I had a reading copy for a thriller/mystery that had been whispering my name for a little while now and finally decided it was time to give it a try. This is a part of a series that I had never read before but I was still hoping to find a story that I could enjoy even though I had not read the previous books. With this in mind, I started “Secrets” by Jane A. Adams.
Mollie Chambers makes a frantic call to the police to report that there is a man in her garden with a gun. While the dispatcher does not take this old lady too seriously, a car is sent. Before it can arrive, however, the man enters Mollie’s house and commits suicide in front of her. The dispatcher hears Mollie recognize the man although Mollie then tells the police that she has no idea who the man is or why he would kill himself. This odd confrontation sets in motion events that are well beyond what one would expect to surround a seemingly innocent old lady.
Alec Friedman has recently resigned from the police but finds himself drawn into the case as the police try to unravel the mystery surrounding Mollie. Alec was Mollie’s honorary “nephew” and knew that Mollie had an eventful past as the wife of a diplomat who was involved in several wars. Little does Alec know that his relationship with Mollie and the police were going to draw him and his wife into a wider world of intrigue and danger.
Even though I was not familiar with the series of books leading up to “Secrets,” I still enjoyed the book. I am sure that I would have enjoyed it more had I been familiar with the rest of the books as each of the characters seem to have extensive backgrounds but I still found it to be a well written story. There is a lot going on in the book that makes it a little daunting to a new reader and I would definitely recommend catching up before reading this book to enjoy it more fully, but that should not dissuade someone from jumping right in.
In “Secrets,” Adams shows that she knows how to craft a well written thriller. I found the characters to be likeable and easy to relate to even though their experiences were well outside of my experiences. As I already wrote, I would have enjoyed the book more if I had read the previous novels but I still found “Secrets” to be an interesting read. I was expecting more of a mystery when I started the book rather than the thriller that lay within but that is not a bad thing. “Secrets” definitely gave me a glimpse of Adams’ talent and I hope to one day try more of her works. There is no better recommendation for a book than that.
I would like to give a special thanks to Severn House and NetGalley for this advanced reading copy. “Secrets” is scheduled to be released by Severn House on October 1, 2013.