Keeper of Secrets

Keeper of Secrets

by Lynda Stacey

4 out of 5

Should some secrets stay buried?

For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist.

But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it.

With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes.

It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground …

Cassie is an experienced archaeologist; she is called back to her hometown, as an old family mystery is threatened to be unearthed.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

This story follows Cassie, who has recently scored one of the best jobs, working at the Herculaneum. This is interrupted when she learns her aunt is very ill, and she needs to go back whilst there's still time.
Cassie heads to her hometown of Doncaster, where she learns they are unearthing the Sand House. Cassie has to face her own past, as well as uncover family mysteries.

Making things easier is the unexpected presence of her friend and unrequited crush, Noah. Even if he is in a relationship, and there's no hope of anything else; Cassie realises how much she missed him.

This was a sweet, cozy mystery, binding together the secrets of a family, and a local landmark. When I say local, I mean it. Doncaster happens to be my hometown, and I was giddy to read about the real history of the town, mixed with a new fiction.

The mystery is a good one, with plenty of twists and misleading clues. The building romance between Cassie and Noah is realistic and doesn't detract from the main story, which is always a bonus!
I would have liked a little more closure on some of the sideplots, especially with Declan.

I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more of Stacey's work.


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