Author(s): Debra Webb
Series: The Undertaker's Daughter #1
Also in this series: The Undertaker's Daughter (The Undertaker's Daughter #0.5), The Lies We Tell , The Darkness We Hide
Published by Pink House Press on April 30, 2019
Genre(s): Thriller, Mystery
Nothing stays buried forever…
Doctor Rowan Dupont knows death. She grew up surrounded by it in her family’s Victorian funeral home, and it’s haunted her since the day her twin sister drowned years ago. Between her mother’s subsequent suicide and the recent murder of her father, coming home to run the funeral home feels fitting—even if it leaves her vulnerable to an obsessive serial killer.
Rowan refuses to let fear keep her from honoring her family. But the more time she spends back in Winchester, Tennessee, the more she finds herself questioning what really happened that fateful summer. Had her sister’s death truly been an accident? And what pushed their mother to take her own life? The dark lake surrounding Rowan’s hometown holds as many secrets as the bodies that float in its chilling depths. But Rowan is running out of time if she’s going to uncover the truth before somebody sinks her for good.
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The Secrets We Bury is the second book in The Undertaker’s Daughter series and it picks up from where the prequel left off. At the end of The Undertaker’s Daughter, Dr. Rowan Dupont is reeling from a tragedy that struck close to home. She began questioning her abilities as a criminal psychiatrist for the Metro Special Crime Unit. She returned home to Winchester to take over the operations of the funeral home, which has been in her family for over a hundred years. This change was to help her gain perspective in relation to the recent tragedy and also to obtain answers regarding her tragic past. However, she would find herself embroiled in not one but two murder investigations and as a result danger stalked her at every turn. Do these events have any connection to the serial killer stalking her or were they separate?
The Secrets We Bury had a lot, going on. I can’t go into much details without giving away spoilers, but one thing was certain the story was gripping, intense and suspenseful. The events in this installment had Rowan questioning if the tragic events from her past happened the way she believed it did or was there something more sinister involved.
The author provided readers with additional details into the life and the mind of the serial killer. His obsession with Rowan went deeper than one could imagine. The introduction of new characters helped to stir things up and made for some interesting moments. The story moved at a solid pace and there was never a dull moment. The author tied up the main thread for this installment, but the author left the overall arc for the series hanging as the serial killer is still on the loose.
Readers who enjoy psychological suspense and fans of Debra Webb may want to grab a copy of The Secrets We Bury.