Book Review: Her Secret Son by Hannah Mary McKinnon (ARC)

Her Secret Son

Author: Hannah Mary McKinnon

Publication Date: 28 May 2019

Genre: Adult Fiction – Thriller/Domestic Suspense

Pages: 378

Publisher: MIRA Books

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.

When it comes to familial relationships, the age old debate of nature versus nurture always comes around. This is definitely true in the case of Her Secret Son.

Josh and Grace have been together for five years, and in those five years, Josh has been the only father Logan (now seven) has known. While Josh always wanted to marry Grace and legally adopt Logan, Grace thought the process was pointless since they were young and healthy and not going anywhere. 

Josh and Logan’s world is turned upside down when Grace dies in a tragic accident. With Grace gone, Josh starts the adoption process to make sure Logan doesn’t have to lose both of his parents, but when he tries to track down Logan’s birth certificate, it’s nowhere to be found. As Josh tries to seek answers, he uncovers dark secrets that Grace has been hiding about Logan. 

I loved Josh and Logan’s father/son relationship. Both of them are grieving and lash out at different times as a part of the process, but their bond and love for one another never falters. I don’t always agree with the decisions that Josh makes, but it is clear that he always has Logan’s best interest first. I also loved Josh’s sister Lisa and his best friend Ivan. They are an incredible support system to Josh and Logan. 

The last 50 pages of this book had me at the edge of my seat as the secrets were finally revealed. There were definitely some twists that I didn’t see coming.

Overall, this is a compelling story of father/son relationships, grief, and what it means to be a family. Definitely a great read! 

Thank you to Kate Rock for the tour invite. Thank you to Hannah Mary McKinnon and MIRA Books for providing a copy for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Have you read Her Secret Son? Is it on your TBR? Let’s discuss.

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