I hope you’re still enjoying your Christmas holidays, maybe tucking into a few leftovers and hopefully don’t have a hangover! Today I’m bringing you a review of Secrets Between Us which was kindly giftedto me by Valerie herself in exchange for an honest review.
Title:Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh
DatePublished: 14th November 2018
How safe are your secrets?
One letter a week for fifteen years. Identical white envelopes brimming with my sister’s darkest secrets. All the intimate details of a life as different to mine as could possibly be.
I read each letter slowly: Ellie’s friends and enemies, her career in the city and dreams of a family, the terrible secret she’s hiding from her husband, the devastating lies she’s telling herself…
So I still feel close to Ellie. Even though we haven’t seen each other her since we were children; since our parents died.
But now I need help, and I know Ellie won’t fail me. My twin sister will take me in and we will never speak of why, at the end of each letter, she always scrawls:
Don’t forget to burn this letter.
A jaw-dropping psychological thriller that you will read in one sitting. If you loved dark, twisty thrillers like The Girl on The Train, The Couple Next Door and Friend Request, this unputdownable novel will have your heart racing long after you’ve finished reading.
Tia hasn’t seen her twin sister for fifteen years, after their parents died but Ellie sends her a letter every week telling her all abouther life. Now Tia’s sheltered accommodation is closing down and Ellie and her husband Will are forced to take her into her home.
At first everything seems fine but Ellie starts to notice Tia looking strangely at her. Will tells her it’s all in her mind but Ellieisn’t so sure. Is she as sweet and naive as everyone thinks?
This is another really difficult book to review because I don’t want togive away any spoilers but I’ll try my best!
Now I know this is a psychological thriller but it’s actually, for me anyway, more domestic noir which tends to be a little more slow burn and has a lot more family drama in it.
There is that sense throughout the book that you know something bad is going to happen but you don’t know what or when, keeping you on tenterhooks.
I did feel sorry for Ellie, I don’t know how she handled so much with both parents dead by the time she was a teenager. She always feeling in her sisters shadow as Tia needed extra attention and love because she was ‘special’. I don’t personally know what it’s like to be a twin but it must be hard to stand out from someone who looks thespitting image of you.
As for the other characters, I did find Will hard to like and especially selfish but of course that is just my opinion. Also Tia was a bit of an enigma for most of the book, sort of lurking in the backgroundbeing a little creepy.
I have to be honest I kind of guessed the way the story was heading quite early on and the middle lacked a little bit of tension but again that is just my opinion.
I would recommend Secrets Between Us for anyone who loves a good family drama or domestic noir.
About The Author:
My name is Valerie Dickenson – I write under the name Valerie Keogh. I qualified as a nurse many years ago, and I also have a BA in Englishand an MA in American Literature. I worked as a nurse until last month when I decided to give it up to write full-time.
I grew up reading Agatha Christie so when I started writing, ten years ago, it seemed natural to write crime novels. I self-published two different series, one based in Ireland featuring Garda Sergeant Mike West, and a grittier one based in the UK, the Hudson and Connolly series featuring Nicola Connolly, a serial killer.
GardaWest Novels: That One May Smile; Close Ranks; Murder on Clare Island;Death in Foxrock Hudson and Connolly: Deadly Sleep; Bitter Business;Twisted Power; Wicked Secret
I’ve also written a stand-alone psychological novel, Exit Five from Charing Cross.
In March, 2018, I signed a two-book contract with Bookouture, the firstof which, Secrets Between Us, was published in November. The second,The Housewife, is due out the end of February.
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