Thursday, July 6, 2023

Buried Secrets by S F Baumgartner Novella Review

About the Novella:

Dylan Roche is shocked. The twenty-five-year-old management trainee is astonished by the visit of an attorney. After years of blissful ignorance of his heritage, he is leery of the invitation to visit his wealthy maternal grandmother.

Wishing his mother was alive to advise him, Dylan sets off to investigate the family’s history, despite his feeling of foreboding. But with the sinister maniac creeping at each turn, he fears his mother’s faith in him was grossly misplaced.

Will Dylan find the secret hidden by his mother and survive the attack by the lunatic?

My Review:

I enjoyed this novella setting us up for future full length novels. There is a mystery about Dylan's family. His mother never talked about them until a cryptic remark on her death bed. Baumgartner takes us through Dylan being introduced to some shady ancestors and a nice but ailing grandmother. But all is not as it seems and Dylan's life is soon in danger. There is a quick bit of suspense near the end with a dangerous villain. Baumgartner's writing style is good and the action moves along at a good pace.

This is a quick read that lays the foundation for Dylan becoming a part of a wealthy and powerful family he had no idea existed. We are set up with potential FBI involvement and an investigation. I look forward to the coming full length novel to see how the intrigue develops.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

S.F. Baumgartner is a Christian suspense thriller author and creator of the Mirror Estate series. Graduated from the University of Hawaii and the University of Cincinnati. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her cats, staying active, and binge-watching crime TV shows. Living in Ohio with her family. You can find out more at

FB Publishing, 120 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this novella through the Christian Indie Publishing Association. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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