Seven for A Secret

Faye, Lyndsay

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Seven for A Secret
In 1846 New York six months after the formation of the NYPD, officer Timothy Wilde investigates a ring of "blackbirders" who kidnap free people of color in the North and sell them to Southern plantations.

Publisher: New York :, Amy Einhorn Books, G. P. Putnams Sons,, 2013.
ISBN: 0399158383
Characteristics: 444 pages ;,24 cm


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Jan 18, 2015
  • fatcat21 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After reading and enjoying Gods of Gotham by the same author, I was pleased to find this book which takes place in the same setting with the same main character. This was a great mystery and a very interesting time period in New York City history.

Jun 13, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
The sequel to Gods of Gotham. Faye continues to explore the beginnings of the New York City police department. Timothy Wilde and his brother Val return as "copper stars" to solve a murder and abductions.
- Jenny Baum

May 28, 2014
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Seven for a Secret is certainly a good read. Faye takes you into 19th century New York City, during legal slavery. Faye sacrifices some tension with an overly descriptive narrative. Somethimes you say to yourself, why not cut to the chase. This is still a good read and recommended.

Mar 18, 2014
  • BeccaBB rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Seven for a Secret is the second book in the Timothy Wilde series. You will be able to enjoy this story and follow the plot just fine even if you don't read the other one first but some of the personal background bits might be lost on you. Faye once again does a great job of giving the reader a feel for the world that these characters live in. You can imagine what it would be like to live in New York at the time. She also gets you involved with the characters and takes you along for the journey with them. You can feel the worry, fear and gut dropping anticipation as Timothy realizes something is about to happen and doesn't know if he will be able to stop it. You worry for these people. Which I think is a testament to how well they are written. You wouldn't care about people who don't feel real. Timothy does spend a lot of time being introspective and talking about his feelings. Which can tend to slow the plot down a bit at times. And the whole interaction between him and his lost love does nothing for me and leaves me wishing it wasn't even there. But the relationship between Timothy and his brother, Timothy's own self-doubt and insecurity, the personable secondary character, the interesting plot and setting all combine to make a very enjoyable and engaging story. If you read and liked the first book I'm sure you will like this one too. And if you have not read Gods of Gotham, the first book, I suggest you do.

Aug 22, 2013
  • acornsandnuts rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Whereas THE GODS OF GOTHAM was a love letter to New York City on the threshold of significant change, SEVEN FOR A SECRET is a love letter to that first book's main character, "copper star" Timothy Wilde. This second book keeps NYC front and center, but a whole host of characters -- from Democratic Party members to corrupt cops to small chimney sweeps -- have their glorious turn in the spotlight. Not to be missed.


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May 28, 2014
  • steven7 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

steven7 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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