Thank you to The Quiet Knitter Blog for posting this lovely review by Matthew Smith Director and Founder of Urbane Publications
Published: 9th June 2017
Deirdre Quiery’s follow up to the critical success of Eden Burning, The Secret Wound draws the reader into a complex web of relationships within the ex-pat community in Mallorca, discovering their dangerous secrets…and a potential murderer in their midst. One of their number carries a dark and deadly secret from their past, and has murderous plans for a fellow ex-pat. Can any of the close- knit community discover the brutal plans before they are all put in mortal danger? Deirdre Quiery’s gripping thriller is not just an addictive page turner, but provides a compelling exploration of human emotion and desires, and the terrible costs of jealousy and ambition. Perfect for fans of Jane Corry and Amanda Brooke.
My Thoughts & Review:
The idea of “The Secret Wound” intrigued me from the outset, it’s a book that holds a multitude of secrets but also heavily features the theme of forgiveness and the idea of finding oneself. Sounds like quite a lot in one book doesn’t it? But somehow Deirdre Quiery pulls it off.
We first meet Gurtha who is struggling with the loss of his mother Nuala, her murder leaving him confused and questioning the meaning of life. On the advice of family friends he heads to Mallorca to take time away from his responsibilities, to try and find himself and more importantly find the answers that make up the meaning of life. It is during Gurtha’sday stay in Mallorca that the tale of “The Secret Wound” unfolds and we see things are not as they first seemed. That’s all I want to say about the plot, otherwise I might give something away!
Beautifully vivid descriptions of settings really bring this book to life, small details about Gurtha sitting in on the bed and hearing the bells ofthe sheep on the mountain side, the noise of the birds combine with the description ofLa Torretta to conjure a vivid and atmospheric image in my head. Even descriptions of the sky are wonderfully poetic “The sky was a flowing emerald with streaks of ruby. Golden light reflected onto the waves, twisting in turquoise and yellow hues into waves which looked like molten olive branches.” Beautifully flowing descriptions transport the reader into another world.
There is a thought provoking quality to this, indeed Gurtha’s realisation “human beings do have a conscience and it will triumph in the end” leads him to think that living a simple life will be more fulfilling and rewarding, that he would be best relying on a moral compass in life. The way that Nuala lived her life also gives pause for thought, highly thought of for the best of reasons – knowing when to speak up and when not, not judging people but knowing the right thing to do, being content with what you have and enjoying life to the fullest. I can’t help but wonder if we all were a little more like Nuala there might be less unhappiness around.