Secrets in the Shallows

Book 1, The Monastery Murders

Fiction - Mystery - Murder
369 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2019
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Author Biography

Award-winning author Kimberly Brouillette is pleased to present her exciting paranormal mystery thrillers in The Monastery Murders series. The first books in the series, Secrets in the Shallows (Book 1) and Devil in the Details (Book 2) are the 2014 and 2015 Paranormal Awards winners for fiction, respectively, and have earned 5-Star ratings on Readers' Favorite. Book 2 also won the 2016 New Apple Award for mysteries. The highly anticipated conclusion of the series, Method on the Madness (Book 3), has rave reviews on Readers' Favorite and Amazon. Currently, Kimberly is writing Fury of the Fallen, Book 1 of a sequel series, The Forever Fallen. In addition, she is producing the entire Monastery Murder Series in audio book format.

Kimberly earned her B.S. in earth science/geology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her M.A. in Biblical studies from Trinity Theological College & Seminary. She has been editor and contributing editor for numerous published books and has written many published articles for periodicals and Internet blogs. Kimberly also enjoys reading, music, history, traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

Secrets in the Shallows by Kimberly Brouillette is Book 1 of The Monastery Murders series. Wattsville, Maine is about to bear the brunt of a huge storm. A young boy disappears on his way home in a snowstorm, murdered and thrown in the monastery pond. It bears a striking resemblance to an earlier murder of another teenager and the entire community is shaken to the core. Mother Superior has served for years but her life is about to change forever. Ghosts wander the monastery, more victims and witnesses to what has happened. Can detectives find the killer before another body is left? DA John Smith and his fiancée, Katy, are embroiled in the crime up to their necks as they battle to bring about justice, but the story is just beginning.

Secrets in the Shallows: The Monastery Murders Book 1 by Kimberly Brouillette is a fascinating tale of murder, mystery and the paranormal. It is gripping stuff, a story that hooks you right from the start and drags you deep into a traditional murder mystery but with a paranormal twist. This is a real page-turner and, although there are several stories going on, I promise you that they all have something to do with the main plot, even when they seem to be totally unrelated. This is very clever writing as Ms. Brouillette leads you through a haunting and horrific tale, gradually spilling clues and building suspense as the novel reaches its cliffhanger of an ending, landing you with a crash into book 2. I felt every emotion throughout this book. I felt as though I were there every step of the way. This is an eerie story with fantastic characters and I guarantee you will not have a clue who the murderer is. I made a few guesses but was wrong every step of the way.