Can you ever bury the past?
She’d recognised in him something of herself: that sense of not belonging, of secrets fiercely kept . . .
Five friends, newly graduated, travel together to the Lake District. Young and ambitious, they little imagine the events that will overtake them that fateful summer, tearing their fragile group apart.
Twenty years later, they return to the same spot, summoned by a mysterious bequest. It’s not long before old friendships – and old romances – are re-kindled. But soon, too, rivalries begin to re-emerge and wounds are painfully reopened . . .
How long does it take for past sins to be forgiven? And can the things they destroy ever really be recovered?
What does TWG think?
My first impression of ‘Every Secret Thing’ was how mysterious it seemed. Whilst the cover is rather endearing, it doesn’t really give much away in terms of the storyline. Not only that, the cover made me think that the overall plot was going to be a certain way, when in actual fact it gave off a completely different vibe.
‘Every Secret Thing’ seemed to give off a literary vibe. The style of writing came across as extremely deep and very, very intelligent. Not that that’s a bad thing obviously, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting at all. Beautiful style though, I must admit, just not one I am used to.
The friendship goals which Rachel Crowther has portrayed via the characters, is really something special. It was so great to read about friendships once built, as well as old friendships rebuilt. I have read books where the friendships are often broken as opposed to being fixed, so it was rather refreshing to read something different.
Whilst ‘Every Secret Thing’ wasn’t really my cup of tea due to different style and character confusion, I could appreciate Rachel Crowther’s intent with her storyline, as well as her execution of it. The author has such a delicate, yet unique writing style, which deserves to be appreciated by the masses.
I also found the topics of guilt and regret, to be very realistic and relatable. We all find ourselves guilty about something, or regretting the chances we didn’t take, yet to see characters lives changing right because of it actually made me feel quite humble. That may sound daft but sometimes you need to appreciate other people’s experiences before you can appreciate your own.
Overall, the storyline itself was well thought out, but it was the hidden agenda and character growth that made this book for me.