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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  2,408 ratings  ·  279 reviews
'Every Secret Thing' is a moving love story and thrilling tale of the quest to uncover a hushed-up murder, moving between present-day London and Canada and the dangerous, double-crossing streets of war-time Lisbon.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Allison & Busby (first published 2006)
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Set in both the past and present, this book is part mystery/thriller, part beautiful romance. I loved the suspense, I loved the poignancy; some scenes were so tense I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, other scenes were so tender they made me well up.

The mystery/thriller starts when Kate is approached by an old man who mentions a murder in WW2 in one breath and her beloved grandmother in the next, before becoming the victim of a hit-and-run. Shocked, but compelled to uncover the secrets of her
Dec 19, 2009 Hannah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Mary Stewart
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
I am so incredibly happy that I have found a current author who I am unabashedly in love with their writing style. I have to confess that most of my favorite authors are either long dead, or too old to write any more books. DuMaurier, Stewart, M.M. Kaye all fit this description, and sadly (to my point of view), Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels is too busy writing about Amelia Peabody and her minute-by-minute adventures to hold much alure for me with her current literary offerings. I love these ...more
Highly recommended by some of my GR friends, this is the first book I have read by this author, who generally writes under the name Susanna Kearsley. It has dual intersecting timelines - contemporary and World War II - and is set in London, Toronto, New York, Lisbon and Washington. The different timelines and the range of settings give the book something of the feel of an epic, although it is not one. Rather, it combines traditional (albeit low-key) thriller with history and romance.

I very much
Diane Lynn
What a wonderful book. Once again Susanna Kearsley pulled me right into this story. She writes wonderful descriptions that remind me of Mary Stewart. There was one point near the beginning of the book that may have been a little hat tip to Mary Stewart. The description of two pictures hanging on a wall brought to my mind My Brother Michael and The Moonspinners. She can also write a sweet tender romance that just takes my breath away and also leaves me teary-eyed. Besides the romance there is a v ...more
Jan 21, 2013 Vivian rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance and spy thriller readers, especially WWII spy enthusiasts
Recommended to Vivian by: reading Named of the Dragon and other Kearsley books
I nevery cry. Well, except for when I read this book or Kathleen Eagle's "Sunrise Song."

Honestly, even now, the 4th or 5th time I've read Every Secret Thing, I spent the last 1/4 of the book at least bawling my eyes out.

And now I'm doing the other thing I always do: immediately re-reading it so I can sit back and admire just how cleverly Kearsley built the story, laid the clues, and made me fall completely in love with a character who was only 'on screen', so to speak, for about 5 minutes.

Why have I never read anything by Susanna Kearsley before? I have been missing out from a great author! This book was absolute perfection. I am so happy that there are many more books by Kearsley. I have been drawn to the covers of her books - even to the point of buying two of them when they went on sale at Amazon. I had no idea I was sitting on a gold mine. The writing was beautiful while maintaining a tension that kept you flipping the pages. I loved, loved, loved Deacon. He is the type of ma ...more
What an incredible mystery! A present time quest for a conspiracy to unravel through eyes that had endured the WWI in the 40's, each contributor told their story how it was lived, leading the heroine to put the pieces together and in the end brought that magnificent mystery to justice. It was a chance to dive into the past of the my ever love for the 40's. And of course, Susanna Kearsley could not leave out a little romance in return.

I hadn't realized Emma Cole is Susanna Kearsley, as it was qu
Christy B
There are going to be more books with these characters, right? RIGHT? Because I need there to be!

Ahem, anyway, yes, I loved this book. It had everything, really: history, mystery, romance, and sadness. Yes, there was some achingly sad parts, I almost shed a tear.

Kate is in England covering a murder trial when she meets an old man named Andrew Deacon. This sets her off on a path involving his connection to her grandmother, their pasts, and some shady business that went on during WWII. People are
Karen McMullin
I've loved Susanna Kearsley ever since I read her first novel, Marianna. She has an engaging tone right from the beginning. Every Secret Thing features a nice bit of World War II intrigue, and is set initially in Toronto which was a nice surprise. It moves back and forth from the UK, to Toronto, to Lisbon. An engaging read that's perfect for the commute home.
Described by some as a romance this is a rattling good WW2/present day thriller, with of course some romance, but this really does touch your soul.

Journalist Kate Murray is surprised when a man approaches her on a London street, telling her they need to meet and talk about a long-ago murder. Moments later, he is dead, victim of a hit and run.

Intrigued by his words and still clasping the dead man's business card she pursues his story with the vigour of a terrier.

With plenty of twists and turns th
Frustrating. 2.5 stars.

This novel is by Canadian writer Susanna Kearsley, who writes wonderful, literate Gothic romances, up there with the best of Mary Stewart and Barbara Michaels, full of atmosphere and terrific description and spunky heroines, real page-turners that I rate high among my guilty reading pleasures.

This novel is a different genre, historical mystery of a sort. A journalist delves into a World War II spy mystery that has sent tendrils into the present day and involves the journal
EVERY SECRET THING (Mystery-Canada/Portugal-Cont/1940s) – VG+
Cole, Emma (aka Susanna Kearsley) – Standalone
Allison & Busby, 2006- UK Hardcover – ISBN: 0749081864
*** Canadian journalist Kate Murray is approached by an older man, told she has her grandmother’s eyes and that he wants to tell her about a crime never brought to justice. Before learning any more, he is killed by a hit-and-run driver. When the man’s nephew is murdered and then her grandmother, Kate sets off on a journey that starte
Two of my favorite books are Susanne Kearsley's The Rose Garden and Winter Sea, so I was excited to read Every Secret Thing because not all her novels are available on the Kindle and I was due for a modern suspense story. I liked how easy it was to get into the story and I was hooked right away, however, I was not a fan of how quickly the novel progresses. For a mystery/suspense type story the pace is too quick. The author's hand also feels heavy, lacking an organic feeling. A few of the charact ...more
Writing as Susanna Kearsley, this author has been the closest thing to one of my favorite authors, Mary Stewart. I believe she chose a pseudonym because this novel was a slightly different genre but the story pulls the reader in immediately, as with her previous books, and her style is unmistakeable. It is a great read, and well worth hunting down.

Journalist Kate Murray is covering a trial in London when an elderly man tries to tell her about an old mysterious murder - then is killed before her
Carol Kerry-green
Susanna Kearsley writing at Emma Cole - a brilliant novel about courage, bravery, love and hope. Kate Murray is a journalist, approached by an old man on the steps of St Paul's she doesn't have the time to listen to the tale he wants to tell her of a murder done years ago and no justice done. Then the old man, Andrew Deacon walks away from her and is knocked down by a hit and run driver. Kate's whole life changes and she becomes caught up in Deacon's story and what it means for her on a personal ...more
Brittain (Tara Belle Talking)
Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole (Susanna Kearsley) is an emotional roller coaster of book and I absolutely loved it.

Kate Murray is a reporter working the case of a serial killer in London, far from her home in Toronto where she lives with her grandmother. An older gentleman named Andrew Deacon approaches her, saying he has a story for her. Kate gets stuff like this all the time and brushes him off but not before he makes a brief observation relating her to her grandmother back in Canada. Before
Quite different from her other stories but yet, still that Kearsley flair and gift of storytelling.

Our main character, Kate Murray, learns of a decades old murder from someone quite unassuming. Using her skills as a reporter, Kate sets out on a quest to uncover the truth and hopefully find justice. In a surprising twist, she learns that the story is so much larger, closer to home and suddenly she is thrust in the center of things.

I particularly loved the bittersweet story Kate uncovers when sh
A nice story, with more suspense than romance, that interwinds events of World War II with today.

Journalist Kate is covering a trial in England when an old man approaches her. He's trying to get justice for someone murdered long ago, he says, and he has a report about it he wants to give her. Busy, she puts him off. He leaves, but mentions she has her grandmother's eyes. Surprised, she watches him go, sees a car run over and kill him.

That's the beginning of this engrossing mystery. More murders
I have long been a fan of Susanna Kearsley, and so when I heard that she'd put out a book under the pen name Emma Cole, moving over from Gothic/supernatural romance into non-supernatural mystery/thriller, I was honorbound to check it out. Every Secret Thing is her first Emma Cole novel, and is the story of how reporter Kate Murray's seemingly chance meeting with an old man leads her to investigating a murder that dates clear back to World War II--and fleeing for her life when she discovers that ...more
This was a different kind of time slip novel than I'm used to from Susanna Kearsley (no time slipping at all, but a definite historical flashback component), which makes sense since it was written under a different name. I liked it, but it's probably not a book I'd have picked up without hers attached. I would be interested in a sequel if one ever comes, because the prospect of a romance once they get the nasty murder accusations out of the way was something I was quite interested in.
Emma Cole is another pen-name for Susanna Kearsley - a few of us have enjoyed her stuff recently, things like Mariana, Sophia's Secret, The Shadowy Horses. This is very different, but an equally good read. Reminded me a bit of the best of Robert Goddard, William Boyd's Restless, even early Nicci French. It slips easily backwards and forwards in time and from location to location, with the main historical story taking place in the world of spies in the US and Lisbon towards the end of the war. Th ...more
Linda Borneman
I was really looking forward to this read. The synopsis of the book is about a Canadian reporter who is suddenly thrown into a whirlwind of mystery,foreign espionage and intrigue as she witnesses a murder that is tied to her grandmother’s WWII past. I must say that I was very disappointed in the book as my attention was challenged throughout the book. I don't know if it's Susanna Kearsley's style of writing that was difficult to stay with or if this is just not one of her best works. The storyli ...more
Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole (aka Susanna Kearsley) is a wonderful read. It is a mystery set during World War II, a murder that happened. Kate Murray, a journalist, is covering a murder trial in London in the present time when an old man sits down next to her and informs her that he could tell her about a long-forgotten murder, deserving of justice. Soon Kate realizes after her brief encounter with the old man that everyone she talks to suddenly dies. Someone obviously doesn't want her to fin ...more
This was a fantastic book. It follows the main character Kate as she explores an old murder and through this (and her life coming perilously close to ending as well) she discovers information about her grandmother as a young woman. The book beautifully explores love, fate and forces impacting lives in ways never imagined. It makes me even more grateful for my grandmother and like the main character - wanting to take the time to see and hear the older generation. It is a great mystery with twists ...more
3.5 Stars
My first book of Susanna Kearsley's was The Winter Seaand I was incredibly hooked. So, of course, you go off and read the author's other books and expect much of the same.
I did like the book. In fact, I loved parts of the storyline. She has a gift for creating some amazing characters and filling them with intense emotion. The way the story is told, however, made some of the characters flatter than I felt they should have been. And there were quite a few characters milling about that we
Another great book by Susanna Kearsley. The Rose Garden is still my favorite but this was a great crime story. It was a bit slow in the middle for me which is what took me a while to read it. I thought there was no possible way she could make this come together after all the dead ends that Kate encountered. There were a few things I expected but many more that I didn't. It was a complex story that ended as it should have. The story of Amelia and Andrew does stick with me. He had so much love for ...more
A young journalist is approached by an old man who strikes up a conversation with her. He mentions an old murder that occurred and invites her for dinner. As he starts to leave, he asks how her grandmother is. She responds but before she can engage in further conversation with him, he is killed in a hit and run accident. She investigates further and soon finds herself in danger and running for her life as her grandmother and others she contacts regarding the long past mystery show up dead. Found ...more
Loved it! A great page-turning cloak and dagger murder mystery without all the gory details you might find in other books of this genre. It got me from the first page. Suspenseful and unpredictable (things were never what they seemed), very well written, and I loved the characters. Several times I stayed up way too late to find out what would happen. This is one I'll read again, to pick up what I may have missed, and to see how it is knowing the ending and how it all ties together.
**I have a co
This book is filled with lots of suspense and mysteries. The story is very intriguing and the secrets slowly revealing towards the end of the book definitely wowed me. No way I would have guessed them as I read. Unlike other Susanna Kearsley book which usually involved time travel, this main character in this book did not pass through time physically but the secrets she revealed brought us back into the past, telling us what had happened and the sweet love between Deacon and Amelia. I love how t ...more
I love this author's books. Every one of them tells a rermarkable story in an unusual way. "Every Secret Thing" was no exception. I loved the intrigue and mystery of the book, as well as the movement between present and the past (WWII). I felt like I was traveling at Kate's side, silently watching her every move. A beautiful story. It was well researched, as far as I could tell and the characters were constructed well. Highly recommended, particularly for lovers of little known WWII stories, fic ...more
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