Book Review: Life of Secrets

9 Sep

cover-facebook1Alyssa Chambers is rich and privileged by birth, but a criminal by choice. She steals secrets from the powerful and influential, and sells them to whoever pays – and they pay very well. But when someone assassinates a Presidential candidate in an office Alyssa just robbed, she’s framed for the murder and her whole life goes up in smoke. Now she’s running for her life, hunted and alone. The last man she can trust is the one she can’t stop betraying. To survive, clear her name, and uncover the assassin, she must face the truth about her past, the truth about her family, and the truth about her Life of Secrets.


bowen_greenwood_2014-e1398136021277-283x300Bowen Greenwood has worked in politics and lived in Washington D.C., but his home and his heart will always be in Montana. He’s a former newspaper reporter, a backpacker and hiker, and of course a writer.

My interview with the author.



My Impressions:

Life of Secrets, a fast-paced political thriller, is Bowen Greenwood’s second installment in his Secrets series. A quick and edgy read, it can easily be read as a standalone. A good choice for those who love suspense novels, Life of Secrets explores the behind-the-scenes manipulation of politics.

Alyssa Chambers is the daughter of privilege, a sought after professor and a plumber. But she doesn’t fix leaks, she looks for dirt on candidates a la Watergate. Motivated by her desire to one-up her influential father and to fulfill her mother’s dying admonition to be strong, Alyssa keeps her real and shadow lives separate, until a job goes horribly wrong. On the run from the authorities and desperately looking to exonerate herself, Alyssa turns to long time friends and adversaries to find the truth.

Life of Secrets is definitely plot-driven. There are fight and chase scenes, overheard conversations, and political intrigue aplenty. But Greenwood does a good job of fleshing out his main character. Alyssa is complicated — rich, successful, intelligent. She doesn’t need to prove anything, but she continues to take risks to prove herself, even as she hides her accomplishments. She is finally confronted by her need for nothing and no one. Not an overtly Christian book, Greenwood does explore the concept of forgiveness — that we don’t deserve it, but certainly need it.

If you like your suspense fast and furious with political conspiracy thrown in, then check out Life of Secrets. A perfect read for the run-up to the mid-term elections!


Audience: Adults

(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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