Day of Secrets Book Review

Day of Secrets Book Review

Title: Day of Secrets
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Published: April 21,2017, Chucklin, Inc.
No. of Pages: 270
Cover Price: $12.99 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

Daryl Wood Gerber, Agatha Award recipient, releases her second stand-alone thriller, Day of Secrets. Chase Day, who has for most of his life (31 years), considered himself an orphan, discovers his mother is alive, and while witnessing her murder, she admonishes him with her dying breaths to find his father and warn him that he is in danger. Chase drops everything to investigate and finds himself in danger, wondering if he will lose his life to fulfill his mother’s wishes. He doesn’t know whether or not to trust the people he comes in contact with as he tries to solve the mystery and get to the bottom of things.

Gerber is a prolific author, and many of her novels are in the cozy genre; they are fun, humorous, and light. Day of Secrets is very different, and while her thriller savvy is developing, aren’t quite on the level of her award winning books. For instance, Chase does some things that aren’t really plausible and are out of character for a successful person, (he was a Naval officer, and is presently a college history professor). He is a fairly liberal professor and his job is on the line, so this investigation makes him even more likely to lose his job.

Gerber has a good writing style, develops her characters well, and knows how to build suspense and keep the interest of her readers. Parts of the novel will keep readers on edge, and, as is essential for a good thriller, the dénouement will be unexpected. The novel is suitable for all ages, and has no graphic violence, language, or sex.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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