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Book Review: The Secrets She Keeps


The Secrets She Keeps
Author: Michael Robotham
Published: 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
My Rating: 5/5

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it’s Meghan Shaughnessy’s.

These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.The Secrets She Keeps is a compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.


The Secrets She Keeps  is the latest psychological thriller from the multi-million copy bestselling author, Michael Robotham. I’m quite ashamed to say, it’s the first Robotham novel I’ve read. But I will also say, it will not be the last!

There’s nothing like reading a book and being pulled directly into the story, and that’s what Robotham does with The Secrets She Keeps. His sense of place and setting is not overdone, it’s just enough to allow yourself to be immersed in the story and sit with a birds-eye-view of the characters. And it’s the characters that Robotham is so highly skilled at bringing to life.

I love Robotham’s courage to write from two-female character’s points of view. It’s testament to his skill as a writer. Not only does he excel with each voice, but he absolutely nails it. Both characters are formed with such depth and intricacy.  You feel for both the main characters intimately. Their frustrations, concerns, desires, and you also understand their motivations – no matter how much you may not want to.

I didn’t want to put this book down. And if it wasn’t for having to take part in my own life, I would have sat in a corner and immersed myself in this book from start to finish in one sitting. That’s how good it is. The tension is palpable, and the pacing perfect. You just can’t help but want to turn the page.

It’s hard to discuss the book without giving away the story and plot. It’s a book that I feel you should go into knowing only the premise and not be affected by what people are saying about it. The book will speak for itself. And isn’t that the best way for a book to be? I think so!

I could rattle off words like – compelling, engaging, haunting, emotionally driven, page-turning, shocking, eye-opening – and every single word would fit. I could tell you how flawless his pacing is. How blind-siding the plot twists were and how the ending was something else. But really, you just have to read it for yourself. Do it! – You won’t be disappointed.