Published by Berkley on May 9th 2017
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When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…
The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.
Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…
With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick is a story that can be read as a stand-alone although I am sure that there will be a future book to come if the ending is anything to go by.
Anna Harris is very happy with her job working as a private assistant to a wealthy woman. She is happy that is, until she finds her boss brutally murdered at her home. The woman managed to scrawl a message using her own blood before dying….RUN!
That is just what Anna did. Whilst quickly packing she found a lot of money, more than she saved, and a notebook full of weird notations in her case. She knew her boss put them there for some reason, so she finished packing and was on her way with the notebook and extra cash.
She decided the best place to go and reinvent herself to keep safe was Hollywood. She finds herself a job on a cheap gossip magazine, and calls herself Irene Glasson. Little does she know she is going from one dangerous situation to another. She follows a lead about information about a hot new male star, but before she gets to her informant the person in question is murdered.
The murder takes place at Oliver Ward’s celebrity safe haven, and he makes it clear to Irene that he is going to help her with her investigation. Murder in a place that is supposed to be a getaway for celebrities is not good for business and he wants the situation dealt with quickly and efficiently.
Joining forces sees them finding out a lot and also puts them in peril. There are more murders, more attempted murders and in the middle of all that a little flirtation between Irene and Ward.
I loved the era this story is set in. I also loved how the suspense built from page one, the way it carried on building was thrilling. There are twists and turns you just can’t see coming. Two different plots both bringing danger to all involved, and I had no idea who the villain/s would turn out to be. As a suspense/drama this book is perfect, as a romance, not so much. There was a little dalliance between Ward and Irene but not nearly enough for this book to be considered a romance. That said, if you are happy to forego romance, and love a good whodunit then this is the perfect book for you!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers’ copy of this book.