No blood. No guns. No murder. C. Gary Johnston’s debut novel Secrets Unused does not contain any of these predictable hallmarks of mysteries, but readers looking for a psychological thrill certainly won’t be disappointed. There is plenty of sex, lies, deception, envy, and revenge in Johnston’s St. Louis.
In Secrets Unused, Dr. O’Byrne begins receiving emails from a woman from his past. Intrigued, he goes to great lengths to meet the woman. But who is she? Will meeting her destroy the doctor’s life? With each gripping scene, Johnston tells his readers, if destiny is a real phenomenon, growing self-awareness might be the best guide to understanding it.
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I don’t know if the author of SECRETS UNUSED reads his reviews (I bet he does), but if not I’m telling him – just in case no one else has – we need a sequel to this novel which I absolutely couldn’t put down. Yes, Mr. Johnston, you gave us a very surprising ending the first time but you must know that there’s more. You wrote the story so you have to know. And I’m not just talking about the doctor. But also his wife, and Kim, and the rest of the characters – heck, even the despicable Craig Haverstock – what happens next with all of them? SECRETS UNUSED was a great first step but I want more. I’ll be waiting!
I thoroughly enjoyed Secrets Unused. This intelligent, engaging story moves at a brisk pace to a clever denouement. A natural for anyone from St. Louis, this is a skillful piece of work with compelling characters. Mr. Johnston is a marvelous storyteller and I hope to see more from him soon. David Summers, Cape Girardeau, MO