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Every Secret Thing (Kate Murray #1)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,673 Ratings  ·  385 Reviews
Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of her lies a dead man, a stranger who only minutes before had spoken to her about a mystery, a long-forgotten murder and, most worryingly, her grandmother. His story was old, he had told her, but still deserving of justice. Soon Kate is caught up in a dangerous whirlwind of events that takes her back into her grandmother s mysterio ...more
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Published August 30th 2010 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 it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mary Stewart
Shelves: favorites, mysteries
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
Oct 08, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Faith Freewoman
Jul 19, 2015 Faith Freewoman rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: romance and spy thriller readers, especially WWII spy enthusiasts
Recommended to Faith by: reading Named of the Dragon and other Kearsley books
Shelves: favorites
I never 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.

World W
Sep 19, 2013 Zora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Closer to 2.5*
Christy B
Nov 27, 2012 Christy B rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2015 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 30, 2012 Reese rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 29, 2008 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Holly Weiss
Susanna Kearsley has a gift for engaging her readers. This earlier work of hers (published under the name Emma Cole) is no exception. A chance encounter to learn of a murder, a not-so-accidental death Kate traces clues back through her grandmother's history.

The story has different elements than later Kearsley books. The romance is minimal and the book is based largely on Kate examining the crime from the present day. I enjoyed reading this early work.
Karen McMullin
Feb 11, 2013 Karen McMullin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Manchester Military History Society (MMHS)
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
Lynn Spencer
Dec 30, 2015 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
4.5 stars This early novel by Emma Cole/Susanna Kearsley is fantastic. While it's suspense rather than timeslip, the book still features strong writing and interesting glimpses of the past. The story centers on Canadian journalist Kate Murray, and her attempts to track down her grandmother's secret past.

The story opens in London, where Kate has been covering a trial. An older man approaches her, telling about a story of an old crime, for which no one has been brought to justice. Before he can te
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
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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
Jun 17, 2014 Christina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully poignant story, about love and sacrifice, greed and subterfuge and the lengths that some people will go to in order to have their way. It is a time slip, with two narrative strands – one set during the second World War – and the secrets from the past that come to light after a series of sudden murders keep the reader gripped and turning the pages right from the start. The story is so beautifully told, I just couldn’t put it down. Emotion, suspense, surprises and secrets, th ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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
Apr 18, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I'm usually not into stories about spys or espionage type novels, but I love the author Susanna Kearsley's works, and decided to try this one. She wrote under another name-Emma Cole-with this book. It is an amazing story, so poignant and suspenseful, at the same time, it brought me to tears when it ended. Loved this book, as I have all her books, so I'm so glad I decided to read it.

From Amazon:
No one lives for ever. But the truth survives us all' Kate Murray is deeply troubled. In front of he
Feb 16, 2016 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I'm getting to the point where I've read almost all of Susanna Kearsley's book and man, does that depress me!

If you've read her more recent work, you're likely familiar with her formula: past and present are woven together, rich historical details, a dash of romance and often some sort of paranormal element. Every Secret Thing puts more of an emphasis on unfolding the secrets of the past while firmly rooted in the present, de-emphasizes the romance and adds an air of mystery and intrigue which I
Cleo Bannister
Having enjoyed a couple of Emma Cole’s novels written under her more popular pen name, Susanna Kearsley, I was keen to try this novel which promised a more ‘thriller’ angle to her normal historical novels and even better this one has a historical angle with a mystery to boot.

This book starts so well quickly moving the narrative onto the crux of the mystery to be solved.

I first met Andrew Deacon on the morning of the day he died.
It bothered me, afterwards how little I remembered him. Someone who
Ava Brightly ☕
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
Nov 13, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Feb 18, 2009 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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.
Another winner from Susanna Kearsley. I absolutely love her writing style. This one was different than her others, in that the "past" part of the book was only back in the 1940's during WWII, instead of Europe in the 1700's. The mystery was compelling - I didn't want to put it down, but my favorite is how she writes about and develops characters and relationships. There were some things that were maybe a little too coincidental, but I didnt mind. I really liked this book.
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