Today’s featured book review is one I’ve read and immensely enjoyed. Every Secret Thing by bestselling author Susanna Kearsley was originally published under the name Emma Cole, but this Allison & Busby reprint uses the author’s real name. If you’re familiar with Susanna Kearsley novels, this is definitely a departure from her usual historical/sometimes paranormal romance style, in that it is a suspense-based thriller, with romantic elements, set during both World War II and the present. It’s a wonderful story and I highly recommend it – but don’t take my word for it. Check out this review!
You’ll find more info on this book, and a link to purchase your copy, at the bottom of this article.
Review – Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole/Susanna Kearsley
Journalist Kate Murray is surprised when a man approaches her on a London street, saying they need to meet and talk about a long-ago murder. She’s even more surprised when he tells her she has her grandmother’s eyes. Minutes later, he is dead, the victim of a hit-and-run.
Spurred into action, Kate decides she must find out what murder he was referring to and how he knew her grandmother. But after the old man’s nephew, then her own grandmother are killed, she realizes things are more complicated than she’d thought. On the run and in disguise, she heads to Portugal, where the man’s past lies, tied up with the British Secret Service and war-time espionage.
The mystery is deftly plotted, with plenty of twists and turns while Ms. Cole’s multi-dimensional characters, past and present, keep the plot moving at a swift pace without sacrificing depth.
I LOVED this book. It was one of those I didn’t want to end. The mystery is deftly plotted, with plenty of twists and turns while Ms. Cole’s multi-dimensional characters, past and present, keep the plot moving at a swift pace without sacrificing depth. War-time New York and Lisbon are brought to life with just the right amount of period detail. The contemporary settings, including Toronto and Whitby, ring equally true.
Kate is a believable heroine, well-motivated and easy to cheer for as she unravels the past while trying to keep herself alive. Deacon, her mysterious informant, is gradually revealed as a man of integrity and loyalty, one who made a supreme sacrifice for the woman he loved.
It was a fascinating read, trying to keep up with the various threads and waiting for the next clue to be revealed.
I think what impressed me most, though, was the way the author dropped subtle hints throughout the story. Some of them I picked up on, others I didn’t. It was a fascinating read, trying to keep up with the various threads and waiting for the next clue to be revealed. At one point near the end, a big coincidence threatened to pull me out of the story, only to be explained in a unique and plausible manner, another testament to the writer’s talent.
The movement from present to the past and back was handled deftly, told through the eyes of several different characters. A lesser author might not have been able to handle such a device, but Ms. Cole succeeded brilliantly. Each was distinct and added key elements to the plot.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves mysteries, stories set in WWII or just a damn good read.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves mysteries, stories set in WWII or just a damn good read. A copy will most certainly find its way onto my Keeper Shelf, alongside my other SK titles. In fact, I’m now reading the latest book by Ms. Cole’s alter-ego. The opening chapters of The Winter Sea promise another enthralling read from this talented Canadian author.
Teresa Basinski Eckford
Every Secret Thing
Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had spoken to her – about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder and, most worryingly, her grandmother. His story was old, he had told her, but still deserving of justice. Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her back into her grandmother’s mysterious war-time past and across the Atlantic as she tries to retrace the dead man’s footsteps. Finding out the truth is not so simple, however, as only a few people are still alive who know the story…and Kate soon realizes that her questions are putting their lives in danger. Stalked by an unknown and sinister enemy, she must use her tough journalistic instinct to find the answers from the past in order to have a future.
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