Review: Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter – Emotionally guarded Daphne Amos always believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé, Heath. Both very private people, they’ve kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to put an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to give their impending marriage the best chance of succeeding, Heath insists that Daphne join him on a seven-day retreat with Dr. Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Daphne reluctantly agrees—even though the past is the last place she wants to go.
The retreat’s isolated and forbidding location increases her unease, as do the doctor’s rules: they must relinquish their keys and phones, they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras, and they’re never to socialize with the other guests.
One sleepless night, Daphne decides to leave her room…and only then does she realize that the institute is not at all what it seems—and that whatever’s crying out from Heath’s past isn’t meant to be heard. It’s meant to be silenced.
“A true psychological thriller that will leave you breathless.” —Wendy Walker, bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten and Emma in the Night
Review: Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter – From the very first sentence, I knew that I would be dealt with fear that continued to haunt. But that did not dampen the strong enthusiasm that I felt in my heart, so I kept on opening the following pages of this novel to unlock the mystery written by Emily Carpenter.
The story starts when Heath and Daphne Amos attend a retreat in a mountain range. Dr. Cerny, the organizer of the retreat, has this scary looks about him. Emily the author makes sure that the readers feel the initial mystery by making them aware from the beginning that something is not right with this story. Daphne has always lived in the shadow of her past and Heath himself continues to be haunted by own nightmares. Strangely, though seemingly creepy, Dr. Cerny has this calming character. Despite feeling uneasy, I felt encouraged to keep going with the next pages.
If reading this story makes you feel like you are losing the train of thoughts, you are not alone. I personally felt that the narrative is indeed quite convoluted as it uses three different time points of view. We first must know that the story is revealed just a few days after the retreat begins. Then comes Daphne’s past that is described during the retreat. And you really can’t underestimae this part – I found it terrifying yet addictive. However, when the third time point of view comes, it’s actually rather vague.
Nevertheless, at the end of the book, I felt like I had just been crushed to pieces. There were some parts of the story that I really enjoyed, and some other parts that were less strong. But it’s clear that Emily Carpenter has made a scary, intense, and fast-paced story. Overall, I actually enjoyed the storyline and the characters – these are the kind of characters that draw your attention from start to finish. And last but not least, the narrative is truly interesting and unforgettable.
Well done, Emily Carpenter. I definitely wish to see more from you.
A really scary story that is not to be missed.