Release Date-July 11th 2017
Genre-Mystery & Thriller
Kindle Edition-352 pages
In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?
Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.
When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…
With its brilliant rendering of a shocking kidnapping plot and the secrets some women hold close, Expecting delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Reviewed By Beckie Bookworm
Why have I never read anything by this author before?
I will certainly be checking out Michael Robotham’s back catalogue of fiction in the future, I enjoyed this bucket loads.
This is so how you make a page turning Psychological thriller, it hooked from the start, drawing me in and I was so engrossed in this I finished it in a few hours.
It’s one of those easy reads where you lose track of time, so wrapped up in the story you get.
So The secrets she Keeps is one of those novels that the least you know the better it is so I’m going to try and keep this as spoiler free as possible.
The story revolves around two expectant mothers Agatha and Meghan.
These two females are like chalk and cheese, the only thing they have in common are their babies, Agatha watching Meghan from afar living her perfect life with her gorgeous husband and children can’t help both admiring but also envying Meghan’s Picture Postcard lifestyle.
Agatha herself is stacking shelves at an upmarket supermarket while waiting for her baby to arrive.
She then goes home to her little one bedroomed flat where she patiently waits for her absent ex to return her calls.
So As you can see the lifestyles of these two ladies are polar opposites.
When their lives intertwine the fallout is epic with twists and turns that knocked my socks off.
The secrets she keeps has so many layers to it and as this story was slowly revealed to me in stages I loved discovering each and every one of those levels.
It was full of diverse well thought out individuals and we are reminded throughout that what is often portrayed to the outside is only a glamour or mask we use to hide our true selves.
That even the most self-assured person is human under the facade they present and that the grass isn’t always greener.
We also get to dip our toes into the mires of mental illness and maybe at the same time gain an insight and understanding into what motivates and drives us to behave in a certain fashion.
The characters in this, through flawed with some undesirable traits were also very surprisingly likeable in their humanity.
It’s so much easier to identify with imperfect people.
So that’s it I’m going to leave this here and urge you to take a chance on this excellent thriller, that has action and angst in spades so if you like your fiction gritty with human character’s I am sure you will enjoy The secrets she keeps as much as I did.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an advanced reader copy of the secrets she keeps. This is my own unbiased honest opinion.