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Every Secret Thing (Kate Murray, #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  5,217 ratings  ·  547 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. Stalked by an unknown and sinister enemy, she must use her tough journalistic instinct to find the answers from the past in order to have a future.
Published May 1st 2007 by Allison & Busby (first published February 28th 2006)
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Swanbender2001 The author (Susanna Kearsley) indicates this is the first of this type of writing for her and she intends to write a trilogy but has not begun the…moreThe author (Susanna Kearsley) indicates this is the first of this type of writing for her and she intends to write a trilogy but has not begun the second title.(less)
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Oct 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Mary Stewart
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 dead:

RIP Daphne DuMaurier, Mary Stewart, M.M. Kaye and Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Michaels :(

I love these writers, but let's face it, there will never be another new release from any of them, unless they actually become ghost writers (weak pun attempt, sorry).

Which brings me to Susanna Kearsley (here named Emma Cole) in her book,
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
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I guess that I am going to have to take back something I said about a week or two ago. I had stated that Susanna Kearsley's contemporary thrillers don't impress me. However, I have just finished this book and SK( Emma Cole) sure knows how to deliver in this book offering. Kate Murray, is a Canadian journalist covering a murder trial in London and is soon approached by a friendly and talkative older British man that claims he needs to talk to her. Kate is intrigued especially when she is to ...more
Aug 20, 2011 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
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has a lurking threat. It could get too long if I'm not careful. So I'll try to be short and do take to mind that I am leaving out some specifics and/or flaws (well for me anyway). Because this Kearsley does have points of quirkiness and supreme sentimentality that I question make full sense to the plotting. And also because I am a Kearsley fan for the most part in nearly all of her past work, so know I could have gotten far more critical than I am here, but didn't.

It's one of those
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
Sep 09, 2013 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
Faith Freewoman
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Lynn Spencer
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 28, 2015 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
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
It all begins with a forgettable old man telling her he has a story about murder to share with her and then Kate watches him die before her eyes in a hit and run. Starting slowly like the dropping of a stone into a body of water and the waves increasing steadily in size. This is a story of discovery and an unforgettable story of past sacrifices and secrets touching the present with danger and murder.

Originally published under another pen name, Emma Cole, Every Secret Thing is now released by Sus
Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
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
Jan 11, 2012 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
Sep 16, 2007 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
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Contains a few spoilers ....

I really wanted to enjoy this book, thought the premise was interesting and found the beginning hooked me.

Alas, downhill from there. I could not continue to be engaged in the plot nor care much for the protagonist.

I just about checked out after her (SPOILERS) grandmother is shot in front of her. I sense that would be rather traumatic and yet I feel it was a bit "Okay, that happened ... and now I'm even more determined to solve this mystery!"

At any rate, I found the b
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.
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story very much. The writing was wonderful, and I loved the way the author brought out how we overlook the elderly. In some societies or families they seem to disappear or fade into the background. We sometimes forget that they used to be young and did things that would surprise and/or shock us. Susanna Kearsley did a beautiful job of conveying that message.
Karen McMullin
Jan 18, 2013 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.
Susanna Kearsley is one of my favorite authors, reading one of her books is like snuggling up with your favorite blanket. I believe this story was one of her earlier works. This book was quite the adventure, it kept me reading and at times kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. I liked the strong independent female character Amelia who was persistent at finding the answers to her story.
Amy S
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe I found a book of Susanna Kearsley’s (aka pen name Emma Cole) that I haven’t read!! Happy to report that this one is a win.

There is no supernatural element in this story, just a good mystery. She is so good with characters; I found myself feeling sorrow over deaths of characters that barely made an appearance in the book.

Very much enjoyed this gem.
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
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
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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
Aug 12, 2012 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
Diane S ☔
Interesting story, part mystery, part historical, as Kate Murray, a journalist, traces her grandmothers life during the 1940's and her job during the war. Covers some interesting facts about the Canadian women who went to London to work for Sir William Stephenson's British security coordination, also Camp X and details about the details of working for the intelligence community during World War II.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably closer to 3.5 stars, but this was definitely a fun read. It was predictable, but the engaging characters and storyline made up for that. My biggest criticism is that SK uses waaaay too many commas—it interrupts and slows the reading unnecessarily—but I do so love everything she writes!
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2019
This was very engaging and the suspense was handled well, I thought.
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A pseudonym used by Susanna Kearsley
“I believe there are no random meetings in our lives – that everyone we touch, who touches us, has been put in our path for a reason. The briefest encounter can open a door, or heal a wound, or close a circle that was started long before your birth.” 32 likes
“When all the world is old, lad, And all the trees are brown; And all the sport is stale, lad, And all the wheels run down, Creep home and take your place there, The spent and maimed among: God grant you find one face there You loved when all was young.” 4 likes
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