#BookBeginnings The Secrets They Left Behind

Let’s take a peek at The Secrets They Left Behind by Lissa Marie Redmond for Book Beginnings on Fridays.

Book Beginnings is a fun meme hosted by Rose City Reader blog. To participate, share the first sentence or so of a novel you are reading and your thoughts about it. When you are finished, add your URL to the Book Beginnings page linked above. Hope to see you there!



The Secrets They Left Behind* by Lissa Marie Redmond

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Summary:  While on Christmas break, three college freshmen disappear, leaving  their cell phones, coats, and purses behind. When the investigation grows cold, twenty-three-year-old Buffalo police officer Shea O’Connor goes undercover, posing as a freshman. Will she get the evidence she needs to find the young women or will she become a target herself?

First Sentence:

Monday, February 20th

If I had known the best thing that was going to happen to me that day was a black eye, I would have called in sick.



The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. The premise is simple. Turn to page 56 in the book and pick a quote.


“Joe, this is Shea Anderson. She just moved here from Buffalo,” Kayla said in a disgusted voice, as if he smelled particularly repulsive that day.

“Shea Anderson? You sound like a French restaurant.”

“Good one,” I joked. “I’ve never heard that before.”

I recently finished a really dense 466 page mystery by P. D. James, so I’m looking forward to something more straightforward and this looks like just the thing.

I like the tough cop voice in the first sentence. I’m not so sure about the immature college freshman dialogue in the later quote, but I guess it is age appropriate.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?


  1. Breana M.

    How is a black eye the best thing to happen??? The beginning definitely got my interest. Enjoy your current read!

    • Roberta

      I started it last night and couldn’t put it down (she says blearily).

  2. Mareli @ Elza Reads

    The cover immediately draws attention and the premise does sound good. Keep reading!

    Happy weekend and here’s my Weekend Book Friends #11

    • Roberta

      Speaking of covers, you found some great ones for Charlotte’s web! Thanks for visiting.

  3. Sammie @ The Bookwyrm's Den

    Bwahaha, I absolutely LOVE that opening sentence! Sounds like a really fun character voice.

    Here’s my Friday post.

    • Roberta

      She is a great character and I hope the author continues with a series with her.

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    The excerpts do pique my interest, and now I want to know more. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      It is interesting because the investigator essentially puts herself in the victims’ place.

  5. Freda Mans-Labianca

    Sounds like a good one! Happy weekend!

  6. Yvonne Gill

    Hi Roberta,

    Now this one sounds right up my street! Another new to me author to add to my list and I was pleased to see that this is a stand alone novel, which means I don’t have to try and play catch-up with a well-developed series!

    If a black eye is the best thing to happen to you at work, personally I would be thinking about finding another job, not just taking a day off sick! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing and have a peaceful weekend

    Yvonne xx

    • Roberta

      I have to agree with you about finding another job, but it does set the tone for things to come.

  7. Yvonne

    I would definitely keep reading this one. It sounds like something I’d really like.

  8. Ashley S.

    That opening has me so intrigued. What else happens that makes a black eye the best thing of her day? I’d definitely keep reading. Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a great weekend! 🙂

  9. Anne@HeadFullofBooks

    Sounds like a real page-turner. I would be terrified to live on that campus. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Roberta

      Turns out the author is a retired police detective, so she knows her stuff.

  10. Becki

    The opening line made me chuckle. Guess my week hasn’t been so bad, in retrospect 😉 Thanks for sharing and enjoy your week.

    • Roberta

      It does put things in perspective, doesn’t it?

  11. Gilion at Rose City Reader

    I don’t know. I have a high tolerance for mystery plots but a low tolerance for stories about college students. I might stick with PD James!

    • Roberta

      Have to admit the college student dialogue required a bit of an adjustment.

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