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ARC Book Review: ‘The Secrets We Kept’ by Lara Prescott

Title: The Secrets We Kept

Author: Lara Prescott

Length: 452 pages

Publisher: Penguin Books


I’ve wanted to read this one for so long, and it’s finally being released in paperback on the 19th!

Synopsis: No one looks twice at the women in the typing pool. No one knows that two of them are trading secrets. The secret is a book, the size of one in your hands, and within its pages, a love story that could change the world. But where there is love, there is pain. And where there is deception, formidable danger…

I have to say I really, really enjoyed this book. Right from the beginning, I was completely into it and I never really lost interest.

The book is Set in that period of history known as Cold War. In the book we get to see both perspectives of the east and the west. In the west we get to see the typist to work in the state department and the new applicant who becomes a spy. And in the east we get to see the writer of Dr Zhivago and his mistress.

I mainly loved all the perspectives in this book but at times I just lost interest in the east perspective mainly the writer of Dr Zhivago’s. but I didn’t stay last for long. But I was really interested to see it was how it would all come together and I have to say I was not disappointed. I loved it. It was really cleverly done.

It has fantastic characters. They made the book for me. I loved ‘The Typists’. It was such a great perspective to choose. They knew all the secrets but were so often ignored. Then to add Lydia, who goes on to become as spy, was great. She was the character I connected with most, as she was new and we’re seeing it all through her eyes.

I didn’t know much about this period of history and know I want to know more. It was absolutely fascinating. This book had such a great premise and the story really took off from there and went above and beyond. I also had no idea these kind of things were happening Russia. It wasn’t the most detailed historical fiction book I’ve read, but the story more than made up for it.

There was also a fantastic LGBTQ+ love story in ‘The Secrets We Kept’ that I didn’t know about and was a wonderful surprise. It’s always nice to see this representation in historical fiction novels.

I was excited to read this book, as I was reading it. Does that make sense? It felt like it was all leading up to something. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened and I couldn’t turn those pages fast enough.

I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s a book for story lovers, with a book at it’s heart. It’s beautifully written, at times intriguing with a great conclusion. I’m just sorry I didn’t read it sooner. I can see why it was picked as part of Reese Witherspoons Book Club.

Thank you to Penguin Books for gifting me with a copy of this book, in return for an honest, unbiased review. It’s out in Paperback March 19th.

Until the next review


3 thoughts on “ARC Book Review: ‘The Secrets We Kept’ by Lara Prescott”

  1. This sounds like a really interesting read. As far as history goes I don’t know a whole lot about Russia. I’ll have to pick this one up.


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