Initially, the switching first person point of view in each chapter threw me. Viewing the same event from two different perspectives was — jarring. Yet, by chapter five, I had totally bought into Ms. Schulte’s manner of storytelling. For this story to be told correctly, it is clear that differing point of view are necessary.
Secrets is a story that asks the question, Can evil change its nature and become good? In truth, the Guardian series (currently three books strong) ultimately will answer that question but Book 1 (Secrets) lays the groundwork for a fascinating read.
The main character, Olivia, and her best friend, Juliet, have known each other since Junior High School. They’re now in their late 20’s and neither have married but they are both having trouble in the dating arena. Both having recently come out of relationships, they are equally frustrated and feeling lonely for male companionship. Juliet a bit more than Olivia. However, Olivia is the one that seems to have attracted quite a male following in only a couple of weeks. Two men whom she met quite accidentally have peaked her interest — Holden and Quintus.
Olivia keeps the bulk of what’s happening with her from Juliet because Olivia cannot fathom how quickly and how deeply she’s fallen for Holden. It had only be a handful of days yet he was an enigma to Olivia — a dangerous one at that and Olivia’s conflicted about seeing him.
Shortly after Olivia’s love life picked up, Juliet met a man also who was totally different from the kind of guys she was used to dating. However, Olivia and Juliet agreed that a change of pace would be a good thing. On the heels of their good dating fortune, Olivia’s ex-boyfriend dies suddenly throwing them both in a tailspin of emotions that led to them not communicating or sharing as they had in the past.
The unusual non-communication between these two women opens the door to chaos. In quick succession, a number of disturbing events occur changing the women’s lives forever. These changes also allow the forces of good and evil free reign in the women’s lives most times the evil outweighing the good!
Escalating passions, cryptic handsome men and skeptical intuitions are all major players in this paranormal thriller that will leave you breathless and sleepless as you race through to the end.
Secrets by Liz Schulte is a must-read!