Advance reader reviews of The Last Secret by Mary Mcgarry Morris.

The Last Secret

A Novel

By Mary Mcgarry Morris

The Last Secret
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009,
    288 pages.

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  • Vicky (Cumming GA)


    The Last Secret
    I believe I held my breath through this entire novel! After reading the first chapter I was spellbound as well as tense. The author has an unbelievable talent for drawing you in and keeping you beside her main character throughout this painful journey, and I felt every emotion along the way. For those of you who love to "buckle up" for a good read, I highly recommend this book that unfolds one "secret" right after another ... until the very end.
  • Shirley (Norco LA)


    The Last Secret
    This book was average at best. The "secret" did not ring true to me and the main character was way too accepting of her husband's behavior. She claims she never even considered divorce. Really! I like my female leads to have a lot more passion than that. I've read other work by this author. This is not her best.
  • Liz (Kalamazoo MI)


    Last Secret
    Morris delivers a razor sharp portrayal of Nora, a middle aged woman whose life is turned upside down by the revelation of her husband’s affair and the reappearance of a very creepy old boyfriend. Her descriptions of Nora and the emotional fallout she and her children suffer as their family breaks up are painfully real. While the character of Nora is three dimensional and fully realized, I felt the secondary characters were less well drawn. I didn’t find the plot particularly engaging, and the chain of events that transpired over the course of the novel didn’t really surprise me. Morris artfully weaves the theme of secrets and the consequences of keeping them throughout the novel.
  • Iris, W. Bloomfield, Mi. (West Bloomfield MI)


    The Last Secret
    What began for me as a seemingly mindless, predictable, slightly elevated version of the "chick lit" genre became a compelling read. While written in the present, more and more information is masterfully revealed in small increments. The characters become more than just one dimensional in their development as the story becomes more and more compelling. This simply told story becomes increasingly difficult to put down. While not wanting to reveal the ending, I can only say that it packed a punch. I would definitely recommend this book.
  • Ray (Selden NY)


    Secrets and Lies
    Nora and Ken Hammond live an ideal life - house in suburban New England, two kids and work together at the family-owned newspaper. That is, until Ken's betrayal of Nora by exposing a 4-year long affair with one of their closest friends. The secrets, lies and betrayal that ensues among all the lives effected would be enough to create an engaging story. But Nora has her own secret - a criminal one - and a maniacal figure from her past has arrived in town to exact his revenge.

    Compelling and well-written, Mary McGarry Morris has scored a winner of a thriller-drama with The Last Secret.
  • Josephine (Goshen CT)


    Hard to put down
    Two secrets collide to create the tension in this book. The first, an assault years ago, comes back to haunt Nora just as she learns her husband has been committing adultery for at least 4 years with her best friend. Morris weaves the two strands confidently and expertly, heightening tension so that you must keep reading. My only caveat - if you have, or have had, a cheating spouse, her descriptions of the anguish Nora goes through are so accurate that it can be quite painful to the reader.
  • Joyce (Rochester MN)


    Hang on for a Wild Ride!
    When Nora discovers her husband is having an affair, her emotions begin a roller coaster ride. Mary McGarry Morris' descriptions of the stages one goes through are unbelievably accurate. What starts as a story of a family's pain, anger and betrayal quickly turns into a page turner when a man from Nora's past arrives in town. Written in tight, powerful sentences, it took all my willpower to keep from reading ahead to find out what was going to happen.
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