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Wanda M. Morris | All Her Little Secrets

all her little secrets wanda m morris

The Book: 

All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris
Published November 2nd 2021 by William Morrow
Date read: November 17, 2021

The Characters: 


Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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The Plot (from Goodreads):

Ellice Littlejohn seemingly has it all: an Ivy League law degree, a well-paying job as a corporate attorney in midtown Atlanta, great friends, and a “for fun” relationship with a rich, charming executive—her white boss, Michael.

But everything changes one cold January morning when Ellice goes to meet Michael… and finds him dead with a gunshot to his head.

And then she walks away like nothing has happened. Why? Ellice has been keeping a cache of dark secrets, including a small-town past and a kid brother who’s spent time on the other side of the law. She can’t be thrust into the spotlight—again.

But instead of grieving this tragedy, people are gossiping, the police are getting suspicious, and Ellice, the company’s lone black attorney, is promoted to replace Michael. While the opportunity is a dream-come-true, Ellice just can’t shake the feeling that something is off.

When she uncovers shady dealings inside the company, Ellice is trapped in an impossible ethical and moral dilemma. Suddenly, Ellice’s past and present lives collide as she launches into a pulse-pounding race to protect the brother she tried to save years ago and stop a conspiracy far more sinister than she could have ever imagined…

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The Twist: 

Michael’s wife contacts Ellice and tells her that Michael had submitted his resignation the day he died. She knew it had something to do with the Libertad deal. Ellie didn’t want to investigate, but Michael’s wife threatened her, since she knew about their affair and that Ellie was in his office the morning he died. Actually, this had nothing to do with anything.

Ellice’s brother Sam had been hired by Jonathan as a fixer. Jonathan asked him to drive a certain car to meet him at a cabin, but the car broke down. Sam found another lawyer’s dead body in the truck. Jonathan found him on the side of the road and killed him.

Ellice discovers that most of the men at her company belong to a white supremacy group. She already knew she was the token Black hire, but didn’t know how deep it ran. They were illegally dealing guns and drugs. Michael found out about all the illegal stuff and refused to join the white supremacy group, so they killed him.

A friend of Sam’s got in touch with Ellice, and she asked him for help tracking down the truth. She discovered that Hardy was actually posing as Jonathan, and had killed Sam. Hardy was the organization’s fixer. He was trying to clean up after Jonathan, who had let too much slip and was “bringing foreigners in”. He also killed Michael because he was about to expose Jonathan, but he messed up by using a gun. Everyone knew Michael hated guns.

In her past, Ellice had gotten Vera’s help to kill Willie J because he was raping her. He had gotten Ellice pregnant, and Vera gave her a knitting needle abortion.

The Ending:

When Ellice confronted Hardy, he tried to kill her but she pushed him into the broken elevator shaft. There were no cameras on the 20th floor, per Jonathan’s rule. Ellice told the detectives everything. The FBI found out that they were shipping guns to arm the white supremacy organization. They were planning to shoot up a bunch of MLK parades, so Ellice saved tons of people.

The Review: 

Thank you to the publisher for a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review, and to Harper Audio for a complimentary audiobook!

All Her Little Secrets reminded me of a cross between The Whisper Network and When No One Is Watching. It started off similar to The Whisper Network: a high-ranking C-level executive is dead and no one knows why. Instead of Me Too, this one focuses around workplace racism.

I absolutely loved the main character, Ellice. She was extremely no-nonsense, and as soon as she found out something fishy was happening she knew she had to get to the bottom of it. She immediately tried to use her position of power in her company for good and to solve the diversity issues within the company. Unfortunately, there was way more at stake than she thought. 

This book takes a deep dive into workplace racism in a really insightful and informative way. I enjoyed how the information was presented to me alongside the thrilling plot. 

There is a lot of legal talk, which I can see bogging some readers down. The plot was interesting the whole way through, though. I thought it was very well-paced.

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