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The House of Secrets

(Sarah Bennett Mysteries #2)

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Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.

When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.

As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from
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Published April 11th 2019 by HQ Digital (first published August 13th 2016)
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Shalini
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one heck of a different book, way different from what I normally read. Set in the 1940s, the story had an older Gothic era feel to it. Sarah Bennett could see ghosts after a fall and she was in love with Zeke. Offered a job by Dr. Geisler, she soon got embroiled in a mystery surrounding one of the residents of the hospital Minna.

This was book 2 in the series by Terry Lynn Thomas, and it had references to her past life and the drama it curtailed. But it was easy to follow. The story use
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Literary Soirée
May 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
OMG is THE HOUSE OF SECRETS addictive! It’s Book 2 in The Sarah Bennett Mysteries featuring a medium besotted with a spy on the Cali coast. Can’t beat that for atmospheric!

In this fast-paced tale, Sarah works for an occult guru and loves Zeke, who left her but has returned with a mysterious injury. Life gets downright scary as she struggles to save her boss and herself while figuring out whom to trust while caught between the departed and the very much alive.

You’re reeled in from the start and n
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Yvonne Davies
Following on from Sarah Bennett’s father’s murder trial, Sarah gets given a job working with psychiatrist Dr Matthew Geisler. With his fascination into the supernatural, Sarah sees it as a chance to escape the public eye.
Whilst I have read The Spirit of Grace, you don’t have to, to enjoy this story. Anything that was relevant from book 1 was explained in detail, without spoiling the flow. I liked that Sarah was still inquisitive and even having suffered a life-threatening accident, it didn’t sto
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Lisa Leone-campbell
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Sarah Bennett has just endured a trial where her father had been accused of murder. He was found not guilty much to her chagrin as she was the star witness. Hounded by the press she seeks someplace to hide-out until all the media madness dies down.

She finds a job as a typist at the hospital of Dr. Matthew Geisler and his wife Bethany. Dr. Geisler has been treating people with mental illness and has become fascinated with the occult. He learns that Sarah has been hearing screaming and weeping. Sh
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Lisa Leone-campbell
Sarah Bennett has just endured a trial where her father had been accused of murder. He was found not guilty much to her chagrin as she was the star witness. Hounded by the press she seeks someplace to hide-out until all the media madness dies down.

She finds a job as a typist at the hospital of Dr. Matthew Geisler and his wife Bethany. Dr. Geisler has been treating people with mental illness and has become fascinated with the occult. He learns that Sarah has been hearing screaming and weeping. Sh
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Amanda
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book.

This was not the book I an anticipating reading. The synopsis tricked me. This is actually a historical fiction, paranormal, mystery, romance book. I thought it was going to be more paranormal mystery with a little hint of romance.

This is also the second book of the series and I did not read the first book in the series. I felt that I was able to understand what was going on for the current day but had no idea what happened in the
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Julie
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
A mystery, a ghost, romance and a wartime setting...what could be more perfect?! I love this character we first met in The Spirit of Grace. Sarah Bennett is quietly confident and becoming more comfortable with her psychic abilities. I am looking forward to the third book.
Heidi
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Sarah is ready to live a more peaceful life after her adopted father is not convicted of the crimes he committed. She meets with Dr. Matthew Geisler who promises her to assist with her paranormal ability to connect with spirits. However, once an attempt on Geisler's like is taken, everything in the story shifts. Sarah must now understand and identify the one who attempted murder and distinguish the roles of both the living and the dead.

In this second installment of the Sarah Bennett Mysteries s
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Nessa
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had no idea what to expect when I decided to read this book other than the fact that I love the cover. It was the book cover that made me want to read this book, it truly is a beautiful cover that cast it's spell on me.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale from beginning to end. I found it to be haunting, chilling and suspenseful in equal measures not to mention the ghostly encounters.

I loved the mystery to the story which certainly had me guessing throughout trying to figure out how it wou
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Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
Note: This is the SECOND book in a series, which may cause some confusion for the first couple of chapters.

I would say this was a solid good read. Enjoyable, great pacing, and not too long. It had hints of paranormal, it was a good mystery and though you may find you could pinpoint 'whodunit' early on, it doesn't take away from the entertainment value. It's the sort of book where I KNOW I'll want to read the next one each time and I appreciated the writing style as well. It wasn't too flowery or
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Amanda
Oct 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I definitely need to read the first book in this series to fully understand the backstory. This woman sees spirits since what I understand was an accident. There was some kind of trial that happened in the first book from what I understand. She starts to work for a psychiatrist who knows she is in contact with his sister since the trial. The doctors sister wants to help him but, Sarah must take medication to keep the voices calm. So she must stop and finally understand what she is trying to say. ...more
Jena Henry
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah is Dr. Geisler’s amanuensis. How many times have you encountered that term in a book? I looked up the unfamiliar word. “Amanuensis” is a “literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.” Sort of has an old-world charm to it, doesn’t it?

The House of Secrets has an other-worldly charm to it. I found it similar to the writing of Daphne DuMaurier with its assortment of odd, yet compelling characters and a plot on dark side with many psychological tw
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Normalishmom
After a life threatening fall Sarah Bennett can now see ghosts. After a long nasty trial against the offender and no home, she finds herself at the Geisler Institute. What she thought was an opportunity as a secretary is actually an invitation to further explore her new found abilities to communicate with the dead.
The cocktail for this book, 2 parts Historical Fiction, 2 parts Mystery and a dash of Paranormal. If that cocktail suits your taste I would say this book is for you. A very quick rea
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Susan Wisnewski
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weeping in the Wings was a suspense filled, couldn't put it down kind of book! Following her father's acquital, Sarah, the key witness against him, finds a job with a doctor she thinks might be able to help her with a unique ability as well as keep a low profile. The mini hospital is filled with a cast of characters including her lost love. With danger looming, she is able to connect with the other side and find out who is behind the attempts on the doctor's life. I love the way the author was a ...more
Marija
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will admit that I haven't read the first book but I liked reading about Sarah Bennett and her quest of searching for her roots and how her future will be. I was a bit lost with connecting some dots (yeah I know that I had to read he first book first but...) but all the action, twist and turns that kept me moving along with the story till the very end that had surprising ending ...more
Anne
Feb 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
The premise of this book sounded terrific. Sarah needs a job, and she takes one with a psychiatrist, Dr. Geisler, typing his notes and manuscript pages. He also offers to help her with the voices she is hearing. Are they ghosts? Is she insane? As if she didn’t have enough going on, she discovers after she arrives that her one-time love, Zeke, is recuperating in the house from some broken bones and physical wounds.

I didn’t discover until well after starting that this is actually the second book
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Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.

When I accepted this book, I didn't realize it was #2 in a series. It was very clear that I missed some important background information, but I figured it was just supposed to be inferred from the extensive dialogue in the book. Only when I came to review on Goodreads did I find that it's actually the second book, and that makes SO MUCH MORE SENSE. Starting with book 2 took away from my reading experience to a smal
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Jen
Feb 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Originally published in 2016 as Weeping in the Wings, the book is being republished under the new title of The House of Secrets.

From description: Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.
When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.

I can't resist a ghost story and this one had several interesting features as the setting is during WWII at a home
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Billie
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Bennett has two secrets: she sees ghosts, and she is in love with a spy.
When Sarah takes a job with occult expert Dr Matthew Geisler, he promises to help her understand the sorrowful spirit that seems to have attached itself to her.
As Sarah struggles to cope with the ghostly presence, she runs into Zeke, the man who left her six months earlier and is recovering from injuries suffered in an alleged accident. But Zeke has secrets of his own, and when an attempt is made on Geisler’s life, Sar
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Ioanna
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah Bennett has had a tough life. But the toughest part is that, for some unexplained reason, she can see ghosts. And one, in particular, is trying to warn her about an upcoming disaster.

In the middle of WWII, Sarah goes to work at Dr Geisler's institute as a secretary. What she doesn't know is that Dr Geisler is already familiar with her story; and he knows Sarah is followed by his sister's ghost. But what is young Alysse trying to tell her? As people in the institute get anxious by the minut
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Ionia
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, but it was sometimes a bit slower than I would have liked. Nothing terribly frightening happens in it, but it does have an interesting plot with relatively well-developed characters and a believable storyline.

I liked that the paranormal elements didn't overshadow the entire story and allowed the different character traits to shine. I liked the main character and thought her psychic abilities were interesting, precisely because they were not so overblown that they seemed sil
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Vanessa Wild
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
The House of Secrets is the second in the Sarah Bennett Mysteries set during WWII in San Francisco . I haven’t read the first book, The Spirit of Grace, so it did take me a little time to get round the storyline. Sarah takes a job with with psychiatrist and occult aficionado, Dr Geisler, and finds herself haunted by his dead sister and investigating an attempted murder.

I definitely had to suspend my belief at times as things very much go bump in the night and there are ghostly apparitions. It’s
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Angela Sanford
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Sarah Bennett Myseteries, continues to grab your attention from the beginning! Author Terry Lynn Thomas continues to mesmerize and grab my attention from beginning to end! Sarah has been offered a job by Dr. Matthew Geisler, a psychiatrist and an expert in the occult. Unbeknownst to Sarah, Dr. Geisler is wanting to learn more about Sarah's paranormal abilities, but will she want to reveal her secrets to a stranger? Finding out that Zeke is in the hospital wing of the insti ...more
Donna Hines
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Everyone has secrets but not everyone wants to let them go.
The House of Secrets is haunting, chilling, and spine tingling.
Sarah is visited by ghosts but also by love.
She struggles to move forward until she meets Zeke her former love.
When Sarah took the job with Dr. Geisler he promised he's work through her problems in therapy.
Now there may be more than one person in need of serious help.
Thank you to Terry, HQ digital, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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Sue Wallace
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The house of Secrets by Terry Lynn Thomas.
A fantastic read with some great characters. I loved Sarah's character. Even though I haven't read the first book I was still able to enjoy this book. I loved it. I loved the ending. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author. 5*. Highly recommended.
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Kim
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sarah is seeking a new life so she can escape the nightmare of her trial against her adoptive father. In addition to the trial nightmare, Sarah has started hearing someone weeping but no one is around, making Sarah feel as she is going to go crazy. She takes a typist job working for Dr. Matthew Geisler to hide her away from society and to make some money so she can move away from her past. The job includes room and board so this sounds fantastic because believes this is her only option for a bet ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
The Sarah Bennett Mysteries volumes 1-3 blend the singularity of a paranormally involved heroine. With the cloak and dagger intrigue of 1940's war-era America. In a way that is seldom seen in the female sleuthing genre.


At the outset, Sarah's story of returning home from a forced commitment to an asylum after mysterious death mother.
Coupled with her quest to unlock her own blocked memory surrounding the event. Almost makes one assume this to be a cozy mystery of sorts.
But as one follows Sarah hom
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Em Jackson
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
House of Secrets is the second book in the Sarah Bennet series and follows Sarah’s journey after the events of her father’s, Jack Bennet’s trial. Excluded from society for daring to speak out against her father, Sarah ends up taking a job with psychiatrist Dr Matthew Geisler at his family’s home, turned hospital as his secretary. Immediately upon arrival she discovers that not only is Zeke there, but Dr Geisler is aware she’s special, and would like to help. He has experience with the paranormal ...more
Sloefairy
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in a trilogy and I hadn't read the first book, but that did not matter, as any events in the first book were sufficiently explained. I enjoyed the setting, and the characters were well written, even the more minor ones. I never saw the twist at the end coming. I look forward to reading the next in the series. ...more
Mary
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting book with mystery and a bit of the paranormal. I had a strong sense of whodunit early on but the journey to confirmation was satisfying. The slice of life during the early years of WW2 was interesting and the author's portrayal of San Francisco in that time period was very good. I enjoyed the book. I would like to read more of Sarah's adventures. ...more
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Terry Lynn Thomas grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which explains her love of foggy beaches, windy dunes, and Gothic mysteries. When her husband promised to buy Terry a horse and the time to write if she moved to Mississippi with him, she jumped at the chance. Although she had written several novels and screenplays prior to 2006, after she relocated to the South she set out to write in earne ...more

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