Cathy Gohlke is fast becoming one of my very favorite authors. “Secrets She Kept” is the second book of hers that I’ve read. I absolutely could not put the book down. Hannah Sterling comes back home after her mother’s death because she is having problems that are disrupting her teaching career and life. She has questions about her mother and her mother’s attitude towards her. Her only living relative is her father’s sister, Aunt Livinia. Because she is getting no answers from her aunt, she decides to go through her old home to see if there is anything that would shed light on her mother’s life that would have made her a cold, insensitive woman. She finds empty envelopes postmarked from Germany right after the war. Her attorney delves into the mystery and finds that Hannah has a grandfather, her mother’s father, living in Berlin. She contacts him and he sends for her. What she finds in him and in his house raises questions. What she sees in his friends raises more questions. Along with her German driver, who is trying to help Hannah and keep her safe, she involves herself in an investigation to find out the truth. Be careful what you wish for…as the saying goes. You’ll have to read this wonderful novel to find out the “who, what and where” of Hannah’s search.
I received a print copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in return for my honest review.