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One of America’s most mesmerizing storytellers, Luanne Rice enthralls readers with her moving tales of ordinary people in crisis—and how they are transformed by the enduring power of love and family. Now the author of Safe Harbor, True Blue, and other New York Times bestsellers presents the gripping story of a man fighting for his family, a woman searching for her sister, and the promise of a new life where both least expected it.

Beneath his careful and controlled demeanor, attorney John O’Rourke is a man whose life is in turmoil. Since the death of his wife, he has been juggling the rigors of a controversial capital murder case and the demands of raising two children.

Eleven-year-old Maggie’s crooked bangs and rumpled clothes eloquently reproach John’s earnest but haphazard attempts at mothering. Teddy, John’s stalwart fourteen-year-old, has quietly assumed responsibilities far too weighty for his young shoulders, as he longs for the way things used to be and tries to ignore the hostility that has swirled around his family since his father took on the defense of a killer whose crimes have rocked Connecticut.

A brick through the window one autumn morning signals a dangerous new level of hatred. But a quieter event also takes place that day. A woman arrives on the O’Rourkes’ doorstep to find a household on the brink of chaos but brimming with love—and, she hopes, answers.

Kate Harris is searching for the key to her own mystery. Six months ago her younger sister fled far from their beloved home following a devastating confrontation. After mailing a single postcard from the New England shore, Willa Harris vanished. With only a postmark to go on, Kate takes a leave of absence from her job as a marine biologist to come to the seaside Willa adored—and discovers the one man who may be able to help her.

Compelling and evocative, at once suspenseful, heartbreaking, and triumphant, The Secret Hour is an unforgettable novel that explores the power of sisterly love, the gift of second chances, and the way magic can sometimes be the most real thing in the whole world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Salt-of-the-earth characters form the life-breathing force in this emotionally charged novel…Suspenseful…possibly Rice’s best work to date.”

    Romantic Times

  • “Intense and emotional, The Secret Hour has everything [readers] have come to expect and enjoy in novels by Luanne Rice…infinitely appealing characters…a sense of family that is rich and satisfying. Beyond these familiar elements is the underlying current of the unsolved mystery—the suspense is spine tingling and well developed. This added dimension in The Secret Hour elevates the novel to more than just a deep, meaningful novel of family relationships and makes it one of Ms. Rice’s best yet—a perfect ten.”

    Romance Reviews Today

  • “Rice’s heartfelt personal tone and the novel’s cunningly deranged villain make this a smooth-flowing and fast-paced effort, with justice served all around at the satisfying if predictable conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Rice’s lyrical style reveals the mind of a serial killer and humanizes the dilemma of justice by the book versus justice for victims.”


  • “Rice, customarily a writer of inspirational domestic fiction, offers a fast-paced departure into the romantic suspense genre.”

    Library Journal

  • “An effective blend of sentiment and suspense.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A USA Today Bestseller
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