The Price of a Secret

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1980s & '90s

Alessa Boreggio

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In a world of luxury, secrets, and forbidden desires, Elizabeth lives trapped in an empty existence. Everything changes when she meets Simon Marks, an enigmatic lifeguard firefighter. Between them, an unlikely friendship transforms into a fiery love during an unforgettable summer. However, the dark twists of fate lead her into the arms of Mason Williams, a seemingly perfect man hiding his true nature. Elizabeth faces the nightmare of a tumultuous relationship, carrying this terrible secret over the years. Engaged in a dangerous game of life and death, she embarks on a journey of love, courage, and redemption to protect those she holds dear. This novel delves deeply into societal taboos, exploring the complexity of toxic relationships, where to protect the ones you love, one may endure anything, even sacrificing their own life. Based on true events.


Romance, Melodrama, Drama, Suspense / Thriller

Short Summary

O romance envolvente de Alessa Boreggio aborda profundamente alguns tabus da sociedade ao explorar a complexidade das relações tóxicas entre marido e mulher, onde para proteger quem se ama, pode-se suportar tudo, até abdicar da própria vida.


San Diego, California

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Elizabeth Bianchi

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Beautiful, Charming, Honorable, Insecure, Perseverance, Obedient, Romantic, Naive, Selfless

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About The Author

Alessa is a 43-year-old Brazilian who has always lived in the organizational world. As a people manager and leadership coach for almost 20 years, she has learned to see people beyond words, which has provided her with a deep insight into human nature to write her novels.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34

Target Gender: Universal

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2023

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Elizabeth lives a life of luxury, wealth, and marital unhappiness with her violent and cold husband, Mason. She dreams of a past romance that made her feel true love, at least once in her lifetime. One day, she meets her sweetheart, Simon, a kind and altruistic firefighter, who starts working as a security guard for Elizabeth's husband. They resume the torrid romance of the past, and Elizabeth can feel joy again. But once Mason finds out, he tries to kill her, but Simon saves his life and ends up shooting Mason, who falls dead. The judge understands that Mason was an aggressive man and that his death was caused by his own violence, thus allowing Simon and Elizabeth to live happily ever after.

Overall Rating


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Accuracy of Book Profile

The author could add information about the secondary characters as well.

Draw of Story

The beginning of the book offers a good reflection on the rape that so many women suffer from their own husbands. Despite consensual sex, the man rapes the woman while does not listen to her requests to get out of that situation. With this beginning, the book already presents the dominant-dominated relationship between Mason and Elizabeth and places us on the protagonist's side.

Possible Drawbacks

The book ends up revolving a lot around the forbidden love of Elizabeth and Simon, which ends up leaving the narrative more in anticipation of the future and in the memory of the past, than in actual actions in the present.

Use of Special Effects


Primary Hook of Story

The hook would be a woman's dream of leaving her relationship of submission and dominance with her violent husband and living a genuine and more sincere love - which would be the representation of many women's dreams.

Fanbase Potential

Precisely because of the universal content of the book's theme -- domestic violence and the dream for a better life --, the book would have a chance of reaching a large audience.

Awards Potential

To increase the potential for awards, the adaptation should follow a more dramatic path, about the violence suffered by Elizabeth within an unhappy marriage. However, the book ends up focusing too much on the forbidden romance and ends up losing its strength as a result.

Envisioned Budget


Similar Films/TV Series


What’s New About the Story

It is somewhat original to see the "cheating" arising from the search for being loved and feeling happy again. More than cheating to satisfy physical desires, the protagonist cheats on her husband in search of her own happiness. This motivation brings a certain lightness and beauty to the narrative.

Lead Characters

Elizabeth is a strong woman who suffers her husband's violence and abuse in silence to keep her family together. She thinks of her daughter first, so she tries to maintain an unhappy marriage to guarantee her daughter a promising and trouble-free future. She also lets herself be carried away by the love of the past as she feels joy and desire again. Sensations taken from her life. In other words, she is a character with different layers.

Uniqueness of Story

It's not a rare gem, especially because the film "Enough" is quite similar to this one, except for the more romantic and sensual element. Having this addition of romance to the story of violence is a way of making the narrative fresher, but at the same time, this addition ends up taking away the gravity of the theme a little.

Possible Formats

Film: Indie, Streaming

Analyst Recommendation



It is a work in progress because the narrative is not yet robust enough to reach the screens with its full potential. As interesting as it is to see a woman who suffers abuse in her marriage finding freedom in the arms of a loving and kind man, we still feel that the story has narrative gaps, and sounds repetitive at times.

Tips for Improvement

To make it reach its maximum potential and be considered by players and studios, the adaptation would need a more balanced equilibrium between the abuse suffered by the wife and the torrid romance with someone from the past. As much as it is understandable that she cheats on her husband with the love of her life, and that he somehow becomes her savior, the thematic comings and goings of the book end up diminishing the strength of both narrative layers. On the one hand, we would like to see Elizabeth stand out more for herself, regardless of whether she is in love with someone else or not. It would be nice to see her resolve this part of her life in a more forceful way. Second, it would be interesting for the past love to resurface in a less obvious way. The impression it gives is that Elizabeth is quite passive in her experiences: She is not happy in her marriage, but she does not put an end to it, nor does she try to resolve the situation in more assertive ways. She is in love with Simon, but is still married to a man she doesn't love, and tries to keep her lover away from her. It would be great to see this woman resolve her issues and take matters into her own hands. I know that many women live submissively in their homes for fear of the lethal violence they may suffer, but at least in the cinema, it would be inspiring to have the impulse of a better life generated by female strength itself. An inspiration so that many others could also overcome their problems. The dialogue also ends up sounding repetitive, as many point out what the between the lines were already able to tell us. In this type of narrative, moments of silence and reflection are very important.