book review

Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams

Thank you to Harlequin for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

*This is the first book I read this year and for some reason I have a week at the end of January where I didn’t post any of my blog tour reviews. I can’t remember at all what was going on back then that I didn’t post but here we are, almost three months later, and I’m finally getting to it.

Publication Date: December 1, 2021

Publisher: Harlequin

Pages: 224

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Rating: 5/5

This is one of the best Love Inspired Suspense books that I have read. I adore the Harlequin category romances and these fast paced mysteries are my favorite. And Abrams blew me away with what a compelling mystery she created that didn’t rely too heavily on the romance. In fact, for a Harlequin, the romance almost felt secondary to the story.

Buried Cold Case Secrets is about the traumatic kidnapping our heroine, Melanie, endured as a teenager. Melanie has lost her memories of the ordeal but the fact that she made it out while her best friend, who was kidnapped with her, has never been found but is believed to have died is something that she has never been able to get over. Because of her past, Melanie has become a forensic anthropologist and can’t turn down the chance to return to her hometown when she is offered a job there. One of the cops she has to work with is Jason, her best friend’s brother, who has never stopped blaming her for his sister not coming back with her.

This book starts off with a thrilling moment and it doesn’t stop from there. Jason and Melanie are forced to work together on a case and Abrams perfectly balanced their growing feelings and issues from their past with the action and mystery of the story. So many people in this small town seems suspicious and I loved the elements of threat that were seemingly coming from all sides. Especially since I couldn’t quite pinpoint who exactly was the bad guy and the twists and turns this story took were surprising.

Like all category romances this book is only about 220 pages and it is a real testament to Abrams talent that she told such a well rounded and thrilling tale within in those confines. I know not everyone reads Harelquin’s category romances but I think Buried Cold Case Secrets is one that a fan of thrillers would enjoy. And people like myself whose favorite genres are mystery and romance.

~Cassie

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