Chris Curran

Her Deadly Secret

"I loved this book and can’t wait to see what this very talented author does next."


A young girl has been taken. Abducted, never to be seen again.

Joe and Hannah, her traumatized parents, are consumed by grief. But all is not as it seems behind the curtains of their suburban home.

Loretta, the Family Liaison Officer, is sure Hannah is hiding something – a dark and twisted secret from deep in her past.

This terrible memory could be the key to the murder of another girl fifteen years ago. And as links between the two victims emerge, Joe and Hannah learn that in a family built on lies, the truth can destroy everything…

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I'm going to kick off this review with a confession: I was already a huge fan of Chris Curran before reading this book. Having read – and loved – her previous two novels I was dying to get my hands on 'Her Deadly Secret'. Of course, there's always a worry when a much-loved author has a new book out but I'm delighted to say that any worries I had were quickly alleviated. 'Her Deadly Secret' is a cracking read. Like her previous novels, Curran has once again produced an intelligent psychological thriller with a host of complex characters and a brilliantly twisty plot. The police investigation is narrated through the eyes of Family Liaison Officer, Loretta Peterson. Struggling with her own problems, Loretta is determined to solve this case before any of her colleagues. She's a really great character and I'm hoping Curran might be considering a series based on her (fingers crossed!). As well as Loretta and Joe's stories, we are also introduced to married mum Rosie Weatherall, doing her best to deal with the uncomfortable memories stirred up by news coverage of Lily's murder. Like Lily, Rosie's sister was murdered as a teenager. Rosie's father was convicted of the murder and has recently been released from prison after serving his sentence. At first, there's no clear connection between Rosie's story and Lily's murder. Gradually, and with great skill, Curran brings these two narrative threads together and there's a genuine 'wow' moment when you realise what's going on. And even then, Curran has a few more twists for you, just when you think you've got it all worked out… I loved this book and can't wait to see what this very talented author does next.

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