Jill (Wichita KS)
A hit! Be ready to read late into the night...
In his first novel, Paul Harris has done the near impossible: combining a tightly designed mystery; love story and self discovery journey into a compelling and exciting read.
When British journalist Danny Kellerman is unexpectedly summoned to Sierra Leone - the place where he made his best and worst decisions in life and journalism - by his former love, he begins a journey that will have him questioning what is and isnt real, relevant or true.
A great book for a club read, Kellermans journey is filled with physical danger, unexpected emotion and the ultimate journalistic conflict between truth and consequence.
A twisty and unexpected plot keeps you reading far past the time youve allottedexpect to be drawn into The Secret Keeper late into the nightand expect to see Harris again; hopefully this is the first of a long list of bestselling novels from a talented writer. I hope hes already working on the next.
Cheryl (Angola NY)
The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris is a difficult book to review since my reactions were varied. I knew very little about the historical background in Sierra Leone, and the author's journalistic experience presented this very well. However, the story was told in constantly changing time frames going from 2000 to 2004 and back again. Quite often I had to check the chapter heading to see what year it was because of the similarities. The story is good and the characters fairly interesting, but one has to really work while reading it.
Sue (Wauwatosa WI)
Interesting read about Sierra Loeone
I didn't care for the beginning,a little to violent for me.Once I got past that, it was a fast moving read. I enjoyed learning about Sierra Leone. I think this would be a great book club selection, there would be many topics for discussion.
Wisteria Leigh, New Milford, CT (New Milford CT)
The Secret Keeper by Paul Harris
Harris doesnt waste any time shocking you into a compelling need to continue as the opening chapter captivates your attention to read on. The Secret Keeper is a transcontinental consummate adventure thriller traversing between London and Sierra Leone. In London, Danny Kellerman receives a cryptic letter of desperation from his ex-lover Maria. He is a journalist who four years earlier reported on the political upheaval in Sierra Leone where he met Maria. The postmark is three weeks earlier and all sense of reality disappears when he discovers that he is too late and Maria is dead, a victim of a robbery and murder while driving in the country.
Harriss poetic prose style lends itself to a one-night read. You will see, as I did, that putting this book down for even a moment is quite difficult. His prolific use of carefully placed similes, paints a vibrant palette of imagery bringing the reader into the story.
A debut novel, will cause a few white knuckle moments, you wont want to miss it. Paul Harris is a novelist to watch and anxiously await his next book.
Kate (Arvada CO)
Strong story, average writing
The story is interesting and fast paced. There are some nice twists and unexpected occurrences in the novel. That being said, I felt like I was reading a "novice" writer. In the hands of a more experienced author, I feel like it could have great potential. I liked the story but was a bit disappointed by the writing.
Rosemary (San Antonio TX)
The Secret Keeper
Even though this novel can sometimes be confusing bouncing back and forth between a four year time frame, it is full of information about a country we often only receive snippets about in our national news. For the most part, the story moves at a brisk pace but does seem to bog down in areas. As a first time novel, I found the book an interesting and enjoyable read.
Katherine (Albuquerque NM)
I selected this book hoping to learn more about Sierra Leone while reading an engaging story, but I found the writing to be "flabby" as another reviewer accurately described it and the story to not be as compelling or tightly plotted as I would have liked. Overall, I can't recommend this one.