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Book Review: Secrets & Ruin by Monica Ageno

Secrets & Ruin by Monica Ageno is a fast-moving dark romance thriller. The novel is staged against an African village. The novel features Winyo and Guma as its main characters. The girl Winyo is poor and lives in Pomolo village, in Uganda. She is the only girl child in the family, with many brothers at her side.


As the novel kicks off, we see that there is buzz about Odyek family returning to Pomolo village from some other place. The family is believed to be grappled with black magic and witchcraft. It could be a rumour…be it anything but it sets the element of suspense in the novel to good scale of length or until you confront that this novel is a romance story.

However for Winyo, the beautiful girl, it seems like good news. She believes that she will find a life partner from one of the boys from the Odyek family. As the story chugs ahead in a typical fashion, Winyo stumbles upon Guma. It takes time but both find themselves in the web of love. Particularly, Winyo’s narrative and struggle grow to see herself fall in love with Guma. But as the fate reminds and steers the destiny, a few untoward incidents with Uncle Saul upends Winyo’s life, she is startled and she may not be normal ever back in life. What happened…what incidents? Will her love story with Guma find any meaning and course…or is it going to be a dead end? Pick up the novel and mesmerize yourself with this rich yet dark romance novel.

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