A Secret to Die For
Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret--one worth killing for. But when she finds out one of her clients has been murdered, she quickly realizes that the computer security specialist wasn't simply suffering from paranoia.Detective Nate Quinn has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed eighteen people, including his partner, and left him dealing with PTSD. His first case back on the job involves the murder of Stephen Shaw, and his only lead turns out to be an old friend, Grace Callahan--and her life is in grave danger. Someone believes Shaw gave his psychologist information before he died. Information they are willing to kill for.With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, Lisa Harris takes readers deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.

A Secret to Die For Details

TitleA Secret to Die For
Author
ReleaseSep 18th, 2018
PublisherRevell
ISBN-139780800729158
Rating
GenreSuspense, Romance, Christian Fiction, Fiction, Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

A Secret to Die For Review

  • Sarah Grace
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Another wild ride from Lisa Harris. As soon as I saw that this book features a character dealing with PTSD, I knew I wanted to read it. Detective Nate Quinn is still dealing with the psychological aftereffects of a bombing that killed 18 people, including his partner. From the first chapter, I loved reading Nate's story and his struggles with faith following such a traumatic event. Harris did a great job depicting this subject in a way that was heart-wrenchingly realistic. I also loved Grac Wow! Another wild ride from Lisa Harris. As soon as I saw that this book features a character dealing with PTSD, I knew I wanted to read it. Detective Nate Quinn is still dealing with the psychological aftereffects of a bombing that killed 18 people, including his partner. From the first chapter, I loved reading Nate's story and his struggles with faith following such a traumatic event. Harris did a great job depicting this subject in a way that was heart-wrenchingly realistic. I also loved Grace's character (and her name. <3) and her story arc as she learned to love and trust again after much loss. Both the main characters were incredibly realistic and easy to connect with. The plot. Whoa! Like I said, a wild ride! This book starts out with a bang, and the craziness is almost nonstop. The mystery was intriguing, and I was kept guessing as to the identity of the true villain. While the subject matter (a cyberterrorist attack on the US grid) seemed slightly far-fetched\futuristic, it was still interesting nonetheless. And the technical aspect, while not overly detailed, was particularly interesting to me. One thing that I love about each of Harris's books is the strong, realistic Christian themes presented throughout. While that subject tends to get lost in a lot of Christian romantic suspense books, Harris always does a fabulous job of incorporating it very naturally into the story, and I often find my own faith and beliefs strengthened by it. My main gripe would be that the ending felt very sudden and slightly anticlimactic. After the adrenaline-laced first three-quarters of the book, it just felt a little lackluster. Plus a little more time to wrap things up would have been nice. But overall, I greatly enjoyed this new release from Lisa Harris and recommend it to lovers of good, clean romantic suspense. CONTENT NOTE: Recommended for ages 15+. This book is very clean, with little more than a few not-described kisses in the way of romance, and some violence. (view spoiler)[People are shot at, run off the road and nearly drowned, kidnapped, etc. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret to Die For has a lot of action, a whole lot of action in the first half of the novel. While the action continues in the second half, there is a bit more focus on the blooming romance between Grace and Nate in the latter half.I liked that Grace wasn't a widow, but rather divorced after a tragic event rocked her marriage. Young widows are used rather frequently by authors. I found the premise of a group trying to take down a power grid in the United States completely plausible. Loved that A Secret to Die For has a lot of action, a whole lot of action in the first half of the novel. While the action continues in the second half, there is a bit more focus on the blooming romance between Grace and Nate in the latter half.I liked that Grace wasn't a widow, but rather divorced after a tragic event rocked her marriage. Young widows are used rather frequently by authors. I found the premise of a group trying to take down a power grid in the United States completely plausible. Loved that there were a couple of characters living off the grid to be prepared for such an event. The way Grace's patient left her clues was creative and interesting.What fell short for me was the romance and to some extent the suspense. The romance developed very quickly and I didn't find chemistry between the two. The suspense itself felt surface deep and would have been stronger if there was more about the villains and their motivations and aspirations.Lisa Harris is a talented author and I look forward to what she has to offer next. My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Once I turned the first page I was gone, be ready for a fast-paced action packed read. You will never see most of what happens coming, and yet it is one of those being at the right place at the right time happenings.The author does a wonderful job of keeping your attention, from beginning to end, and the title sure pulled me in, and you will quickly know how the title applies, and when you learn what is happening it could be so true.There is a bit of sweet romance, not knowing what you’re lookin Once I turned the first page I was gone, be ready for a fast-paced action packed read. You will never see most of what happens coming, and yet it is one of those being at the right place at the right time happenings.The author does a wonderful job of keeping your attention, from beginning to end, and the title sure pulled me in, and you will quickly know how the title applies, and when you learn what is happening it could be so true.There is a bit of sweet romance, not knowing what you’re looking for, and maybe an end to life as we know it, yes this is just a few of the happenings in this book.I received this book through Revell Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this suspense with strong romance threads. It was well plotted, creative, and engaging.
  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    Psychologist Grace Callahan has a secret. A Secret to Die For. Only, she doesn’t know it. When her client is found murdered and her own life is threatened, she is determined to honor her client’s memory by helping the police find his killer.It’s Detective Nate Quinn’s first day back to work and he’s not entirely sure he should have been cleared from his medical leave. Nate is suffering from PTSD after a bombing killed several of his coworkers, including his partner. But then he learns that Grace Psychologist Grace Callahan has a secret. A Secret to Die For. Only, she doesn’t know it. When her client is found murdered and her own life is threatened, she is determined to honor her client’s memory by helping the police find his killer.It’s Detective Nate Quinn’s first day back to work and he’s not entirely sure he should have been cleared from his medical leave. Nate is suffering from PTSD after a bombing killed several of his coworkers, including his partner. But then he learns that Grace, his old friend from college, is involved in the case he’s been assigned. Now he’s determined to protect his friend, stop the bad guys and prove to any doubters (including himself) that he’s ready to be back in the line of duty.This was an entertaining read! The plot and crime were really well planned. The action began immediately and continued throughout the entire book. There were tender moments of pause in between the action when Grace and Nate became reacquainted, bonding on their shared experiences with trauma and loss. It was in these moments that faith was shared and reminders of God’s love were strongly present.I liked this book! I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of good, clean suspense stories. I did not have the lead criminal correct, so this book did throw me a curve ball for sure!This was the first time I read a book by Lisa Harris and I do plan to read more. This book included a preview chapter for her next release in the fall of 2019. If the first chapter is any indication as to what the rest of that book will be like, we’re in for another wild ride!I received a copy of this book from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own.A Secret to Die For is available now!
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  • Abbi
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Harris certainly knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! From the very first sentence to the very last I was completely sucked into this story! It almost felt like an episode of a crime show (which I love) but with a deeper look into everything.Grace and Nate had a bit of a unique relationship. They had known each other in college when Nate’s best friend was dating Grace but they’d lost touch. Now they meet again under very crazy circumstances. I really appreciated how the author ha Lisa Harris certainly knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! From the very first sentence to the very last I was completely sucked into this story! It almost felt like an episode of a crime show (which I love) but with a deeper look into everything.Grace and Nate had a bit of a unique relationship. They had known each other in college when Nate’s best friend was dating Grace but they’d lost touch. Now they meet again under very crazy circumstances. I really appreciated how the author handled their relationship. Even though the story takes place over a short period of time things didn’t seemed rushed and flowed at a natural pace. They were getting to know each other again, building on what they’d known in the past and discovering who the other had become in their years apart. They both had experienced trauma that deeply affected them but they were able to confide in each other and help the other work through things.I loved the suspense and mystery of the story, racing against the clock with the characters to piece together everything before it was too late. I did guess part of it but it still kept me turning pages till everything met a satisfying conclusion.This book was non-stop and I absolutely recommend it for all lovers of romantic suspense!I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    A sharp clatter jerked Grace Callahan out of the novel she was reading. She dropped the paperback onto the empty side of the queen-sized bed, then sat up, trying to determine if the noise had come from inside the house, or outside. More than likely it was her neighbor’s dog again, knocking something over. Or maybe she’d simply imagined it. She glanced at the book’s ominous cover. Next time she should stick to reading something less…intense when trying to go to sleep. Guess what I was doing when A sharp clatter jerked Grace Callahan out of the novel she was reading. She dropped the paperback onto the empty side of the queen-sized bed, then sat up, trying to determine if the noise had come from inside the house, or outside. More than likely it was her neighbor’s dog again, knocking something over. Or maybe she’d simply imagined it. She glanced at the book’s ominous cover. Next time she should stick to reading something less…intense when trying to go to sleep. Guess what I was doing when I started this book? Yeah, I knew as soon as I read this opening I was in for an intense ride and sleepless night. You would think by now, I’d learn not to start a suspense novel before bedtime! But in my defense, I couldn’t wait to dive into this promising thriller by a new-to-me author. Though I know Lisa Harris has penned multiple books over her writing career, I haven’t had the chance to read anything by her until now. What a ride this book was! I’ll be adding all of her other novels to my very massive must-read list.Both Grace and Nate have had their share of grief they are still dealing with. As a psychologist, Grace has all the tools to combat the negative feelings that often sneak up on her. While she’s dealt with most of it, the murder of her client brings them sharply back to focus. Nate just recently returned to duty after an explosion takes out his partner and most of his team. Having survivor’s guilt threatens to bury him in a pile of remorse. Together they not only need to outrun the killers but help each other emotionally & spiritually. I love how the suspense takes precedence over the romance, but you can also feel it simmering under the surface. This is definitely an adrenaline rush as they race to stop a national threat all while trying to figure out what clues Grace’s client left her. Information that in the wrong hands can have disastrous results! I also love how Grace clings to her faith in spite of the danger and how she leads Nate back to his. It’s refreshing to read a book that not only keeps you on your toes but feeds your spirit too! Intense, heart-pumping, adrenaline laced, and keeps you turning pages late into the night are just some of the adjectives I’d use to describe this novel. Lisa Harris is now on my list of automatic read authors! If you love stories like this, I highly recommend “A Secret to Die For”.*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review.*
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I have mixed feelings about this novel of romantic suspense. Harris is a capable author and the novel has good scenes of suspense and romantic tension. I did have some issues with the way the plot developed.One thing I can't tolerate is suspense due to poor police procedure. It happened twice in this novel. An attempt had been made on Gracie and she is obviously a target of the bad guys. Shortly afterward, police detective Nate takes her to a location all by himself. Of course they are attacked I have mixed feelings about this novel of romantic suspense. Harris is a capable author and the novel has good scenes of suspense and romantic tension. I did have some issues with the way the plot developed.One thing I can't tolerate is suspense due to poor police procedure. It happened twice in this novel. An attempt had been made on Gracie and she is obviously a target of the bad guys. Shortly afterward, police detective Nate takes her to a location all by himself. Of course they are attacked by bad guys and suspense ensues. Later in the novel Nate is transporting Gracie and another person when they are again attacked. Paige, Nate's partner had been with them but now the other car was twenty minutes ahead. What? Nate is with two people the bad guys probably want to attack and his partner is in a car twenty minutes away? That is just poor police procedure and poor thinking on Nate's part. And even though the police are dealing with expert hackers, the idea that their own system might be hacked is not considered until another suspenseful event happens. I really got tired of Nate repeatedly thinking he “should” have done this or that.I had trouble liking Nate. He falls for Gracie and it seems to make him more dumb in his attempts at keeping her safe. I know he had a devastating experience previously but I just found him to not be the kind of competent policeman I like to see as a hero. I liked Gracie. She is competent and brave. Give her a badge.I do like to learn something when I read fiction and in this case it was about hacking and how vulnerable the nation's infrastructure might be to attack. There was also information about healing from a traumatic event.There are a couple of good plot twists at the end even though the plot was wrapped up very quickly by a minor character.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret To Die For plunges readers straight into the tension and thrills of a race to foil a terrorism plot. With sweet romance and limitless action, Lisa Harris weaves together a story of second chances and overcoming grief and tragedy.When psychologist Grace Callahan’s home is broken into and her life threatened, it’s not long before the case is tied to the murder of one of her clients. It’s the first day back on the job for Detective Nate Quinn after a bombing left him sidelined and dealing A Secret To Die For plunges readers straight into the tension and thrills of a race to foil a terrorism plot. With sweet romance and limitless action, Lisa Harris weaves together a story of second chances and overcoming grief and tragedy.When psychologist Grace Callahan’s home is broken into and her life threatened, it’s not long before the case is tied to the murder of one of her clients. It’s the first day back on the job for Detective Nate Quinn after a bombing left him sidelined and dealing with PTSD after the death of his partner. Reuniting with an old college friend, Grace, and facing a murder investigation with ties to a larger criminal plot, Nate must work to keep his feelings from overshadowing the investigation. Nate and Grace join together to solve the case and stop the people who plan to threaten millions of lives - starting with Grace’s.The first chapter of A Secret To Die For starts as the book continues - with plenty of tension and action, and also alluding to a depth of hurt and grief behind the main characters’ stories. The mystery combines a murder case with home break-ins, hacking, and technological warfare.The majority of A Secret To Die For takes place over a few days. As such, the romance doesn’t have a lot of time to develop. Fortunately, Grace and Nate have a shared history that saves the quickly growing feelings between them from feeling rushed or unrealistic. The few moments they have to reconnect also allows them to share the trauma and grief they have both experienced. Grace and Nate have both lost a lot and this shared trauma gives their relationship a depth of shared understanding and connection.A Secret To Die For is an easy-to-enjoy romantic suspense perfect for readers who enjoy light romance and intriguing action.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • V. Palmer
    January 1, 1970
    Question: Do you know what I can always count on with a Lisa Harris novel?Answer: A thrilling story that flies! Seriously, I read A Secret to Die For in less than twelve hours, and when you've got a toddler, that's a miraculous feat! Lisa Harris has this ability to weave a thrilling, suspenseful story that always results in me frantically turning the pages to figure out the whodunit! And the who always surprises me! Don't worry - this is a spoiler free zone! ;-)The true, not-so-secret gem of thi Question: Do you know what I can always count on with a Lisa Harris novel?Answer: A thrilling story that flies! Seriously, I read A Secret to Die For in less than twelve hours, and when you've got a toddler, that's a miraculous feat! Lisa Harris has this ability to weave a thrilling, suspenseful story that always results in me frantically turning the pages to figure out the whodunit! And the who always surprises me! Don't worry - this is a spoiler free zone! ;-)The true, not-so-secret gem of this story is the spiritual journey that the characters take. This spiritual plot will strengthen many who are downtrodden and heartbroken. Grace and Nate have tragic pasts that will make you want to weep. (Don't judge me...) While the questions of grief surround them, their journey is filled with hope! They ask the same questions that we ask about death, disaster, sickness, grief, and living with God's joy despite those traumas. And I loved how Grace was actually the guiding light for Nate, drawing him back to God's loving embrace! Their sweet romance felt natural, realistically building over the duration of the story. Three Stars ~ A Secret to Die For is a thrilling tale that will keep you guessing while strengthening your spirit! As far as I know, this is a standalone novel, but Lisa Harris' next chilling novel, releases Autumn 2019! Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Debbie
    January 1, 1970
    "A Secret to Die For" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. Detective Nate recently lost his partner and several friends in a bombing incident. He had survivor's guilt and was determined to keep his old friend, Grace, safe. Grace recently lost her child and then her marriage and still struggled with the loss. When she discovers that a murdered client left her clues to stopping a terrorist attack, she's determined to feel useful by helping, even if it's dangerous.The characters dealt with their "A Secret to Die For" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. Detective Nate recently lost his partner and several friends in a bombing incident. He had survivor's guilt and was determined to keep his old friend, Grace, safe. Grace recently lost her child and then her marriage and still struggled with the loss. When she discovers that a murdered client left her clues to stopping a terrorist attack, she's determined to feel useful by helping, even if it's dangerous.The characters dealt with their pain while trying to stop the bad guys and stay alive. Grace has learned that only God can give her true security, not a man, but she's willing to have a romantic relationship again. Nate feels distant from God because He didn't save the good guys. But he still prays for help when things get bad and wants to regain a close relationship with God. Grace helps him process what happened, but Nate isn't ready to risk loving and losing someone again.I liked that Nate and Grace were old, close friends and built on that friendship. The story was exciting, but the bank security box sequence just didn't ring true with my experiences, so it took a little while for me to get into the book. But I did enjoy it and would recommend it. There was no sex or bad language. I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This story was full of action and adventure. The characters are in a race against time as they try to save themselves and the country from being destroyed.The action scenes were interesting but I found them to be a bit too much after a while. At times the situations seemed unrealistic. I also found (in this book and many other romantic suspense Christian fiction books) that even when their lives are in danger and they are running from people who want to kill them, the characters are focusing on This story was full of action and adventure. The characters are in a race against time as they try to save themselves and the country from being destroyed.The action scenes were interesting but I found them to be a bit too much after a while. At times the situations seemed unrealistic. I also found (in this book and many other romantic suspense Christian fiction books) that even when their lives are in danger and they are running from people who want to kill them, the characters are focusing on their romantic feelings for each other. This trope drives me crazy and feels extremely forced and ridiculous. I found myself skimming the scenes where the characters were pondering over their feelings of adoration for each other (while being chased by murderers!).The pacing of the story was swift and there were no moments where the story lagged but for me it was just okay. Fans of romance and action may like this book.My Rating2.5 starsI received this book to review from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Harris is on my short list of must-read suspense authors, and she nails it again with her newest release. Beginning with the heart-in-the-throat opening and continuing through the final sentence, A Secret to Die For riveted my attention. High stakes and non-stop action make the pages fairly crackle with tension, and the plot is all too believable in today's high-tech world. Harris adds the perfect touch of romance, upping the angst and weaving in poignant moments that make the heart pound f Lisa Harris is on my short list of must-read suspense authors, and she nails it again with her newest release. Beginning with the heart-in-the-throat opening and continuing through the final sentence, A Secret to Die For riveted my attention. High stakes and non-stop action make the pages fairly crackle with tension, and the plot is all too believable in today's high-tech world. Harris adds the perfect touch of romance, upping the angst and weaving in poignant moments that make the heart pound for a completely different reason. Put this one at the top of your fall reading list. But fair warning: do not start this book right before bedtime like I did. You'll either sleep with the lights on or stay up all night to read it! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Revell Publishing. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Another suspenseful crime drama full of action! A psychologist becomes a target when one of her clients ends up murdered. A former friend whose first day back on the job becomes her ally as they chase the clues and the plot expands to an FBI investigation. This book was a real page turner, with an interesting, relevant plot involving cyber crimes. The action and police investigation pauses to allow for spiritual discussions, but in a realistic way. Faith struggles following trauma, like how can Another suspenseful crime drama full of action! A psychologist becomes a target when one of her clients ends up murdered. A former friend whose first day back on the job becomes her ally as they chase the clues and the plot expands to an FBI investigation. This book was a real page turner, with an interesting, relevant plot involving cyber crimes. The action and police investigation pauses to allow for spiritual discussions, but in a realistic way. Faith struggles following trauma, like how can God allow evil, and other heavy topics, like PTSD, loss of a child, survivor guilt, abandonment and other issues are addressed. Grace's background as a clinical psychologist adds a therapeutic touch to some conversations, yet she shares her own doubts and fears too. She has a good friend to remind her that God can take the broken pieces of our lives and turn them into something beautiful. The romance is low key, growing from a reacquaintance to something more.Recommend to readers who enjoy a good police drama with inspiration and a side of romance. 4.5 stars(An e-book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.)
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  • Paula Shreckhise
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris was a well done nailbiter!This excellent suspense novel kept me turning pages into the night.Nate Quinn, homicide detective and Grace Callahan, psychologist, were friends in college. Each has experienced heartache and are trying to find their way back to normal. They re-connect after many years on a case that Nate is working. However, Grace is not a consultant but is connected to the victim, Stephen Shaw. Something big is going on and Stephen has left clues for A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris was a well done nailbiter!This excellent suspense novel kept me turning pages into the night.Nate Quinn, homicide detective and Grace Callahan, psychologist, were friends in college. Each has experienced heartache and are trying to find their way back to normal. They re-connect after many years on a case that Nate is working. However, Grace is not a consultant but is connected to the victim, Stephen Shaw. Something big is going on and Stephen has left clues for Grace but the trouble is— she has no idea what or where they are! Just a cryptic message left on her cellphone. As Nate and Grace scramble to unravel the mystery, it becomes clear that they have stumbled onto something that puts their lives and many others in danger. Can they solve the crime, surrender their fears to God and continue to heal from their personal traumas? Could there be something more in store for them romantically? The tension is kept high in this story and just when you think the solution is near, Lisa throws another twist into the plot. Very well written, action packed tale.*I received this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 StarsI’m a fan of Lisa Harris! She consistently delivers non-stop action, a bit of romance, and real (often hurting) characters in each of her stories. A Secret to Die For is no exception.Grace Callahan is finding her footing again after a tragedy and the subsequent fallout. Nick Quinn is back at work after surviving a hotel bombing in Dallas. When circumstances bring these two college friends together again, they race to find answers and thwart a catastrophe.While the suspense was terrific 4.5 StarsI’m a fan of Lisa Harris! She consistently delivers non-stop action, a bit of romance, and real (often hurting) characters in each of her stories. A Secret to Die For is no exception.Grace Callahan is finding her footing again after a tragedy and the subsequent fallout. Nick Quinn is back at work after surviving a hotel bombing in Dallas. When circumstances bring these two college friends together again, they race to find answers and thwart a catastrophe.While the suspense was terrific in this book and kept the story moving at a fast clip, it was Grace’s and Nick’s personal stories that made this story for me. Grace’s loss is soul-deep and on a day that promises to be a difficult one, she’s thrown into an even worse nightmare. Nick’s wounds are deep too. As these two race to find save lives, can they find their footing together?Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • April
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris is an exciting, heart-pounding, twisting Romantic Suspense.  Readers will definitely be sitting on the edge of their seat. Detective Nate Quinn, has just been released back to active duty after suffering from PTSD. Psychologist Grace Callahan, doesn't know she knows a secret.  Filled with danger, thrilling action, PTSD, grief, survival guilt, abandonment issues, good vs evil, cyber crimes and more. Ms. Harris is a talented author who pulls readers into her stor A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris is an exciting, heart-pounding, twisting Romantic Suspense.  Readers will definitely be sitting on the edge of their seat. Detective Nate Quinn, has just been released back to active duty after suffering from PTSD. Psychologist Grace Callahan, doesn't know she knows a secret.  Filled with danger, thrilling action, PTSD, grief, survival guilt, abandonment issues, good vs evil, cyber crimes and more. Ms. Harris is a talented author who pulls readers into her stories and holds them spellbound.  Action, Romance and suspense tops off an amazing story. Fans of Romantic Suspense are sure to enjoy A SECRET TO DIE FOR. "I voluntarily received a complimentary copy, however,  these are my honest opinions. I was in no way required nor compensated to write a review."   Rating: 4.5Heat rating: SweetReviewer: AprilR  
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a solid 4 & 1/2 stars for me. I enjoyed getting to know Grace and Nate and their struggles and heartaches. Their losses and how they dealt with them spoke to me on a personal level as I have dealt with the deaths of two of my best friends, so that was an aspect of the book that I liked a lot. The premise of the book and what Grace and Nate are rushing to stop was more than a little scary to picture happening in reality but made for an exciting and captivating read. This was an e This book is a solid 4 & 1/2 stars for me. I enjoyed getting to know Grace and Nate and their struggles and heartaches. Their losses and how they dealt with them spoke to me on a personal level as I have dealt with the deaths of two of my best friends, so that was an aspect of the book that I liked a lot. The premise of the book and what Grace and Nate are rushing to stop was more than a little scary to picture happening in reality but made for an exciting and captivating read. This was an easy read and kept me interested through out the novel. Highly recommend! My hubby will be reading it soon!I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
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  • Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley, Revell and Lisa Harris for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.My rating is actually 3.5 stars, but since there aren't half stars I always round up.Another good novel from Lisa Harris. Not my all time favorite from her, but still a good solid suspenseful mystery. It was nice to get back into the world of police detectives solving mysteries in Christian fiction.I enjoyed the world of conspiracy theories with good reason. The book was so psychol Thank you to NetGalley, Revell and Lisa Harris for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.My rating is actually 3.5 stars, but since there aren't half stars I always round up.Another good novel from Lisa Harris. Not my all time favorite from her, but still a good solid suspenseful mystery. It was nice to get back into the world of police detectives solving mysteries in Christian fiction.I enjoyed the world of conspiracy theories with good reason. The book was so psychologically terrifying. The fact that these things could happen in real life is so scary. Hackers attacking the power grid and leaving our country without power for months. The impact it could have on our country and so many people is terrifying. Such an interesting premise! There was a lot of action, physical and mental, that kept me reading, reading, reading to find out what happens.Despite all the action that I loved, I didn't really like that the murder mystery involved a psychiatric patient in any way. In this case, the patient wasn't a suspect (not a spoiler), but there is so much stigma and stereotypes that I'm wary of books that even associate therapy, mental health, etc. with anything negative. Also a key to solving a major part of the mystery was overlooked until much later. If I were there, I would have found the object right away by doing a simple but thorough search. If the characters stopped to think for 2 seconds the detective and psychology would have found it. So frustrating!Overall, a compelling mystery that unfortunately had a few nuances that bothered me. Loved the conspiracy theory ascent though.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I was in the mood for a romantic suspense. Which this book is one. Yet, I thought the chemistry that Grace and Nate had was "medium". There is nothing wrong with "medium" but I was looking and hoping for "spicy". However, as this book is published by a Christian publisher, I can understand the heat level. On the bright side, this book is not preachy in regards to the word of God. The story started out good. It had a intense scene. From there the next several chapters were still riding the high f I was in the mood for a romantic suspense. Which this book is one. Yet, I thought the chemistry that Grace and Nate had was "medium". There is nothing wrong with "medium" but I was looking and hoping for "spicy". However, as this book is published by a Christian publisher, I can understand the heat level. On the bright side, this book is not preachy in regards to the word of God. The story started out good. It had a intense scene. From there the next several chapters were still riding the high from the beginning. Grace did prove right away that she was not a helpless woman. Although, having some help does not hurt. Nate did a fine job of protecting Grace for the most part and solving the case. Personally, as much as I liked Grace and Nate; I could not establish that strong connection to them or the storyline. Readers of cozy mysteries may like this book.
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  • Joan Arning
    January 1, 1970
    This thriller will keep you turning pages and, maybe, checking that your doors are locked! Grace Callahan, a psychologist, is an excellent female protagonist! A client leaves vital information hidden in Grace's office shortly before he is murdered! Grace's old friend from college days, Detective Nate Quinn, responds to the 911 call when her home is broken into. Nate is determined to protect Grace but she is equally determined to help find the murderer and a patch to protect the power grid! Lisa This thriller will keep you turning pages and, maybe, checking that your doors are locked! Grace Callahan, a psychologist, is an excellent female protagonist! A client leaves vital information hidden in Grace's office shortly before he is murdered! Grace's old friend from college days, Detective Nate Quinn, responds to the 911 call when her home is broken into. Nate is determined to protect Grace but she is equally determined to help find the murderer and a patch to protect the power grid! Lisa Harris has written another action packed thriller! If you like suspense, you will love A Secret to Die For! I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Harris has written a book that is a little scary if you think about it. If this story line was to be true and it happened we would be in quite a pickle. What if someone had the hacking skills to take down the computer grid? No banking, electricity, water, food. It would be chaos for sure. This romantic suspense explores this and it is up to our heroine and hero to help stop it. The problem? She doesn't know the secret that her dead patient left her. I enjoyed this story very much with the i Lisa Harris has written a book that is a little scary if you think about it. If this story line was to be true and it happened we would be in quite a pickle. What if someone had the hacking skills to take down the computer grid? No banking, electricity, water, food. It would be chaos for sure. This romantic suspense explores this and it is up to our heroine and hero to help stop it. The problem? She doesn't know the secret that her dead patient left her. I enjoyed this story very much with the inspirational message and the light romance. I felt it was a really good read. *I was given a copy of this book by the author and publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review This is my honest opinion.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret to Die for is a great read. The plot is pretty fast paced that kept me fully engaged and wanting to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed Grace and Nate’s story. It took no time to have the whole book read in a few hours.A Secret to Die for gets four stars from me. I recommend it for readers who love good mystery and suspense filled books, with an element of faith.
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  • Better Read than Dead
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret to Die For? Maybe NotStrap in folks, it’s time to spill the tea. This novel reads like an episode of Criminal Minds, or any cop show really. By that we mean that if you watch enough of them, it kinda seems like it’s the same episode over and over again with slightly different characters and situations. This book felt done before, it wasn’t new and groundbreaking. It’s kinda just the same old cop story we’ve heard a million times. That also lends the story to being predictable. As someo A Secret to Die For? Maybe NotStrap in folks, it’s time to spill the tea. This novel reads like an episode of Criminal Minds, or any cop show really. By that we mean that if you watch enough of them, it kinda seems like it’s the same episode over and over again with slightly different characters and situations. This book felt done before, it wasn’t new and groundbreaking. It’s kinda just the same old cop story we’ve heard a million times. That also lends the story to being predictable. As someone who has seen every episode of Criminal Minds, Addie was able to call this one before the book ended, and was right. As Sherlock said, “Bitterness is a paralytic, love is a much more vicious motivator.” Weighing each characters possible motives, it was clear who our perpetrator had to be. Another thing that kind of grinded our gears about this book was that it was really pushy, religiously speaking. Every situation was like ‘Well I guess all we can do is pray for a miracle instead of using our skills and letting the cops do their jobs’. Religious characters were praised while non-religious ones were criticized. Faith was brought up every five seconds it felt like. We are not dogging faith or religion, we both went to Catholic schools, but it seemed like A LOT coming from a murder mystery cop thriller. This book took us a while to get through, which was surprising considering its basic language and vocabulary. There was nothing that just kept snatching us back to it. This book was fine, We enjoyed it, but it took so long to get to the point. We felt like the first 200 pages were just background, then we finally build to the endgame in the last few chapters. If we weren’t reviewing it, we would have dropped it early on. We needed something more to keep us invested. We will say that we like how the author attempted to contemporize the story with the threat being in the fieldhouse of cyber crimes. And there was a touch of romance with a happy ending. If you like cop shows, you’ll probably like this book. But expect what you expect out of those shows. And we’re talking low budget B-movie level ‘thriller’. Thriller is even pushing it, so is ‘action’. We are going to go watch an episode of Sherlock now to cleanse our palates and remind ourselves of what a good murder mystery feels like, because this secret was certainly not worth dying for. Better Read than Dead,Addie & GenevaIn exchange for a fair and impartial review we were provided with an advanced reading copy of A Secret to Die For by Baker Publishing Group.Like what you see? Subscribe and never miss a post. It’s easy, free, and we won’t bombard you with emails!Have you read any of the books we’ve reviewed? Do you have a book recommendation for us? We now have a forum for that! It’s free and an easy way to join the conversation with fellow members of the Better Read than Dead Book Club! Just hit the button that says “Forum” at the top of the page! All you need is an email to sign up!
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    A fun romantic suspense read with just the right amount of tension to keep you on the edge of your seat.Grace Callahan is trying to get her life back on track. After suffering the loss of her daughter and going through a divorce, she has moved back to Dallas and is helping others as a psychologist. As the anniversary of her daughter’s death approaches, she readies herself for an emotional roller coaster. Little does she know it is about to get a lot worse. She is drawn into a major terrorist sch A fun romantic suspense read with just the right amount of tension to keep you on the edge of your seat.Grace Callahan is trying to get her life back on track. After suffering the loss of her daughter and going through a divorce, she has moved back to Dallas and is helping others as a psychologist. As the anniversary of her daughter’s death approaches, she readies herself for an emotional roller coaster. Little does she know it is about to get a lot worse. She is drawn into a major terrorist scheme involving murder, cyber hacking and the reintroduction of an old friend. Detective Nate Quinn is dealing with his own demons when he lands the case of a murder that leads him to Grace Callahan, someone he hasn’t seen or thought of in years. Finding out how deeply she is involved in the case, even without her realizing it, and trying to keep them both alive is a bit much for his first case back after being involved in a bombing that killed eighteen, including his partner. Together, Grace and Nate will have to work together to stop the cyber-attack and keep the country safe.Lisa Harris’s newest installment is definitely one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and questioning everything they think they know of the characters until the very end. I love when I read a romantic suspense book that is not filled with sappy romance scenes. To me, the romance is built by the tension and the way the characters come together by tackling the tough moments and coming out the other side stronger. Grace was a great character. She was strong and determined and even though she wanted to give up at times after the struggles she faced, she didn’t. I also loved that in certain scenes it might have been convenient for a big strong male character to come in and save the day didn’t happen. Grace was able to pull up her boot straps and do just fine on her own. The ending felt a little rushed and I was hoping for a little more but still not much to complain about. I hope that we can see more from these character in the future. I recommend this to readers that love Lisa Harris and romantic suspense reads. If you haven’t read anything by Lisa Harris before this would be the perfect book to get you started with her writing. I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    A Secret to Die ForBy Lisa HarrisGrace Callahan knows that this is going to be a rough week-it's the anniversary of the day that changed her whole world. She just had no idea just how much rougher it was about to get. When her name brings the police to her door she is shocked that the client she had seen hours ago is now dead. Stephen Shaw seemed paranoid but it went with the job in Grace's opinion, now she's having to rethink that assessment because someone things that she was left with somethi A Secret to Die ForBy Lisa HarrisGrace Callahan knows that this is going to be a rough week-it's the anniversary of the day that changed her whole world. She just had no idea just how much rougher it was about to get. When her name brings the police to her door she is shocked that the client she had seen hours ago is now dead. Stephen Shaw seemed paranoid but it went with the job in Grace's opinion, now she's having to rethink that assessment because someone things that she was left with something that they want. The only problem Grace has absolutely no idea what they are referring to.The last thing Detective Nate Quinn wants to deal with after a 3-month absence is having to deal with a murder on his first day back. And when they find a link to the victim and Grace Callahan, a name from Nate's college days, he and his partner are sent to interview Grace. A break-in at Grace's home and office soon has everyone on high alert and a cryptic message on her phone from Stephen just adds to the tension. And when evidence begins pointing in a possible cyberattack that could bring the country to a standstill they find themselves in a race not only against time but whoever had Stephen murdered. A Secret to Die For appears to be a standalone novel which means there is no backstory that you have to be concerned about missing out on. The book opens on the action drawing the reader in with the first line, "A sharp clatter jerked Grace Callahan out of the...". I mean seriously doesn't that just grab you? What was that clatter? And what was Grace jerked away from? Several issues are dealt with in this story including loss of a child, divorce, and PTSD. These issues play an integral roll in how the various characters react to the events that unfold. As this book is classified as Romantic Suspense you know that there will be a dash of romance thrown in with a heavy dose of suspense. For some, the romance may seem a little cliche but this is a book with limited pages within which everything has to unfold. Fans of Lisa Harris will enjoy this newest work and for those who have not yet read her, this is a good choice for trying her out. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell with no expectation other than that I offer my honest opinion.
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  • Connie Saunders
    January 1, 1970
    This is only the second book that I've read by Lisa Harris but she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The heart-pounding action in "A Secret To Die For" begins immediately and it doesn't let up. The murder of a computer security specialist and his suspected connection to a possible cyberterrorist attack on the United States powergrid creates a story filled with adventure,intrigue and danger. Psychologist Grace Callahan and police detective Nate Quinn are old college friends who find th This is only the second book that I've read by Lisa Harris but she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The heart-pounding action in "A Secret To Die For" begins immediately and it doesn't let up. The murder of a computer security specialist and his suspected connection to a possible cyberterrorist attack on the United States powergrid creates a story filled with adventure,intrigue and danger. Psychologist Grace Callahan and police detective Nate Quinn are old college friends who find themselves caught up in the race to prevent computer hackers from destroying life as we know it and they soon realize that their college friendship could possibly turn into something deeper if they can only overcome the extreme hurts that they have endured in the past. Three years ago Grace lost her young daughter to cancer and her marriage ended in divorce and Nate is still suffering from PTSD due to witnessing a bombing that recently took the lives of his police partner and many other innocent victims. Grace has found strength in her faith in God but we see Nate floundering in his. As his feelings for Grace deepen we watch his spiritual struggle during his efforts to protect her. In one moving excerpt, as he rushs to find Grace alive, Nate begins to pray.'God, I can't go through this again. Please.' He'd shoved God into a box. Used him when he needed him or wanted something. And now that he needed him, he was ready to bargain, or beg, or whatever it took to get what he wanted. Except that wasn't how things worked. Not in this life. He knew that. Prayers went unanswered. People died."This book is filled with intense action and suspense from the very first page and I found myself wondering if the author could sustain her momentum throughout the entire story. The answer is a definite yes; the mystery and suspense remain to the end! There are also two very believable characters who are struggling to overcome deep personal suffering as they turn to each other and attempt to completely rely on their faith in God. I truly enjoyed "A Secret to Die For" and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian romantic suspense fiction.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher but my review is voluntary and these are my honest opinions.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Lisa Harris writes romantic suspense, and I have read a couple of them. I really enjoyed her Nikki Boyd's series. With plenty of action, I had a hard time putting the first three down. With romantic suspense, the story can go three ways: fifty percent romance and fifty percent suspense, mostly suspense and little romance, or mostly romance with little suspense. I prefer my romantic suspense to be the first two. If it is the last one, then I'm really not that interested. As for Harris' A Secret Lisa Harris writes romantic suspense, and I have read a couple of them. I really enjoyed her Nikki Boyd's series. With plenty of action, I had a hard time putting the first three down. With romantic suspense, the story can go three ways: fifty percent romance and fifty percent suspense, mostly suspense and little romance, or mostly romance with little suspense. I prefer my romantic suspense to be the first two. If it is the last one, then I'm really not that interested. As for Harris' A Secret to Die For, the novel falls in the fifty percent romance and fifty percent suspense.The writing is clear and concise. Harris does a great job at writing in each individual character's perspective. I didn't have a hard time understanding the character's point of view. The emotions of each character fall directly in line with the characters and how Harris's portrays them. The setting was described well, allowing me to visualize the characters as they moved around in the story.The plot is more of a thriller than a suspense. Grace and Nathan are chasing a electric terrorist as they try to take out our electrical grid. The suspense moves constantly. I had a hard time putting the story down. I finished the novel in around four hours. It moves quickly from one incident to another without really allowing much breathing room from Grace and Nathan. Just the one I like a suspense novel to be.Grace and Nathan are strong characters. I really like how Grace steps up and is determined to save herself and help Nathan find all the clues to find who is trying to hurt her. That makes her a strong heroine in my book. No woman should stand around and wait for a man to save her. Nathan, on the other hand, worked really hard to solve the clues, but sometimes it feels like Grace was taking over even though Nathan was the trained officer.Overall, A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris is a fast-paced thriller with a non-stop chase populated with a number of fascinating characters. Fans of Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, and Irene Hannon will enjoy this novel.I received a complimentary copy of A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris from Revell Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own
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  • Erin Laramore
    January 1, 1970
    This was another great romantic suspense novel by Lisa Harris. The book hit the ground running and didn't let up. It was very action packed! Grace Callahan is a psychologist who recently moved back to her hometown in Dallas, TX. When one of her clients is murdered, she becomes the next target as the bad guys believe she has something that he gave to her. Homicide detective Nate Quinn is working her client's murder case. He and Grace had been friends in college, but hadn't seen each other since. This was another great romantic suspense novel by Lisa Harris. The book hit the ground running and didn't let up. It was very action packed! Grace Callahan is a psychologist who recently moved back to her hometown in Dallas, TX. When one of her clients is murdered, she becomes the next target as the bad guys believe she has something that he gave to her. Homicide detective Nate Quinn is working her client's murder case. He and Grace had been friends in college, but hadn't seen each other since. Leaning on the past familiarity, Grace and Nate work together to race against the clock to find the killers before it's too late. .. or one of them becomes the next victim!This book is fast-paced and kept me guessing until the end. I won't give anything away, but what the killers were after is legitimately scary and to think it could possibly happen has me re-thinking some life choices! The suspense element of this book was absolutely fantastic. The romance aspect felt a little "pushed" at times, which is the only reason this rating is 4 stars instead of 5 (can I actually rate it 4.5?); however, I LOVED how the love story ended up. This book is Christian fiction, but it is not overly preachy. The characters wonder about having faith in the hard times and have conversations in that regard. I would definitely consider it Christian, but more along the lines of "Christian-light" as there aren't any deeply religious contexts and non-Christians could still very much enjoy this book. It does help to answer the question - where is God when life is hard?If you enjoy a good clean romantic suspense thriller, I would strongly recommend this book! Special thanks to the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy of this book! I was under no obligation to write a review and the thoughts contained within are my own.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    Information they are willing to kill for.With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, Lisa Harris takes readers deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.My review: Some years ago I read my first Lisa Harris book. I don't remember the title, but I do remember thinking it was "just OK". She has gone from being just OK to one of my favorite suspense authors whose books I look forward to reading. This book is her first after her awesome Nikki Boyd Series. As far as I can tell, this Information they are willing to kill for.With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, Lisa Harris takes readers deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.My review: Some years ago I read my first Lisa Harris book. I don't remember the title, but I do remember thinking it was "just OK". She has gone from being just OK to one of my favorite suspense authors whose books I look forward to reading. This book is her first after her awesome Nikki Boyd Series. As far as I can tell, this is a stand alone book, with no indications of it being a series. I loved the plot for this book. It involved bad guys working to shut down the power grid for the whole country, as the good guys raced to stop their evil and disastrous plan. I have read an am aware of the dangers and fallout if something like that did ever happen, so I found the book to be a fascinating read, even though it was fictional. The author did a great job on the technical jargon, and describing how such things in language easy to understand, and an awesome job on the suspense. The two main characters were very likable, and were great creations by the author. As with most books of this type, there is a romance brewing throughout the book. Even though I am a confirmed bachelor, I have come to enjoy most of these and cheer on that part of the book, as well as a conclusion to the mystery/dilemma faced by those characters. I loved the book, and found it one difficult to put down, and was only disappointed that the ending came so fast. Harris has another book she can be very proud of.I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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