A tautly told tale of psychological tension and chilling moral complexity, The Last Secret accelerates to a shattering conclusion as it explores the irreparable consequences of one family's crimes of the heart. The Last Secret burnishes Morris's reputation as one of our most prodigiously gifted writers.
You know you're reading a clunker when the bad guy is more likeable than the protagonist or even the children portrayed in the book. The premise is far-fetched (when Eddie reappears in Nora's life, why wouldn't she call the police?) The main characters are spoiled and self-centered - making it hard to feel sympathetic toward them.
The narrator's reading of the teenaged girl's character (and the small child Lira) is like nails on a chalkboard, whiny and wheedling. Also, way too overwrought when she's reading charged dialogue. Listening to this is a chore.