HER SECRET SON by Hannah Mary McKinnon – Review & Giveaway



Hannah Mary McKinnon’s new novel, HER SECRET SON (MIRA) asks the question, how far would you go to protect the ones you love…when they may not be yours to protect?

When Josh’s longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief—and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever.

Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian—something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan’s birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace’s reluctance to make their family official.

As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined…

HER SECRET SON is an honest portrayal of a family on the edge of falling apart and a father desperate to hold on to the son who changed his life. The characters are well developed, the plot compelling and dialogue reads true. Once you start reading, prepare yourself to sit down until the last page.



I was born in Manchester, UK to British & Swiss parents. A year later they moved my older sister and me to Switzerland. Rather unsurprisingly I love mountains, chocolate and cheese…or mountains of chocolate and cheese, and my sister, of course.

After completing commercial studies in Geneva, I worked as a PA for DuPont. A year later I moved to Neuchâtel and became the Purchasing Manager for a high-tech company that made motors for industrial and space applications. While working, I returned to university, studying part-time for a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. And then a friend of a friend introduced me to another friend who’d started up an IT recruitment business. Over the next fifteen years I rose through the ranks to become CEO.

Things outside of work were hardly boring. A chance encounter back in the dark ages of the Internet in 1999 led me down the aisle with Rob, my Canadian rock, five months later. Actually it was exactly ten weeks after we met face-to-face at the Saint John airport in New Brunswick, Canada – and we’re still married. True story. Our first son was born in 2003, followed by identical twin boys just sixteen months later, so I’m heavily outnumbered. In 2010 we all moved to Oakville in Ontario, Canada.

Maybe it was the failed attempt at a start-up company, or an early mid-life crisis, but one morning I decided to follow my oldest passion, started writing, and never want to look back. I write fiction for adults and dabble  in kid-lit. I may never have enough time to get all of the ideas out of my head and on paper, but I’ll do my best!


Thanks to Suzy Approved Book Tours, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us the most memorable novel you’ve read that centers on a mother and son relationship. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

41 thoughts on “HER SECRET SON by Hannah Mary McKinnon – Review & Giveaway

  1. Three Days Missing by Kimberly Belle. A mother on a frantic search to find her missing son, who disappears from Summer Camp, and the obstacles she faces in her search.


    1. The Secrets We Bury but the storybook Love You Forever packed a big punch and holds a special place in my heart.


  2. Now that I analyze everything I’ve read in this last year, the main characters are stories of mothers and daughters.“ai yai yai”


  3. I have heard great things about this book. And since I really do
    have a perfect son, I think I need to read!


  4. WE ARE NOT OURSELVES by Mathew Thomas

    This book is only partly about a mother-and-son relationship. But it is such a wonderful book, I read it a couple of years ago and still count it as one of my favorites.


  5. I’ll have to follow the crowd for my most recent novel about Mother and Son relationship which would be “The Perfect Son” by Barbara Claypool White as well.

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