Mar 3, 2010

Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino (Review)

Some family history is too dangerous to be revealed. Sarah Baker's search for the truth about her adoption uncovered a tangled web of deadly secrets:

A phone call from a blackmailer turned Sarah's life upside down. The man claimed to know the circumstances of her illegal adoption thirty years ago. He also revealed some shocking facts about her real parents. Rather than have the blackmailer go public with the information and risk her husband's career, she agreed to a one-time payoff. Their situation was far from resolved, and doubts about her heritage put a strain on their once ideal marriage.

Sarah still didn't have verification of the truth. She needed more details. Were there any brothers or sisters, or other family members nearby? Had the same blackmailer approached them too?

Hiring a Private Investigator seemed the only option, but it meant opening a Pandora's box. Sarah needed confirmation and closure, and was willing to take the risk.

Ex FBI investigator turned P. I. Joe Coopersmith was up to the task, but working on a thirty-year-old mystery wouldn't be easy. Joe didn't realize it might also turn deadly...


Ernesto Patino grew up in El Paso where he graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso. He received a Bachelor of Music degree and taught school for a couple of years before joining the FBI as a Special Agent. His career spanned 23 years, most of which were spent in South Florida. He now lives in Tucson, Arizona, and divides his time between writing and working as a private investigator.

Ernesto is the author of a children’s book, A Boy named Paco, and a novel, In the Shadow of a Stranger, which was published in England. When he is not working as a P.I. or writing a book, you can usually find him at a local dance studio where he continually strives to perfect his skills as a ballroom dancer. Visit; read the first chapter at


This book is filled with twists and turns, and just when I thought I had it all figured out, it changed again. It was a very quick read at only 195 pages, but it was very enjoyable. I loved the characters, especially the private investigator. He had a big heart, and truly cared about his clients. I got lost in the story, and wished that it didn't end. I wanted to see how the relationships between the characters transpired, after the mystery was finally solved. Thumbs up on this one!

My rating - 5 out of 5

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Paula at Author Marketing Experts, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.

Genre: Mystery
ISBN: 978-1-60318-124-2
Publication Date: June 2009
Pages: 195
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell


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  2. Sounds like a good read. I'm currently reading "born to run" but will check this out after.

    Thanks for sharing.