Date of publication: April 14th 2020
Publisher: Willowlake Media
Print length: 263 pages
Genders: Light Romance, Mystery & Thriller, Psychological Thriller
Format: ebook (ARC)
You can find this book on: Amazon
Writing Quality 5/5, Character Development 3/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 5/5, Intellectual Depth 2/5, Originality 5/5, Overall 4/5.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and I am voluntarily leaving a review.
I came by this book when I was on Booksprout, and after seeing its cover, I got intrigued. I cast an eye on the description, liked what I saw and requested an ARC edition of it. Not going to lie, but I think this book was one of the best mysteries and thrillers I have ever read.
The novel is about Amelia, who’s a cop. She has to do her job without letting her past get in the way, but is she able to? She is bright and only after a few days she sees the connection between her and the series of murders she has to investigate. Will that affect the course of the investigation? On top of everything, her mother died recently, and she left Amelia a flash drive with the secrets of a powerful man. As the secrets start to reveal and the number of bodies to grow, she sees that every victim is connected. A connection which shows how far people are going to go to protect their secrets.
As you might have already realized, Amelia is the main character. Her portrait is made with lights, as well as shadows which makes her a complex and round figure. Trent and Brenda are her mates, who stay by her side during the entire story, even if Amelia doubts their loyalty. When she was a child, she got kidnapped, and ever since, she had many difficulties in trusting the people around her. Everything changes when she meets Everett (her mother’s attorney). She opens up to him for a reason she doesn’t understand, and he listens to her every step of the way. Just like I said before, Trent is one of her best friends, and he is always by Amelia’s side (they work together). Maybe this is the reason why his story is well developed. On the other hand, Brenda is rarely present. It would’ve been better if her story had been more engaging and If she had been more active to the story. Emma was the other girl who got abducted with Amelia, and she plays an important role in the story.
Last but not least, writing quality and style. While reading, I didn’t feel the need to put the book down. Unlike other mysteries and thrillers, I wasn’t tedious in the beginning. It grabbed me like a shark, and I couldn’t let the book down until it finished. Although it was very engaging, I didn’t feel like I had a moral (it was something there, but the impact it had on me was pretty light). It would have been better if the author put more accent on it at the end of the story. To be honest, I haven’t read a story with such plot twists (all I can say is that they turned your whole world upside down).
This novel is a combination of thriller & mystery, comedy (a bit of) and romance, and it keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Overall, ‘The Darkest Secrets’ by Heather Wynter was a delightful read. If you are looking for an original, good written story about secrets and the troubles they come with, this is the story for you!
About the author
Heather Wynter grew up in California, where she still lives with her two dogs and three cats which she lovingly refers to as her zoo. She’s a sucker for any period drama and a good romance. When she isn’t reading or writing out what is in her wild imagination, she’s probably at Disneyland or travelling around the globe. You can connect with Heather on Facebook at or on Instagram. You can visit her website, to sign up for her newsletter, filled with information regarding new releases and bonus material.