Book Review: Sun Tunnels and Secrets by Carole Thayne Warburton

Now that NaNoWriMo is over, I'm finally starting to catch up on all my book reviews. BTW - have you heard my happy news? If not, go check out this blog post!

Today my review is Sun Tunnels and Secrets by Carole Thayne Warburton.

Here is the back cover blurb:

On a trip to the Sun Tunnels in the Utah desert, Norma and her sisters find a body on the side of the road. But this awful discovery turns out to be the least of their problems. Norma's husband just passed on, and she learns he kept a secret from her for sixty years. LaRue is keeping a secret from Norma. The sisters' young friend Tony is keeping a secret about his famous father, and Tony's mother is keeping a secret of her own. Tony is secretly in love with his friend Kelli, who recently escaped from a polygamist cult. And who is the mysterious young car thief with whom Norma feels a special connection? Everything converges in Grouse Creek at the Fourth of July celebration. Will secrets prove everyone's undoing?

My Review

I actually really enjoyed this book. I loved the three old sisters - Norma, Mabel, and LaRue. They cracked me up. Their reactions to the crimes and their bantering was very fun. I also like the romance between Tony and Kelli. And man, if you're looking for a book that has twists and turns and conflict all over the place, this is the one for you! As a writer, I'm seriously impressed the author was able to keep track of it all, keep it believable, and even wrap each thread before the end of the book. Now here's someone I'd like to take a writing class from and figure out how she plotted everything out and kept it organized.

This isn't a book I think teens would be especially interested in, but definitely college age through older adults would find Sun Tunnels and Secrets an intriguing read. It's definitely worth checking out!

Sun Tunnels and Secrets is available on or at your local LDS bookstore. 

Would you like to comment?

Braden Bell said...

Good review, Danyelle. I had the same reaction. Loved the older sisters. LOVED them. THey were so real to me. I also thought Carole did a great job plotting. And I really hope I win that vase!

Valerie Ipson said...

I can't wait to read this. I have it waiting on my shelf right now.

Stephanie Black said...

I'm more and more intrigued by this book! A twisty turny plot and delightful characters--it sounds awesome.

Arlee Bird said...

Never heard of a "sun tunnel", but the story sounds interesting.

Tossing It Out

C.J. said...

Thanks so much Danyelle for your fun review. I especially loved that you wondered how I kept track of it all. Well that's one of my problems in writing, I get carried away for sure, and sometimes forget. Originally Kevin went by an alias--I had to drop it because I kept mixing him up with Tony who is a good guy of course.

Rebecca Blevins said...

I love twisty plots. Thanks for the review!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a book to read just for learning more about plots twists. This is definately one I'd like to read.