On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana.
As a teenager in the late 1970s, Elizabeth was clever, overweight and something of a loner. When Rachel and her family moved to town, though, Elizabeth was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame. She would do anything for Rachel. Anything.
Then the first body was discovered.
Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened . . .
Having recently enjoyed Jenny Quintana’s most recent book, The Hiding Place, I knew I had to catch up on her previous books. Our Dark Secret has a really intriguing premise. Twenty years ago, Elizabeth did something terrible. She is determined to make sure that secret stays buried. She’s moved on with her life, and Elizabeth doesn’t want anything to upset that. But with the discovery of a body in her hometown, where she grew up, she knows she will have to face the uncomfortable truth. But what really happened twenty years ago?
What I like about Jenny’s writing is that she pulls you in from the very first page. Before I knew it, I’d finished the entire book. This isn’t a fast-paced thriller, and I would describe her books as slow-burners, but they are utterly absorbing. I wanted to find out more about the characters and the secret that bound them together.
We meet Rachel, who is a bit of a loner and a target for school bullies. Then she meets Elizabeth a girl, who she thought at first, she would never be friends with. I was really intrigued by Rachel and Elizabeth’s friendship. If you saw the two girls in the street, you would never think that they would be friends. It’s hard to talk about how they end up getting to know each other without giving the plot away.
Jenny Quintana creates a foreboding atmosphere as we go back in time, and we get to see events in the past unfold. I felt I connected with Elizabeth, and I felt sorry for her. I felt glad for her when Rachel came into her life as it made me think that now she had someone she could talk to. As Rachel and Elizabeth get to know each other more, they make a horrifying discovery when they find the body of a woman. But what connection does this body have to the body which is found twenty years later? A body which Rachel and Elizabeth hoped would never be found.
There are some heartbreaking revelations as Jenny Quintana gradually begins to reveal what happened in the past. I couldn’t believe what I was reading as what happened in those years was explained. It’s what makes this book such a heartbreaking read as well.
Jenny Quintana’s writing is so absorbing, and her books are beautifully written. If you haven’t yet discovered her work, then you need to add her books to your TBR pile. Now, I need to catch up on reading her first novel.
Publication date: 6th February 2020 (kindle) 20th August 2020 (paperback)
Print length: 320 pages
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