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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Deadly Secrets from Pond Island is a work of fiction in the mystery, suspense, and crime subgenres, and it forms part of the Vanessa Hutchins series of mystery novels. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Penned by author Olivia Raymond, the plot follows our series star, Vanessa Hutchins, a successful lawyer on the brink of a senior partnership, who experiences a transformative vision. This vision prompts her to abandon her legal career, buy a house sight unseen, and escape the city in search of a more meaningful life. However, her new beginning takes an unexpected turn when she discovers her new home is filled with a hoard of secrets spanning decades. As Vanessa begins to discover the truth behind the hidden secrets, she realizes the town's revered heroes might be involved in a dark conspiracy.
Author Olivia Raymond has penned a truly compelling page-turner that deftly explores themes of discovery, justice, and the consequences of unveiling hidden truths. The characters are well-crafted and relatable, and the small-town setting adds an intimacy to the story that amps up the tension by making everything else feel very closed in. One of the features I especially liked was the personality in the narrative, which blends traditional mystery tropes with a fresh touch of wit and a great undercurrent of genuine emotion to keep things realistic and resonant. Overall, reading Deadly Secrets from Pond Island was an engaging experience rocketing through a plot masterfully woven with suspenseful twists and turns, and I’d highly recommend it to other mystery and thriller fans to enjoy.