Homecrest Press (2018)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (7/18)
Barbara Brett’s “Secret Agenda” is a read that will keep you glued to the story due to the devious, manipulative greed of the Golden Boys. Like many who are born into wealth, these billionaires feel they have the right to take what they want when they want, including women.
Set in New York City, these Beta Alpha Beta Phi fraternity brothers made a vow they would get what they want and that includes the Presidency. With the elaborate schemes they’ve made up, no one will get in their way. Little do they realize that there is a hidden obstacle coming their way which will encompass the ultimate revenge.
Brett’s vivid descriptions of each of these eight Golden Boys will have readers angry, appalled and saying, “Yes, they think they own the world.” Of all these despicable characters, Tony Portman is the one whom I wanted to get revenge on the most. Arrogant, sleazy and I believe the most dangerous of them all, he is a character that seems to be behind the most gruesome treatment of women without any apology.
The author, through her fascinating characters, creates a cold, brutal story that reader’s often seen in the news today.
Tom Berenson a local bookstore owner and former cop gets caught up in all this mayhem when he is enticed with the offer of investigating the Golden Boys misdeeds, an offer that will pay for his daughter's college education. I related to Tom in that even though one’s past profession is over those keen instincts never leave us.
Given this dark, can’t-put-it-down read, my only issue is that the revenge and black deeds of each of the characters seemed to drag on a bit, however, this did not distract from the overall captivating read and underlying plot. Brett captures readers attention from the very beginning which is a rare occurrence. She writes with vivid clarity that will put you in each situation whether it is a rape scene or the gruesome revenge.
“Secret Agenda” by Barbara Brett is a page-turning book for all who love intricate mysteries with a stunning ending. I highly recommend this read.