Although I don’t get much time to read anymore, I love nothing better than a ‘bit of me time’ snuggling up with a fresh smelling book.
The Secret by Katharine Johnson is a story about a snap decision and a lifetime of lies. This standalone story covers the summer of 1992 and the events that took place during the Second World War in Mussolini, Italy.
Johnson writes in an intriguing fashion that keeps the excitement and the guessing alive with each turn of a page. She grew up in Bristol but has lived in Italy which gives this book its authentic taste.
Love, lies and betrayal in wartime Italy.
Two girls growing up in Mussolini’s Italy share a secret that has devastating consequences. Against a backdrop of fear, poverty and confusion during the Second World War friendship is tested and loyalties divided but a chance encounter changes everything.
The girls’ lives diverge when beautiful, daring Martina marries and moves into Villa Leonida, the most prestigious house in their Tuscan mountain village while plain, studious Irena trains to be a teacher. But neither marriage nor life at Villa Leonida are as Martina imagined. And as her best friend’s life takes on a new purpose Irena finds herself left behind.
Decades later, a tragedy at the villa coincides with the discovery of an abandoned baby, whose identity threatens to re-open old wounds. While Irena’s son is determined to get to the truth about the village’s past, Martina’s daughter is desperate to keep it hidden.
This book had me hooked from the very first page. I read this book without reading Johnson’s first novel ‘The Silence’, so I was very open minded about what to expect.
The characters in this novel are extremely likeable which I often find quite rare in gripping plots. Once you read this, you may think I am mad for saying that. One character in particular has committed a huge betrayal, but I just found her so intriguing to read about. The betrayal is portrayed brilliantly and you understand how it has affected not only the characters but the village too.
I wanted to find out more about each characters past, and this book certainly covered areas I didn’t expect it to go. The transitions in each chapter from past to present were easy to follow and allowed me a greater insight into what each of the characters had been through.
I particularly loved the descriptions of Santa Zita, and Johnson describes it so beautifully that it has made me research the village a little myself. I often felt transported into another time zone and country.
This is an extremely compelling story and a great read for anyone that likes to be on the edge of their seat and kept guessing who, what, why and how!
Let this book be a lesson about the consequences of secrets and lies.
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