Secrets by Lynne Barrett-Lee starts off okay, Megan, an older sister whose always been overprotective of her younger sister Ffion, agrees to babysit Emily, Ffion's daughter and their dog while Fion, goes on a business trip. However when a phone call leaves an incomplete message for her sister from a guy named Jack, and Megan can't cure her busybodiness due to the fact Jack has a private number which Ffion's phone company doesn't allow the redial last caller function, Megan decides to call her sister. Her sister is obviously shocked this guy has called but refuses to go into details of who he is. When Ffion's ex comes to pick up Emily, and Megan mentions Jack, he says he doesn't know who he is, even though it's obvious he's lying.
With the title of the book being Secrets, you're kind of expecting some big secrets or at least one. There's a predictable minor one, which I won't give away but after setting the reader up for something, the story never delivers. You're hoping for Jack to be some kind of serial killer, blackmailer or something interesting, but nope. The short story also finishes with a pointless sudden romance for Megan, almost as if the author didn't know how to end the story any other way.
Secrets is part of the Quick Reads series of books to increase literacy levels by encouraging those who don't like to read beyond magazines and comic books to try fiction through cheap priced short story length fiction and non fiction. The problem with Secrets is I don't think it would encourage readers who don't read much fiction to pick up other books. Like various short story author anthology collection, some of these quick read short story books are really good, and others like this one are pretty average.