A Secret to Die For

A Secret to Die For

by Lisa Harris

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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 him dealing with PTSD. His first case back on the job involves the murder of Stephen Shaw, and his only lead turns out to be an old friend, Grace Callahan--and her life is in grave danger. Someone believes Shaw gave his psychologist information before he died. Information they are willing to kill for.

With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, Lisa Harris takes readers deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493415144
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 21,728
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than thirty books, including Vendetta, Missing, Pursued, Vanishing Point, and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent almost fifteen years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com.

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A Secret to Die For 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I love books that are filled with intrigue and subtle clues throughout the book to solve the mystery. The author has done just that in this action packed book. Grace is a psychologist that meets lots of different people. I always wonder if the psychologist is ever afraid of their patient. With great descriptions and an adrenaline rush this story had me on the edge of my seat. When Grace has a patient with a deep secret, what happens when that secret becomes dangerous? Can Grace outsmart who is after her? Nathan is a welcome addition to the story and adds adventure to the story. Grace and Nathan team up to keep one step ahead of the suspect and keep both of them alive. What secret does she know that someone would kill for? I'm glad the author made Grace a strong and smart character. She is not one to give up and her determination is off the wall. They both have something in common which brings them closer together. I think that with them both dealing with trauma it will help them keep each other safe . Grace draws on her faith and that keeps her grounded. The danger these two are put in is non stop and the race is on to see who survives. The book is well written and the mystery is so good I couldn't stop reading. I received an advanced copy of this book from Librarything Early readers program. The review is my own opinion.
MelissaNC More than 1 year ago
Someone is after Grace Callahan, a psychologist, and she has no idea why. Unbeknownst to her, a client of hers has given her secret information that others are willing to kill for to obtain it. When her client turns up dead, Nate Quinn is assigned the case. In the past, Grace and Nate had been good friends but lost touch over the years. Readers have the privilege of watching their friendship be rekindled while pondering the question of whether this is turning into more than a friendship or not. All of this happens in the midst of Nate's PTSD from a recent case he worked where a bomb killed several people including his partner and Grace's grief from a situation in her own personal life. Oh yeah, I can't forget this also happens while someone is working very hard to make sure Grace doesn't live long enough to figure out the secret information she was given by her client. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this book, fasten your seat belt, and enjoy the nail-biting suspense. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Fallbrookfamily More than 1 year ago
Intriguing and fast-paced. I enjoyed this novel by Lisa Harris and it kept my attention to the end. I liked the characters and the emotions, but I gave this one four stars because the main plot is too unbelievable. I don’t want to give any spoilers so I won’t give specifics, but it just seems too far-fetched. But for Christian Romantic Suspense, it was a just right read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my second book that I have ready by Lisa Harris and I really enjoyed this story. She has a way of captivating you and bringing you into the story right away. The reason I did not give this 5 stars is the subject of the "grid" and the reason behind the suspense did not resonate with me. I loved the characters and I loved that time and where they were in life brought them back together at the right time. Grace's story was heart wrenching and then everything she did to help with the case showed her strength and courage. I enjoyed seeing Nate work through his trauma and PTSD alongside the case and with Grace. He also showed strength and courage and ultimately love. Lisa intertwined their stories very well and provided the perfect amount of suspense. I only wish the reason they were running was for something more intriguing or something I was a little more familiar with. Overall great read. Thank you to Netgalley for providing this copy.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Lisa Harris writes suspense books in which the action never stops, and the twists and turns are so unexpected! In this one, Grace is dealing with the loss of her daughter a few years earlier and Nate is coming to terms with the loss of his duty partner. Both are looking for answers and dealing with guilt. I liked Grace’s openness – “I don’t have an easy answer, Nate. I had to fight to find my faith again. And there were times when all I wanted to do was walk away…” I loved this book and highly recommend it if you like suspense! I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
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.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
“Because God knows that sometimes, after you put the pieces back together, you end up with something stronger and even more beautiful than before.” --A Secret to Die For If you’re looking for a book with the perfect blend of suspense, mystery, romance, and faith, grab A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris. From the first page, this story drew me in, and it kept me turning pages to the end. It is a well-written story with great pacing. The action starts quickly and keeps going with several twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. The main characters, Grace and Nate, are both broken and hurting, but they are very realistic and engaging, and I love the way they step right up to solve the mystery. There is a faith element running through the story, but it blends well with the story and isn’t obtrusive.I would recommend this book to those who enjoy well-written romantic suspense. I will definitely be reading more from this author. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/Revell. All opinions are my own.
jebsweetpea More than 1 year ago
Nutshell: Meet Grace Callahan, psychologist. One night changes the trajectory of her life as someone breaks in to her home and demands a key the intruder believes her client gave her. A key she knows nothing about. Grace is in the race of her life trying to put together pieces of a puzzle she wasn't even aware she needed to put together. But she has to put them together fast or else her life will be next. Grace insists the help of an old friend, Nate Quinn who is battling his own demons after a horrific incident. Grace and Nate are on the race to find answers before it's too late. What I though: From the beginning of the first page, Lisa Harris weaves a story so suspenseful it's so very difficult to put this book down. With a heart pounding plot that keeps you up until the wee hours of the morning, it's a fantastic book that grabs your attention and keeps it until the very last pages. When you start this book, it takes just one page before the story launches right off the board and you better be ready to hold on! Lisa Harris knocks it out of the park once again and you won't be disappointed after you turn the last page. Would you read this? If you enjoy thriller, mystery suspense, you will enjoy this book! Revell Reads sent me this complimentary book to review for them. All opinions expressed are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy romantic suspense Lisa Harris is a must read. I have enjoyed every book I have read by her. Just when you think we need more action you get it. I loved Nate and Grace’s history they had together and how they built on the but created something brand new. They mystery surrounding what the enemy was after kept the reader guessing as well. Overall, an action packed read. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 that could have some very serious ramifications and consequences for the whole country if not the world. Very scary stuff was addressed in this book and I really wanted to bad guys caught. I liked how author Harris inserted the gospel in her story. Difficult questions were being asked and faith filled answers were being delivered. This was an emotional journey as well for the main characters as not only were they fighting for their lives, but both were going or had gone through the different stages of grief and guilt. This story shows how grief always changes a person; either that person can choose to change for the better or for the worse. I received a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
First off, I am a bit partial because Lisa has been one of my favorite authors for a long time. I have enjoyed every book I have read by her. If one of her books is available, I am quick to jump on the reading wagon train. This one starts you off running, flipping page after page, feeling as if the adventure took off without you! It is high energy, and gets your heart racing right off the bat. Honestly, I was tired just thinking about all these people went through in a day's time. Grace was probably my favorite character. She was brave and bold. Nate was interesting, but seemed to be a bit off kilter at times. Maybe it was due to his PTSD, but he made quite a few bad choices in his police work. Also for his first day back on the job, they sure did give him a lot of space, rather than waiting to see how he would handle things. I liked how Grace and him were old friends and I enjoyed the banter between his protectiveness and her independence and ability to live life in the moment. Paige was kind of the buffer between the two, keeping things real and the tension down. Some of the suspense and mystery was a bit intense and the timeline felt a little unrealistic. I honestly don't know how they could have squeezed all they did into one day! It could probably have been drawn out a little bit more. My brain is always trying to wrap around how long it would have taken them to go here or there... along with interview time, and other things. However for a fast paced, quick read, that will keep you interested, this book was pretty good. Maybe not her best, but it was ok! I received my copy courtesy of Revell and I was not asked to review it positively. All opinions are my own.
PatGMoore More than 1 year ago
Suspense, intrigue, fast paced action, gripping plot. If you read this at night be prepared to lose sleep - you won't want to put his down. Grace becomes the target when her client dies. Someone thinks he passed something incriminating to her. Enter Dectective Nate Quinn. Nate has recently returned to work due to an injury and PTSD. Lisa Harris writes suburb romantic suspense and I love her style of writing. She always captures my attention in the first couple of pages and doesn't let go. I find myself staying up late to finish one of her books. I received this book from the author and was asked to leave an honest review. Lisa Harris is one of my favorite authors and has been for several years. You will love her Christian Romantic Suspense. All opinions are my own and no one told me what to leave. Hope you love this book as much as I did.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
This was the first Lisa Harris book I’ve read and it won’t be the last! I love a story that grabs you and demands that you continue reading as fast as you can until you finish. I really liked Grace’s back story. It was rather untraditional and unexpected which was nice. I did feel, however, that sometimes the story was a little predictable. It was like there was a Mary Poppins bag that followed the characters around and gave them what they needed right when they needed it. Like why were the binoculars just right there? Why did she just get out of that situation so easily? And now she’s in another situation? I felt like there was a lot of well written and interesting situations all strung together. It might have been a little more realistic to have only a few longer situations with more details included instead of a bunch of short ones. I liked the relationship between Grace and Nate but wished it was developed a little more deeply at the end. It was kind of sudden. Good but sudden. I also would have liked to read more about the villains. Why were they doing what they were doing? Who were they? I found the explanation at the end good but a little confusing. I wish there was just a little more detail and explanation. Overall I really liked how the book kept my interest. I liked it and definitely want to read more by this author. I received a copy of this book from Revell as apart of the blogger program. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.
Teresalock More than 1 year ago
In my mind there isn't much better than sitting down on a rainy afternoon or lazy weekend and reading a book. A Secret to Die For is just the book for one of those afternoon! I will admit that a good romance is usually my first choice, but Lisa Harris writes great suspense novels that include romance and mystery. In A Secret to Die For Grade is adjusting her life to the death of her young daughter and the break up of her marriage due to the loss of their daughter. On the anniversary of her daughter's death she's woken up to the sounds of someone breaking in her home. Trying to decide if this is a fight or flight scenario she decides it's a flight and manages to barely escape before the intruder enters her room. She manages to hide until help arrives. Later that morning she has a reunion with an old friend of her husband's. He's working a homicide case and they are lead to her for help. Grace knew her client was worried, but she never really thought anything would happen to him. As she tried to help the police she is drawn even more deeper into the case. As they try to decipher the cryptic messages that Stephen left Grace and Detective Nate have their own personal demons to wrestle. She's struggling with thoughts of her daughter and her grief for not having done more for Stephen and Nate is struggling with PTSD from a recent bombing that killed his partner. As Grace tries to help Nate with his PTSD he's rushing to solve the case of who killed Stephen and why before Grace is put into harms way again. I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, but one that kept me interested the entire time. I have read quite a few of her books and I've never been disappointed! To keep up with what she's currently working on follow her Blog, her Facebook page, her Twitter page or her Pinterest page. **I received a free copy of this book from Revell for my honest opinion.**
parmilespages More than 1 year ago
Psychologist, Grace Callahan is suddenly thrust into the center of a murder investigation, when one of her clients (Stephen Shaw) is murdered. She quickly realizes that Stephen’s fear and paranoia were real. And Grace recognizes she may become the villain’s next target when her house is broken into, as the perpetrators believe she has vital information to implement their strategy. The detective on the case, to her surprise, is an old college friend, Detective Nate Quinn. This novel has suspense, romance and action and has an entertaining and fast moving plot, as Grace and Nate try to solve a crime before a major crisis takes place. The plot has twists and turns and keeps the sense of the mystery until the end. The story is laid out well and progresses as the author systematically unfolds the storyline details. The author does a nice job of creating Grace’s character showing her to be both brave and vulnerable. I liked the connection between Nate and Grace as they rediscover their friendship and a mutual attraction, for one another. To me it seemed the ending came about rather abruptly, all of a sudden the crisis had passed. Based on my experience, there were a few inaccuracies in some of the technical information and procedures explained in the book, but I overlooked them, as it was a fictional story. However, some might find those details distracting. Overall it was a well written and a creative narrative. And I thought the title was a perfect description of the story’s theme. I would recommend this novel if you enjoy contemporary suspense and mystery stories.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
There are a group of authors who I can count on every time I pick up their book. Lisa Harris is one of those writers and A Secret to Die For did not disappoint me. The characters were well written, and I appreciated the way the heroine, Grace Callahan, handled being divorced after a tragic event destroyed her marriage. Nate Quinn is working through his own PTSD issues while trying to protect Grace. The story is filled with action and yet balances romance in a realistic way as Grace and Nate are reunited after years of being apart. When one of Grace’s patients is murdered, she and Nate are thrust into uncovering the truth behind conspiracy theories and crazed accounts. The twists are unexpected, and the book had me flipping pages long into the evening. Lisa Harris always delivers a great story and A Secret to Die For was no exception.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This novel is full of suspense, mystery, problem solving, romance and so much more. If you enjoy current day, FBI/Police mysteries you will enjoy this novel. Psychologist Grace Callahan, is a beautiful woman who has been though a lot. When she finds herself in the middle of fighting for her life she must rely on her old college friend, the handsome Detective Nate Quinn. Nate and Grace must stay ahead of whomever is trying to kill them, to find the secret Grace is not even aware she holds.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “I’ve learned there are no guarantees in life. There’s nothing you or anyone else can do to ensure nothing goes wrong. That’s why sometimes we have to take risks and do hard stuff.” ** Lisa Harris delivers another action-packed romantic suspense thriller with “A Secret to Die For.” After her home is broken into, psychologist Grace Callahan finds herself drawn even more deeply into a deadly situation that stems back to her patient, Stephen Shaw. When Stephen is found murdered, Grace is reunited with a former college friend, Homicide Detective Nathaniel Quinn. The two must decipher a mysterious message her former client left her, and figure out who is behind the deadly actions, and what their true intent is. And in the middle of the all the action, Grace and Nate must come to terms with the feelings they know are building between them while overcoming their own past losses and traumas. Filled with theft, kidnapping, murder, shootings and car chases, “A Secret to Die For” is a heart-thumping story that will leave you guessing until the very end as to who the true perpetrator is and why they keep going after Grace. Harris does an excellent job of revealing just enough information to keep the plot moving quickly and smoothly, yet withholding just enough to keep the reader intrigued. Besides being a great thriller, though, “A Secret to Die For” provides so many amazing lessons — dealing with unanswered prayers; overcoming our scars, both those people can see and those that people can’t see; only God can heal the holes in our hearts; there are no guarantees in life; because we live in a fallen world we will face tragedies; blaming and questioning God; there will always be evil in the world, but we will overcome it; and brokenness. In addition to all these amazing gems, this book contains several major themes that run throughout the story. We constantly see the age old question of where is God right now?, as well as we’re reminded that we can’t heal without letting go. The main theme “A Secret to Die For” deals with, though, is dealing with and overcoming grief. Harris repeatedly reminds us that both Jesus and God understand grief. As she writes from Grace’s perspective: “Somehow, though, in the middle of feeling as if no one understood, she’d begun to discover there was One who did understand this journey of grief. Sometimes she’d hear God’s quiet voice in the wind. Feel his presence in the words of a song. She realized that he could feel her pain and that he understood the depth of her loss. Because he’d watched his own Son die as well.” “A Secret to Die For” isn’t therefore just constant action, although it has plenty of it. It is also at times deeply introspective, which slows the action down and gives the reader a breather and a chance to reflect. Those who have gone through deeply traumatic experiences will relate to both Grace and Nate. I’m not sure if this is intended to be a standalone, or if there will be future books in a series. Harris’ next “edge-of-your-seat story” is due out Fall 2019. Five stars out of five. Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
lee2staes More than 1 year ago
A Secret to Die For is a novel centeried around psychologist Grace Callahan. It’s an exciting cliffhanger that keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what will happen next. It has a strong story line. and lots of suspense. I love this book.
valet More than 1 year ago
A Secret to Die for had everything that I love in a book, suspense, romance, heartbreak, and faith in God. The suspense was there throughout every page without a let up. I would have never once would have guessed who did it. Actually I didn't try to guess because I was just caught up with each scary moment. The grief they felt was described so real and was so sad. Flashbacks and guilty feelings are something I think a lot of us have went through. A lot of characters weave in and out of this story but Nate and Grace both make the story happen. I loved Nate for his protectiveness and doing what was right. I loved Grace for her understanding and wanting to help. A great, great read! I received this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Two lost souls, the US electrical grid under attack, murders and suspense. A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris falls a bit short of her “signature pulse-pounding suspense” but is a good story nevertheless. Nate Quinn, a detective who’s just returned to work after losing his partner and team in a bombing, is called in to cover a burglary gone wrong at the home of Grace Callahan, psychologist. What starts out as a simple burglary attempt quickly turns complicated as one of Grace’s patients, Stephen Shaw, is found murdered—and has left Grace a cryptic note about what he’s been involved with. Turns out Nate and Grace know each other from long ago—Grace dated and married on of Nate’s best friends. However, the husband is long gone and their daughter has died from cancer. Grace, too, is suffering from PTSD. But Grace is determined to help Nate solve the case—Stephen was her patient, after all. So starts a merry-go-round of kidnappings, murders, unsafe safe houses, missed clues, cryptic clues, and a situation that could take down the entire electrical grid of the United States. I enjoyed the story, liked getting to know Nate and Grace—they were both sympathetic characters. And I liked the police procedural portions as well as how they got stymied on occasion. However, there was too much “preaching” conversation between Nate and Grace toward the end for my liking. All in all, a good book but not a great one. Three stars. Lisa Harris has won a Christy Award and twice won the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from the Romantic Times for Blood Covenant and Vendetta. She and her family have spent almost fifteen years as missionaries in southern Africa. She enjoys cooking, photography, and bush safaris. Find out more at LisaHarrisWrites.com. Revell Books gave me a copy of A Secret to Die For, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
This is only the second book that I've read by Lisa Harris but she is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The heart-pounding action in "A Secret To Die For" begins immediately and it doesn't let up. The murder of a computer security specialist and his suspected connection to a possible cyberterrorist attack on the United States powergrid creates a story filled with adventure,intrigue and danger. Psychologist Grace Callahan and police detective Nate Quinn are old college friends who find themselves caught up in the race to prevent computer hackers from destroying life as we know it and they soon realize that their college friendship could possibly turn into something deeper if they can only overcome the extreme hurts that they have endured in the past. Three years ago Grace lost her young daughter to cancer and her marriage ended in divorce and Nate is still suffering from PTSD due to witnessing a bombing that recently took the lives of his police partner and many other innocent victims. Grace has found strength in her faith in God but we see Nate floundering in his. As his feelings for Grace deepen we watch his spiritual struggle during his efforts to protect her. In one moving excerpt, as he rushs to find Grace alive, Nate begins to pray. 'God, I can't go through this again. Please.' He'd shoved God into a box. Used him when he needed him or wanted something. And now that he needed him, he was ready to bargain, or beg, or whatever it took to get what he wanted. Except that wasn't how things worked. Not in this life. He knew that. Prayers went unanswered. People died." This book is filled with intense action and suspense from the very first page and I found myself wondering if the author could sustain her momentum throughout the entire story. The answer is a definite yes; the mystery and suspense remain to the end! There are also two very believable characters who are struggling to overcome deep personal suffering as they turn to each other and attempt to completely rely on their faith in God. I truly enjoyed "A Secret to Die For" and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys Christian romantic suspense fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher but my review is voluntary and these are my honest opinions.
SBMC More than 1 year ago
Another fast-paced thrilling journey from Lisa Harris! The action and suspense start from page one and don’t stop until the very end of the book. Whew! The numerous twists and turns in the plot definitely had me guessing constantly who the bad guy may be.... The book is well-written with an intriguing plot and premise, the style of writing is fluid and easy to read, the suspense is intense, and the characters are delightful. Grace and Nate were friends back in college who have lost touch for the last decade or so. Both have emotional and psychological trauma from their pasts and have struggles trying to overcome fear, guilt, and hopelessness. Grace is a deeply feeling, vulnerable yet resourceful and brave psychologist who gets sucked into Nate’s world when one of her clients becomes a murder victim. Nate is a homicide detective, freshly released for return to duty after a bombing that killed his partner and colleagues. Nate is thorough, meticulous, protective, loyal, and tender-hearted yet tries to wall up his heart. When the two reconnect because of a homicide case, they become involved in trying to stop a nefarious scheme much bigger than they had thought but also in laying down their past fears and anxieties to let themselves fall in love. If you love romantic suspense, this book is for you. You won’t be able to put it down! I was given a copy of the book by the author and Baker Publishing Group and was under no obligation to post a review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
MI_Reader More than 1 year ago
A thrill-ride from start to finish, this book was hard to put down! Not only did it have pulse-pounding action, but both Grace and Nate has horrific tragedies in their past that they were dealing with. Reading how they were joined in these tragedies by unforeseen circumstances and how they each handled what had happened based on their relationship to God was interesting to read. This might be one of Lisa Harris' best books yet! I received a copy from the publisher for my thoughts. All opinions are my own.
PrincessGlor More than 1 year ago
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 easy read and kept me interested through out the novel. Highly recommend! My hubby will be reading it soon! I received this book from the publisher through NetGalley and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts expressed are my own.