Celeste Donovan, a high-powered finance executive, seems to have it all–the penthouse apartment, the supermodel physique with a mathematician mind, and a trail of beautiful men she has loved and left behind. But when her boyfriend Theodore is killed in a mysterious accident, she suspects Omar, her abusive ex who has been keeping tabs on her, is behind his death.
Now she’s caught in a game of cat and mouse, trying to anticipate Omar’s next move, as she realizes he will stop at nothing to get to her. She sets out alone on a whirlwind journey to entrap him, determined to put an end to his destruction.
Soon Celeste is thrust in the middle of the largest financial scandal in decades. This time, however, she suspects powerful government officials are in bed with some of the world’s most dangerous men. When she discovers that those she thought she knew best are involved in a secret society warring with Omar and his coconspirators, she must decide how far she is willing to go to avenge Theodore’s death and whether she is willing to risk her own life to save everyone she loves.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
Trading Secrets by Rachael Eckles is a wall street suspense. It’s about Celeste Donovan a high-powered finance executive and her journey to entrap her ex-boyfriend Omar Santos.
The plot is thrilling but a little difficult to follow at times. It’s separated into two parts, before and after the murder. Each chapter has its own title that sums up what is happening. The first part has a very slow build-up. It starts by explaining who are the main characters and the lives they lead. How Celeste met her boyfriend/victim and in between there are glimpses of her life with her ex.
The second part is a whirlwind. The speed is up in this one and there is a bit of chaos. It’s after Theodore’s death, Celeste is grieving for a while and then plots Omar’s fall. That’s when I lost it for a while, I couldn’t follow the storyline, everything was going too fast with no explanation. After the big event, I was able to connect with it again and I was surprised by the ending.
The characters are like those we see on tv series, typical high society New Yorkers, glamorous and deadly. Celeste was a savage Ice Queen who changed into a little more human in the second part. Theodore was a great character, mysterious but a kind gentleman.
In general, the book is very good with a nice plot, (especially if you are familiar with what’s going on on Wallstreet). The suspense is intense and so are a few chapters that contain abuse. The dialogues were a bit off at times but it wasn’t a big problem for me.
I enjoyed reading it and I will rate it with 3.7 stars.