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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Jul 27, 2018
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350
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9781786815750
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English
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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.

You only let her go for a second… Now she’s gone.

 

Erika Rice is in an elevator with her four-year-old daughter Alice when it stops on the wrong floor and her little girl runs out. The doors close before Erika can follow, and the daughter she loves more than anything is suddenly nowhere to be seen.

 

Erika can’t bear the thought of her daughter in danger or afraid, and will do anything to get her back. But with no sign of Alice, Erika has no idea where to begin.

 

The residents of the apartment block claim not to have seen anything, but Erika realises someone’s lying to her – and that there’s something darker at play.

 

How could a four-year-old disappear into thin air?

 

A gripping and addictive psychological thriller that will have you holding on tight to the ones you love. If you enjoyed Behind Closed Doors, Silent Child and I Let You Go, you won’t want to miss The Day I Lost You!

 

What readers are saying about The Day I Lost You:

 

‘I devoured this book in one sitting… What a bloody book! I had been wondering what the twist would be. Jesus!!! I am still reeling… I am in shock, I am not sure when I will be out of it. I sat in the car in a stunned silence and then for about five minutes kept saying What the hell!’ Zooloo’s Book Blog, 5 stars\

 

‘I read this one in one go. From the first page I was hooked… I did not see this twist coming… I was thoroughly captivated.’ B For Bookreview, 5 stars

 

‘Wow… I was well and truly hooked! Easily could have finished it in one sitting. It was bloody brilliant… This is a must buy and must read… Outstanding.’ Between the Pages Book Club, 5 stars

 

‘Right from the beginning it had me hooked… Captivating… Genuinely gave me the chills, and yet I had to just keep reading one more page!… Be prepared to be reading into the early hours just to get it finished!’ Stardust Book Reviews

 

‘Utterly thrilling… Wow!... Completely unexpected. This was a true psychological thriller that kept me on my toes.’ Robin Loves Reading

 

‘Gripping, thrilling, thrilling!... I was so shocked… There is a huge revelation at the end that I DID NOT see coming… I loved it!... I was hooked from the start of this book... A great page turner of a book, that keeps you reading more and more late into the night.’ Books on the Shelf, 5 stars

 

‘Wow!! Hold on tight for this non-stop, hold-your-breath thriller!!... You will not know what hits you when you get to the end. Remember, keep breathing, I think I held my breath for the last 2 chapters.’ Kathi’s Book Nook, 5 stars

 

‘I love a book that grips me from page one!... Brilliant writing!... Sinclair wrote so many plot twists and definitely kept you guessing until the last page!... What a crazy good, unputdownable, twisty as hell thriller of a read! We loved it and give it 5 twisty stars!’ Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars

 

‘I LOVED this amazing book and just couldn't put it down. It gripped me from the first page and would not let go of its hold on me… pacey and addictive… Very highly recommended to everyone!’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars

 

‘Oh my goodness, what a climatic ending!! I read this book in a day. I could not put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘What a gripping read... The opening chapter pulled me right in!... A brilliant twist! The Day I Lost You does not disappoint!… So twisted it keeps you guessing right up until the brilliant end! Highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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.

This morning, my daughter sat right here, munching her breakfast, too excited to finish it. Now, she is missing.
The day after her ninth birthday, Lucie and Blake Sullivan agree, for the very first time, to let their daughter, Grace, make the four-minute walk back home alone from a friend’s house just down the street.

They joke with friends about hiding behind bushes to ensure she is safe. But the joke turns sour when Grace does not appear.

Despite the best efforts of the police and local community, Grace seems to have vanished into thin air. With hope fading fast, Lucie knows she can rely on her husband to support her through such dark times. That is until the day she makes a shocking discovery, hidden in Blake’s desk, and suddenly she begins to doubt everything she knew about the man she married. 

But Lucie harbours a terrible secret of her own. One that she has never shared with anyone, even Blake …

And as the search for Grace reaches fever pitch, Lucie receives a terrifying message. If she is ever to see Grace again, Lucie has no choice but to face the past she tried hard to bury forever. And she must do it alone.

The most gripping psychological thriller you’ll read this year from the bestselling author K.L. Slater. If you love The Wife Between Us or Gone Girl, you’ll be totally hooked on Finding Grace.

What everyone is saying about K.L Slater:

Omg! Slater is amazing! … Up to the very last page you will be shocked! … Such a memorable book! The end will have you gasping in disbelief! Whoa!!!!! 10 Stars!' Two Girls and a Book Obsession, 5 stars

‘Wow! Just Wow! This was absolutely insane, twisted, and completely mind-blowing – I loved it! … An outstanding psychological thriller that I just couldn’t put down – I was hooked right from the start!’ 5 stars – Goodreads Reviewer

‘Had me sitting up until 1am doing the 'just one more chapter, then I'll go to sleep' routine … I couldn't bear to put it down … A mesmerising read.' Sandy's Book a Day, 5 stars

‘Keeps you guessing until the very end! I loved every twist and turn and couldn't stop reading because I was dying to know what the big secret was …will keep you up late reading to find out the truth!' Buried in a Book, 5 stars

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

‘WOW! Another superb thriller from K L Slater! Couldn't put it down! … A truly gripping read, just what we have come to expect from the Queen of psychological thrillers.’ 5 stars – What Rachael Read Next

‘It had so many juicy secrets that I couldn’t put it down… jaw dropping… a gripping, addictive, twisty, fast-paced psychological thriller.’ A Haven for Book Lovers, 5 stars
‘Seriously I can not recommend it enough… From the end of the very first sentence I was entranced… will certainly make my top ten… I was gripped, I endured, I didn't have a clue and I survived it all. This book is something else.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

When city girl Shona moves with her partner Mikey and their baby to an idyllic cottage in rural Scotland, she believes that all that lies ahead for her family is happiness.

 

But with Mikey working long hours away from home, the frightening isolation of the Scottish countryside begins to get to Shona. She feels lonely and trapped.

 

That is, until she is rescued by a new friendship with the enchanting Valentina. Valentina enters Shona’s life like a whirlwind, bringing excitement and spontaneity to replace boredom and fear.

 

Now Shona has the perfect home, the perfect man, and the perfect new best friend – or does she?

 

As Shona’s fairytale life begins to unravel, the deep dark wood outside becomes the least of her fears...

 

From Amazon chart bestseller S.E. Lynes, Valentina is an unputdownable thriller with a twist that will take your breath away. Fans of Gone Girl, The Woman at the Window and The Wife Between Us will be gripped!

 

What readers are saying about S.E. Lynes:

 

'Wow, wow, wow... I absolutely devoured this book. An absolute must read.' Into the Reading Corner

 

‘Move over Gone Girl, you’ve got company on the top shelf.’ Read & Rated Book Reviews

 

'An intelligent psychological drama with a gasp-making twist.' Good Housekeeping – thriller of the month

 

‘I found myself completely consumed by this book, I was moved to tears … will suck you right up and spit you out at the other end as an emotional wreck … There are not enough stars or words strong enough to do this book justice’ Chapter In My Life, 5 stars

 

'Oh my! So many twists and turns in this book! I couldn’t stop reading just waiting to see what’s next! Then, oh my goodness, I didn’t see that coming! I literally couldn’t put it down... Exhilarating!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I am struggling to put into words exactly how good this book is… downright chilling… I truly can't wait for her next one!! I have no doubt that this will be in my top reads of 2017! 5 MASSIVE stars.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I didn't want to put it down and by 80% I was knocking it back like tequila. I was so engrossed in it during my lunch break today that I was 15 minutes late going back to work … 5 big fat stars from me, I would give it so many more if I could and I will be shouting its praise from the rooftops for a long time to come.' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Gave me goosebumps, made my heart race and my blood run cold… it is pure genius… A very easy five stars from me, I'd give it more if I could.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘Wow! What a book!... So many twists, none of which I saw coming!... One of the best thrillers I have read!’ Renita D’Silva

 

'A thrilling read, this book has twists and turns galore and I devoured it in one sitting!' Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

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