Some­one’s Secret: A Novel

February 8, 2022

Two mem­o­rable strangers col­lide in an emo­tion­al­ly rich, poignant nov­el on how secrets from the past shape our futures — and how sal­va­tion can often come from our inner demons. 

Liz Fine’s life is reel­ing. Three years have passed since a car acci­dent claimed the life of her best friend, Jazz. Then, her anx­i­ety went out of con­trol, and now her lap­top — her most pre­cious pos­ses­sion con­tain­ing what­ev­er mem­o­ries of Jazz she has left — is gone. Stolen. 

But that isn’t even the worst part. The worst part came sev­er­al days lat­er, when a ter­ri­fy­ing mes­sage popped up in Liz’s inbox, black text over neon white: 

Hel­lo Eliza. You don’t know me, but I recent­ly bought your used lap­top and spent the last few days engrossed in your world. I am now in pos­ses­sion of all your files. 

I am about to offer you a deal.” 

The anony­mous black­mail­er — whose sig­na­ture reads only Some­one” — presents a sim­ple deal: every week, Liz will send him a let­ter reveal­ing her inner­most emo­tions, thoughts, and feel­ings; and every week, he will send back a piece of Liz’s past. Refuse, and both her past — and her lap­top — are gone. Obsessed with retriev­ing the life she had already lost once, Liz obliges. 

Emo­tions boil to the sur­face as the two begin their cor­re­spon­dence. Tragedy begets tragedy and secret begets secret as Liz has no choice but to con­front her inner­most fears. But dis­cov­er­ing Someone’s secret will present her with a new choice to make. One that will shape the rest of her life. And his.

Discussion Questions

The protagonist’s raw emo­tions and sense of urgency draw the read­er into this sus­pense­ful tale. Liz Fine has recov­ered phys­i­cal­ly but not emo­tion­al­ly from a car acci­dent that claimed the life of Jazz, her best friend and soul­mate. Liz retreats into a very nar­row world, large­ly defined by her online work and her pre­cious, elec­tron­i­cal­ly saved mem­o­ries of Jazz. When her lap­top dis­ap­pears, so too do her frag­ile mem­o­ries Thus begins a twisty plot in which a stranger com­pels Liz to share her inner­most feel­ings as the price of redeem­ing her lap­top; in time, what began as psy­cho­log­i­cal black­mail becomes the redemp­tion that Liz her­self needs. 

Someone’s Secret has a can’t put it down” qual­i­ty, with just enough secrets to keep the read­er turn­ing pages until the final reveal.