Review: Dead Secret

Dark, disturbing, compelling, and breath-taking. Dead Secret is all of these, and more.

Dead Secret


Two quick shots. One for him. One for you.

After the death of her three-year-old daughter, Jodie has nothing left to live for – or almost nothing.

She has one task to fulfil before she takes her own life. And that’s to kill the man she holds responsible for her daughter’s death – her seemingly perfect husband, Ethan.

But Ethan is hiding more than just his true nature. And as more horrifying secrets from his past emerge, Jodie’s strength will be pushed to the limit…

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Harper

Release Date: January 14, 2016

About the Author

Ava McCarthy was born in Dublin and attained degrees in Physics and Nuclear Medicine before going onto work for the London Stock Exchange for six years. She currently works in software in County Dublin, where she lives with husband Tom and two children


Dead Secret is unlike any book I have read. It is dark, disturbing, and brings up issues normally left unspoken.

And yet Ava McCarthy has a way of weaving these dark worlds together in a compelling journey of self-discovery, and discovery of family. It is very well-written and speaks to McCarthy’s obvious talent with words.

However, it is also the type of book that I am afraid to say too much about, for fear of giving away any of the ‘dead secrets.’ Suffice it to say, it will keep you guessing page to page, and won’t let you stop until you have finished the last line.

I do need to say that if you have been the victim of any type of abuse in the past, this may not be a good book for you. I see the potential for it being damaging or emotionally difficult for you. Please be advised.

I give Dead Secret 5 out of 5 Stars

Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)


Quite a lot of swearing, including many uses of the F-words

Violence: 3

Abuse of all types (emotional, physical, sexual) throughout the book

Sexual: 2

A couple sexual abuse situations, though nothing graphic. Other sexual innuendos.


Dead Secret is currently not available. It’s release date is January 14th, 2016.