Interweaving elements of mystery and suspense with a message of hope, Linda Hall’s seventh novel brings healing to those wounded by legalism in the church. In Katheryn’s Secret, mystery writer Sharon Colebrook finds herself the unexpected recipient of her deceased Aunt Katie’s journals — and hopes to learn about a murder Katie had hinted at years before. But as Sharon and her husband, Jeff, begin to investigate, the carefully kept facade of her strict religious family begins to crumble. Secrets, long buried, begin to surface — and only God’s grace can put this family back together again.
When Sharon Sullivan-Colebrook, a successful mystery writer, returns to the beach home her deceased aunt has bequeathed to her, she finds everything but closure. Mildred, the mannequin ‘”scarecrow” is appearing in odd places throughout the house. Strange noises disturb her at night. Sharon and her husband Jeff try to solve an old family mystery, track down her estranged brother, and rebuild a relationship with their 22-year-old daughter. At the same time, God is working through a childhood friend to help Sharon examine her religious upbringing and abandoned faith.
This novel is full of secrets, surprises, and interesting characters. Linda Hall skillfully brings all the sub-plots together to a satisfying, thoughtful conclusion.
Review by Cindy.