Every Secret Thing

Every Secret Thing

by Susanna Kearsley

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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.

Hey everyone! I’m back! Thank you for being so patient during that unexpected three month break. I was having to deal with some life stuff that left little want and time for reviewing. But that’s in the past! I’m back for good, and I can’t think of a better way to jump back into the game than sharing my favorite mystery with you.

So, I’m not going to provide a synopsis because I don’t want to accidentally spoil anything. However, I will share how I came to read Every Secret Thing. A few years back, I was in need of a historical mystery, and my friend, Rachel, recommended Susanna Kearsley. I browsed through her book list on Goodreads and stumbled upon this novel, which was originally published under Kearsley’s pseudonym, Emma Cole. I decided to try it out, and Every Secret Thing instantly became one of my favorite books.

Every time I open these pages, I am swept along on a harrowing adventure. Every time I anxiously will Kate to find the clues and to stay alive. Every time I am swept away in the romance of New York during World War II. And every time I find myself in tears, heartbroken over Deacon’s lost love. EVERY TIME! Because Kearsley provides characters that are so well developed with all their strengths and faults that it’s hard to remember Every Secret Thing not a true story. I am completely invested in the outcome of the story.

But it’s more than realistic characters that keeps me coming back. Kearsley’s descriptive settings carry you across the world. She expertly guides you on this thrilling ride and ties everything together in a way that leaves you sighing contently when you turn that last page. History and intrigue drips from every page. And Every Secret Thing contains the best love story I have ever read!

Honestly, I can not think of anything bad to say about this story. I love it so much that I try to get everyone I know to read it. It’s been a month since I last finished it, and well, I’m tempted to read it again. I will say that I haven’t read anything else by Susanna Kearsley, so I am unable to compare it to her other work. And this may not be the book for readers wanting an over the top sappy romance, because the love story is far from the typical romance story. But I personally find that a good thing.

Just read it! Please!

Lindsay