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Monday, August 25, 2014

Book Review and Preview: Can You Keep A Secret By Caroline Overington

This is a book review and preview of Can You Keep A Secret by Caroline Overington that is due to hit book stores on 1 September 2014.

Caroline is a well known Australian author and journalist and her previous books have been proudly published by Random House Australia. Caroline lives in Bondi with her hubby, twin girls, blue dog and a lizard.

This book starts out as the story of a young Australian girl Caitlin and an American stock broker Colby who meet while Colby is on holiday in Queensland and after a not so serious romance, Caitlin decides to head to New York for a holiday.

Soon after Caitlin lands in New York, 9/11 happens with the attacks on the World Trade Centre and this affects Colby's stock broking work and life in New York. Caitlin and Colby decide to take their relationship further and try to start a family. This then evolves to a decision to adopt a child.

The second half of the book about the adoption is a completely different layout and is mostly blog posts by Caitlin about her story to adopt a child. This is where the suspense and thrill of the read takes off and I was turning the pages and hanging onto every last word to find out how it was going to end.

I have to say this was like reading 2 completely different books, but I did like the writing style throughout. I had a love/hate relationship with pretty much all of the characters in the book - I didn't really like any of them!

I recommend this book to fans of light suspense and who have an interest in travelling to Australia or the USA.
I give this book 3 stars out of 5
Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

Can You Keep A Secret can be purchased from Random House here

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Disclosure: NetGalley partner with bloggers such as me to help promote their book and I was given this eBook published by Random House Australia to review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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  1. I have read a few of Caroline's books. Might just try this one. Is the ending brilliant?

    1. If you like suspense you'll love this, yes the ending is brilliant!
      I'll have to read her other books - which one of her books did you like the most?


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