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A Secret to Die For

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Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret--one worth killing for. But when she finds out one of her clients has been murdered, she quickly realizes that the computer security specialist wasn't simply suffering from paranoia.

Detective Nate Quinn has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed eighteen people, including his partner, and left
Paperback, 327 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Revell (first published September 2018)
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Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, now this was a fun suspense book! I’ve been eagerly waiting for this book and it didn’t disappoint.

Grace Callahan has a secret to die for, only she doesn’t know it. This book immediately starts with action as Grace is trying to get out of her house, realizing that she isn’t alone. There is a lot of action and different events that happen throughout the book. The story unfolds in only a couple days, and I think I would have enjoyed it better if it had slowed down some and taken a little more
Sarah Grace
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 15+ for mild romance and violence
Wow! Another wild ride from Lisa Harris.

As soon as I saw that this book features a character dealing with PTSD, I knew I wanted to read it. Detective Nate Quinn is still dealing with the psychological aftereffects of a bombing that killed 18 people, including his partner. From the first chapter, I loved reading Nate's story and his struggles with faith following such a traumatic event. Harris did a great job depicting this subject in a way that was heart-wrenchingly realistic.
I also loved Grac
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
A Secret to Die For has a lot of action, a whole lot of action in the first half of the novel. While the action continues in the second half, there is a bit more focus on the blooming romance between Grace and Nate in the latter half.

I liked that Grace wasn't a widow, but rather divorced after a tragic event rocked her marriage. Young widows are used rather frequently by authors. I found the premise of a group trying to take down a power grid in the United States completely plausible. Loved that
Victoria Lynn
Oct 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Rtc
Maureen Timerman
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Once I turned the first page I was gone, be ready for a fast-paced action packed read. You will never see most of what happens coming, and yet it is one of those being at the right place at the right time happenings.
The author does a wonderful job of keeping your attention, from beginning to end, and the title sure pulled me in, and you will quickly know how the title applies, and when you learn what is happening it could be so true.
There is a bit of sweet romance, not knowing what you’re lookin
Cara Putman
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this suspense with strong romance threads. It was well plotted, creative, and engaging.
Sep 27, 2018 added it
Psychologist Grace Callahan has a secret. A Secret to Die For. Only, she doesn’t know it. When her client is found murdered and her own life is threatened, she is determined to honor her client’s memory by helping the police find his killer.

It’s Detective Nate Quinn’s first day back to work and he’s not entirely sure he should have been cleared from his medical leave. Nate is suffering from PTSD after a bombing killed several of his coworkers, including his partner. But then he learns that Grace
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was fast-paced. I was hooked from the beginning of it. I can tell you it kept me awake many evenings because I didn't want to put it down!

Grace is dealing with some of her own issues when she learns one her clients was murdered. I didn't expect this book to have developed the characters so deeply. I also didn't expect the book to show how the characters deal with their traumatic pasts.

I really enjoyed this book. I'm hoping it's part of a series so that I can catch up with these charact
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret--and a target on her back. When one of her clients is murdered, Grace quickly realizes that computer security specialist Stephen Shaw wasn't suffering from paranoia. What she doesn't know is that someone believes Shaw gave her a vital piece of information before he died--and they are ready to silence her at any cost. Her only hope may be an old friend, Detective Nate Quinn, who has just been cleared for active duty af
Lisa Johnson
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Title: A Secret to Die For
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 336
Year: 2018
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The main character, Grace, is a psychologist who had a client she was convinced was dealing with paranoia. When he is found dead, there is a business card found in the deceased man’s pocket. Just when Grace has found a place in her life to start fresh, that is shattered. On top of that, the detective asking questions is a man who had been her ex-husband’s friend.
What becomes apparent to D
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa Harris certainly knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! From the very first sentence to the very last I was completely sucked into this story! It almost felt like an episode of a crime show (which I love) but with a deeper look into everything.
Grace and Nate had a bit of a unique relationship. They had known each other in college when Nate’s best friend was dating Grace but they’d lost touch. Now they meet again under very crazy circumstances. I really appreciated how the author ha
Virginia Winfield
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful book filled with suspense and romance. There are a lot of twists and turns. Grace and Nate become reunited after losing touch after college. Nate must protect Grace after she helps one of her patients. I really love this author and her stories. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Inspriation Romanctic Suspense lovers!
A sharp clatter jerked Grace Callahan out of the novel she was reading. She dropped the paperback onto the empty side of the queen-sized bed, then sat up, trying to determine if the noise had come from inside the house, or outside. More than likely it was her neighbor’s dog again, knocking something over. Or maybe she’d simply imagined it.
She glanced at the book’s ominous cover. Next time she should stick to reading something less…intense when trying to go to sleep.

Guess what I was doing when
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this novel of romantic suspense. Harris is a capable author and the novel has good scenes of suspense and romantic tension. I did have some issues with the way the plot developed.

One thing I can't tolerate is suspense due to poor police procedure. It happened twice in this novel. An attempt had been made on Gracie and she is obviously a target of the bad guys. Shortly afterward, police detective Nate takes her to a location all by himself. Of course they are attacked
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Secret To Die For plunges readers straight into the tension and thrills of a race to foil a terrorism plot. With sweet romance and limitless action, Lisa Harris weaves together a story of second chances and overcoming grief and tragedy.

When psychologist Grace Callahan’s home is broken into and her life threatened, it’s not long before the case is tied to the murder of one of her clients. It’s the first day back on the job for Detective Nate Quinn after a bombing left him sidelined and dealing
This was an interesting Christian "romantic suspense" novel, but I didn't enjoy it as much as other novels I've read in this genre by other authors. There was a good amount of action in the novel, but there was also a great deal of long conversations between the characters and a lot of internal dialogue taking place in the minds of the two main characters, which not only affected the pacing of the novel--making it feel that the intense events happened over a longer period of time than they did-- ...more
V. Palmer
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Question: Do you know what I can always count on with a Lisa Harris novel?

Answer: A thrilling story that flies!

Seriously, I read A Secret to Die For in less than twelve hours, and when you've got a toddler, that's a miraculous feat! Lisa Harris has this ability to weave a thrilling, suspenseful story that always results in me frantically turning the pages to figure out the whodunit! And the who always surprises me!

Don't worry - this is a spoiler free zone! ;-)

The true, not-so-secret gem of thi
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This thriller starts the chills from the very first page with two crimes that leaves Grace, a counselor who has had her own share of grief and sorrow, very confused as to why she is being targeted. Enter Detective Nate Quinn, an old friend from college and on his first day back after taking some time off from a horrific crime he experienced himself, and you have two friends fighting to stay alive.

This was a story that could literally be pulled from today’s headlines and with a potential crime th
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
"A Secret to Die For" is a Christian romantic suspense novel. Detective Nate recently lost his partner and several friends in a bombing incident. He had survivor's guilt and was determined to keep his old friend, Grace, safe. Grace recently lost her child and then her marriage and still struggled with the loss. When she discovers that a murdered client left her clues to stopping a terrorist attack, she's determined to feel useful by helping, even if it's dangerous.

The characters dealt with their
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Secret to Die for, by Lisa Harris, is a stand alone modern day romantic thriller. Grace is preparing herself to get through the week, the birthday of her little girl who died of cancer. To make it even worse, some one breaks into her home, breaks into her office and one of her patients is killed. His murderers are after her, thinking she has the information they want.
Nate was best friends with Grace and her ex-husband years earlier. He is now the detective assigned to the case. He has just re
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
This story was full of action and adventure. The characters are in a race against time as they try to save themselves and the country from being destroyed.

The action scenes were interesting but I found them to be a bit too much after a while. At times the situations seemed unrealistic. I also found (in this book and many other romantic suspense Christian fiction books) that even when their lives are in danger and they are running from people who want to kill them, the characters are focusing on
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Harris is on my short list of must-read suspense authors, and she nails it again with her newest release. Beginning with the heart-in-the-throat opening and continuing through the final sentence, A Secret to Die For riveted my attention. High stakes and non-stop action make the pages fairly crackle with tension, and the plot is all too believable in today's high-tech world. Harris adds the perfect touch of romance, upping the angst and weaving in poignant moments that make the heart pound f ...more
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another suspenseful crime drama full of action! A psychologist becomes a target when one of her clients ends up murdered. A former friend whose first day back on the job becomes her ally as they chase the clues and the plot expands to an FBI investigation.

This book was a real page turner, with an interesting, relevant plot involving cyber crimes. The action and police investigation pauses to allow for spiritual discussions, but in a realistic way. Faith struggles following trauma, like how can
Paula Shreckhise
A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris was a well done nailbiter!

This excellent suspense novel kept me turning pages into the night.

Nate Quinn, homicide detective and Grace Callahan, psychologist, were friends in college. Each has experienced heartache and are trying to find their way back to normal. They re-connect after many years on a case that Nate is working. However, Grace is not a consultant but is connected to the victim, Stephen Shaw. Something big is going on and Stephen has left clues for
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I’m a fan of Lisa Harris! She consistently delivers non-stop action, a bit of romance, and real (often hurting) characters in each of her stories. A Secret to Die For is no exception.

Grace Callahan is finding her footing again after a tragedy and the subsequent fallout. Nick Quinn is back at work after surviving a hotel bombing in Dallas. When circumstances bring these two college friends together again, they race to find answers and thwart a catastrophe.

While the suspense was terrific
Denise Hershberger
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Harris writes the perfect combinations of suspense and romantic interest. She includes just the right amount of intrigue between leading characters to satisfy my need for romance in all books.

I was really impressed with Gracie in this book. I love strong female leads and she was just that. She has such a clear head and is quite good at being a step ahead of everyone else. I also loved Nate. He is my favorite type of hero. He is strong, but also patient. I was really impressed with his clear thin
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris is an exciting, heart-pounding, twisting Romantic Suspense.  Readers will definitely be sitting on the edge of their seat. Detective Nate Quinn, has just been released back to active duty after suffering from PTSD. Psychologist Grace Callahan, doesn't know she knows a secret.  Filled with danger, thrilling action, PTSD, grief, survival guilt, abandonment issues, good vs evil, cyber crimes and more. Ms. Harris is a talented author who pulls readers into her stor ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-newbies
This book is a solid 4 & 1/2 stars for me. I enjoyed getting to know Grace and Nate and their struggles and heartaches. Their losses and how they dealt with them spoke to me on a personal level as I have dealt with the deaths of two of my best friends, so that was an aspect of the book that I liked a lot. The premise of the book and what Grace and Nate are rushing to stop was more than a little scary to picture happening in reality but made for an exciting and captivating read. This was an e ...more
Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice)
Thank you to NetGalley, Revell and Lisa Harris for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

My rating is actually 3.5 stars, but since there aren't half stars I always round up.

Another good novel from Lisa Harris. Not my all time favorite from her, but still a good solid suspenseful mystery. It was nice to get back into the world of police detectives solving mysteries in Christian fiction.

I enjoyed the world of conspiracy theories with good reason. The book was so psychol
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I was in the mood for a romantic suspense. Which this book is one. Yet, I thought the chemistry that Grace and Nate had was "medium". There is nothing wrong with "medium" but I was looking and hoping for "spicy". However, as this book is published by a Christian publisher, I can understand the heat level. On the bright side, this book is not preachy in regards to the word of God.

The story started out good. It had a intense scene. From there the next several chapters were still riding the high f
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BIO: Award-winning author of nineteen novels and novellas, Lisa Harris lives with her husband and their three children in Mozambique, Africa, where they work as missionaries.

When she’s not busy writing or home schooling, she loves traveling, cooking different ethnic foods, and photographing animals and birds in the African bush. Visit her website at and her blog at