Book Review: Dead Secret by: Richard Milton

Publisher: Good Books Online

Publication Date: June 7, 2011

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: Investigative journalist Tony Gabriel stumbles onto his biggest ever story when he inherits the papers of a long-dead Cambridge historian.

Tony is bewildered by the horrifying secrets he begins to unravel. Can human heads really be used to predict the future? Who would pay $7 million for the skull of the Russian President? Is British intelligence involved? 

His search leads Tony to the wealthy and secretive Chadwick Foundation whose bizarre beliefs both repel and attract him. Are they merely wealthy, powerful people playing an elaborate game, or have they truly gained the power to see into the future? When Tony witnesses the Home Secretary die in an elaborate sex ritual at a Belgravia dinner party he knows he is in too deep to back out.

The keeper of The Foundation's secrets is the stunning, enigmatic Eve Canning, who turns his search into a very personal quest. Eve seems to know more about Tony than he knows about himself – she believes he has inherited psychic gifts.

Eve's form of love is addictive – but it has a price. She is a sadist who specialises in erotic asphyxiation. And she has revived a ritual form of sex from French revolutionary times that literally makes death an aphrodisiac.

When Tony is initiated by Eve and her cult into the ultimate terrifying secret, he has a decision to make that can cost him his life: he can achieve a form of immortality but only by risking everything.

Review: Tony Gabriel is an investigative journalist who is currently looking into psychics and mediums to discredit them as fraudulent. When his mother passes away, he’s given information about some of her life of which he was never a part and had never heard of before. His investigation into a famous medium has suddenly become more personal as she professes to have known his mother. Tony’s investigation leads him to the Chadwick Foundation, a secretive society whose members hold some very odd and archaic beliefs, and Eve Canning who is a bewitching woman who fuels Tony’s interest. DEAD SECRET is a strangely engrossing story, reminiscent of Dan Brown’s work, but with the main character going deeper and more fully into the abyss than Robert Langdon ever did or will. The story jumps from the present to the past and back again, giving readers a rich backstory in order to guide them through current events. There are graphic sexual scenes of an unusual nature (to some), so if this isn’t your cup of tea, please be aware. DEAD SECRET will ensnare your senses and lead you down a path from which there may be no release.

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