Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: Buried Secrets
AUTHOR: Hank Edwards
PUBLISHER: Wilde City Press
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 08, 2016
Bryson Franklin made bad choices in his past. When he inherits his grandparents’ farm outside the small town of Willow River, however, he sees it as a chance for a fresh start. But patterns from his past resurface when Bryson takes up with Daniel Riggs, his bad boy neighbor, and he soon finds himself helping Daniel cover up a murder. After Bryson breaks things off with Daniel, the kindness and attention of handsome sheriff’s deputy Sam LeClaire gives him hope, but when Daniel shows up on Bryson’s doorstep a year later, will Bryson be able to resist temptation?
I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered this author. In saying that it appears I have many books to look forward to reading, if Buried Secrets is any indication of how totally engaging his writing style is.
What I loved most about the story was the character development. I hated Daniel with a passion, right from the get-go, but that’s a good thing as it means he was more than a cardboard cutout. Bryson was a little more of a mystery. There are many, many references to him not being good enough. I would’ve liked to have known more about why he felt that way. Yes, he had a rough upbringing with alcoholic parents, but he had loving grandparents he spent the summer with, so life wasn’t all bad.
The story starts off with a bang, a down and dirty three-way bang, holy hotness. Just as I was trying to recover from that scene the story did a three-sixty, upending Bryson’s life in a way he never could’ve predicted. I found him a little gullible but understood to a degree why he was, and Daniel was such a manipulative bastard any easily led person could be swayed by him.
Sherriff Sam pops in and out of Bryson’s life, and I wondered what part he would end up playing. When things went belly up, Sam was an anchor of sorts to Bryson. The last few chapters are jammed packed with events, two years unfolded in rapid succession. Even though I found it a little rushed, I can’t say I needed too many more details. At the end of the day the story kept me engaged from start to finish, and most importantly left me fulfilled and happy… not to mention eager to read more by this author.
FOOTNOTE: The story is superbly edited. A double bonus to a reader, who sees every error, such as myself. Kudos to Wilde City press, the editor, and author, for putting out such a well-polished book.