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The Secret Hour
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 »
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ISBN-13: 9780553584011
ISBN-10: 0553584014
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 395
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.

3.7 stars, based on 252 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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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: 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: 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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MananaG avatar reviewed The Secret Hour on + 26 more book reviews
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!
my2luvsemmyandmally avatar reviewed The Secret Hour on + 758 more book reviews
Enjoyed this book! One of her best.
badgerbooks avatar reviewed The Secret Hour on + 6 more book reviews
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
emeraldfire avatar reviewed The Secret Hour on
Beneath his calm and controlled demeanor, attorney John O'Rourke is a man whose life is in turmoil. Since his wife's death, 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 that are far too weighty for his young shoulders, as he longs for the way things used to be and studiously tries to ignore the hostility that swirls around his family since his father took on the defense of a killer whose crimes have rocked Connecticut.

A brick thrown 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.

I found that this book was just alright with me - not my favorite book, but quite well-written in my opinion. There were the usual dramatic plot twists throughout the story, with a few eyebrow-raising coincidences along the way. It was still a very nice reading experience for me. The mystery was not all that believable to me, but that may just mean that I have become an extremely hard-bitten reader of mysteries. I think that I definitely want to continue reading Luanne Rice, however, I give The Secret Hour an A!
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This book was a fun light read that held some suspense. I liked thee story up until the end which seemed hurried and a little to much. Overall it was a good read.
cajunqueen avatar reviewed The Secret Hour on + 25 more book reviews
Nice easy read. Good book.
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Very good book. First book read by Luanne Rice that had mystery. Surprise ending.
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This book was an entertaining read.


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