ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS | Wanda M. Morris
11.02.2021 | William Morrow
Rating: 4/5 stars
Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive – her white boss, Michael. Everything changes one January morning when Ellice goes to meet Michael..and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head. Ellice decides to walk away like nothing has happened because the stakes are too high for her to come forward. She’s been keeping her dark secrets hidden, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time in jail. Instead of grieving this tragedy, people are gossiping, the police are getting suspicious, and Ellice, the company’s lone black attorney, is promoted to replace Michael. When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma.
The other day I was reflecting back on debut crime fiction releases from 2021 and noticed that ALL HER LITTLE SECRETS was still sitting on my unread shelf. Immediately when I started reading this book I was drawn in. This book doesn’t feel like a debut at all! Everything that was going on around Ellice and the revelations of her backstory piqued my interests. I felt like Ellice was a mystery in herself and I had just as much fun trying to learn what made her tick, as I did with figuring out how and why Michael was killed. The flashbacks to Ellice’s childhood are perfectly timed throughout the story and give the reader just enough details to keep them guessing what Ellice is hiding. I loved the way this story came together and all of the fun twists that Morris packed inside. This story encompasses many topics including, corporate racism, sexism, microaggressions, and family dynamics. If you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on your toes, this needs to be on your list!
🎧: I snagged the audio of this one thinking it would be the perfect book for a commute and that prediction was spot on! The chapters are short enough that you can stop easily, but you really don’t want to because of how well the narrator brings the story to life!
A huge thank you to William Morrow for my gifted copy!
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