Book Review: The Secret Letters by Taryn Leigh

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Predictable, but not in a bad way

Thank you Taryn Leigh for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for an honest review!

Book CWs: For a list of content/trigger warnings for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com!

Premise (From Goodreads)

RACHEL, saved from an attack twelve years before by a faceless stranger, never got to thank him, never knew his name.

Despite the devastation she chose to rise above it to help others from their pain by becoming a psychologist…. Her only issue now is that she’s an expert at fixing everyone else’s problems, and blind to her own.

After a long relationship with her boyfriend WILL starts to go south, she turns to her best friend AMELIA for guidance.

Suddenly her world is turned upside down when tragedy strikes and she’s left with no one to comfort her but Will’s rude older brother RUARI.

Paralyzed by fear, she struggles to take grip of her life, until the day when anonymous letters begin to appear from the stranger who saved her twelve years before.

Review (No Spoilers)

Reading The Secret Letters was a really strange experience for me because I was really enjoying it, and then I wasn’t, and then I was again.

If you are an avid reader of adult romance novels (like I am), then this book is incredibly predictable. That being said, I wasn’t at all mad about it because it wasn’t the first time that I’ve read a predictable book. In fact I think that sometimes authors can get caught up in trying so hard to make a book unpredictable that they get lost in their own twists and turns. I would much rather read a predictable book than a confusing one.

In the end, what ultimately made me rate this book 3 stars was the fact that I was really annoyed with the main character during the middle of the book (around the 40% mark to the 60% mark). Rachel was so oblivious to what was happening around her that I was basically reading page after page of her refusing to acknowledge/confront the problems in her life. As a result a particularly triggering-for-me plot arc was stretched out for over half the book and I ended up having to put it down for a few days before I could pick it back up again.

That being said, if you’re not triggered by this particular thing (you can DM me about it so that I don’t spoil anything), then I’d say that this book is a quick and enjoyable read. It is a romantic suspense novel and to tell you the truth, I had a hard time putting it down even after I was triggered and turned into an emotional mess. It took several people telling me to take a break before I finally did because of how tempting it was to keep reading. I’m actually looking into reading more romantic suspense specifically because of how much I enjoyed that aspect of the book.

If you’re interested in getting your own copy of The Secret Letters, it’s out today!!

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