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The Perfect Secret

Steena Holmes


Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Narrators: Erin deWard

and Christina Traister

Publication Date: 05/19/20

Format: Audiobook & Kindle

My Rating: 5 Stars Top Books of 2020 Everyone has secrets - some deadlier than others She was on cloud nine after accepting an offer of a lifetime. A simpler life than what she was accustomed to. What could go wrong? Starla Bishop learned to survive in the foster-care-to-jail system in New York City. There she learned the tools and skills she put to work later to con jewel thieves, drug traffickers, and mobsters out their fortunes.

Now fresh out of her latest stint in jail, she accepts a too-good-to-refuse offer - a perfect life on a silver platter. Starla has everything she ever wished for: a simpler life, a normal life, a new start with new job, a straight job - a receptionist for Soil and Springs Landscaping run by a famous botanist. And it got even better - a whirlwind romance and engagement to her boss’s charming ex-husband.

But everything comes with a price. When bodies start turning up in the gardens of her employer, Soil and Springs Landscaping, Starla and her fiancé are hauled into jail for questioning. The revelation of Starla's secret, previous life and her special skills make her a prime suspect.

How much does Starla want the perfect life, and did she use her special skills to keep it, or is this just her biggest con yet? The shocking truth is closer than anyone thinks?

Everyone has secrets, some worth killing for.

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The Perfect Secret



"Dark, twisted and packed full of suspense, with a protagonist you'll root for and creepy villains you'll love to hate, The Perfect Secret is a diabolical, masterfully told tale. Steena Holmes certainly knows how to grip her readers from the very beginning, and keeps them guessing until the satisfying end. I loved every page and this book isn't to be missed."

~ Hannah Mary McKinnon, bestselling author of Sister Dear

"Steena Holmes is quickly becoming the queen of dark and creepy villains, and the one in The Perfect Secret is definitely not who you expect. A dark and twisty story filled with secrets--not all of them perfect--and one whopper of a surprise. Say goodbye to sleep and read it like I did, in one sitting. A story where nothing is as it seems." ~ Kimberly Belle, internationally bestselling author of Dear Wife & Stranger in the Lake


About the Author


I’m more than just a writer, a mother and wife. Give me a glass of wine – and I’m an open book! Travel addict. Coffee lover. Reader. Lover of bubblegum jelly beans.

Photo Credit: Vanessa Pressacco Photography

Steena Holmes

I’m Steena Holmes. A wife, a mother of three daughters, and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I’m an author and a travelholic.

I love to read, write, bake and travel – not necessarily in that order either.

Welcome to my world of passions—chocolate and writing! Pull up a chair, fill your plate with sweet delicacies as we learn together how to become stronger writers. We’ll discuss books, indie publishing and passions—not always in that order!

Growing up as a small town Canadian girl, there wasn’t much to do but ride your bike, hang out with friends on the beach and daydream. I always wanted to write but never dreamed it was something I could do as a career. I love to travel and fell in love with the sheep covered hillside, old castles and romantic history of Scotland and England.

I dream about waking up in Tuscany and touring small town shops in the south of France with my husband, of placing my toes in the ocean and experiencing history first hand. As a mother with three daughters, I’m learning that teaching them to pursue their dreams is a lasting legacy. I love to wake up to the Rocky Mountains, will forever enjoy the taste of coffee and chocolate and can’t imagine the day when a story doesn’t unfold in my heart. Living a life with passion and pursuing dreams is a life well lived. Read More






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