Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Secret Letters” by Taryn Leigh, August 2020
Taryn Leigh, the author of “The Secret Letters” has written a memorable, and thought-provoking novel. The genres for this story are fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary fiction, with some suspense and mystery. The story takes place in the present and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The author describes her dramatic characters as complex and complicated. There are secrets, and betrayals.
Rachel is a psychologist, and her desire to help patients comes from her own experience when she was attacked 12 years before. She didn’t see the person who saved her, but has gotten inspirational letters that got her through her darkest times. Again, she doesn’t know who sent them.
Rachel has been going with her boyfriend Will for many years. There is no sign of future commitment, and Rachel seems ambivalent about that situation. Will’s brother Ruari works in Rachel’s field but seems cold and indifferent to her. Rachel has to refer one of her patients to Ruari for possible intervention with medication.
A tragedy occurs, and Will sends his brother in his place to help Rachel. Suddenly after so many years, Rachel starts getting the letters of encouragement. As Rachel tries to work out her situation, she is determined to find out the identity of the person who is helping her.
I appreciate that Taryn Leigh discusses the problem of victims and assault, the importance of family, friends, communication, love, and hope. I highly recommend this emotional and thought-provoking story.