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The Last Secret

A Novel

by Mary McGarry Morris

The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris X
The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris
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    Apr 2009, 288 pages
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    Apr 2010, 288 pages

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A tautly told tale of psychological tension and chilling moral complexity


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The Last Secret is a nearly perfect book. The structure of the narrative and the present tense keep the reader right in the middle of the action, whether the action is external or internal. And the internal is absolutely fascinating, equally if not more suspenseful. (Mary L).

What grabbed me from the start was Morris's ability to reel you into the characters emotions (Lani S). What began as a seemingly mindless, predictable, slightly elevated version of the "chick lit" genre became a compelling read (Iris F). I believe I held my breath through this entire novel (Vicky R)!

The ability to feel Nora's real and raw emotional pain and track Eddie's twisted logic and paranoid thoughts is enhanced through the author's command of stream of consciousness. Being allowed into the minds of the main characters makes their plights personal and captivating (Kimberly A).

Written in tight, powerful sentences, it took all my willpower to keep from reading ahead to find out what was going to happen (Joyce W). I found the depictions of relationships between Nora and her children very well drawn and they rang with authenticity for me. I recommend this book for book groups, suspense readers and anyone who enjoys reading about relationships (Jenny P).

On the other hand…

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 ... I've read other work by this author, this is not her best (Shirley L).

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 (Liz C).

The final word …

Compelling and well-written, Mary McGarry Morris has scored a winner of a thriller-drama with The Last Secret (Ray P).

15 reviewers submitted reviews averaging 4.5 out of 5 stars. Read the reviews in full.

This review was originally published in April 2009, and has been updated for the April 2010 paperback release. Click here to go to this issue.

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