Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it… Bridget Reid has a secret, one that could get her killed… If she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets – truths she’d never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is – she nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her… As DS Grey and her partner DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a terrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder. And they realise that some secrets are better left buried…
When I came across The Secret‘s beautiful and appealing cover, I didn’t know it was part of a series. I simply saw it was a mystery/crime novel, so I requested it right away. The Secret turned out to be a lot different from what I thought. I think the cover was a bit misleading, as I was expecting a psychological thriller or something along those lines. Instead, I got an excellent, unputdownable police procedural, one of the best ones I’ve read lately. Dark, twisted and thrilling.
When the book mentioned events from the past novel (The Teacher), I tried not to pay attention, since now I want to read that one as well. Explaining what this novel is about is a bit difficult. You see, when I’m reading a book and I’m enjoying it a lot, I always tell my boyfriend about it. This time, I tried explaining all the storylines featured in this book and he was looking me like I wasn’t making any sense.
Okay, so there are two cops (Imogen Grey and Adrian Miles) who’re trying to find a missing undercover policewoman (Bridget Reid). Then we have the POVs of that woman , Bridget, who’s been kidnapped by a mysterious man who seems to have some power over her. There’s also the POV of a young troubled kid who quickly grows into a psychopath. Then there are flashbacks from two years ago where DS Grey worked alongside Sam Brown (who happens to be Bridget’s boyfriend and the one who tells the detectives to look for her) and was supposedly betrayed by him. And the case from back then is connected to the one in the present. And Adrian’s ex-wife’s husband is acting suspiciously. And there’s also a young woman who seems to be hiding something.
And that’s not it. There are plenty of twists and surprises. I think that’s what I loved the most about The Secret. The novel’s structure was complex and you know how I love to solve puzzles, so this was right up my alley. I was interested in EVERYTHING that was going on and was super intrigued as to how everything would connect. The ending was great but it was clearly setting things up for the next instalment (which I’ll obviously read).
This is a pretty dark novel and the themes aren’t pleasant at all. Drugs, human trafficking, abuse, rape, violence… the whole package. So don’t expect this to be a light book, as it is actually pretty gruesome sometimes. I adored it anyway.
In the end, this was one of those books that by the time I reached the ending, I just wanted to keep reading. I wanted to know more about these characters and their cases… Maybe it won’t be for everyone, but I enjoyed it immensely. I think I might have found a new series to get addicted to! Don’t miss it.