April 19, 2013

Keep No Secrets - review

Keep No Secrets
author Julie Compton
publisher FreshFork Publishing
source NetGalley

Goodread's question  After the ultimate betrayal, which is more important: trust or forgiveness?
I thoroughly enjoyed Julie Compton's  Tell No Lies a few years ago.  When I found out she had come up with a sequel,  I jumped at the opportunity to read it.   Keep No Secrets reads well as a stand-alone.  

Jack Hilliard, district attorney,  wakes up to the sound of his son and son's girlfriend making out downstairs.   Jack attempts to defuse the situation.   Then he is asked for help.   Can a person ever be too helpful?  Yes, this Jack learns to his dismay.

Compton knows how to make her books full of suspense.   She repeats the same phrase again and again.   It starts with, "This is when Jack makes his first mistake."    "...second mistake."   "...third mistake."   The reader thinks to herself:  Oh, Jack, Jack, Jack!  You're digging yourself in deeper.  

Another excellent example of Compton's suspenseful repetition: "The lies aren't what he says; they're what he doesn't say."    That brings to mind the expression:  lies of omission.

I was enjoying this book with its twists until Jack is determined to get in his car and go out of state to a hotel.  Problem: he doesn't know which town, which hotel in the other state.  How could he find the hotel if he doesn't know which town?  Those few chapters connected with that hotel seemed to be written hurriedly as if for a scene for a television show.

This minor issue won't keep me from reading other future novels by Compton.