Author: Jane Isaac
Published: June 2022 by Canelo
Category: Psychological, Suspense, Crime, Fiction
Nicole Jameson has always been proud of her husband, Ethan. He’s built a successful career in finance, and his employers, the Harrisons, treat them like family. They’re a firm who look after their own, and even gave a loan to the company chauffeur, Conrad, to fund his pilot licence.
When the two men are returning from a business trip, the worst possible thing happens – their plane crashes into the sea. No survivors are expected to be found. Nicole is heartbroken, much like Conrad’s wife, Ania. She never warmed to Nicole, but now they share a bond of grief.
One Fatal Secret begins with an intriguing prologue as a woman is abducted at gunpoint. Just a few minutes ago Nicole Jameson was rushing to make sure her children weren’t late for a birthday party, and now she was in a car with two gunmen, but she couldn’t afford to attract any attention…
A month ago, she’d have screamed and hollered if a man had accosted her in the street and bundled her into a nearby vehicle. But that was before the crash. Before life changed irrevocably.
Only a month earlier Nicole had been waiting impatiently for her husband, Ethan, to come home from work to celebrate her father’s seventieth birthday. He’d promised to be home on time and hadn’t been answering his phone or replying to messages.
Then Ethan’s boss and his wife had unexpectedly turned up at the door with devastating news that would change Nicole’s life. The company jet with Ethan and Conrad, who was the pilot, on board had gone down over the English Channel as they returned from a business trip to France. There were no survivors. Not too far away Conrad’s wife, Ania had also been hearing the news from the police.
‘I’m so sorry, Mrs Gilbert’
Time froze. Ania sat perfectly still, her mouth agape. They just told her they’d found a body. Her husband was dead.
The two wives had never been close friends but when certain information came to light they began to wonder…and became convinced there was more to this than meets the eye. Trying to find out whether or not they had been told the truth seemed like a good plan at the time, until they were unsettled and frightened by events affecting them both, which only served to confirm their suspicions.
One Fatal Secret is tense and twisty, well plotted, full of intrigue and with enough action to keep the pages turning. The criminal aspect was believable and I enjoyed seeing Nicole’s character develop throughout, driven by the things she learns, how they affect her and then to the ultimate the decision she has to make. A thought provoking ending.