The Secret Room

I recently enjoyed reading The Secret Room by Sandra Block.  This is a sneaky little gem of a story and with layers of mystery as the reader tries to decide who is friend and who is foe.  Clearly, all is not as it seems on the surface.  One is a foe, or is she?  Another is simply an annoyance… or perhaps he’s far more dangerous than he appears?  At any rate, this cloak and dagger story lands you at the final page with full on Agatha Christie wonder, never even suspecting what comes next.  I loved the way the story surprised me and kept me interested.  Most of all I enjoyed the complex characters with their quirks and challenges.  The prison makes an interesting stage for all this action, the staff are written in a way that made them infinitely believable, and the main character’s own mental health issues are an interesting sub text.  All in all a very enjoyable mystery!

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