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Secrets by S.L.Pierce review (assassins, assassins everywhere!)

Secrets by S.L.Pierce

copy won (don't remember where from, sorry!)

Synopsis from Goodreads
Secrets...we all have them.
A former government assassin...
Two men who weren't supposed to be seen together...
A cop who won't let go...
High tech industrial espionage....
Secrets is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing to the very end.
Gwen Michaels moved to California two years ago to start fresh, hoping her past could stay secret forever. But when a hired killer shows up, she assumes her cover is blown. When it turns out the man knows nothing of her past, the search is on for who wants her dead, and why.

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A bit over dramatic for a synopsis, don't you think? Anyway, it looks like the last few books I've read had hired killers in them... I know, I can't help my secret fascination with Mr.&Mrs.Smith, plus I'm  a die hard fan of Angelina Jolie.

This book was a very good thriller, nothing paranormal, no plot bunnies, I even got a few helpful tips out of it (like how to bypass a password on someone's computer).

Gwen Michaels is an interesting character, an assassin who retired from her career of torture and killings for the government. She leads a quiet life in California with a nice house, good job and a lovely husband, Jack. Until a hired gun tries to shoot her in her own kitchen.

After getting rid of his body, Gwen grabs her husband and goes into hiding trying to investigate who contracted the killer for the hit.

I did like how cold and methodical Gwen was, I liked how she didn't make a huge drama out of her past while she was telling her husband about it. She was very good at what she did and she liked it. Too much. This is why she retired. 

Jack is a bit one-dimensional but still he deals with Gwen's secrets well and tries to aid his wife in her investigation. He actually reminded me of a teenage boy, excited to do his first prank.

I didn't like the cop nosing around Gwen. He just didn't have enough storyline to develop, so he felt totally irrelevant to the plot.

Otherwise, great pace, solid writing and a very enjoyable read!

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Неплохая такая книжка, совершенно не паранормал, про экс-ассассина Гвен Майклз, которая работала на правительство и вышла несколько лет назад в отставку.

Она живет себе нормально в Калифорнии, работает на агенство расследований, замужем за ничего не подозревающим Джеком, пока наёмный убийца не пытается застрелить её в собственной кухне.

Она быстренько его приканчивает и начинает расследование, пытаясь узнать кто её заказал и как их остановить.

В итоге оказывается, что она была в не том месте в не то время, и как ничего не подозревающего свидетеля технологического шпионажа её решили убрать.

Что мне понравилось - Гвен совершенно хладнокровный характер, она действует разумно и методично, не скрывает ничего от мужа и пытается объяснить свой выбор профессии, говоря, что видит жизнь в чёрно-белых цветах. Если кто-то убийца, совратитель малолетних или маньяк, они заслуживают пыток и смерти, чем она раньше и занималась.

Джек конечно в начале в шоке и во многом он остаётся серым картонным персонажем, но всё же он помогает жене в расследовании и не оставляет её.

Очень много узнала различных интересных штучек из книги, о том, например, как обойти пароль на компьютере :) Видно, что автор хорошо всё изучила и всяких невероятных ситуаций не выдумывала, так что роялей в кустах нет.

В целом, интересно, читать можно, я легко могу представить эту книгу фильмом.

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