A Suitcase Full of Secrets

Fiction - Suspense
248 Pages
Reviewed on 02/27/2014
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Author Biography

Francesca Gray has a background in film and photography, and has a number of magazine articles to her credit. She lives just outside of beautiful Vancouver British Columbia,with her family, horses, dogs and one hamster. A Suitcase Full of Secrets is her first novel and between filming and raising kids she is currently working on her next book.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

Karen had endured so much pain in her marriage but somehow she stayed with her husband, until she realized that her 10-year-old daughter might be in danger. She packed her bags, left her daughter with her parents, and took off to Mexico with her three best friends for a much-needed vacation, after which she intended to start a new life with her daughter. The four ladies were surprised, shocked, and confused when, instead of clothes, Karen's suitcase was full of money, over a million dollars. With completely no knowledge of how the money ended up there or who it belonged to, they start spending it and having the vacation of their lives - until the owners of the money came calling.

A Suitcase Full of Secrets by Francesca Gray is a story about a woman, who, after staying in an abusive marriage for ten years finally got the courage to leave her husband and the chaos that followed her decision. It is a story full of drama and delight, and it was fascinating to follow the women on their extravagant Mexican vacation. I was amazed by how the vacation changed their lives as they all opened up about their burdens and secrets. Francesca Gray put together an excellent plot, full of twists and turns, and an incredible mix of characters, four women, all so different and yet best friends for life. Their different traits complement each other so well to create an engrossing story and the clash in their personalities enhances the drama and thrill.

Samantha Rivera

Leaving an abuser is hard but it’s even harder when there’s a child involved. Karen has tried to leave before, but she’s always been sucked back in by her husband Ari. Now she’s determined to leave for good and keep her young daughter safe at the same time. She needs an escape and she needs time away from her daughter to be sure Ari isn’t going to come after them. What she ends up with is a suitcase full of money in a foreign country with no idea where it came from or what to do about it. Is the money Ari’s or someone else’s? And what does it mean that it’s in her suitcase? A Suitcase Full Of Secrets by Francesca Gray is definitely a book you won’t put down.

Karen is what you would expect an abused woman to be. She struggles with the decision to leave her abuser and only manages it after he verbally attacks her daughter. Now she’s convinced that leaving is the only thing to do. Her actions and the love she feels for her daughter are definitely things that other women can relate to. The idea that Ari could be creeping around the corner makes readers read with bated breath as Karen tries to have a good time with her friends while worrying about her parents and her daughter. Being on the run definitely has its interesting moments and in A Suitcase Full of Secrets those moments are coming faster and stronger than you might think.