Jul 19, 2019

Her Father's Secret by Sara Blaedel Review

Her Father's Secret
Family Secrets #2
By Sara Blaedel
Release Date: March 5th, 2019
Grand Central Publishing
Source: ARC provided by the publisher

A woman’s murder is only the beginning as a daughter races to unravel the maze of secrets her father left behind–before she becomes the next victim–in the latest emotionally gripping novel from Sara Blaedel, #1 internationally bestselling author with over 3 million copies sold worldwide.

After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her father–who she hadn’t heard from in decades–Ilka Jensen has impulsively abandoned her quiet life in Denmark to visit the small town in rural Wisconsin where her father lived. There, she’s devastated to discover her father’s second family: a stepmother and two half-sisters she never knew existed. And who aren’t the least bit welcoming, despite Ilka’s efforts to reach out.

Then a local woman is killed, seemingly the unfortunate victim of a home invasion turned violent. But when Ilka learns that the woman knew her father, it becomes increasingly clear that she may not have been a completely random victim after all.
The more Ilka digs into her father’s past, the more deeply entangled she becomes in a family drama that has spanned decades and claimed more than one life–and she may be the next victim…

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review*

To begin with, I haven't read the first book in this series, but other than a little bit of confusion to start with, it did not affect my enjoyment of this book, but I'm sure it would be much easier to start the series from the beginning. 

If you have never read a book by a Danish author, then you may feel like the writing is cold or detached, but that is far from true, I personally find it enjoyable as it's refreshing and direct, but then again I also listen to a lot of podcasts about Scandinavia. 

But on to the story; when Ilka Jensen estranged father died it came as a shock to her, but she gave up her life in Denmark and flew to America to take over the funeral home that she inherited...but what she didn't expect was meeting her a stepmother and 2 half-sisters that she never knew had existed, or the nasty reception that she gets from them. But Ilka perseveres and tackles running her father's funeral home. But nothing is how it seems, and now Ilka life is in danger!  

I was really impressed with Her Father's Secret, especially as Sara Blaedel is a new author to me. But I truly enjoyed everything, from the writing to the plot and the characters, it's certainly an edge of your seat kind of a book, this is defiantly a series that I want to finish! 

I give Her Father's Secret 5 stars

Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-eight countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award. She lives in New York City.

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