The Secret: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller

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Totally blew me away and I loved every page… I would give it hundred stars if possible… so many twist and turns, it will make your head spin.’ Shuffle Book Box, 5 stars 


How do you protect your child if they’re keeping a secret?


Every day, a woman like Louise passes you in the street: elegant, confident, determined. But underneath, she’s struggling.


She doesn’t know her sister, Alice, has been scared of leaving the house since their mother died.

She doesn’t know when Alice babysits her little boy, Archie, he sometimes sees things he shouldn’t.

She doesn’t know Archie has a secret.


A secret that could send cracks through the heart of Louise’s carefully constructed life...


The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the Kindle top five bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked.


What readers are saying about The Secret:


Kept me gripped from the beginning to the end, I literally couldn’t put it down and read it in a day... I can’t wait to read another book from this author.’ Nicky Reviews, 5 stars


‘From the very first page I was captivated… I gobbled up every single word and absolutely flew towards the tense, secret-filled climax that delivered over and over again until I finished the story positively breathless. I am already awaiting the next one with impatient anticipation. ‘ Angela Marsons, 5 stars


‘Wow! What a roller coaster ride! Definitely a psychological thriller! Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was wrong!... I love reading K.L. Slater books and am never disappointed.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


Fantastic book loved every word... how my heart went out to Alfie, really good book one of the best I’ve read this year’ NetGalley Reviewer, Five Stars.


K.L. Slater has written another fantastic story that I could not tear my eyes from, I was hooked from the start and quickly drawn in to the story... a truly gripping and addictive story that you won’t be able to put down. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘This author is amazing. Her characters come to life… The book will have you crying… I would have given more than 5 stars if I could. ‘ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Superbly written, unpredictable, and with a fantastic finish... This is what story-telling should be like. Not for once will one be able to guess what’s going to happen.’ Goodreads Reviewer


I was hooked from the start and I highly recommend!’ Goodreads Reviewer


‘Excellent book! I love the way the author really gets under the skin of her characters… The twists and turns come thick and fast and I have to admit I read a lot of this genre but I got this one totally wrong! ... Brilliant book, I loved it!’ Goodreads Reviewer


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‘Well, there’s more than one secret here – and not one of them was anything I expected... truly stunning surprises and an extremely suspenseful read… As for the main secret – I did not see that coming! ... The author kept me guessing all the way through!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

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Bookouture
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Published on
Jul 27, 2018
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350
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ISBN
9781786815750
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English
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Genres
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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 When Gabriel awakes in a hospital bed with no recollection of how he got there or why he is there, and is discharged into the care of an unknown Japanese woman, he is desperate to make sense of the situation.He suspects that the answers must lie somewhere within the complexities of his unorthodox past. Gabriel’s past adventure-loving and hedonistic lifestyle is re-lived and revealed to the reader in his dreams. Through the narrations of his dreams the reader is transported into the personal world and transitory romantic relationships of a narcissistic personality, travelling with him across time and continents and entering his world of perceived espionage and conspiracy. These dreams of times past are woven seamlessly into the contrasting dramatic reality of Gabriel’s present-day life.

The story creates a credible picture of Gabriel’s enforced imprisonment and of his epic battle to regain his freedom, escaping into the obscurity of London’s warren of streets and formulating complex, detailed plans which include assuming a new identity. The story is crafted around Gabriel’s magnetic and influential personality which draws others to both believe him and collude with him and his ability to create a clever, subtle and elaborate camouflage to obscure the reality of his situation.

Author Mary Collis grew up in Swansea and graduated from Swansea University with a degree in Political Science. Following her graduation Mary emigrated to Canada and on return to the UK moved to Coventry where she became an Executive Officer in the Civil Service. Mary left the Civil Service to start a family and attended Leicester University as a part-time student in Social Studies. Mary gained an MBA from Warwick University in 1991 and continued to work in Coventry as a lecturer in International Business. Mary is now retired and lives in Sharnford, Leicestershire.

I know my daughter better than I know myself and if there’s one thing I know for sure at this moment: it's that Maisie is not ok.
My ex-husband Shaun and I are still friends.
We would do anything for our beautiful little girl, Maisie.
But now Shaun has moved in with Joanne and suddenly, Maisie has a brand new family.
And there’s something not quite right about it…I know Joanne isn’t everything she says she is. Yet no-one will listen.
I need to discover what she’s hiding.
Because if I don’t, my daughter will be in terrible danger.

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the Kindle top five bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Girl on the Train or Gone Girl, you’ll be absolutely hooked.

What everyone is saying about K.L. Slater: 

‘I want to take it and scream from the rooftops. I want to make everyone I know read a copy. I want to knock on doors and leave this book in mailboxes. Enthralling, fast-paced and dark … I read this one into the night, I left the book open on my bed so I could try and absorb more as I slept … if you want a hair-raising thriller, then look no further..’ 5 stars, Clues and Reviews

'Gripping … By the time I got to the end I was holding my breath and my jaw dropped to the floor … stunning … that left me reeling.' Novel Gossip, 5 stars

‘One of the best psychological thrillers I have ever read … I picked this book up at 10% on Sunday afternoon and resurfaced only once I had devoured every last morsel of this brilliant story.’ 5 stars – Angela Marsons

‘a fanbloodytastic debut … truly a gripping read with some gobsmacking twists that will leave you breathless! I absolutely loved this book!' 5 stars – Emma The Little Bookworm

'Once I started I couldn't stop. I devoured it. Chomped away chapter by chapter until I had hoofed the whole damned lot and you know what? It left me hungry for more ... An absolutely stonking 5 stars from me.' Jen Med's Book Reviews

‘There is no way the explosive ending will not completely shock and surprise you!... This story will have you in its claws from the very first page and won't let you go until the very end!’ It’s All About Books, 5 stars

‘This author is amazing. Her characters come to life… The book will have you crying… I would have given more than 5 stars if I could.' Goodreads Reviewer, Five Stars

'Pure genius!! … everything a psychological thriller should be! K L Slater is in a class of her own ... Just when you think you have it figured out, you are knocked out of the park! One of the most mind-bending twists ever, just simply stunning!' What Rachel Read Next 

‘Absolutely brilliant! I sat and read the book in a day and did not want to put it down! … I even text my mum when I was half way through telling her it was a book she NEEDED to read!! … Without a doubt 5 stars – I LOVED it!!!’ Donna's Book Blog

'An unputdownable thriller, and as always K.L. Slater keeps you glued to the pages... she is the queen of killer twists.' JDC Must Read Books, 5 stars

'I simply COULD NOT put this book down... twists you around curves you did not even know existed. This isn’t my first K. L. Slater book, nor will it be my last.' Dark Twisty Books, 5 stars

The perfect family. A moment that will change everything.

 

Emma thought she had the perfect life: a beautiful home, a loving husband and a gorgeous son.

 

She was wrong.

 

When she wakes up to find herself in hospital, Emma has no memory of how she got there or why her husband and son won’t come to see her.

 

What happened to Emma’s family?

 

Emma is desperate to find out what happened – and that her loved ones are safe – but remembering the truth could be the most dangerous thing of all…

 

An addictive and page-turning psychological thriller that will have you looking over your shoulder and checking the doors are locked. If you love B.A. Paris, Shari Lapena and K.L. Slater, The Last Thing I Saw is for you.

 

Previously published as Don’t Let Me Die. This edition contains significant editorial revisions.

 

What readers are saying about The Last Thing I Saw:

 

‘One of the best I've read in a long time. Had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down until I found out what happened. A great thriller that had me double checking the locks on my door. Will definitely tell everyone to read this great book.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Wowee, what a reveal right near the end!... The sense of fear and panic grows throughout the book… until we come to the final showdown. Which I have to say, is a cracker. Loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. This is a very well written, fast-paced, page-turner with a shocking ending that I did not see coming… If you are looking for a gripping thriller, I highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A fantastic page-turner! I got so caught up in this story I just had to keep reading… I really enjoyed this book, love a book that sucks you in at the start and doesn’t let you go ’til the very end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘This is one ending that will shock!! I would highly recommend it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘The opening chapters had me drawn in immediately and I found it almost impossible to put down this fabulous psychological read… A fantastic read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Absolutely amazing read!... A nonstop page-turning thriller with a twist… Highly enjoyable, would recommend 10 out of 10!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Truly compelling read! Read in one sitting, the author kept me guessing… I definitely wasn’t expecting that twist!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A psychological thriller that had me guessing the whole book… A really good read… Scary, tense, exciting and generous in its twists and turns. 10/10.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘This was a fast-paced thriller that held my attention from beginning to end! The ending was definitely unexpected... Would definitely recommend.’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Absolutely amazing! A thrilling, heart-pounding, brilliant tale, deftly told by a master of the art… An unputdownable and fabulous debut.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

 

‘I loved the way the book kept me questioning what was going on and what had actually happened on that night… Creepy, spine-tingling and hypnotic!! A very much recommended read!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘I did not want to put it down. Each chapter reveals a bit more and pulls you in deeper, and you keep flipping those pages… A great read!!’ Tropical Delusions, 5 stars


‘If you like a psychological thriller that takes you on a roller-coaster ride and makes you want to keep turning the pages, then this book is for you! I thought I had it figured out – but I was way off! I didn’t want to put this one down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Do we ever really know what goes on behind closed doors?

'Dark and twisty; devious and taut. An amazing debut that will keep you from sleep and in suspense!!!' DIANE JEFFREY

Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage... which has become the perfect lie.

Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg - instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife's every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she's least expecting it, he will find them...

What was Eve's greatest mistake?

Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive...?

HER GREATEST MISTAKE is the gripping debut which will keep you guessing until the very last page. BA Paris meets Liane Moriarty in this electrifying thriller.

What readers are saying about Her Greatest Mistake:

'A book that will haunt, captivate and scare you, Her Greatest Mistake is a stunning debut novel from a writer set to become one of the queens of the genre: Sarah Simpson!' Bookish Jottings.

'Simpson's writing is crisp, thrilling, and compelling, it's hard to believe this is her debut! The dark and twisty turns the plot takes will have you reading from behind a cushion, seriously, it's sinister and scary and haunting' Emma the Little Bookworm.

'Incredibly addictive, it doesn't take long to get hooked on it to find out what was going to happen next' Jessica's Book Biz.

'A book to take your breath away. The layers are unpeeled slowly and deliberately and it is deep, dark and tantalising!' Good 'N Ready.

'Reading this book was very much like riding on a very unpredictable and scary rollercoaster ride' Ginger Book Geek.

'A psychological thriller that at times feels all too real, it's a steady paced thriller, it's eerie, unsettling, dark and gritty' Dash Fan Book Reviews.

'Wow! This book certainly packed some punch! Highly recommended to lovers of the genre who enjoy character driven stories of suspense that focus on relationship dynamics' But Books are Better.

'As a debut novel I think Sarah Simpson has done a great job of creating a book with bags of unsettling atmosphere and a dark uneasiness ... So what was Eve's greatest mistake? Well I highly recommend you read this book and find out for yourself' That Thing She Reads.

She has the life they all want. But what is she hiding?


When Holly moves in to Baker Crescent, a quiet suburban street she causes quite a stir. Beautiful, talented, and friendly, it doesn’t take long for her to charm the other residents. But why has she left the bright lights of the big city behind and settled in with Cora, a lonely old lady who is delighted to offer her visitor a place to stay? 

The neighbours are fascinated by Holly and watch her from their windows every opportunity they get. Just when Holly has begun to feel at home someone sees something that they shouldn’t – something that’s impossible to ignore. 

What is Holly hiding? And are the dark secrets from her past going to put them all into terrible danger?

An absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller, from the bestselling author of Blink and The Mistake. Perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Couple Next Door.

What readers are saying about The Visitor:


'Omg! Slater is amazing! She is such a talented writer! Up to the very last page you will be shocked! Her cast of characters are so real!!!! Such a memorable book!... The end will have you gasping in disbelief! Whoa!!!!! 10 Stars!' Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars

‘One of the best psychological thrillers I've read… nothing short of stunning.' Nigel Adams Book Worm, 5 stars

‘One word - spectacular! This author gets better and better... This book had me on tenterhooks and there were times I forgot to breathe… She has exceeded the high standards she set in her previous books. Brilliant! An amazing, addictive, thrilling, unputdownable, fabulous read.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

'Twisssssss-ted! This book really played with my headspace… thanks for that K.L.! This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions and secrets and spookiness --- when I finally finished it at 3.45 am I was so nervous I checked the locks three times. Book club pick for May? Picked!!!... A solid, five-star book!!!' Janet's Book Corner, 5 stars

‘She has done it again… I loved this book!! It had a great plot that was woven so well… 5 stars from me – very enjoyable and an addictive read!’ Donna’s Book Blog, 5 stars

‘The kind of book that you pick up and can’t put down again until the last page… I thought I had figured out everyone and everything but boy, was I wrong! This is the kind of book that you haunts you… an addictive, suspenseful, character-driven thriller… without a doubt an entertaining, compelling read.’ A Haven for Book Lovers, 5 stars

'Once started I couldn't put it down. Excellent characters, full of suspense and so well-paced it is a must-read for anyone who like psychological thrillers… An excellent read and I highly recommend it.' Worcester Sauce

‘Always look forward to reading K.L. Slater's novels… She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and keeps you there until the very end… Before I knew it, I’d devoured this book in one day… An addictive read full of suspense and mystery.’ Chelle’s Book Reviews

‘A huge HIT. I loved it and couldn’t read quickly enough … The reveal (or reveals should I say) when it came was brilliant and completely knocked me for six. It was a chilling, haunting ending and that means these characters will be living in my mind for a while longer yet… I can’t do anything but highly recommend The Visitor.’ Goodreads Reviewer 

The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully, and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night.

 

You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night.

 

You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband.

 

You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back.

 

You will judge her, just like everyone else.

 

You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie... is wrong.

 

If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affair will have you hooked from the very first page!

 

What readers are saying about The Affair:

‘Wow... I'm speechless... it is just that amazing… seriously stop reading this review and just buy the book… I was so gripped by this that I read it in record time, and even when I paused for a break, my mind was still on it… This is addictive, compulsive book that has blown me away…  Clear yourself a few hours where you can lock yourself away from the real world… simply superb!’ Rachel’s Random Reads

 

‘Wow!!! I was totally taken away with this book from page one. A real page turner. Go 1-click this book today, you won't regret it. So many twists and turns.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘This was a really, really good book… twists on twists!... The ending was awesome!!!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Great read!!!…Wow! Just as you think everything is settled, it isn't!!! This book is not to be missed! Recommend!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow!! I read this book in just a weekend!!... I read it so fast!! If you like psychological thrillers, you should definitely pick this one up! :)’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow!... The Affair is a hugely addictive book … A compelling story with dark and chilling moments, and it will have you gripped to the pages. A definite 5 star read.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘The story starts with a big shock, BAM, in your face and it carries on from there until the very last sentence… I LOVED it, a great read, told in this author’s special easy to read style that brings you in and keeps you there.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘Expect the unexpected, don’t try to predict the many twists and turns (you’ll NEVER guess the ending) and get the tissues ready.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘One hell of a bang… This book really plays with the emotions, there are times when I empathised with the main character but hated her. There were other times when I hated what she was doing but loved her. I really liked it.’ Nigel Adams Bookworm

 

‘An unputdownable read. I loved that I had no idea what the author had in store next for me.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘It's an enthralling story that keeps your attention all the way through with an interesting twist to add even more spice.’ B for Book Review, 5 stars

 

‘The secrets and the family drama throughout this book. I couldn't put the book down, it's just so good.’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

‘A suspenseful thriller with a flipping twist at the ending.’ Escape With a Book

 

‘Sheryl Browne is an author whose work I will watch out for from now on! It starts off with a bang and never quite lets up… the story gripping and emotional. Recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A compelling psychological thriller… Let's just say that there are many twists and secrets and lies aplenty… pulls you into the story and holds you there until the end!’ Goodreads Reviewer

 

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