2017 Reading Challenge Book 35 – The Secret

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And so we come on to my second holiday read which I didn’t actually finish in Greece but did finish within my two weeks off work. And wasn’t actually my initial second choice, but I sensed that I would be plunged into a reading slump if I carried on with my original second book and I was not about to do that.

2017 Reading Challenge, Book 35 - The Secret
2017 Reading Challenge, Book 35 – The Secret

Again this book was just a little holiday read in a genre that I wouldn’t usually go near.

I didn’t hate this book. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I enjoyed it or anything, it was pleasant enough, but yeah I didn’t hate it. There were parts of it that did surprise me and parts that I didn’t see coming but for the most part. The latter half of the novel was scattered with things like that. I appreciated that it turned things on it’s head and actually made me pause to think and ponder how I didn’t see that coming.

It’s a story about family. About loyalty. And yeah, funnily enough, about secrets. It moves between two time periods, similar to Perry’s novel yesterday, and as it switched between the two parts of the puzzle came together and created the greater picture. The storylines interconnect and weave a web that is all relevant to saving Jake’s life. Although because there are a lot of characters it can sometimes get a bit confusing keeping track of them all, especially as they all start to make their way into the present day, but honestly that isn’t that out of control.

You almost can’t help but feel what these characters are going to some way. It weaves tragedy and joy so well together and it does leave you with a feel good ending which feels well deserved because my gosh do these characters get put through the wringer. The way that it is written is great and I did enjoy her writing style which I enjoyed, it was a lot of the reason that I got stuck into the book so quickly and so easily.

Kind of similarly to Perry’s book these characters didn’t really stick with me outside of the pages of the book and it was easy to leave this book behind when it was done. And that’s not a negative or anything, it just wasn’t one of those stories that I hit me in the way that something else might have done. It’s just not my genre, but it was a book of that genre that I was happy to have read once I had finished it.

Overall it was a good book. I enjoyed it. I was surprised that I enjoyed it. It had an element of mystery to it. The way it was carved and created was good. And there was a feel good ending that felt like a great relief once the book was closed. I would recommend it, sure. It wouldn’t be at the top of the list of books that I would recommend but I would.

3/5 stars.

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Sophie, twenty-something, avid reader, writer, really good at watching whole seasons of TV shows in one weekend and using 10 words where 5 will do, overzealous user of the ellipsis and parentheses, starts too many sentences with ‘and’ and ‘so’, living in a continual state of Wanderlust.

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