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Imagine going to a new country to settle your late father’s affairs only to dodge bullets, fast moving cars, and stampeding horses and that is before you get his ashes.
After suddenly inheriting a funeral home from her father–who she hadn’t heard from in decades–Ilka Jensen has impulsively abandoned her quiet life in Denmark to visit the small town in rural Wisconsin where her father lived. There, she’s devastated to discover her father’s second family: a stepmother and two half sisters she never knew existed. And who aren’t the least bit welcoming, despite Ilka’s efforts to reach out.
Then a local woman is killed, seemingly the unfortunate victim of a home invasion turned violent. But when Ilka learns that the woman knew her father, it becomes increasingly clear that she may not have been a completely random victim after all.
The more Ilka digs into her father’s past, the more deeply entangled she becomes in a family drama that has spanned decades and claimed more than one life–and she may be the next victim…
Sara Blaedel takes readers on a speeding journey in mid-western America when Ilka Jensen arrives to settle her late father’s affairs in Her Father’s Secret (Grand Central Publishing, 978-1538763247, 2019).
Blaedel wastes no time and throws the reader immediately into a mystery and it is not even connected to the reason the Ilka is there. Blaedel not only gives us one mystery to solve, but multiple mysteries in this quickly paced and cleanly written story.
She wastes no time in flowery words and instead gives us wit and panicked grit. There are so many mysteries, that you forget the main reason she is there because you are along for the ride just as she is and wondering what is around the next curve.
I do not know how I have never read this author before because I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Her side characters have as much mystery and story and keep you interested because everyone serves a purpose and not everyone is who they seem to be.
Ilka is a character that is likeable with her own problems and troubled past which is shown in glimpses like a tired detective grudgingly giving you parts of their life. This is not a woman’s romantic mystery – this is a straight mystery for those who might get confused because this is a female author.
It was such a joy to read a real character and I cannot wait to see what Ilka does next and to go on Blaedel’s next ride.
I received this book for free in a Goodreads Giveaway and give my opinion without prejudice and voluntarily.
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Other books in “The Family Secrets” series:
#1 The Daughter (previously published as The Undertaker’s Daughter)
#3 The Third Sister is set for release 7 April 2020
Sara Blaedel is the author of the #1 international bestselling series featuring Detective Louise Rick. Her books are published in thirty-seven countries. In 2014 Sara was voted Denmark’s most popular novelist for the fourth time. She is also a recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award.
In 2016 she published the first book “The Undertakers Daughter” in a new trilogy set in Racine, Wisconsin:
Already widowed by the age of forty, Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads a modest, regimented, and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Until unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: Her father–who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago–has died. And he’s left her something in his will: his funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin.
Narrator: Molly Park-Myers
Settings: Mid-west, US
First published din 2017
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Editor’s Note: edited with updated content & PR standard formatting on 20 March 2020.