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Every Secret Thing

by Susanna Kearsley

Rated: Mild

Kate Murray, a journalist for a Toronto newspaper, is covering a trial in London when she is greeted by an older man she doesn’t know. The man tells her he knows of a murder that was committed years before that deserves to be brought to light. She doesn’t really consider looking into his story, but she is curious when he mentions she looks like her grandmother. And she is affected when the man is killed by a passing car right after he leaves her. Then a series of events convinces her she does need to find out what the man was talking about.

As it turns out, the story is linked to her family, and as she goes to Lisbon and other locales to piece together the full tale, Kate learns about her beloved grandmother’s work helping British intelligence during World War II and about Andrew Deacon, the kind man who wanted to do the right thing.

As with other Kearsley novels, the story switches between past and present, fleshing out the characters and their experiences through flashbacks, and takes the readers on journeys to various places with settings that come alive through just the right amount of detail. Every Secret Thing, written originally under the pseudonym Emma Cole, is a murder mystery, so it adds in extra suspense and danger to the familiar elements of a Kearsley novel (as she labels her books: “woman in jeopardy novels”). I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rated: Mild, for a few instances of violence that are not detailed. There are no sexual elements or uses of language.

— Reviewed by Cathy Carmode Lim

Cathy Carmode Lim has been reviewing books for newspapers for more than 20 years, two of which she was a book page editor. She founded Rated Reads in January 2008.

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  • Every Secret Thing
  • by Susanna Kearsley
  • Rated: Mild
  • Genre: Fiction
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