Series: Burning Cove #1
Published by Berkley on May 9, 2017
Genres: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Mystery
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…
This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much is the first book in the burning cove series and this is a romantic suspense/historical thriller set around the 1930’s in California. I have had this series on my watchlist for a while now and decided that it was past time to pick up these books and quite frankly I haven’t read this author in YEARS and it was definitely time to grab her up again….Not sure why I stopped reading her to be honest since I have always enjoyed what I have had the pleasure of reading from her. But I can say that this was a delight to read, not a perfect book for me personally, but I had a fun time with it.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much takes on our heroine Irene, who when finding her boss murdered knows that her life is in danger and takes her late boss’s notebook that is evidence and what the killer was obviously looking for …she then changed her identity and goes across the country and becomes Irene, a journalist and when she sees two murders, she investigates in a town called “Burning Cove” where her prime suspect is a famous actor. But she meets up with the infamous hotel’s owner, Oliver Ward, who was once a magician but now is just trying to live a life after facing tragedy and betrayal in his life. There is an instant attraction between Oliver and Irene but while there are sparks, there is also a murderer on the loose and its up to them to investigate. But the search takes them on a journey of thrilling rides and some surprises they least expect to find.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much was a story I wasn’t sure what to expect to be honest and so different and unique from anything I have read before and it did take me a while to adapt to the author’s writing style. Like I mentioned before it has been such a long time since I have read anything by her and my reading tastes have definitely adapted over the years but I did eventually get hooked into the story which is probably what keeps this reader’s rating from a five star. I will say that even though the pacing wasn’t what I was used to and it took a while to really become invested in the story, it did happen and once it did I found myself immersed in this story and what a mystery that is revealed.
There are so many positive elements to this book and I will warn readers there is little to no heat except for some good kissing so yes this is a book your mama (or at least my mama could read hehe) I did like the relationship building and even if its second to the mystery element I didn’t struggle with it much to be honest and you all know how much I love my romance lovin’ but Quick really does such an incredible job in writing such a captivating story any reader can get behind.
Overall I found The Girl Who Knew Too Much to be a fascinating tale set in a unique era, packed with thrills, stunning detail and immersive writing.