May 26, 2017

Book Review Unseen Motives by Joan Hall

Blurb

Stephanie Harris is no stranger to mystery and suspense. The author of several best-selling thrillers returns to her hometown of Driscoll Lake twenty years after her father’s suicide when her great-aunt Helen dies.

She hopes to settle Helen’s affairs as quickly as possible and leave behind the place where she suffered so much heartache. Soon after her arrival, Stephanie stumbles upon information that leads her to believe that all is not as it seems.

When she digs deeper into secrets long buried, she begins to receive warning notes and mysterious phone calls. The threats soon escalate into deliberate attempts to harm her. Stephanie soon finds herself caught in a web of deceit and danger.

Who doesn’t want her to stay? And why? What are they afraid she’ll learn?

Undaunted, Stephanie searches for clues about the scandal surrounding her father’s death. But discovering the truth places her in the path of a cold-blooded killer.
 


My Review



Unseen Motives is one of those whodunit stories that keep you glued to the virtual pages. The story flows easily, at a good pace. The characters Stephanie and Matt are likeable and well-drawn and easily to relate to.
They  have depth, with all their flaws and good parts.  A story with twists and turns, many chapters ending in cliffhangers that increased my curiosity to know what follows next. Frustrating at times since when you think you have figured things out, bam another surprise. But that is what makes Joan Hall's book such am awesome read.
Stephanie returns to her native town after twenty years. Beside settling the estate of her deceased aunt, she is faced with a puzzle that she has to solve as it regards a tragedy in her family. Not everyone is happy with her presence and she gets threatening notes. Not everyone in the story is who they seem to be at first. So many lies impact so many lives. The atmosphere of a small town, with its secrets, that everyone knows, with its gossip that everyone enjoys to share, is perfectly depicted by Joan Hall.
Unseen Motives is well written and unfolds in a manner that will keep you flipping pages on your Kindle well into the night. This is a wonderful story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. If you're a fan of mystery stories, grab this one, make sure you have plenty of time and enjoy this really excellent book. Highly recommended!

10 comments:

  1. What a wonderful review, Carmen! Thank you so much and I'm glad you enjoyed the book.

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    1. It was the type of book I enjoy reading and I am glad you like the review. It is well deserved. Thank you!

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  2. A great review of Joan's book, Carmen. I thoroughly enjoyed Unseen Motives too, and the characters and community Joan created. I'm looking forward to her next one as well!

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    1. We share the same taste in books and unexplained phenomena, Mae. I am glad. Thanks for reading the review!

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  3. Wonderful review, Carmen. I also loved Unseen Motives. I can't wait for the sequel.

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    1. I do, too. Thanks for stopping by, Staci!

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  4. Sounds like a great read.
    Wonderful review.

    Sending good thoughts your way, Carmen.

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    1. Thank you Sandra for stopping by!
      and grateful for good thoughts! I need all of them.

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  5. Thanks for highlighting this book, Carmen, and congratulations to Joan! I love this type of story, and what a striking cover.

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    1. Indeed, the cover emanates a haunting feeling. Thanks for stopping by, Flossie!

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