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Book Review: The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

I have been SO excited to start this for some time and was elated to be given a copy by the publisher. It was also the September pick for Reese’s book club!

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

Genre: Historical Fiction

BUG Rating: 3.5/5

Overall: Wasn’t quite what I expected. I spent the first half of the book pretty lost and unsure who was who or what was really going on. I even took 3.5 hours out to watch Doctor Zhivago to see if it would help – it didn’t! After the half way mark, I really started to enjoy the book and struggled to put it down. I loved the typists chapters and was surprised by where the storyline went (no spoilers!). As I got closer to the end, the actual ‘twist’ wasn’t entirely unexpected, and I had a feeling that was coming. Overall, I did enjoy the book but felt the first half could have been a bit different to make it easier to understand/tie together. I wanted this book to wow me and it didn’t quite get there.

We unveil ourselves in the pieces we want others to know, even those closest to us. We all have our secrets.

Plot:

TWO FEMALE SPIES. A BANNED MASTERPIECE. A BOOK THAT CHANGED HISTORY.

1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation. 

In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.

It will not be easy. There are people prepared to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.


Pros:

+ Mesmerising second half of the book.

+ Great story idea, loved the writing style.

+ Enjoyed much more of the west ‘typist’ plot to the east.

Cons:

– Lacked plot/character development.

– Needed more ‘spy’ feel to it.

I received a free advanced copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions are my own. 


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