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Jack was two years away from retirement and in the eighteen years he had been on the Wichita, Kansas police department he had seen in all. Twice divorced, Jack had no intention to marry again but the redhead stirred something in his heart that he never felt before, and seeing that she wore no wedding ring, Jack chased fantasies of her being in his bed. Janie Hill writes a suspence filled book that leaves you on the edge of your seat in her first novel: Family Secrets, the book was very well written, full of twists and uncertainty that it would make an excellent movie! Crystal springs from a drunk mother and an endless line of step fathers, she thinks of herself as unworthy of Jack's love because she is white trash while Jack is a harden detective who just wants to catch bad guys.

This is my first novel by Ms. Hill and it will certainly not be my last. A must read for all suspense lovers and definitely a keeper! Sep 15, Jo-Anne rated it really liked it. Crystal Cartwright is going into her apartment building with two small boys she is looking after when they see that they can't get through because there is a dead man in their path. The boys father doesn't come home so Crystal continues to look after them. Detective Jack Dunlevy is investigating the death and questions Crystal about the body since she had known him.

Crystal calls Jack for help tracking down Dave the boys father when he doesn't come home for several days. Jack investigates and Crystal Cartwright is going into her apartment building with two small boys she is looking after when they see that they can't get through because there is a dead man in their path.


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Jack investigates and find out that Dave has been killed which leaves Crystal with the two boys. Hill did a remarkable job with character description. I could easily picture all the characters. Jack was humorous, smart and loved the kids. The boys were adorable and well mannered. I liked that Crystal wasn't absolutely perfect. She was terrific with the boys, encouraging them to feel good about themselves but she had low self esteem.

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That seemed to be the reason she worked as a waitress and lived in shabby apartment building. I was disappointed with Crystal's smoking. I can only imagine that smoking was OK at the time this book was written. And then Jack starts smoking after he had quit years earlier. I must admit that I wondered several times how Jack could kiss Crystal with the smell and taste of smoke on her. The story-line was well thought out and suspenseful. The ending was a complete surprise and I loved it. Dec 10, Cindi rated it it was amazing Shelves: It takes a lot for me to give any book 5 stars.

Especially a book by an author I've never read before. This was a freebie on my Kindle so I decided to give it a shot. What a great book! I'm not going to go into what the book is about as that's already been done. But I will say this It has children two little boys , an almost burnt out police detective, a woman It takes a lot for me to give any book 5 stars. It has children two little boys , an almost burnt out police detective, a woman barely making ends meet, a dog, a couple of homeless people, and a dad who disappeared under mysterious circumstances, murder, kidnapping, fairly decent sex and a love story.

I fell in love with all of the characters. The story was written very well. It never seemed bogged down with unnecessary details. I have read tons and TONS of books. Normally if there is a so-called mystery involved, I can usually figure out the mystery of who the bad guy is early on. In this book, I had no clue until the end.

I kept trying to figure out how certain aspects would be resolved. The surprise at the end tied it all up in a nice, neat bow. As I mentioned, this is my first by this author. It most definitely will not be my last. Jan 12, Val Pearson rated it it was amazing. Hill is a genius! Family Secrets is the first book in the series followed by Family Ties. I had reviewed Family Ties outstanding book , so I wanted to go back and read the first book in the series.


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This book is truly one of the best I've read in Crystal's character was less than perfect and I fell in love with her immediately. Sassy and brassy, this lady could hold her own.


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Jack's character was the kind of gentleman every reader wants as their hero. He was fiercely protective of Cryst Ms. He was fiercely protective of Crystal and her unplanned little family. He won my heart right away. It was action packed and kept me on the edge of my seat almost the entire time. It amazes me how Ms. Hill can fit in so much action, romance and just about every emotion under the sun, into a book that is only pages long. Hill has become a favorite author of mine and I consider her to be an automatic add to my "to be read list". If you are a serious suspense loving reader who loves to form bonds with the characters, this is definitely the book for you!

I loved it and can't wait to read more of Ms. Hill's books, she has the gift of knowing what the reader wants and then hitting you with an ending you certainly don't expect. Mar 08, Meg rated it it was ok Shelves: There were good to great aspects in this book but there were also as many ridiculous ones. The drama of the story was good, although I'm not quite sure of how many people were killed-why was it necessary to kill the last homeless guy who clearly wasn't talking.

The brains behind the whole operation was a great twist. The tension, the danger, all bits of drama were very well developed and jumped off the page. Devon and Mark wee great, although sometimes very far in the background almost like prop There were good to great aspects in this book but there were also as many ridiculous ones.

Devon and Mark wee great, although sometimes very far in the background almost like props instead of characters. But when they were drawn out, they were vivid. Jack was pretty well developed too. There was a lot of baggage with both his and Crystal's characters. I think it was a little much to have so much serious baggage in ALL of the main characters. And yet, somehow, they all managed to overcome that baggage early on to form a family of their own even before anyone had thought it through. However, as the relationship went on, it became more and more like a real relationship, with each party getting irritated and taking it out on one another.

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Jan 23, Jo Notary added it Shelves: A simple investigation involving a dead homeless man quickly changes as romantic suspense, pgs, spicy, a cop in the family bk 1 p As if stumbling over a dead body isn't enough, Crystal Cartwright finds herself playing surrogate mother to two small boys when their father--her neighbor--doesn't come home. Dec 22, Diana Hockley rated it liked it. The fact that the characters smoked in this novel really put me off. Perhaps this book was written when smoking was fashionable, but I do wish the author or publishers would had have it overhauled before posting it onto the site.

I felt that credibility was strained over the boys, though the overall-plot was okay. The boys were a little too well adjusted under the circumstances which took their - admittedly rather horrible - father, but one would have expected them to be at least bewildered. I fee The fact that the characters smoked in this novel really put me off.

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I feel ambivalent about the story, though many sections of it were good. Sep 23, Dorel rated it it was amazing. This is the first book I read by Jamie Hill. I love the mystery in the story. This book is definitely worth every penny. I will definitely read more books by this author.

Mar 16, Susan rated it liked it Shelves: This took a little determination to get through. Found the main female character hard to relate to. Personal prejudice against smokers I am terribly allergic.

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Good twist at the end to round up the bad guys, which I wasn't expecting. Jun 25, Julianna rated it really liked it Shelves: I really liked the premise of the story, and the mystery was really good, I had no idea of who the main bad guy was until the very end. Nov 09, Petula rated it really liked it. Lots of romance,drama and action. Our heroine is trying so hard to keep her head above water financially. Then gets 2 beautiful boys left with her. The hero has to help her sort things. Sep 10, Carol and Gary Curtis rated it really liked it Shelves: Her father was the well-respected and often feared Judge Callahan.

Her mother, Amy Callahan, was a successful hostess in the politically influential circles of Cook County, Illinois.

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Detective Arthur O'Reilly could care less about politics, except when they got in his way. He was interested in getting the bad guys off the streets. He was a good cop, a clean cop and his family had a reputation too. The O'Reilly's were by-the-book and loyal to a fault. They were the ones you wanted on your side in a fight.

Brooke's client had been Art's arrest, a drug dealer and kid killer. Art wanted him to go away for a long time.