Do you have a secret buried deep in your closet, something you've never told anyone else? We all do if we think hard enough. It might not necessarily be something that would stop the presses but you might like to tell someone.
Maybe you flushed your little sister's dead goldfish down the toilet and replaced it behind her back to save her tears. Maybe you can't cross the road without the little green man. Maybe you can’t sleep at night because you regret something so much. Or maybe you wish you'd told someone something before it was too late.
Author Frank Warren was intrigued by other people's secrets, so much so that he decided to dedicate a whole book to them. He left postcards in public places urging people to anonymously send him their innermost secrets for his book. The result is 'Post Secret', a fascinating and highly compulsive read.
The book is not only filled with the deep secrets of strangers, it is also beautifully illustrated with some wonderfully descriptive, virtually talking, postcard pictures, painting colourful and often tragic pictures of the tales that inspired them.
The stories that compelled people to contribute to the publication are nothing if not varied, from the disturbingly bizarre ('I've always wanted to rob a bank'), to the remorseful (He's been in prison for two years because of what I did... 9 more to go') to the quirky ('Sometimes I put coins in other people's parking meters' and 'I leave poetry in library books').
Some smack of a secret that has been carried around for far too long ('I love you so much but I can’t tell you'). Some are merely unspoken hopes ('I want to die a hero' and 'I wish my phone would ring more often'). Others paint a sadder picture in the depth of their honesty ('I have so many secrets I don't know which one to send in' and 'I'm having a hard time... coming to terms with my mediocrity').
Warren's idea was a simple one, which was developed into a powerful testament to the stresses of the modern world – as it takes a snapshot of the lives of hundreds of random people - some struggling to come to terms with their lot, others bursting with joy and yet more clinging desperately to the past, afraid to share their painful and possibly life-changing secret.
You'll feel compelled to read this in one sitting – feverishly flicking from page to page to unearth a new secret, feeling like you've been given a strange chance to peer into the lives of other people – without them really knowing you are gawping wide-eyed at their pain and elation.
'Post Secret' is a wonderful book that you won't be able to put down. It is filled with extraordinary revelations from brave, witty, tortured and blissful people. It will make you want to poke around your own skeleton closet to find out what you should chuck out.