Thursday, 26 October 2017

The Secrets She Keeps

Author: Michael Robotham
Genre: Suspense
Type: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Source: Local Public Library
Publisher: Scribner
First Published: July 11, 2017
First Line: "I am not the most important person in this story."

Book Description from GoodReadsEveryone 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.

My Rating: 3.5 stars

My Review: The blurb for this book doesn't give much away but it enticed me all the same. It starts off strong with the reader getting a bird's eye view into the lives of two very different women who are slowly revealed to the reader. Robotham paints interesting characters in Agatha and Meghan, each of whom have varying degrees of good, bad, sympathetic and even sinister. As the story progresses, things that seemed black and white being to take on more of a grayish tone as readers become privy to the rationale behind their decisions. Yup, Robotham had me hooked. 

And then I kind of wasn't. 

Unfortunately, even though the characters and plot started off with a suspenseful bang, it started to run out of steam about half way through with the characters and plot becoming less and less probable. There is a big reveal early on which surprised me but after that, the story continued as predicted with a quiet, expected ending instead of a build-up to something shocking. 

This was an enjoyable read but had its bouts of predictability and will probably be a book that won't stay with me long. That said, I did like enough of his writing style and plot that I would definitely pick up another book by Robotham (whose name I cannot seem to see as anything other than Robot-Ham).

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