One Last Secret - Adele Parks

Reading Challenge Category: Free ARC from NetGalley

Official Blurb:

One last client
A week at a beautiful chateau in the south of France – it should be a straightforward final job for Dora. She’s a smart, stunning and discreet escort and Daniel has paid for her services before. This time, all she has to do is convince the assembled guests that she is his girlfriend. Dora is used to playing roles and being whatever men want her to be. It’s all about putting on a front.
One last chance
It will be a last, luxurious look at how the other half lives, before Dora turns her back on the escort world and all its dangers. She has found someone she loves and trusts. With him, she can escape the life she’s trapped in. But when Dora arrives at the chateau it quickly becomes obvious that nothing is what it seems…
One last secret
Dora finds herself face to face with a man she has never forgotten, the one man who really knows her. And as old secrets surface, it becomes terrifyingly apparent that one last secret could cost Dora her life…

My Thoughts:

Wow, this was so different. I absolutely loved the fourth wall element. It really made me feel like Dora was talking directly to me and therefore involving me in her story!
I took a chance on this author as I’d never read anything by her before, but I kept seeing her other books being raved about. So, when I saw this on NetGalley, I decided to give her a chance and clicked request. I am happy I did as I thoroughly enjoyed this, and I think it is the fastest I have read a book in a long time. I read 20% in the first sitting and 80% in the second, pinning my eyes open with sticks to finish it!
Dora takes us on a journey of her life as a high-end escort. There are no details spared, and you really start to like Dora straightaway. When she is attacked, you feel for her and can even feel each blow she receives.
The book keeps you gripped and guessing where it could go. I didn’t reread the blurb before starting, so I had no preconceptions of what this book was about (it had been a while since I requested it, so I couldn’t remember what it said). So, for me, this really helped with the intrigue as I just didn’t know where this book was going to take me. There are a lot of twists and turns, and about 50% of the way in, you have to recalibrate everything you thought you knew about Dora. It was so brilliantly executed.
The ending is thrilling, and I didn’t know if she would get out alive. She really does fight for her life, and it keeps you glued to the page.
This is undoubtedly one of the best books that I’ve read in a while, and without a doubt, I will be reading more of this author’s work. If I could give it more than five stars, I would!

One Last Secret
by Adele Parks
Date Started
20th April 2022
Date Finished
22nd April 2022