Michael Robotham

The Secrets She Keeps

"...a well-timed and perfectly paced psychological thriller... "


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.

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'The Secrets She Keeps' sees Agatha envy Meghan's seemingly perfect life, With her two children, another on the way, a good looking, successful husband, a lovely home, it's no wonder Agatha wants what Meghan has. Slowly the story builds, and with it the characters. Without giving too much of the story away, Robotham has sufficiently given reason for their individual choices, making me empathise rather than criticise their actions. In fact, on some level I even wanted them to get away with it, such was the depth of the empathy Robotham had built. 'The Secrets She Keeps' isn't an adrenaline filled page-turner. What Robotham delivers is a well-timed and perfectly paced psychological thriller with a depth of emotion. Once reading, you soon get a feel for the characters, that something is off and that something is going to happen - but Robotham directs the story really well. Well written with plenty of depth, 'The Secrets She Keeps' is definitely worth a read.

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