Shocked by his unexpected death, Kate becomes drawn into an investigation uncovering secrets about the grandmother she thought she knew and the man she never did. And she soon realises her questions are putting lives in danger...
©2006 Emma Cole; (P)2007 Oakhill Publishing
"This is crime writing at its most complex, intelligent best - exhausting and quite breathtaking" (EditRed.com)
I liked this one a lot. It took me a little time to warm to the narrator - perhaps because I'm more used to the English/male, rather than the Canadian/female voice, in my thrillers - but ultimately the narration was good.
The story reminded me of Robert Goddard novels - with a mystery from the past being investigated by a present-day descendant. The story followed several lines that all tied together nicely at the end, making it a worthwhile listen.
Couldn't turn it off...once I got into the story it was difficult to not listen to the very end.
I well read book that has you guessing trying to figure out the twists and turns -
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I like reading stories set in places I‘ve visited, so when in the synopsis I read: “When an old man strikes up a conversation with her on the steps of St. Paul's” I was hooked right away; turns out that was the best part!
I didn’t particularly enjoy the story, or the way the mystery unfolded. I’ve read many stories in which the plot unravelled slowly and I’ve enjoyed them because I liked the characters - Kate Murray on the other hand seemed rather dull and two-dimensional to me, so instead of just going with the flow I just wanted to get to the point already.
It was more annoying than suspenseful – a string of people end up dead, highly unconvincing coincidences, utterly preposterous connections between people… And the set ups! Sigh. **insert eye roll** For example: when Kate recalled talking to her grandmother and said [something to the effect of] “I was so unprepared for what she told me, that to this day I regret not taping it” ha ha ha ha I said to myself: Ok! Ok! I’ll pay attention to what comes next! Too obvious.
Overall: pretty unsatisfying.
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I enjoyed this book and agree with other reviewers, it did start slow. This is a murder mystery story and if you like that Genre I would highly recommend it. Tara Ward did a fabulous job of narrating all the different characters and even using different accents quiet successfully. This made the book a pleasure to listen to. It is a long book about 13 hours but not too long for the story. I would have liked a few more "gasp" or "OMG" moments but I tend to find murder mysteries a little slow for my liking, hence the 3 star overall. A definite must for the murder mystery buffs out there though.
"A Mystery at it's Best."
Emma Cole's 'Every Secret Thing' was everything you'd want in a good old fashion mystery but there was nothing old fashion in this amazing modern style story for today's demanding listeners. Brilliant from beginning to end. I would certainly recommend it.
This book has induced me to write my first review. I loved it. Perhaps because I was born in 1947 and therefore heard many stories of the Second World War from my family, certainly because I particularly enjoy books that merge stories from different periods in time, this novel really caught my attention. I loved the modern detective story married to the gentle romance of the1940s protagonists. The author's use of language, her powers of description were so involving - I felt at certain major points in the novel that I was standing there with the characters. Emma Cole seemed to have such a deep connection to her main characters that I felt I knew them intimately and really cared about their fate. The narration was excellent with the exception of the Portuguese names but that's a very minor irritation which wouldn't bother most listeners. I hope there will be more books from Emma Cole. Another book that affected me similarly was Geraldine Brooks The People of the Book, also a superb novel
"Interesting story needed better narration"
I enjoyed the narrative, although it could have used better research and editing - Brits don't use constructions like 'I'll go check' and someone being murdered in a robbery in a quiet English village would be national news - but generally it was an entertaining story.
The main irritant for me was the narration. The narrator would be great for other books, but she was too old for the voice of the young protagonist. She also had to cope with a range of accents - a tough gig and one she didn't get right. Brits were comic exaggerations and other Europeans - from Portuguese to Dutch - mostly sounded Russian.
For those reasons it feels cheaply produced, at a rather expensive price!
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