Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Buried Secrets by Krissy Baccaro reviewed by Rod DiGruttolo


REVIEW OF 
BURIED SECRETS 

by Krissy Baccaro


TITLE: BURIED SECRETS

AUTHOR: Krissy Baccaro

GENRE: Mystery

AGE / INTEREST LEVEL: Adult

PAGE #: 369 

PUBLISHER:  Independently Published

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REVIEWER: ROD DiGRUTTOLO

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REVIEW OF BURIED SECRETS   by Krissy Baccaro

MEETS ALL THE CRITERIA NEEDED TO PROVIDE SUSPENSE, WHIILE SHOWING  HUMAN ATTRIBUTES


During the early days of World War II, a woman named Gianna went missing in Southern Italy. The dying wishes of a beloved grandfather and family dynamics send a loving Granddaughter on a search to solve the mystery. Old letters secreted away in a hidden box guide her as she searches to find answers. Written in Italian, the fading ink and creased paper provide clues as to where she might find answers. Her quest is almost impossible. Her loyal best friend travels with her eight thousand miles from home to help in solving the mystery. Old World traditions, a close-knit and suspicious local population in the villages of Southern Italy, and emotional baggage hamper the investigation. Add the adventure of being in a beautiful setting with culinary and cultural distractions, and the task becomes gargantuan. Attempting to follow in the footsteps of a woman gone for seventy years, the characters must win the trust of people who have been hiding secrets for over seventy years. Her grandfather’s warning, “Watch who you trust,” rings in her mind, but she has to trust someone.


Baccaro is masterful in guiding the reader through a labyrinth of clues. Letters, written in Italian with ink fading from age, guide Abriella on her mission. The discovery of additional information comes in different forms. Still, the letters maintain the intrigue and mystery in the story. The strength of the characters belies the overwhelming opinion ingrained in an ancient culture. Abriella’s resolve and bravery overcome the belief women cannot succeed when danger threatens. Along with the mystery, a romantic nugget is implanted in the story. Grief, friendship, relationships, and trust are central themes in this narrative.


The author combines mystery and personal feelings to keep the reader in the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed the read and recommend this book for anyone interested in mysteries, especially the coldest of cold cases. It may be fiction, but the story gave me the feeling I was reading the author’s personal history.

As a writer, I appreciate the hard work and attention to detail an author must have to compose a good mystery story. BURIED SECRETS meets the criteria needed to provide suspense, show the human attributes, and bring the tale to a conclusion.

ORIGINAL PLACE THE REVIEW WAS PUBLISHED: GoodReads

ABOUT THE REVIEWER: 

Rod DiGruttolo is the author of several books including Snakes, Spiders and Palmetto Bugs, Need To Know - a Charlie Bascomb Adventure, Capitol Terror, A Shattered Mirror, and The Devil's Disciple. Rod grew up and continues to live in Sarasota, Florida and serves as group leader for The Sarasota Writers Group. Visit his website at: https://rdigruttolo.blogspot.com/ and his Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/rdigruttolo




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