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Monday, March 3, 2014

Open Secret by Deryn Collier

Open Secret (Bern Fortin #2)
by Deryn Collier
Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4767-1680-0
Buy from Indigo
On Sale Date: April 8, 2014

Description: After the abrupt end to his military career Bern has settled into an uneasy peace in his new life in Kootenay Landing—a peace he knows can’t last. Out for a fall hike, he discovers Dr. Juniper Sinclair, the town’s lone doctor, attempting to revive small-time drug dealer Seymour Melnychuk, who has been shot in the forehead. In a seemingly unrelated incident, Gary Dowd abandons his van while crossing the US border. Gary is a local father of two, an accountant, and a steady, predictable guy. He’s also been best friends with Seymour Melnychuk since elementary school.

Bern knows the two disturbing events must be related and works with police constable Maddie Schilling to uncover the hidden ties that connect the two cases. Why was Dr Sinclair already on the scene? Why is there no exit wound on Seymour’s body? Why did Gary Dowd disappear while trying to cross the border? Who truly controls the hills and forests around Kootenay Landing? Amidst the chaos of the case, Bern’s military background comes back to haunt him, forcing him to confront the secrets of his own past that he has long sought to keep buried.

As Bern and Schilling close in on the killer, each is drawn into the case personally and the stakes are higher than anyone can imagine. Everyone has something to hide, and no one in Kootenay Landing seems willing to talk. But Bern Fortin is well aware that no secret can remain buried forever—not even his own.


The Good Stuff
  • Bern is a truly fascinating character. Author does an excellent job of creating a character who is obviously still dealing with PTSD
  • Interesting ti get a little bit more about Bern's backgrounds
  • Storyline was fascinating and had me hooked
  • Some of the story broke my heart as the characters felt all too real
  • Author has a gift for recreating a small BC town - again the setting feels authentic and the characters are realistic with many flaws - so basically like those in any community
  • Need to find out more about Bern's past and those of the rest of the town
  • An intelligent thriller - you really need to pay attention to all the little details

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Story jumped around a lot from the past to present and it often felt a little disjointed 
  • Not enough  details
 Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Word was that his mother was now in a wheelchair and his father was serving a twenty-year sentence in the US for pot trafficking.  Americans took their marijuana seriously."

"Bern locked eyes with the younger man and marveled that even the Canadian army count not reach inside some men and stamp out their will."

"The silent partners in this tragedy were the gangs at work behind the scenes. The master puppeteers. Their fingerprints were everywhere, they were to blame for everything, and yet they remained invisible. Perhaps he could find them while there was still something of a soldier left in him."

3.75/5 Dewey's

I received this from Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review 

If  you are interested in meeting Deryn Collier - she will be at the Calgary Public Library on March 18th along with Andrew Pyper and Nick Cutter (craig davidson) For more info

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