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The Family Secret

By: Lorhainne Eckhart
Narrated by: John Mo,Eileen Smith
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Publisher's Summary

Just what is the mystery behind Raymond O'Connells disappearance? NY Times and USA Today best-selling author Lorhainne Eckhart brings you The Family Secret, an O’Connell family novel, when a body is discovered at the edge of town, rumors, circumstantial evidence, and a chance for revenge lead to one family member’s arrest, and an all out effort to take several other O’Connells down as well. 

“Wow what drama, what tension, what suspense.” (Susan Jordens)

“This was a very explosive and heart wrenching story. A body is found and the DA is out for blood. As long as it's O'Connell blood, he doesn't much care whose.” (KEC200)

Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’s life - from the day she met him, to the day a year later when she married him, to the tragic night before she never saw him again.

Some would say they had the perfect all-American life. Now, 18 years later, questions arise about the night her husband disappeared, leaving a bloody knife and a letter addressed to her, in which he said goodbye and told her not to look for him, with not even a second thought for her and their six children.

©2020 Lorhainne Ekelund (P)2021 Lorhainne Ekelund

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Loved it !! this story. the narrator is so fantastic it's like your really there!! good overall

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Great Read

The Family Secret (The O'Connells #9) was a great read by Lorhainne Eckhart. Raymond O’Connell was the love of Iris’ life. Now, eighteen years later, there are questions about the night her husband disappeared. This scandal left the community rocked where there are widespread rumors. Iris always kept her head down and kept the secret of what truly happened that night. Her adult children are now asking questions and she enlists the help of her daughter’s husband, a lawyer. The secrets could destroy everything the O’Connells have built for themselves. The truth of who Raymond is could also put a target on them. I enjoyed reading this book and cant wait to read more by the author.

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dual narration this time around....

FAMILY SECRET (The O'Connells, #9) . . . Have we finally got to the secret of the O'Connells'. What more could we find out about this family? Where are all these secrets going to leave the O'Connells in the end? What are the next steps? Who will be the first to make them? Raymond O'Connells. Where has he been for eighteen years? Why did he leave his family? Why now?

I am giving you nothing. I am telling you that you will need to jump right in and see for yourself what, when, why, and how the O'Connells family secret comes to light and was dark in the first place.

This time around John is joined by Eileen Smith. Together they bring light to the mystery of Raymond O'Connells and the event from eighteen years ago. With the words from lorhainne Eckhart the story unwinds and fills you mind with all the images as the words flow from our narrators.

Now this is just my observation and opinion, but I highly suggest that you start from the very beginning of this series and follow it all the way through to the end. You get so much more out of the story if you know it all.

Reasons I enjoyed this book:
Twisted Entertaining Easy-to-read Unpredictable Family oriented Emotional support Family Intrigue

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  • 05-20-22

A memorable read.

Secrets surely have a way of getting out no matter how long it takes. It was really hard to see how judgemental people can be, especially those you expect to know better. The people in the community should have known better but that is life sometimes.
Again, the characters and happenings in this story is so realistic it pulls you into every characters experience and you can’t help but connect with them. Love the narrator.

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  • 02-07-22

OMG! Best book in the series so far.

I don’t know how Lorhainne Eckhart managed to pack so much information, suspense and intrigue into a book that’s only 4:32 long but she did and I loved this story. Note: you really should read this series in order for best enjoyment. A lot of things that happen in this book might not be understood as well if you read it on its own.

Iris, the mother of the O’Connell family, has been a side character in the earlier books but she’s front and center in this one. The things that this story reveals were both expected and yet shocking. I really feel like if I say too much it would reveal too much of the story.

If you’ve read the previous books in this series you absolutely must read this one. A lot of things are cleared up and there’s not really a cliffhanger but I can’t wait to listen to the next one as I hope we get more answers for this intriguing family.

A complimentary copy of this audiobook was provided to me at my request but my review was voluntary and not influenced by the author and/or narrator.