Book Review – All Our Darkest Secrets by Martyn Ford

This novel was another one I had the pleasure of reading through NetGalley. So thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for this opportunity to read and review Martyn Ford’s latest novel, All Our Darkest Secrets.


He’d do anything to protect his wife. But what if that meant making the biggest mistake of all?

James Casper is one of the good guys. A DEA agent. A loyal husband. With his sights set on the man at the top of the city’s opioid crisis, James is about to make the biggest bust of his career.

Then his beloved wife Rosie does something terrible, and James must choose: report it—or help her. He knows how this works, and he tells himself he’s smart enough to get away with murder. But James’s worst enemy knows what they have done—and he won’t hesitate to use it to manipulate him.

James is dragged into a dark and dangerous world. As events spiral and loyalties are tested, he realizes there’s only one way out. And that is to be even more ruthless than the people he’s working for.

Whatever happens, no matter how far he falls, at least he’ll still have Rosie.

Won’t he?

This is how a thriller should be written. Our Darkest Secrets keeps you hooked from the start and doesn’t let up. This is an enthralling, action-packed story with so many twists and turns that it will keep you guessing throughout.

Our Darkest Secrets follows James Caspar, a DEA agent who is determined to rid his city of Heroin and the dealers who sell it. It is a personal vendetta which makes the latest bust he is about to make all the more important to him (and of course his career). However, his wife, Rosie puts a spanner in the works one evening and before he knows it, his life is spinning out of control and there are several hard decisions he must make. One of which includes choosing between his wife and his career. As the story progresses, we see James sticking by his original decision and the consequences which occur because of this.

I loved this novel, the writing was often fast paced, and the character arcs were so full of twists that a simple act/decision at the start turns into a dark, spiral of sinister events as the story progresses. It is hard to fault this story, from the writing style to the pacing to the scene setting, this novel will keep you hooked.

By the last few chapters my heart was literally pounding in my chest as I was desperate to know what was going to happen. The sign of a great novel is the ability to relate and empathise with the characters, and when it comes to James it is hard not to empathise with him which makes the final few chapters all the more dramatic.

This was a story made to be consumed quickly as once you pick it up, it’s hard to put it down. There is always something happening, and this dark, twisted thriller will have you biting your fingernails and staying up late just to finish it. If you are looking for a sinister tale full of twists and a dramatic, heart pounding finale I highly recommend this story.

All our darkest secrets is out on 1st September which all just happens to be my birthday!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – without a doubt, one of the best thrillers I have read in a long time. If you like dark and twisted thrillers, check this out!

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