Review: ‘Sekret’ by Lindsay Smith

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Sekret’ by Lindsay SmithSekret by Lindsay Smith
Series: Sekret #1
Published by Macmillan on April 1st, 2014
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 341
Format: Paperback
Source: requested from publisher
An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia knows she must hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia. But if she sometimes manipulates the black market traders by reading their thoughts when she touches their skin, so what? Anything to help her survive.

Russia's powerful spy agency, the KGB, is recruiting young people with mind-reading capabilities for their psychic espionage program. Their mission: protect the Soviet space program from American CIA spies. Why shouldn't the KGB use any means necessary to make the young psychic cooperate? Anything to beat the American capitalist scum to the moon.

Yulia is a survivor. She won't be controlled by the KGB, who want to harness her abilities for the State with no regard for her own hopes and dreams. She won't let handsome Sergei plan her life as a member of elite Soviet society, or allow brooding Valentin to consume her with his dangerous mind and even more dangerous ideas. And she certainly won't become the next victim of the powerful American spy who can scrub a brain raw—and seems to be targeting Yulia.

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I love the premise of Sekret. The mystery and the political intrigue surrounding it was done so well. The main character and her development was also done beautifully. Having flashbacks of her life before being a tool for the KGB was done with her dreaming it. And we also find out who is causing her to dream these flashbacks. The writing was wonderful and it thought it was done very well, especially the characters who were developed from the very beginning.


I wanted a story that kept me on my toes. I just needed something to keep the pacing going but there was nothing keeping me. So I struggled reading it and even managed to stop reading it for a while just so I can get back to it later.


If you’re looking for more character based development books, this one is for you. If you’re looking for more of a story that keeps pushing, pass on it.

reading progress



We have protect Russia from these monsters who would kill us for what we are. (173)
Why does everyone think I’m so helpless? I can take care of myself. (223)
I’d rather take my chances than have you constantly trying to save me. (236)
You tear his soul open, and it all comes spilling out. (291)





  1. Jaime Lynn

    December 21, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I love character driven novels, as long as the driving of said characters keeps my interest, and there is at least some sort of plot driving the story forward. That was a concern when I first heard about this story, and it has kept me from trying it. Now, after your wonderful review, I think I may just push this one way down the TBR. Wait for a day to come when this would fit with my mood!

  2. katarguelles

    December 15, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    I have the ARC from Netgalley. I was looking for something exciting to read since I don’t read a lot of mysteries. Now I’m worried about this. But let’s see if I like it. Good review!

  3. Cali W.

    December 15, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Good review. I know someone who would like the mystery and politics in this book.

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