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Summary

He’d do anything to protect his wife. But what if that meant making the biggest mistake of all?

James Casper is one of the good guys. A DEA agent. A loyal husband. With his sights set on the man at the top of the city’s opioid crisis, James is about to make the biggest bust of his career.

Then his beloved wife Rosie does something terrible, and James must choose: Report it - or help her. He knows how this works, and he tells himself he’s smart enough to get away with murder. But James’ worst enemy knows what they have done - and he won’t hesitate to use it to manipulate him.

James is dragged into a dark and dangerous world. As events spiral and loyalties are tested, he realizes there’s only one way out. And that is to be even more ruthless than the people he’s working for.

Whatever happens, no matter how far he falls, at least he’ll still have Rosie.

Won’t he?

©2021 Martyn Ford (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

Critic reviews

“Tension builds as the story twists and turns. A thoroughly engrossing and well-paced thriller.”—J. B. Turner, bestselling author of the Jon Reznick Thriller series

“A masterly piece of writing, tightly delivered and played at an exhilarating pace. A compelling, addictive read and undoubtedly one of the best thrillers of 2021.”—Carol Wyer, USA Today bestselling author 

All Our Darkest Secrets is a terrific thriller, a mash-up of Ozark, Breaking Bad, and The Shield. Pacy and full of surprises.”—Tariq Ashkanani, author of Welcome to Cooper 

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  • 12-10-21

Perplexed

I so enjoyed this audiobook....right up to the very last chapter. Such a great thriller, so many twists and turns!
But then I got to the last chapter. The last chapter started,, and I began to feel confused. I listened to the lastchapter three more times,, but became even more confused. I have no idea what actually happened in the very end. It ended so abruptly, too.
I have never had this happen, so disappointed.

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  • 04-09-21

What a Storyline!

What an interesting storyline. Hard to say anything about it without spoiler alerts. Loved it.

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  • Patricia Mickelsen
  • 21-11-21

Could not even finish

I could not even finish this book. I found it so hard to get interested in. Too many long boring explanations! Will never pick this one up again. The person reading the story was the only thing I actually enjoyed! I honestly tried to like this book.

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  • Lovelylennie
  • 20-09-21

Magnificent

This was so wonderful. I
t kept me on the edge . Best ever.

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  • KC
  • 13-09-21

oh my a great twister

Wonderful character development, great believable and interesting characters. So many twists and turns you won't figure it out till the end of the book. I was on the edge of my seat. the storyline kept your interest and pulled you in. WOW!! she was something.

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  • Maya
  • 08-09-21

Bad grammar intentional or not is a no go

I am having a hard time getting into this because of the grammar. It appears to be intentional and I find that to be even worse.
If I listen further I will change this if the content is worth more to me.

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  • M S
  • 31-05-22

Very intriguing.

There are many unexpected twists and turns. You sympathize with James all the way to the end.

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  • 07-03-22

good book

It was slow at the beginning for me but the entire book is non stop once you get thru the first maybe 40 mins.

I would have liked more in the end but i do admire when a writer can write a story on the reader being able to end a book based on their own take on it.

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  • Barbara S
  • 15-02-22

Crazy thriller

“All Our Darkest Secrets” by Martyn Ford is a crazy romp of a thriller. James Casper, a DEA agent, is the narrator, and from the start, one knows that James is leading one crazy life. Yes, a life as a DEA agent must be full of murder, intrigue, and duplicitous behavior, and James is living the life.

James’s childhood best friend, Matt, died of an opioid overdose, and James has never gotten over that death. He chose to work for the DEA as a response to Matt’s death. He’s about to bust the biggest opioid dealer when his wife Rosie commits a crime that James has deal with. Rosie is Matt’s sister, who James grew up with. When Matt died, he left a suicide note ending with “take care of Rosie”.

The story is told through James’s lens. He’s about to make this big career building bust, and he needs to decide if he helps Rosie or not. James has many flashbacks while telling his story, and we learn of James’s early childhood and teen years. He basically grew up in the same home as Matt and Rosie, with Rosie being their senior. James was 8 when he met Rosie, aged 10. As James enlightens the reader, it is difficult to NOT think something is awry with Rosie.

I figured out how this was going to end, but not how it would be played out. The “thriller” part of the story is the crazy way that author Martyn Ford decided to tie everything together. The plot is full of twists, which are impossible to predict. The pace is fast (and sometimes very funny), with the backstory to slow the adrenaline. All the characters are entertaining. I listened to the audio, narrated by Kevin Collins. I enjoyed listening to the story. I’ve read a few reviews that note profanity, which usually turns me off, but I didn’t find it off-putting as it seemed to fit in the dialogue. In fact, I think this is a story that begs to be heard. It’s so over-the-top at times, as one expects the life of a DEA agent to be. There have been references to “Breaking Bad” which I never watched. I could see this being turned into a movie.

This is a solid thriller with crazy elements, even for a thriller. I enjoyed the audio.


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  • MA Reviewer
  • 14-02-22

Ugh!!!!

I usually like books with unlikeable characters and intrigue.

This book had no shortage of unlikeable characters. It was the intrigue that was missing.

Overall, the book was predictable and disjointed.

The narration was superb but the writing was just not there.

A waste of 12 hours of my time. Ugh!