One Last Secret … would you kill to keep it?
‘Absolutely gripping’ Lisa Jewell
‘I’ll drop anything for a new Adele Parks’ Lucy Foley
‘Whip-smart protagonist, immensely satisfying’ Karin Slaughter
‘Parks gets better and better’ Gillian McAllister
‘Original and utterly compelling’ Peter James
One last client
A week at a beautiful French chateau should be an easy final job for Dora. She’s smart, stunning and discreet.
She only needs to convince the other guests that she’s Daniel’s girlfriend.
One last chance
One final, luxurious week and she can leave the dangerous, difficult escort world, because Dora has fallen in love and is ready to embrace a better future.
One last secret
But as the guests assemble, it becomes terrifyingly apparent that putting her past behind her is impossible. And one last secret could cost Dora everything, including her life…
From the Sunday Times Number One bestseller Adele Parks comes a blisteringly provocative novel about power, sex, money and revenge.
Praise for One Last Secret:
‘Absolutely gripping, this is revenge lit at its best’ Lisa Jewell
‘I’ll drop anything for a new Adele Parks: she nails it every time’ Lucy Foley
‘Perfection’ Daily Mail
‘A whip-smart protagonist, immensely satisfying twists and turns and powerful emotional undercurrents’ Karin Slaughter
‘An astonishing achievement, Parks gets better and better’ Gillian McAllister
‘A high-octane read’ Prima
‘Original and utterly compelling’ Peter James
‘Serves up the perfect dose of escapism laced with tension and darkness’ Cosmopolitan
‘Adele Parks is the queen of the domestic drama’ Sally Hepworth
‘Deliciously deceptive and darkly satisfying. I loved it’ Jane Fallon
‘Adele Parks goes fearlessly into worlds… She pulls it off every time’ Jane Corry
‘5*… This dark, twisted tale gets better with every page’ The Sun
‘‘Perfect pacing… a clever plot with several jaw-dropping twists and a protagonist you’ll find yourself rooting for…’ My Weekly
‘A sassy voice and – in true Parks style – a serpentine twist that comes back to bite you’ Saga
About the author
Adele Parks MBE was born in North Yorkshire. She is the author of 22 bestselling novels including the Sunday Times and eBook Number One bestseller Both Of You. Over four and a half million UK editions of her work have been sold and her books have been translated into 31 different languages. Adele’s recent Sunday Times Number One bestsellers Lies Lies Lies and Just My Luck were shortlisted for the British Book Awards and have been optioned for development for TV. She is an ambassador of the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency: two charities that promote literacy in the UK. Adele has lived in Botswana, Italy and London and is now settled in Guildford, Surrey. In 2022 she was awarded an MBE for services to literature.
Find Adele on Twitter @adeleparks, Instagram @adele_parks and Facebook @OfficialAdeleParks or visit www.adeleparks.com.
After London sex worker Dora, the sardonic, clear-eyed narrator of this gripping tale of murder and intrigue from British author Parks (Woman Last Seen), is severely beaten by a new client, she's cared for by her only true friend, Evan. Evan confesses his love for Dora and asks her to give up her escort work to become his wife. After some soul-searching, she finally agrees. Then she gets a call from Daniel, a regular client, begging her to go with him to a weeklong party at a château in the south of France, and she can't say no. After all, she only has to pretend to be Daniel's girlfriend to impress his friends; no sex is required. Soon after arriving at the remote location, though, her nightmare begins. The horrible experiences she suffers at the château are repetitive and go on too long, but vibrant, intelligent Dora, who reveals with Scheherazade-like skill telling details about her past, proves more than equal to the life-threatening struggle she's forced to face. This multilayered confection keeps readers reshuffling their suppositions with each new revelation. Parks knows how to keep the pages turning.
Good booked really enjoyed the end
I did find it a tad slow at times with so much descriptive text I was zoning out
The best element of this story is its structure. Always surprising and played just right. But I am unsure about some clashes. Contradictions are part of humans but couldn’t explain how a woman who rejects to terminate her pregnancy then let her child go to her mother. A woman who doesn’t know how to communicate with her and that believes the best option is to separate the child from her daughter taking her to a country where she can’t even speak the language. How horrible. Why when she realises that her studies cannot continue she doesn’t ask help to social services? In essence no matter the ending this is the tragic story of a woman whose surrounding system has failed her. It is understandable that she grows a thick skin and that when everything is lost, a deep sense of revenge takes over. But the way she perpetrate violence in cold blood seems incredibly detached from the early months spent with her daughter when moments of happiness and desperation are so beautifully written and so touching that any reader really feels to be in her place.
This book was amazing from start to finish. I could not put it down. It was exciting and with a lot of twists along the way. A must read.