Dirty Little Secrets [Book Review]

Before I write this review, I have to admit one thing: I didn’t know what this book was about going in.

See, I’ve been doing this thing where I’m trying like hell to make it through all the books I own – hardback, soft cover, and Kindle alike – because my TBR list is getting out of hand.

So I started this book with no expectations but that it would be a book about murder.

Dirty Little Secrets Liliana Hart

Book Description

J.J. Graves has seen a lot of dead bodies in her line of work…

She’s not only in the mortuary business, but she’s also the coroner for King George County, Virginia. When a grisly murder is discovered in the small town of Bloody Mary, it’s up to J.J. and her best friend, Detective Jack Lawson, to bring the victim justice.

The murders are piling up…

The residents of Blood Mary are dropping like flies, and when a popular mystery writer shows up on J.J.’s doorstep with plans of writing his new book about the Bloody Mary Serial Killer, J.J. has to decide if he might be going above and beyond the call of duty to create the spine tinglers he’s so well known for. It only clouds the issue and puts her reputation on the line when the attraction between them spirals out of control.

And passions are rising…

J.J and Jack are in a race against time. They discover each victim had a shocking secret, and the very foundation of J.J.’s life is in danger of crumbling when it turns out she’s harboring secrets of her own—secrets that make her the perfect victim in a deadly game.

My Rating


This book caught my interest early on. The protagonist was very realistic with her low self-esteem, neuroses, and strange attachments. She kind of reminded me of a middle-grade character with the way she hated the small town of Bloody Mary, and it was endearing rather than annoying.

And I liked the relationship she had with her best friend, though the whole time I was hoping they could stay friends; usually, when a man and a woman are friends in one of these books, they have to end up together, so I was hoping more for this story.

Then the writer showed up and things got a little weird. This guy was a little too smooth, a little too interested, and the relationship they established came on way too fast.

I was put off by him, and by where I thought the story was headed, but I kept reading because I wanted to know if I was right about how the story was going to end up, and who the killer was going to be.

My jaw literally dropped when I found out who the killer was, because I was absolutely not expecting it. Partly, I think, this came from information being hidden from the reader, and partly, it was because I missed the few clues that were dropped.

Despite some grammar issues and commonly misspelled words that an editor should have caught, I give this book four out of five stars. The mystery is a great one, and if you like romance, there’s a lot of that here.

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