ARC Review, Mystery, Thriller

The Nature of Secrets (Finley O’Sullivan Book 2) by Debra Web

Legal investigator Finley O’Sullivan has had a difficult year in the wake of her husband’s murder. But in her line of work, there’s no time to grieve. Her job is to protect the firm’s clients and defend their innocence through grueling investigative work.

Ellen Winthrop is a force to be reckoned with in the financial world. In a male-dominated industry, she shattered the glass ceiling by empowering and promoting women. But now her husband is dead, killed in the Winthrop family home—and she stands accused of his murder.

Finley, as the investigator at the firm Ellen Winthrop hired to defend her, has a clear objective: prove that Ellen didn’t do it. But the deeper Finley digs into the Winthrops’ marriage, the more she starts to doubt Ellen’s story. The uncomfortable truth is that Ellen Winthrop may in fact have killed her husband.

This was not what I was thinking or hoping it would be. Not saying it was a bad story, the author did a good job paralleling the stories of the client and the main character. The pacing was okay. It might have been a little slow in some areas, but it worked for this story.

The main character is Finley O’Sullivan, a legal investigator. As a reader, I did not connect with this character as much as I wanted to. I felt she was a little flat and could have developed a little more. This maybe because this is going to be a trilogy, or a series and the author plans on developing more throughout. What I did like was reading how Finley talked out loud to herself and her employer about the research she found and how it could fit within the client’s case.

The rest of the cast members were okay. Each one held their own and helped move both plots forward. This is where reading book one would have come in handy, as there were some crossing-over to this one and I could not connect with the reactions, because they meant little to me as a reader.

The story was interesting enough to hold my attention. But I feel like it needed some clarification on which plot was the main and which was the sub. This is book two, but it can be read as a standalone. I have not read book one but will go back because there are some twists that might have made sense if I had read it.

If you like crime, thriller, mystery, and suspense, I recommend reading this.

*I received an ARC from NetGalley, and this is my honest opinion.

I give this book a 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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