Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle Book Review

Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle Book Review

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Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle is a fast-paced mystery thriller with a second chance romance sub-plot. It’s exciting and unpredictable and a great debut novel!


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Secondary Target

Author: Angela Carlisle

Pub. Date: May 7, 2024

Series: The Secrets of Kincaid book 1

Genre: Adult Mystery Thriller

Pages: 325

Rating: 4 stars

Spice: none

Content Warnings: stalking, grief, car accident, murder, assault, animal injury, drugging, kidnapping, & gun violence 


A ruthless murderer. A deadly secret. An unbreakable love.

After the brutal murder of her mother and brother twelve years ago, Corina Roberts built a new life in Kentucky. But when strange things begin to happen, she is thrust into a perilous game of life and death. With nowhere else to turn, her best hope of survival depends on her ex-boyfriend, army veteran Bryce Jessup.

Recently returned from service, Bryce has every intention of staying away from Corina, but when threats close in around her, he isn’t willing to leave her safety to chance. As their search for answers uncovers lethal secrets her detective father kept hidden, Bryce and Corina must untangle the mystery of the merciless killer intent on terrorizing and eliminating Corina’s family before it’s too late.


Book Review

Thank you to Bethany House Fiction for the ARC and gifted copy of Secondary Target by Angela Carlisle. All opinions are my own.

This was an excellent debut novel!

Thrillers are not my typical genre because I can’t handle really scary stories. While there were a few scenes that freaked me out a bit, this book was thrilling without being gory.



The author did a great job of making me care about the characters and want the best for them. I felt so bad for them as they just had one bad thing after another happen to them.

I loved having the point of view of Carina and Bryce. It was so nice to know what both were thinking throughout the story. The POV of the killer was really hard to read from because it was so disturbing.

I thought the author executed the topic of grief well, and I loved seeing the characters grow (including the spiritual growth).

Final Thoughts

Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone looking to read a mystery thriller that has an interesting premise and a hard to guess mystery.


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