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The Secret Hour (Rice, Luanne)

The Secret Hour (Rice, Luanne) [Kindle Edition]

Luanne Rice

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Marine biologist Kate Harris travels from Washington, D.C., to Connecticut on a mission of love. She is searching for her missing sister, Willa, who disappeared six months earlier, and whom Kate believes might be a victim of a serial killer whose lawyer is John O'Rourke. When Kate arrives at O'Rourke's house, he believes she is the new baby-sitter for his motherless children. After she explains her mission, she asks John to ask his client if he ever met her sister. Their brief encounter has a profound effect on John and his children. The children feel a kinship with Kate, and John, who has, like Kate, suffered a tragic betrayal, contemplates breaking lawyer-client confidentiality to find out if her sister is an unknown victim of his client. As John helps her, pursuing answers to questions that put them both at grave risk, their lives become deeply entwined. Rice's lyrical style reveals the mind of a serial killer and humanizes the dilemma of justice by the book versus justice for victims. Patty Engelmann
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Widower John O'Rourke, the father of two, could have a chance at happiness with KateDif only he weren't defending a vicious serial killer.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 530 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 432 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0553584014
  • Verlag: Bantam (4. Februar 2003)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B000FBFMT8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Nicht aktiviert
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15 von 15 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
5.0 von 5 Sternen A very good book by Luanne 17. Juli 2003
Von mzglorybe - Veröffentlicht auf
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Different from her other works. I almost couldn't believe it was her writing this suspense. It reminded me somewhat of Greg Iles "The Quiet Game", also a story of a widower father who is an attorney and getting involved in a case in his home town that affects him personally.
In this story, the attorney, John O'Rourke, is a widower with 2 kids, a teen son and a daughter. He is trying his best to raise them in his home town where everyone knows them, but is making enemies by taking on a horrible case. He is representing an admitted serial killer of young women and the town hates him for it. Along comes a lovely woman who believes this serial killer may be the cause for her sisters disappearance 6 months prior in this area. John is torn between wanting to help the woman, whom he is attracted to, and doing his best for his client. The story takes many twists and turns and is written very well. You feel connected to these characters and think about them even when you are not reading... that's the sign of a well written novel.
Luanne writes in the same New England setting that she has used in her other books. Her characters, even the pets, have captivating personalities, and the discriptive locale always makes you want to go there. Another great book by Ms. Rice... do some more like this, Luanne.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It's No Secret That I Love This Author! 14. Januar 2004
Von Nancy R. Katz - Veröffentlicht auf
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A new book by Luanne Rice is always an occasion for me to rush right out, buy the book and then wait a few weeks before I read it. Why do I wait to read it? Perhaps its because I'm waiting for just the right mood or knowing that once I finish this book I'll have to wait a bit till Ms. Rice writes another one. And while my wait wasn't that long this time since I recently read the Firefly trilogy which included Firefly Beach, Safe Harbor and True Blue almost back to back, The Secret Hour is Luanne Rice at her very best. As she has accomplished in so many of her novels I loved, Ms. Rice introduces us to characters who have suffered tragedies in their family structures and find healing within themselves and through others.
John O'Rourke, a defense attorney and his children 14 year old Ted and 11 year old Maggie, are still reeling from the accidental death of their wife and mother Theresa. Now two years later, John is desperately trying to save his client from the death penalty. Isolated form his neighbors and community for representing this convicted killer, John and his family suffer greatly particularly the children who have barely begun to deal with their mother's passing. Then one day a new woman, Kate Harris, arrives in town. The family mistakes her for a new housekeeper/babysitter whom they have been advertising for in the local papers. But Kate has her own reason for being in Connecticut and wanting to get to know the O'Rourke family. Thus begins a reader's journey and adventure where once again Rice's plots are filled with the themes of love between siblings, love between a man and a woman and happiness after tragedies.
Although not always a fan of the genre of romantic suspense, I loved this book. I found that Rice's writing was emotional and heart rending without being sappy as characterized in books by Nicholas Sparks and others. Her characters are well portrayed and I think about them now weeks after I finished this title.
While I always wait patiently for a new Luanne Rice book,this time my wait is almost over. Her new book, Dance With Me, is due out in February and I for one can't wait. I will purchase it immediately, put it away and read it at just the right time, which for me is almost any time. I do hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Finished it in 2 days! 21. März 2003
Von Theresa W - Veröffentlicht auf
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I think this was one of Luanne Rice's best books. It's definitely different from the others I've read, but in a good way.
I liked that she wrote a book with some suspense. Kind of a change. She did a good job with the new aspect. She still kept in her trademarks of the East coast & beauty surrounding it as well as the love story & the family story.
Great book! She's my new favorite author.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen powerful legal romantic thriller 4. Februar 2003
Von Harriet Klausner - Veröffentlicht auf
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In Connecticut, defense attorney John O'Rourke struggles with his moral dilemma of defending some of society's worse monsters to insure they have a fair trail and the requirements of a single dad raising two youngsters by himself. The townsfolk treat John like a pariah especially with his current case, defending Greg Merrill, the Breakwater Killer. The latest incident is a brick tossed threw his kitchen window that two cops blithely write it off as if John was the criminal.
Immediately following the brick incident, Kate Harris arrives at the O'Rourke residence. She wants John to ascertain whether his infamous client killed her sister, who vanished without the body recovered. As Kate helps the O'Rourkes heal from the loss of their mother, she falls in love with the trio. The kids welcome her into their lives, but John is reluctant as he feels guilt over his spouse's cheating while he overly worked on defending the dregs.
THE SECRET HOUR is a powerful legal romantic thriller that is at its best when John, living up to the Dershowitz credo that a "good lawyer should want to take the hardest cases, the most unpopular defendants", must defend himself and his children from his neighbors. Readers will feel his strength from the start when John thinks back on an incident at an ice cream parlor with his young daughter involving the condemnation by a senior citizen. The story line is fast-paced yet obvious, but romantic suspense fans and legal thriller buffs will want to read this close look at the toll of defending death row convicts on the personal lives of an attorney and his family.
Harriet Klausner
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Liked it - Didn't Love it 8. September 2003
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read all of Luanne Rice's books to date and would say that she is one of my favorite authors. I grew up in southern Rhode Island so I am familiar with many of the landmarks that she mentions. As I read, I can envision the scenarios and hear the surf pounding the shore.
That being said, I wasn't as crazy about this book as I have been about her others. I don't want to give away the ending, but I thought it was just a little too far-fetched to be believable.
However, I did like her development of the characters and the interaction between John and his children. That was real.
I guess you can't win them all.
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