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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Secrets We Live In: A Novel is a work of fiction in the thriller and espionage subgenres. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Fazle R Chowdhury. The book follows Ambassador Zain Auzaar who has been sent to Paris to liaise with the French government. Disowned by his family and flirting with alcoholism, Zain quickly finds himself caught in the crossfire between his home nation and the nation he resides in as he gets dragged into a dangerous conspiracy. With all his problems mounting up, the last thing he needs is to cross paths with his now-married former love.
This book finds a wealth of material in the dark backrooms of politics where the real work of negotiation and deal-making is done, tapping into the seedier side of politicians who make big promises only to serve themselves. Fazle R Chowdhury has created an intricate web of intrigue for the reader to get tangled up in alongside protagonist Zain Auzaar, one that doesn’t feel too far from the reality of international politics. The prose on show in this book constantly manages to create a perfect air of uncertainty as the surface level of the various characters is gradually eroded to reveal unpleasant truths. The Secrets We Live In tells a complex-yet-consistent tale that skirts gently along the edge of realism, constantly blurring the line between the fiction of Zain’s journey with the cold reality of the world it is set in. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to all thriller fans.