Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Revell provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

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Kristin opened her fair trade shop to help make the world a better place, but people connected to the shop have started turning up dead. Luke, a detective who’s new at his department, aims to help Kristin discover the source of this danger in Hidden Peril by author Irene Hannon.

I’m a fan of both novella- and novel-length suspense reads. While I don’t need them to have heart-pounding intrigue and action that has me on the edge of my seat at the level of a thriller, I do prefer a suspense story to have a smart flair that keeps me on my toes and a plot that keeps me engrossed, especially in a longer book.

This novel was slow going for me, though. The suspense thread felt a bit thin as the romance unfolded, and the romantic characters didn’t click for me.

For instance, I find it unconvincing when an adult character, especially one who’s been in love before, is supposed to seem naïve about having a romantic attraction. (…for whatever reason it was difficult to ask… • For some reason, that didn’t sit well. • …for some odd reason he’d rather be taking her home right now than investigating this murder.) It also doesn’t ring true to me when a hero or heroine treats the thought of a man/woman attraction as an outrageous idea. (“And how did you come to such an off-the-wall conclusion anyway?” • “How in the world did you arrive at that preposterous conclusion?”) Also, these lines are redundant, all coming within a few pages of each other.

After more than a hundred pages in, I decided to set this novel aside. Still, it was only my first time trying this popular romantic suspense author, so I may do so again in the future.


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