BOOK REVIEW: EVERY SECRET THING
On her thirty-third birthday Gina Paletta thinks her life is just the way she wants it. She lives in a nice house in the college town of Tenway, is a junior professor at Tenway University, and adores her healthy twin sons. Although she doesn’t have a man in her life, she doesn’t want one since her marriage was a disaster. Her complacency is totally shattered when Constable McCandless calls her into his office.
When she arrives there are two NYPD homicide detectives Russell Barnes and Tommy Galloway who show her a website with pictures of her when she was a lingerie model as well as pornographic writings. The police think two of her students Tim Solomon and Jason Dettwiler are responsible for it, but have no proof that they also killed another student; they want to use her in a sting operation that will force them to make a move on her. While they are staying with her, Gina falls in love with Tommy but he never makes a play for her. When the young men are released on a technicality Tommy comes back into her life and admits his feelings for her while two dangerous people place the lives of Gina her sons in danger.
This is more than just an exciting crime thriller; it is also a family drama where secrets threaten Gina’s family when they are brought out in the open. Not only does Gena have to deal with the fear of the psychopaths obsessed with her, she has to cope with a dysfunctional extended family who wants certain secrets to stay buried at all costs. The heroine is one of the most believable characters ever created because her actions and reactions to events are ones anyone would make to circumstances. Lila Shaara makes a brilliant debut with the cross-genre-appeal EVERY SECRET THING.
REVIEWED BY HARRIET KLAUSNER
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