The Family Secret by Terry Lynn Thomas – Book Review



Will she find the truth?

England, 1940

After a sudden unexplained disappearance, Thomas Charles comes back into Cat Carlisle’s life with the suggestion she leave London – and the threat of bombs – to move to back her childhood village in Cumberland.

Back in her hometown Cat discovers her childhood friend, Beth Hargreaves, is suspected of murder. As Cat tries to prove Beth’s innocence, she discovers a scheme of deception that affects the whole village. Can she uncover the family truths behind the murder and expose the enemy hiding in plain sight?

Get ready for another gripping read from USA Today bestselling author of THE SILENT WOMAN!



Thomas Charles returns to Cat Carlisle’s life after months without contact, he had been shot during an investigation, the wound got infected, so he was hospitalised for some time.

Cat believes he wants her help with a book that he plans to write about historic places and wants her to take the pictures.

He asks her to accompany him to Rivenby, a small village in Cumberland, which by ‘coincidence ‘ is the village she spent her childhood in… What she doesn’t know is that Thomas has been recruited to monitor an investigation into the murder of a local woman, Win Billings.

Cat’s childhood friend has been accused of the murder and soon Thomas and Cat are investigating the same murder and things really begin heat up..

This is a classic whodunit, set in the 1940’s and reminded me of the writing of Josephine Tey, charming and yet full of tension. An absolute credit to Terry Lynn Thomas’ writing.

I really enjoyed the historical elements of the story, the fashion, food and the language which I felt brought the story to life and the characters were so well done, I really disliked Phillip…..what nasty piece of work he was. I’ll be looking out for more from this author for certain…..

Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook  in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

You can buy a copy here




Author Bio

Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earnest and has never looked back.

Terry Lynn writes the Sarah Bennett Mysteries, set on the California coast during the 1940s, which feature a misunderstood medium in love with a spy. The Drowned Woman is a recipient of the IndieBRAG Medallion. She also writes the Cat Carlisle Mysteries, set in Britain during World War II. The first book in this series, The Silent Woman, came out in April 2018 and has since become a USA TODAY bestseller. When she’s not writing, you can find Terry Lynn riding her horse, walking in the woods with her dogs, or visiting old cemeteries in search of story ideas.

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