Check out my The Secrets we Kept book summary and review that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. The Secrets We Keep is a 2020 American thriller drama film directed by Yuval Adler from screenplays by Adler and Ryan Covington. The film stars Numi Repes, Joel Kinnaman and Chris Messina.

The Secrets we Kept
 
The Secrets We Keep was released in the United States with a limited release on September 16, 2020, followed by a video on demand release by Blicker Street on October 16, 2020.

The Secrets we Kept book summary :

In post-World War II America, Maza Reed is a Romanian refugee who has made a new life with her American husband Lewis and their young son Patrick, but she is still haunted by her dark memories of the war, still having nightmares.

While walking down the street, he can recognize a man who he believes is a former German soldier he met 15 years ago. He took her to the house where he saw that he had a wife and two children. The next day, his car pretends to break down, Maza drops the man and throws him into the trunk.

Returning home, Maza told Lewis of her past memories, saying that she and some other women had fled to Romania where SS soldiers had found them and killed several of them. He then confessed that he had left the man, whom he thought was a Nazi war criminal, in the trunk of their car, which further annoyed Lewis.

 They then brought the two men to the basement and tied him to a chair. There, Maza interrogates the man whose name is Thomas Steinman and he is Swiss but Maza argues with him, telling him that his name is "Carl" and describes his war crimes background. Thomas tries to escape and screams for help at the front door but Lewis disables him.

 When a neighbor named Jim wakes up to a shout from Thomas, Maza tells him it came from the street. The next day the neighbor police and Thomas' wife Rachel go home, looking for Rachel's husband and the source of the screams the night before. At the clinic where Lewis was working, he saw a document about Thomas, who he said was actually a Swiss.

At home, Thomas continues to deny Mazar's allegations about Thomas' crime until he is forced to call him "Gigunerfatze" (German word "Gypsy Kant"). Throughout the film, a series of flashbacks reveal that German soldiers are killing and raping women. He revealed that his sister Miriam was among the dead.

When Thomas confronted Lewis, he told him that he had been in Zurich the whole time of the war and also gave him the names of his acquaintances to prove his position during the war. Thomas added that he became a U.S. citizen after marrying Rachel and vowed not to go to the police because he forged travel visa documents to stay in the United States.

Maza meets Rachel at her home, where she discovers that a Star of David is engraved inside the wedding ring she wears. Believing that Thomas had stolen the ring from a Jewish victim, Maza returned to his home to force Thomas to say his last name but then Thomas tried to shoot him with a gun which he had hidden before but missed.

He insists his name is Thomas but then he sees his wedding band. He cut off his finger and took his wedding band with the same star of David as Rachel's wedding band. Lewis, meanwhile, plans to release Thomas, believing he will not go to the police, and Maza continues to claim that Thomas has confessed to his war crimes.

Maza again visits Rachel at her home where Rachel tells her that Thomas does not like to discuss her past war experiences or her family. Maza and Lewis then bring Thomas to the outskirts of town where they dig a hole and knock Thomas down in front of the hole. Maza threatens to shoot him if he does not tell the truth. Maza remembers the soldiers who witnessed the rape and murder of women during the war and the abandonment of her sister.

Thomas, feeling very remorseful, finally confesses his guilt, telling Maza that he and the other soldiers were on amphetamines and had been awake for five nights. They acted swiftly and frantically when the Russians entered. He is terrified, he does not believe that he can do what he has done; He was present at the time of the murder and tells Maza that he never escaped, as he always believed.

When he says "I did it", Lewis angrily executes him. Maza and Lewis bury Thomas in the pit. They go home, clean their basements and bury their privacy. Later they celebrate the fourth of July together with Rachel and their friends.

The Secrets we Kept book review :

I like books about strong female heroines, I like books set in the Second World War / Cold War era, and I like spy novels - so it should have been more like me. That doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it (I did), but it didn’t meet my recognized high expectations.

I wanted a spy novel, and I didn't get the degree I wanted. It was more like a (ruined) romance novel than I expected, due to 3.75. It is a fictional account of the true story of an American spy effort in the 1950s: the release of "Dr. Zhivago" and its smuggling back to the USSR, where it was banned.

 It is part of a larger "heart and mind" strategy that the CIA employed in an effort to inspire the Soviet people to rise up against their dictatorial leaders. There are two parallel stories: an Olga, the longtime wife of Dr. Z writer Boris Pasternak, and an American woman working for the organization, alternatively Typist, Irina and Sally.

Note for future readers: It varies from chapter to chapter as to who the narrator is, and it can be confusing because each narrator is given a nickname, which often changes with the pace of the story. Just something to remember. While I appreciate that there were multiple storylines, it sometimes felt a bit thin - there were a lot of stories to tell and some parts of it were stronger than others.

At times, I even thought it was annoyingly vague; Suddenly, the two characters fall in love with each other, and we don't even see how it happened. Of course, I never read "Dr. Zhivago", but I never got burned by the love story of the author Pasternak and Olga. Instead of showing emotion, we were told that there was emotion - enough to go to Siberia for half a decade!

 I know that real life experiences inspired Lara to Zhivago, so maybe as I read this, I could see more of them in parallel. I liked the paintings by Lara Prescott of Soviet Russia; It felt quite realistic, and at times, quite frightening.

I can’t imagine the horror that Olga and her family felt when they saw men in black cars coming to their homes; Nor can I imagine surviving through Gulag. I understand that I am using this word negatively, but I enjoyed the book - it was not what I expected when reading the book jacket; It's totally up to me. The best part about me was the mechanics of espionage: Irina was secretly going to the World's Fair, or Teddy was making a dead drop in the middle of DC.

At least there was tension and suspense that was not present in the rest of the book. I also liked the messages of feminism that were inherent in Lara. Prescott's Choices - By choosing strong women as the lens of this story, showing their sexual-positive and their preferred owner, they demonstrate how they were able to make a difference when the men around them underestimated them.

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