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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Fresh Fork Publishing (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988793229
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988793224
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,777,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An engaging legal thriller that brings to mind the intelligence and ambiguity of The Good Wife."
-Kirkus Reviews

"[A]t once a morality play, psychological drama and legal puzzle. Difficult to classify, Keep No Secrets is very easy to like. It's a true page turner in which the stakes are high on several levels . . . Ms. Compton's decisions about when to reveal new information and just how much to reveal keep the tension electrifying."
-Florida Weekly

"I'm not usually a fan of presumed-innocent plots, but Compton's skill at meshing several storylines,  detonating any number of secrets, and delineating credible characters kept me flipping pages, hoping that truth, justice -- and Jack -- win the day."
-Nancy Pate, blogger at On a Clear Day I Can Read Forever and former book critic for Orlando Sentinel

"In Keep No Secrets, Julie Compton merges psychological, family, and legal drama in a masterful thriller that rivals the work of Scott Turow and William Landay."
-Sharon Potts, author of The Devil's Madonna

"Keep No Secrets, Julie Compton's powerful sequel to Tell No Lies, is guaranteed to keep readers turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. . . [Her] novels are as fine as any courtroom thrillers out there."
-Southern Literary Review

About the Author

Julie Compton is the author of Tell No Lies, a legal thriller set in her original hometown of St. Louis; Rescuing Olivia, a romantic, contemporary thriller set in Florida; and Keep No Secrets, the sequel to Tell No Lies. Her novels combine the suspense of thrillers with the drama of human relationships. An attorney by profession, she now writes full-time from her home near Orlando, Florida. Visit julie-compton.com to read the first chapters of her novels and for more info.

More About the Author

Julie Compton is the internationally published author of TELL NO LIES, a legal thriller set in her original hometown of St. Louis; RESCUING OLIVIA, a romantic, contemporary thriller set in Florida; and KEEP NO SECRETS, the sequel to TELL NO LIES. Her novels combine the suspense of thrillers with the drama of human relationships. An attorney by profession, she now writes full-time from her home near Orlando, Florida. Visit julie-compton.com to read the first chapters of her novels and for more info.

Customer Reviews

It kept my interest, was full of twists and turns.
Drenda Nemeth
This is one of those books where you feel you are right there, in the living room with Jack and Claire, in the courtroom with everyone, almost like watching a movie.
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I read this book in a day because I could not put it down.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Dean Murphy on March 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Four years ago in TELL NO LIES, charismatic St. Louis prosecutor Jack Hilliard "betrayed Claire and his family, a shadow that followed him wherever he went." He had a one-night fling with fellow attorney, Jenny Dodson, an alluring person of Indian derivation and astounding beauty.

Now, Jack catches 16-year-old son Michael 'getting busy' with Celeste, Jenny's doppelgänger. Michael gets into the booze cabinet, and is in no condition to drive 'Cee' home. Jack, hoping to earn his oldest son's respect after the marital booboo, keeps the alcohol and sex a secret from Claire, and takes teen Celeste home--alone. Big mistake! Cee begs Jack to let her sober up in his car for a few hours. Jack had vowed to tell no lies, but "The lies aren't what he says; they're what he doesn't say. And this is when he makes his third mistake." Strike three. Celeste alleges rape, and a DNA conundrum casts doubt about Jack's credibility. Ah, Jack, as Claire says, "Have you learned nothing?"

Coincidentally, Jenny approaches Jack after a four-year absence, and "sends a wave of heat through his body like an addict's first hit after a long abstinence." She asks Jack for help with threatening letters. Who sent them, and why? Her former boyfriend, Alex, was convicted of murdering Maxine, and Jenny can't be charged again. But an appellate court may set Alex free, which will put Jenny's neck in a noose--metaphorically--and on death row, for sure. Everything Jenny did "had nothing to do with her feelings for him and everything to do with creating the perfect alibi."

Unanswered questions in 'Lies' now haunt Jack during intense courtroom drama. Presumed guilty parties are innocent, or are they?
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Critique de Book on April 21, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
What I liked: The author is skilled, and has woven a complex story. I believed it, and reading this story stirred a lot of emotions.

What I didn't like: These characters are horrible, horrible people, most especially including the protagonist. Before I was halfway through the book, I hated him, and I ended up hating him even more before the story ended. I hated him and his horrible girlfriend. Neither have any redeeming qualities, and in fact, their selfishness and irresponsibility and sociopathology destroyed their families' lives. This story made me angry; I have met and heard about more than enough bad men, and bad women. I sure don't want to read about them.

In sum: If you secretly root for the bad guys, this one's for you.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lizzy0707 on May 23, 2013
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I hate to write this review because I did not like this book. I read the first book and gave it 2 stars. It was a painful read, but I made it through. I hated Jack and his mistress Jenny in the first book, BUT he did continue to say that he loved his wife and he was sorry and in the end they tried to work it out. They got back together. That is why I gave the first book 2 stars instead of 1. It was a painful story but the book felt complete to me in the end.

Keep No Secrets had me disgusted, and the characters didn't touch me. I did not like the characters at all.I read another review that took the words out of my mouth. How can this author give us an HEA in the first book and take it away in this one. WTF!!! Well, it was sort of an HEA. I stopped reading when I figured out some things so I skipped to the end and dammit, I was right. I wanted to throw up all over my bed. I absolutely hated the main character and his mistress. Everything that he did made me sick. He was so stupid and full of lust. If this is the way the male brain works, I do not want to allow my husband to ever leave the house again.

The second book seemed to be a contradiction to the first.All of a sudden his wife is the bad one. When in the first book we cried with her and felt her pain when she found out about his affair. That part was the most emotional part of this entire story. I could feel her pain. It made no sense. I do not care what his wife did. If she would have let Jenny die in prison - so be it. All of this was Jack and Jenny's fault.

The author wants us to believe that Jack is an honorable man, but in my mind he is anything but. Ms Compton didn't do a good job of making me believe Jack was a good person. I felt like he was selfish and out for himself through out the book.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By K. W. on March 21, 2013
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I'm a person that rarely gives reviews, but I wanted to warn everyone before they spend their money on this book. I was hoping in this book that Jack would really find a conscience. Well, I was wrong!!!!! What made it even worse is that the author made out the wife to be a bad person. Are you kidding me! What was this author thinking? Also, when the author has the wife saying that "she didn't think that adultery was evil." Do what? Jack's adultery destroyed that entire family, I would classify that as evil. Jack was a selfish jerk, but the author tried to make him look like a guy that just couldn't help himself and that was okay. Well, that wasn't okay. Reading has been a hobby of mine since I was a child. I read several books a week. After I read this book, I felt sick to my stomach. I have never had such a sick feeling after I read a book as I did with this one. I know not all books end with a HEA ending but, I don't think they should end where it makes you think that there is something so wrong in this world that people would actually give this book 5 stars with how the author portrayed the characters. If you love adulterers and think there's nothing wrong with it, then by all means go ahead and read this book. However, if you have any ounce of decency in your life and even an ounce of a moral code, then buyer beware!
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