The Secrets We Keep: An unputdownable emotional page-turner

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My whole body aches. I trawl memories of her, now so precious... my darling child. I can’t lose her…

 

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…

 

However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.

 

Rebecca, however, is harbouring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to.

 

But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price…

 

A gripping, powerful emotional page turner with a heartbreaking twist, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Bleeker and Diane Chamberlain.

 

Readers are loving The Secrets We Keep:

‘Holy heck!!! Kate Hewitt brought her A-game with this must read... I was completely entranced… There were so many well-timed twists and turns and just when I thought I couldn’t be surprised anymore, there was another bomb waiting to drop!! … A complete 5 star novel that will most certainly “wow” you!Steph and Chris’ Book Review, 5 stars

 

‘A powerful, emotional and captivating book… very gripping… a fantastic story.’ MoMo’s Book Diary, 5 stars

 

‘Emotional, suspenseful, truthful...these all describe this gut wrenching story of two very different women and the summer they share… I couldn't put it down! The suspense built higher and higher feeling almost like a Hitchcock movie.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘It had me on the edge of my seat with tears in my eyes. It is a very heart wrenching book to read and incredibly moving.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

Captivating, suspenseful, entertaining novel! This beautiful thriller kept me on the edge of my seat while I was reading it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Oh my god!! What a heartbreaking twist...I absolutely loved this book sooooo much.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

An absolutely, heart wrenchingly, emotional book… Be warned, you will shed tears! Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A story about friendship, hope, and how we can help each other get through the tough times in our lives… captivated me from the start… I love, love, love this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I could not put [it] down, I just had to find out what happens next… I enjoyed every minute.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘[A] suspenseful family drama... that I couldn’t put down, and a surprising heartbreaking twist.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I was totally immersed in this beautifully told story and felt really sad by the time I reached the end. Uniquely wonderful… I loved every single page of it.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I cried so much during this book. I couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

I have just finished reading this book, and am blown away. I didn't want the book to end, but I couldn't put it down… Engrossing.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Wow! This book really kept me on my toes. There are a lot of twists and turns that I was not expecting… I highly recommend this book, but prepare yourself for the emotional roller coaster!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Does not let go until you have read the last page. It will pull at your heart strings and break your heart at the same time.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

A highly emotional and suspenseful book which left me in tears in some parts and biting my nails in others… One emotional rollercoaster of a story with twists and turns aplenty.’ Stardust Book Reviews

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Bookouture
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Published on
Sep 6, 2018
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Pages
411
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ISBN
9781786816290
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Contemporary Women
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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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:


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Your past will devastate your family. But your lies could destroy them. What would YOU do?

Sometimes a lie can split your life in two. There is “before”, and there is “after”. Try as you might – you can never go back.

When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family’s life. They’ve spent the last thirty years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened.

Lydia’s husband, the gorgeous and reliable Mark, and her two teenage children know nothing about that summer back in 1982. And that’s the way Lydia wants it to stay. The opportunity to come clean is long gone and now it’s not the lie that matters, it’s the betrayal of hiding the truth for so long.

When someone from the past turns up as a parent at the school gates, Lydia feels the life she has worked so hard to build slipping through her fingers. The more desperate she becomes to safeguard her family, the more erratic her behaviour becomes. But when the happiness of her own teenage son, Jamie, hangs in the balance, Lydia is forced to make some impossible decisions. Can she protect him and still keep her own secret – and if she doesn’t, will her marriage and family survive?

From the author of THE ISLAND ESCAPE comes a powerful and heartbreaking story, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain.

What people are saying about After the Lie:

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'This book was - in a word - addictive.'Voracious Reader's Blog

‘I loved it! A brilliantly woven, emotional, page-turning tale of the damage caused to a family by secrets and lies across the generations’ Rachael Lucas

‘Five out of five stars! This was a real page turner for me, and as the story went on I just couldn't predict how it was going to pan out. ' Dee Cees Reviews

'If you like reading about real women and a compelling family drama then this is the book for you. A terrific read.' Jane Lythell

'This book will make you laugh, frown and cry in equal measure.' Claire Dyer

‘THE book of the year!… I don’t think I have ever cried as much… heart-breaking and unputdownable… To say this story is a five-star read is an understatement. There are not enough stars in the world to show how much this book has touched me.’ Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


My darling girl, you lie so still, lashes fanning your cheeks, golden hair spread across your pillow. You’re so beautiful my heart aches. Your breath is so soft I can barely hear it, but at least I can see the steady rise and fall of your chest, every breath a promise. You’re still here. I’ve still got you. For now.


Milly has always dreamed of being a mother. Adopted, she longs for a powerful connection with a child of her own. So, when she and her husband Matt are told they can’t have children, she’s heartbroken.


Milly can barely believe it when her best friend and Matt’s brother offer be donors. With everyone accepting and open, Milly believes nothing could go wrong.


But none of the four are prepared for their feelings when Milly gives birth to beautiful baby Alice.


Then, when Alice is still a little girl, she receives a devastating diagnosis. Milly’s whole world falls apart, and each of them is forced to face what it means to be a parent, and make impossible choices… for themselves, and for Alice.


An unputdownable, heart-breaking, but ultimately uplifting story about the power of love and the true meaning of family. Fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Gracie’s Secret will never forget Not My Daughter.


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‘My arms ache with the need to reach and hold my precious child, and then to never let go. But I can’t. I know I can’t.’

 

Heather is devastated. There’s no way she can keep her baby. She can barely pay the bills as it is. But when she meets Grace, a wealthy, single career woman, who wants a baby more than anything, Heather believes she has found the perfect adoptive mother.

 

As Grace and Heather’s lives become entwined, they are tested to breaking point, though neither can deny the other’s love for the child. But just when they think they are learning how to live with each other, they receive devastating news that turns their fragile world upside down.

 

Will either mother know what is the right thing to do for the child they both love? 

An absolutely gripping, emotional drama with a tear-jerking twist. If you love Jodi Picoult, Kelly Rimmer or Diane Chamberlain, this will warm your heart, make you cry, and stay with you forever.

 

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‘One of the best books I've read.’ Goodreads reviewer

You whispered goodnight to your daughter. You didn’t know that would be your last goodbye.

You wake up in the middle of the night.

Your five-year-old daughter is gone.

Your husband is nowhere to be seen.

Your family think he took her.

The police believe he’s guilty.

But he wouldn’t do that, would he?

He’s a loving father. A loving husband. Isn’t he?

An addictive and completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist that will blow you away. Fans of The Girl on the Train, K.L. Slater and Shalini Boland won’t be able to put down this jaw-dropping novel. 

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‘Buckle up because this book does not slow down!... There are so many twists, turns, ups and downs!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Thrilling book… The characters were vivid. The story was gripping. The writer's writing kept me turning pages just want to find out what happened next.’ Goodreads Reviewer

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‘A fast-paced, multi-layered thriller that had me second-guessing with every turn of the page.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘So many twists and turns, you can't help but keep turning the page. It's a tense thriller with a good pay off that I hadn't guessed at the end!’ BadMammy.com

‘I was gripping the edge of my seat on this rollercoaster ride. The pace of the book is spot on and is full of twists and turns.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Such a fast-paced book!! From the first chapter until the end, this book does not slow down!...So many twists and turns, couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer
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