Book Review: Rachel's Secret

Posted on: 10 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

A 50connect bookworm reviews Susan Sallis' saga.

This story starts off in the war and tells of the friendship between two schoolgirls, Rachel and Meriel, and reads a little like the Famous Five books by Enid Blyton.

The reader is drawn into the story and becomes involved with the schoolgirls’ friendship and we follow them when they make up a story about German spies to match the people they encounter and follow on their bike rides.

Unfortunately one of the stories goes amiss and years later the whole truth is discovered.

One of the girls, Meriel, goes to America after graduation and tells her story by writing letters to her best friend, Rachel. We read the letters as if they are addressed to us and so we learn all that is happening on the other side of the Atlantic and become involved in her life. 

The other girl, Rachel, starts work as a reporter for the local paper and uncovers some home truths and scandals which surprise both the girls and eventually leads up to where all truths will out.

This is more of a family book which reads as if we are reading a diary rather than having an adventure.

The front cover says it is Susan Sallis’s new compelling novel. I did not find it at all compelling. It was more like a magazine that you can pick up and read whenever you have a minute because there was nothing to compel you to read any further.

Review by Ronnie Kilburn

Rachel's Secret, by Susan Sallis, published by Bantam Press, is available at all good book shops, RRP £17.99 or online at Amazon for £12.59.

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