Barrett Fuller is one of the most selfish, egotistical, jerks I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is the ultimate wealthy douche bag. He doesn’t have a care in the world as long as he is rich, has lots of toys, gets to drink and do drugs. He doesn’t give a crap about anyone except himself and getting laid.
Barrett Fuller has a secret that could ruin his career. When an extortionist figures out Barrett’s secret and threatens to ruin his career unless he makes up for past sins, Barrett is forced to look at his life for what it really is – a life of sin; drinking, doing drugs, sleeping with random women, using people.
Richard Conner is just a child and his family is falling apart. When he catches his father in a compromising position it forces his father away. Richard keeps his father’s secret but it doesn’t sit lightly with him. He feels rage and abandonment. This causes him to act out at home and school. Richard’s mother is desperate to save her son and reaches out for help.
Barrett and Richard’s worlds collide when the extortionist forces them together. They are both keeping secrets, and their new friendship helps them cope. Barrett finds himself wanting to be a better person because of Richard, for Richard. When Richard takes the advice of Barrett on several occasions and it backfires, it causes Barrett great angst and makes him see things from a different perspective.
While the relationship between Barrett and Richard is growing, Barrett is seeking to find out who is extorting him. He suspects everyone he comes across, including his best friends and those who know his secret. When he finally discovers who it is, he is utterly devastated. Of all the suspects, this was the least expected and the most heartbreaking.
Barrett Fuller’s Secret alternates between Barrett’s and Richard’s point of view. We get to know each character individually before they are thrown together. At times the book jumps from scene to scene without any transitional filler, making it hard to follow. I did have to go back to reread things to make sure I hadn’t missed a detail. Once the characters are together in the story, the author jumps from Barrett to Richard’s point of view without warning. This makes the story feel choppy at times.
If I were a stars giving kind of gal, I would give Barrett Fullers Secret 3 out of 5 stars.
Jen received a free copy of Barrett Fuller’s Secret by Scott Carter via Netgalley.com. The opinions expressed are her own and were not influenced by the method in which she received the book.
About the Author:
Jen loves to read. She can’t stop herself. It’s become an obsession. She is in love with her husband, kids, iced coffee and books. Jen lives in beautiful Colorado but is originally from the West Coast.