!!!!!
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Beneath his controlled demeanor attorney. John o"Rourke is a man in turnoil. Since the death of his wife, he has been juggling the rigors of a controverial sapital murder case and the demands of raising two children. As eleven-year-old Maggie and fourteen-year-old Teddy long for the past, they must also contend with the hostility that swirls around themsince their father took on the defense os a despised killer--including a brick through their window one autumn morning.