Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon

Title: Her Secret Son
Author: Hannah Mary McKinnon
Published: May 2019, MIRA Books
Format: ARC E-copy, 384 pages
Source: Netgalley via Publisher

How far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?

When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.

Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.

As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined…

Tightly paced and brimming with tension, Her Secret Son is a heartbreakingly honest portrait of a family on the edge of disaster and a father desperate to hold on to the boy who changed his life.

My thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Hannah Mary McKinnon and it definitely will not be the last. I love finding new authors to read, especially ones that have backlists where I can read their older books while waiting for their next one to come out!

I love a good family drama and this one delivers in spades! This was such a compelling story that had my heart racing a mile a minute as right away things start unraveling for Josh as soon as his partner, Grace dies unexpectedly. It's like opening Pandora's Box once Josh begins the process of obtaining legal guardianship of Grace's son, Logan, and once he starts digging into things, he uncovers more than he ever bargained for.

This book is incredibly addictive and once you start reading it, you will be hard-pressed to put it down. I become invested in this story and totally loved that it was told from Josh's point of view. It was easy to feel his pain, grief and struggles with each road block he faced.

I'm always a sucker for family dramas, especially ones riddled with secrets and this one delivered that and more. The tension slowly builds as Josh gets closer to the truth. I do think that the very last part was a bit over the top, but all in all, this was a great read. I very much enjoyed it and will definitely be picking up Hannah's other books soon. Have you read this one yet?



  1. This is my first time hearing of this book. Adding it to my list!

  2. Sounds a cliffhanger! putting on my list.

  3. Sounds thrilling! I read her other novel, The Neighbors, and enjoyed it. I will have to check this one out!


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