Review: The Nature of Secrets (Finley O’Sullivan Book 2) by Debra Webb


Print Length: 347 pages
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer (March 14, 2023)

From Legal investigator Finley O’Sullivan has had a difficult year in the wake of her husband’s murder. But in her line of work, there’s no time to grieve. Her job is to protect the firm’s clients and defend their innocence through grueling investigative work.

Ellen Winthrop is a force to be reckoned with in the financial world. In a male-dominated industry, she shattered the glass ceiling by empowering and promoting women. But now her husband is dead, killed in the Winthrop family home—and she stands accused of his murder.

Finley, as the investigator at the firm Ellen Winthrop hired to defend her, has a clear objective: prove that Ellen didn’t do it. But the deeper Finley digs into the Winthrops’ marriage, the more she starts to doubt Ellen’s story. The uncomfortable truth is that Ellen Winthrop may in fact have killed her husband.

And he might not have been the first.


My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Man, although this one started off strong, I really struggled to finish it; to the point where I found myself reading it before bedtime because I knew it would help me fall asleep. And while I hate saying that about any book, I especially hate saying it about a book written by an author that I normally enjoy a lot more. 

I think part of the problem was that not only was the plot itself extremely slow going, but there was a lot of repetition when it came to every little detail. I also found the characters hard to empathize with, especially Finley. I get it, she was lied to by her ex and also traumatized by his murder, but the way that she was constantly thinking of that when she was supposed to be interviewing people eventually became more annoying than anything else. 

I did enjoy the two different plot lines that ran parallel to one another and the way the ending came about in a way that I hadn't expected, I just wish this story had been edited more to decrease the repetition. I feel like had that been done, the story would have felt more on the edge of your seat and less, oh, we're still here? 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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