Monday 17 December 2018

#BookReview The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley @panmacmillan

The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Keeping secrets is a dangerous game...

1995, London.

When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of ninety-five he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core...

Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist, assigned to cover the legendary actor’s funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over seventy years. As she peels back the veil of lies that has shrouded the secret, she realizes that there are other forces attempting to prevent her from discovering the truth. And they’ll stop at nothing to reach the letter before she does.

The Love Letter is a thrilling novel full of secrets, lies and unforgettable twists. from the internationally bestselling author, Lucinda Riley.


I was really looking forward to reading The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley. Riley's The Seven Sisters series is a favorite of mine and I was curious to see how this stand-alone book would be. And, the mystery and the events surrounding the mystery is gloriously entertaining to read about. I love mysteries that makes the characters in books dig deep to reveal truths from the past. And, if I'm lucky the love stories that usually are a part of books like this will work out for me.

Unfortunately, that's what made this story limp a bit. I found myself not really caring about the romantic hookups. Partly, I think this lies in the fact that the character never really truly connected with me. And, this is a massive book, the Kindle edition is 624 pages. And, to feel, unconnected with characters in such a large book is a bit hard. Thankfully the main story, the secret that James Harrison left behind is pretty amazing. If the story had focused more on that, rather than the romantic entanglement, not to mention all the cheesy moments (especially the ending) than the book would have been truly great.

So, would I recommend this book? Yes, I would. It sure is a thick book, but Lucinda Riley is a great author and if you're lucky you will find both the mystery and the romance great.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!


  1. Ah... 3/5 stars. Well, since I'm not into mystery fiction (unless it is exceptional), I think I'll pass (especially with a cheesy ending).

    1. It's not the best I've read by Riley! And yes the ending was a bit too much!