Book Review | One Last Secret #20booksofsummer22

Book four of my summer reading challenge and it’s a blog tour book, so be sure to check out the rest of the stops.

One Last Secret
Adele Parks

One last client.

A week at a beautiful chateau in the south of France—it should be a straightforward final job for Dora. She’s a smart, stunning, and discreet escort, and Daniel has paid for her services before. This time, all she has to do is to convince the assembled guests that she is his girlfriend. Dora is used to playing roles and being whatever men want her to be. It’s all about putting on a front.

One last chance.

It will be a last, luxurious look at how the other half lives before Dora turns her back on the escort world and all its dangers. She has found someone she loves and trusts. With him, she can escape the life she’s trapped in. But when Dora arrives at the chateau, it quickly becomes obvious that nothing is what it seems…

One last secret.

Dora finds herself face-to-face with a man she has never forgotten, the one man who really knows her. And as old secrets surface, it becomes terrifyingly apparent that one last secret could cost Dora her life…

From the Sunday Times number one bestseller Adele Parks comes a blisteringly provocative novel about power, sex, money and revenge. | Goodreads | Amazon

I have to say this is only my second Adele Parks book and I already know to expect the unexpected when I pick up one of her books, One Last Secret is certainly no exception, it really takes you on a journey.

I was immediately gripped as soon as I opened the book and was introduced to Dora and her world. She is an intriguing character, controlled and observant and seems unflinchingly honest even though her job as a sex worker demands constant performance. She is the kind of character that I knew would surprise me because she keeps things close to her chest and is also adaptable to difficult situations so I was looking forward to seeing how this would be explored.

There was a part of the book that I did struggle with a little, as Dora gets to the chateau due to some of the things that transpire I started to feel very on edge and negative which made it a bit harder to get through. That is definitely not a reflection on the author’s writing, it is a very clever and engaging story, I just don’t seem to have the same tolerance as I used to for darker stories that don’t have that shimmer of hope at the end of the tunnel. Luckily Dora provided enough shimmer to get me through and I’m so glad she did because suddenly the story turned into the pacey thriller that I was hoping for.

I mean as I said before expect the unexpected, there were just so many jaw-dropping moments and as the story started to piece together and reveal how Dora had got to this moment, I literally did not want to put the book down. I was desperate to know how everything fit and what the motivations were and I wasn’t disappointed, this is the kind of book that you will be thinking about for a while after reading because it is surprise after surprise until the very end.

If you are looking for an intense rollercoaster of a book then this will be the one for you.

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