Best Kept Secrets: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A homicide detective must confront the darkest parts of her past in this “twisty, tantalizing” domestic thriller about best friends and siblings, driven to terrible acts (Karen Harper, New York Times–bestselling author).

Best friends tell each other everything.

Even their deepest, darkest secrets—pinky promise.


Morgan Jewell and Fay Ramsey are enjoying their last summer together before college. Fay is shy, with a controlling mother, and Morgan is the perfect, wild, loud-mouthed yang to Fay’s yin. But when Fay is found dead, Morgan’s entire world crumbles.

Years later, Morgan is still haunted by the abrupt end to her best friend’s life. She knew Fay held a secret in those final days, but Morgan, now a homicide detective, has failed to make a picture out of the crooked puzzle pieces she left behind. Nothing makes sense. The leads have run dry. Until she’s called to the scene of a murder: a woman whose body is left mangled, too similar to Fay’s to ignore.

Could it be? Morgan vowed to do right by Fay. This is the case she’s been waiting for to set her back on the killer’s trail. But the closer she gets, the harder it forces her to confront the memories of herself and her best friend. What was her secret? What got her killed? Maybe Morgan didn't know her at all.

About the Author

Tracey S. Phillips is a serial artist. She grew up in Indianapolis and is the daughter of an artist and granddaughter of a pianist, teacher, and honored supporter of musical arts. Somewhere along the road, she married her best friend and became the mother of two children. She holds a successful career teaching piano lessons. Best Kept Secrets is her debut novel.

Praise For…

Praise for Best Kept Secrets:
"[Best Kept Secrets] is likely to hold your attention up until, and even after, the end...A new writer to keep an eye on."
Popular Culture Association

“Very well-written...A good book for fans of mystery and suspense.”
Seattle Book Review

“Tracey S. Phillips’s Best Kept Secrets is a twisty, tantalizing read. Beautifully put together. Look out…there’s a new female detective (and talented author) in town. ”
—Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Storm
“Phillips alternates between distorting and sharpening the past, pulling it in and out of focus in the manner of human memory. Best Kept Secrets will have readers breathlessly turning pages until the final twists and turns.”
—Rosalind Noonan, New York Times bestselling author of The Sisters
“A thrilling ride!”
—Sarah Meuleman, author of Find Me Gone
Best Kept Secrets is a gritty and absorbing story from a promising author.”
—Libby Fischer Hellmann, author of the Georgia Davis PI novels

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643852270
ISBN-10: 1643852272
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: October 8th, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English