4.75 Stars rounded up to 5.0 Stars
I tried. I really tried NOT to read this book as soon as I'd finished book one, DANGEROUS HABITS (which was the third book I had binge-read in the series this past week, having started with DANGEROUS MISTAKES, followed immediately by DANGEROUS PLACES). Why did I try NOT to read it? Because there were only two books left in the series, and I was afraid I'd suffer withdrawal symptoms once there were no more Leah Nash books. <g> So I tried one book and another, one genre and another, but none of them could hold my interest. I was inevitably drawn back to Leah Nash.
DANGEROUS SECRETS lived up to my expectations...and then some. Susan Hunter just keeps getting better and better with each book she writes, and that's a wonderful thing.
The fantastic supporting characters are all here: Carol (Leah's mom), Coop (Leah's best friend), and Miguel (Leah's other best friend), and they're all so familiar and lovable. Then there are the other characters who are NOT so lovable but still superbly drawn: Rebecca, Nick (Leah's ex-husband), and Courtnee. Not to mention a host of other characters...including Gabe (Leah's new...um...well...no spoilers).
The mystery is only half the fun of reading a Leah Nash story (the characters are the other half), but the mystery keeps you riveted. Clues are cleverly scattered throughout, but don't worry if you overlook them...so does Leah. That's part of Susan Hunter's brilliance, that Leah's theories come and go (leading to much confusion), but eventually she gets it oh-so-right.
DANGEROUS SECRETS easily joins its companions in the series on my keeper shelf...because I'll be thinking about it for a long time to come.