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Every Last Secret


Every Last Secret

The title of A. R. Torre’s new release, EVERY LAST SECRET, gives a hint of what is to come: secrets, more secrets, and even a few left for the very last chapter.

The book is about a golden couple, Cat and William Winthorpe, who are leading a life that only the very top 1% live. Their mansion is on a gated street, filled with staff who cater to their every whim. Cat tells us how her life changed after marrying William when she relates how he wouldn’t let her carry a box of personal belongings into their new home. He instructed her that they have people to do that.

"Careful clues foreshadow the end, but most will not realize their significance until it's too late."

Cat’s responsibilities are volunteering on charity boards, overseeing the decorating of their home, working on her tennis game and making her husband happy. William’s job is to work diligently to keep his business successful so that they will be billionaires instead of mere millionaires. But William is a jerk at work, so he hires a life coach to work with his team. What he doesn’t know is that the coach, Neena Ryder, is determined to succeed at far more than her new job. She sees Cat’s life, and she wants it.

We learn about both Cat and Neena from their alternating first-person narratives, and both seem very open and honest. But while Cat is madly in love with William, she doesn’t trust Neena --- and there is good reason for that. While Neena's faithful husband, Matt, adores her and forgives her any trespass, she does not return those feelings of fidelity. She’s scheming and sly, dishonest and despicable. And she’ll do anything to get what she wants.

Cat is not happy when Neena and Matt buy the house next door, which had been vacant after the former owners left in the middle of the night amid rumors of tax evasion. In spite of the first-person narrative, we don’t learn much about Cat and her life, and some of what she shares is unsettling. Although she mentions the staff at her house, they are referred to obliquely and are not a part of the novel. And while we think we know Neena, we learn the folly of making assumptions as we turn the final pages.

EVERY LAST SECRET is an enjoyable read, even though both main characters are highly flawed people. It is filled with lifestyles of the rich and famous, delicious food and people with secrets. Careful clues foreshadow the end, but most will not realize their significance until it's too late.

Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on January 8, 2021

Every Last Secret
by A. R. Torre