‘The Secrets We Kept’ spoiler-free review!

Hello my lovelies πŸ™‚ Posting for the second time today, as it is my turn on the blog tour for The Secrets We Kept, a fabulous debut that was sent to me by Hutchinson Books, an imprint of Penguin UK!

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1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it.

But in the rest of the world it’s fast becoming a sensation.


The CIA plans to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour.

Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists – the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina – are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary.


It will not be easy. There are people willing to die for this book – and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail – as this book has the power to change history.

my thoughts

This is such a fabulous debut! I can definitely see this one taking off. Apparently, the movie rights have already been sold and I can see why; I could definitely see this one playing out on the big screen!

Prescott’s writing is confident and assured, with a lovely effortless quality. I devoured this novel in huge chunks because it was just so easy to keep reading. I actually can’t remember the last time a book kept me up so late at night.Β I feel like the word ‘captivating’ can be overused in book reviewing but it is genuinely the perfect word to use for this book.

The detail in this book is superb and it is clear that Prescott did her research. Despite having never read Doctor Zhivago myself, I never felt like I was missing out on anything because the author brought me into the story of its creation so perfectly. This book really does demonstrate why literature is so important.

As well as the main espionage plot surrounding the secret publication of a banned book, The Secrets We Kept also features various sub-plots, all of which felt well-developed and tied together really nicely. I particularly enjoyed the charmingly bittersweet f/f relationship which was included, as well as the details about Soviet Russia and the Iron Wall.

Overall, this was a fabulous read that I’m really glad I took a chance on. It is slow-paced but never boring and definitely worth a read if you consider yourself a book lover!

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If you’re interested in finding out what other readers thought of this one, you can follow along with the blog tour!

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The Secrets We Kept is out on September 19th! Will you be picking it up? x
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