Sunday, March 20, 2022

The Secrets We Share

The Secrets We Share by Edwin Hill
3/29/22; 304 pages

The Secrets We Share by Edwin Hill is a highly recommended twisty thriller.

Sisters Natalie Cavanaugh and Glenn Abbott are very different from each other but they share a traumatic past. In 1995 when they were 14 and 12 their father was murdered. The two have moved on now and don't discuss it. Natalie is a police detective who drinks too much. Glenn is a food blogger who is about to release her first book. When Glenn's daughter 12-year-old daughter, Mavis, discovers a body in an abandoned building near her school, the two sisters are pulled into another murder investigation, but this time the questions and new information keep piling up and pretty soon almost everyone is a suspect.

The pluses are The Secrets We Share is a truly twisty, unpredictable novel that will hold your attention and keep you guessing throughout. The minuses may be the extraordinary number of twists and the plethora of new information uncovered that changes everything. It all begins to feel a bit excessive by the end. Your enjoyment may very well be contingent upon your tolerance of a copious number of new revelations. It is a well-written novel and all the twists are integrated into the plot. There might be a few that cause some head shaking, but basically the twists work.

The characters are all portrayed realistically, but they are almost all suspects at one time or another, so don't get too attached to anyone, with the exception of Mavis (and maybe Natalie). You are allowed to care for her while reading on to see how everything else plays out. It's best to go into this one without a lot of additional information beyond knowing that it is definitely worth reading.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Kensington via NetGalley

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