#Review ‘Deadly Secrets’ by @AngelSefer ‘Oh, to be young and in love’

Title:   Deadly Secrets
Author:   Angel Sefer
Published: 13th May 2014
Pages:  226
Genre:  Romance and intrigue

Deadly Secrets by Angel Sefer
Deadly Secrets by Angel Sefer


Oh, to be young and in love!

I must confess that although I’ve been reading more romantic books of recent (partly in my role as reviewer) it is not a genre I’m an expert in. I’ve probably watched more movies that fall under that label than read books, but it is rare to find books, movies and TV series, whatever the subject, where there isn’t a hint of a romance, even if that’s not the main driving force of the plot.

Deadly Secrets is the first book in The Greek Isles Series that I read, so I cannot compare it to the first one in the series (Spellbound in His Arms), that I’m aware has proven very popular and it is a favourite with many romance readers. This is a romance were the setting plays a very important part in the story. I’d say it’s a secondary character. Helena, the protagonist, is a girl whose father was Greek and she spent her early childhood in Mikonos. When her father disappeared under mysterious circumstances, her mother took her to the UK with her and her links with Greece and the island were severed. But she’d always felt the pull of her birthplace and had wished to go back. Helena, who is young and impulsive, when her mother dies, makes the decision to go back to the island, despite her mother’s warning.

Helena is presented as a passionate girl, a woman of strong intuition (not always right) and a particular sensibility. She is quick to like or dislike people and her judgement is not always the best. This is a case of a story where you want to grab the protagonists by the neck and shake them. Can’t you see what’s going on? Both her and Dimitris (there’s a story about them that goes many years back, although she is not aware of it. Poor Helena has been kept in the dark about many things) are blinded by their emotions and keep making the wrong assumptions and judgements. Yes, if this were a TV show, you’d be shouting at them.

There are mysteries that are eventually resolved, likeable and very dislikeable characters, confusion and misunderstandings, danger, and magic. Although there is a touch of the paranormal, when I refer to magic I’m talking about the islands. You feel as if you were there and it’s difficult not to go straight and book a ticket when you finish reading the book.

As in many romantic stories, the characters and their life-story and circumstances were completely alien to me and I can’t say I identified with anybody (although some of the self-doubts and hesitations are easily recognisable) but that is precisely the beauty of it. It allows us to escape into a life that’s completely different and live other adventures vicariously. It’s an easy read perfect for a holiday, or for a very cold and cloudy day.

Realistic Characterization: 3/5
Made Me Think: 3.5/5
Overall enjoyment: 4/5
Readability: 4.5/5
Recommended: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4/5 

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Format & Pricing:
Paperback:  $11.71 
Kindle: $4.08 

Olga Núñez Miret




Author: olganm

I am a language teacher, writer, bookworm, and collaborator at Sants 3 Ràdio (a local radio station in Barcelona, where I returned in 2018), who lived in the UK for 25 years and worked for many years as a forensic psychiatrist there. I also have a Ph.D. in American Literature and an MSc in Criminology. I started publishing my stories, in English and Spanish, in 2012 and now have over twenty books available in a variety of genres, a blog (in English and Spanish), and translate books for other authors (English-Spanish and vice versa). In 2020 obtained the CELTA certificate as a language teacher, and offer Spanish and English classes. Writers and readers both in English and Spanish are my friends, colleagues, and allies, and after living in the UK for over twenty-five years, have returned home, to Barcelona, Spain, searching for inspiration for my stories. I also love owls and try to keep fit following fitness YouTube videos. Do feel free to connect with me. Here are: My website/blog: http://OlgaNM.wordpress.com

24 thoughts on “#Review ‘Deadly Secrets’ by @AngelSefer ‘Oh, to be young and in love’”

    1. I know what you mean. It definitely transports you there. And it’s not a series in the standard sense. The novels are set in Greek islands but the adventures are completely different. And of course, Angel is writing from personal experience.

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        1. Thanks Tess. Sometimes it’s worth to take a bit of a risk. I must share soon the review of a historical romance that I thoroughly enjoyed, although again it isn’t my usual reading matter.

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              1. I’m almost finished The Great Gatsby. I wanted to know how I’d feel reading it at this age. Some parts I’d forgotten. What a story! Have seen a couple renditions of the movie, but there’s nothing like the book. 🙂

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                1. I love The Great Gatsby. I saw a very good ballet version a few years back, although I always wonder if somebody who doesn’t know the details of the story would quite get all of it. The movies get the plot, but not necessarily the feel of the book. And of course, the language…

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                  1. Sigh. The book always rules for me. Although some good movies are made, I don’t always like them as much as the book–probably because they can’t put everything on screen but also because they change the ending at times.


                    1. I remember a story by Hemingway ‘The Snows of the Kilimanjaro’ not a very long story. They made a movie out of it. The whole point of the story (I hope I’m not spoiling it for anybody. It’s well-worth a read) was that the writer protagonist dies at the end. Guess what? In the Hollywood version, he didn’t (Gregory Peck, if I remember correctly).

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