Inspired by a true story, Secrets By The Knoll transforms you back to the early 1900's to a farm in Des Moines, Iowa.

The brutal murders of two children upheave the Johansson family and their community. The typical farm family forced into the spotlight as the entire city and surrounding towns react with immense curiosity. Crowds gather at the murder scene and funeral home. They parade by the Johansson farm and picket outside the police station.

As the family grieve and move on with their lives, Detectives Harding and Maloney diligently work to solve the murders piecing together the evidence they have. But they are missing essential items - the murder weapon and motive!
November 6, 2018  |  304 pages
(Read from Aug 8, 2019 to Aug 10, 2019)
Grade: C    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 60% Entertainment, 40% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Movie Potential:
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Sequel Potential:
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Inspired by the real life unsolved murders of Lena and Tommy Peterson in 1902, Secrets by the Knoll attempts to retell the days leading up to the murder, the investigation and the effects on the family and the town. The mystery of the children's deaths drew me in along with the strange family dynamics. The first chapter, which takes place in the present really piqued my interest as a descendant of the family goes back to find the place that the children were murdered. However we never come back