Monday, 22 January 2018

Review: Buried Truth (Siren Cove #1) by Jannine Gallant

isit Siren Cove, Oregon, for gorgeous beaches, miles of hiking, delightful small-town shops--and a dark side none of its residents could have possibly imagined . . .

Leah Grayson has lived in Siren Cove all her life. It's where she buried a time capsule with her fifth-grade class. Where she spent an unforgettable night on the beach with her first love. Where she married then divorced her rotten ex.

But there's something ugly going on in her pretty little town. When Leah organizes a reunion for her fifth-grade classmates to open their time capsule, they discover a roll of film no one remembers saving. Afterward, strange incidents begin happening. Warnings. Accidents. Random acts of vandalism.

Luckily, her first love is back in town, too. Ryan Alexander has made it big with a wildly popular social media startup, but he's still the same sweet, cynical man she fell for all those years ago. And the chemistry they felt as teenagers is as strong as ever.

A nostalgic fling turns deadly when someone is convinced Leah has the key to secrets long buried. With no way to know whom they can trust, Leah and Ryan will have to seek out the answers themselves . . .

Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by Lyrical Press, Inc

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!

I have read quite a bit of Gallant's work so I did not hesitate to try this story.  It delivered exactly as expectations would of a romantic suspense.  A little heavier on the romance and a little lighter on the suspense.

I liked how the reader is pretty much given the short list of who the possible "bad guys" are and tries to decipher it from there.  While the amount of close calls and near death experiences Leah experienced could be described as far fetched, I was still along for the ride.

It is evident in Gallants work that she is a huge fan of nature and the outdoors as a lot of this story takes place there.  It almost made me want to be a rock climber like Ryan, ok maybe not, but I will take the nice hiking trails minus the creepy stone.

I have two pieces of constructive criticism. 

The first is the reader reads about Leah's upturned lips a couple too many times.  I don't know why but every time it came up I visualized her lips bigger and bigger until they were the fish lips that are all over social media.

The second one may just be me.  I had a hard time reconciling Leah the character with her description.  I was stuck on the fact that she had hair to her butt.  I can't say I know or have known anyone with hair that long at that age demographic.  I am laughing at how petty it is but it really bothered me.  So this one is my issue.

Overall, I would tell readers to set your expectations.  This story is a romantic suspense and therefore is a little on the lighter side than say a thriller novel would be.  If you go in knowing what to expect, you will have a good time with this story.

About the Author

Write what you know. I've taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. I grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently live in beautiful Lake Tahoe with my husband and two daughters. When I'm not busy writing, I hike or snowshoe in the woods around my home. Whether I'm writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, I bring the beauty of nature to my stories.

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