Veil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Five Gold Stars

Veil of SecretsVeil of Secrets by Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

This book’s blurb doesn’t do it justice.

Veil of Secrets has well crafted characters and an intricate storyline that moves at a great pace for its material. Admittedly, I was bemused for the first 25% of the book, which was pretty high on the political intrigue, the threats to national security (given a brief mention toward the end of a long blurb), the supporting characters Carrie and Tuck and their corresponding subplots, and pretty low on what the book blurb and cover image indicate are the main characters and story: Melanie and Will Connors and their dying marriage. Authors Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel deal well with this imperfect but clinging-to-faith husband and wife who still plainly love each other, even like each other, while they’re mutually grieved over what’s happening to their relationship in the middle of a stressful campaign.

However, my bemusement dissipated after I, who normally doesn’t put a whole lot of stock into book blurbs anyway, settled into the idea that this book is about so much more than a power couple’s intimacy struggles and immediate family concerns, and I would venture to say that much of the novel is a political thriller. My assumption: the blurb must have focused on Melanie and Will’s marriage to leave room for another character or two to expand their own stories, and possibly the politics and suspenseful plot, into another book.

With the bigger picture of a nation heading toward crisis and the more intimate look at human hearts caught in the balance of fears surrounding their insecurities, this novel is quite an engaging read.


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