The Secret Child: A gripping novel of family secrets

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‘Wow, wow, wow. I am speechless as to how good this book was… A highly emotional, heart-breaking story.Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

You can run from your past, but it will always catch up with you…
 
Susie was forced to do something she will always regret. Everything that led to the choice she made had to be buried and forgotten.

Her secret echoes down through the years, tainting everything it touches. Her husband wonders why his wife is so distant. Her daughters can’t understand their changeable mother. 

Susie knows her past is pushing her family apart, and the guilt is eating her up, but she can’t escape from the consequences of what she has done. No-one but Susie knows the whole story, and when her daughters discover a piece of the puzzle, she must face the question she has struggled with for most of her life:

Would the truth bring them back together, or break them?
 
From the bestselling author of The Silent WifeThe Secret Child is a heartbreaking and unputdownable novel about family secrets and lies. Perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and Diane Chamberlain.


What readers are saying about The Secret Child:

 

WOW! From the very first, emotional chapter, I was hooked. And the story just kept getting better and better, more and more addictive… Brilliant author! Fabulous book!’ Renita d’Silva

 

The Secret Child is a powerful and emotionally charged character-driven novel. The story is heartbreaking as well as touching. I didn’t want to put the book down, for even a moment. And, this superbly written story stayed with me, long after I had turned the last page… I will read again and again.’ Write Escape, 5 stars

 

‘Will pull at your heartstrings… The characters and the stories were so beautifully written… This book will not disappoint.Book Nerd Anonymous, 5 stars

 

‘Heartfelt and emotional from the start… It tugged on my heartstrings and caused me to shed a few tears… It was everything I love in a book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘This is a very well written and compelling story, a heartbreaking tale of love, loss and lies which keeps you involved from start to finish.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I absolutely adore Kerry Fisher’s writing and her books just keep getting better and better.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I wanted to know how the story ended but it was so good that I wanted to keep reading… will pull on your heartstrings from every direction possible. A sure-fire bestseller.’ Sandie’s Bookshelves, 5 stars

 

‘A very emotional and thought provoking story… This was the first book by Kerry Fisher for me but it won't be the last.’ Twin Spin, 5 stars

 

‘So beautifully written it pulled me in and I felt my heart wrench… I didn't want it to end.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

A touching story of love and loss, beautifully written and emotionally charged.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘A really emotional and heartbreaking story that had me in tears on more than one occasion.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

Will tug at your heartstrings from the very beginning… Kerry Fisher knows how to write a book that will pull it’s readers into the story and make them feel everything.’ Book in One Hand Coffee in Another, 5 stars

 

‘I could not put this book down all day long… What a layered, poignant, deep, beautiful story. Simply wonderful writing. I am a new fan of Kerry Fisher!!’ Are Muffins Just Ugly Cupcakes?, 5 stars

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Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he'd done something terrible?

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Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. 

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves? 

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price. 

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. 

What everyone's saying about The Silent Wife:


'A compulsive read about secrets, lies, and the complexities of families.' Bloomin' Brilliant Books

'What a great novel this is! A very moving story filled with deception, betrayal and, contrastingly, loyalty, love, caring and forgiveness... and it has a brilliant ending!' Splashes Into Books

'Well, this book is a firecracker!...you will experience a rollercoaster of emotions, with laughter, sadness and a satisfying ending that will bring a lump to your throat.' Many Books Many Lives

'A fantastic, thought-provoking story, told with pace and style.' Laura Bambrey Books

'My heart broke … The plot is so well written that you begin to feel as though you are one of the family and it is packed with twists and turns.' The Reading Reverie

'A page turner - full of implied secrets, unravelling family lives, new family dynamics.' Bookworms and Shutterbugs

'An addictive novel about family dynamics, secrets and betrayals that will have your mouth hanging open in disbelief many times along the way.' Books of All Kinds

'A compelling, chilling and heart pounding read which will take you on a rollercoaster ride you'll never want to leave. Phenomenally written and undeniably powerful, Kerry Fisher has done it yet again.' The Writing Garnet

'My only regret about this book is beginning to read it at half term and not being able to finish it quicker. A gripping and emotional read.' De Ja Reads

'It is rare that a book will make you look at your own personality and inspire you to be a better person. A less judgmental person. A braver person. The Silent Wife did that for me – and in the most unexpected way … I gasped, laughed and cried.' The Glass House Girls

'I loved this book… I was riveted throughout. 5 stars.' Emma B books

'The Silent Wife had me engrossed from page one. Five Stars!' Boon's Bookcase

'Another five star read from Kerry Fisher ... I love Kerry Fisher's books and this was no exception!' Strongly Review

'A wonderful, poignant, heart breaking, heart warming story of families and secrets, of hidden strength and unexpected friendship. Brilliant! Very highly recommended. Cannot wait for Kerry's next!' Renita D'Silva

'Another five star read from Kerry Fisher.' Judging Covers

'I loved this! It was absolutely unputdownable and I didn't want it to end.' Jenny Ashcroft

'A gripping, emotional novel ... a real page turner!' La Biblio de Cara

This book was previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives 

‘I just couldn't put it down … It's not very often when reading a book that you find yourself laughing, crying snotty tears, feeling sick with tension … Yes, honestly, it really is that good.’ Being Anne Reading

‘OMG, do I ever like this writer. I don't usually gush … But rarely have I come across a character that I so instantly identified with … The acerbic wit is my style. I want to meet and be friends with Lydia Rushfield.’ All Words Matter

‘An absolutely BRILLIANT read! Oh Gosh I wish I hadn’t finished it so quickly … sheer perfection … gripped me like Velcro from the very start and completely enthralled and entertained me right the way through.’ Beady Jan’s Books

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:

‘I absolutely loved it … Kerry Fisher goes straight away to my 'most favourite authors' list … Yes, I was touched by this book as it is one continuous roller-coaster of emotions on a very twisty track.’ Relax and Read Reviews

‘Five out of five stars. Past collides with present in this compelling book.' Portobello Book Blog

'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

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Bookouture
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Published on
Nov 29, 2017
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781786813077
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Psychological
Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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‘I just couldn't put it down … It's not very often when reading a book that you find yourself laughing, crying snotty tears, feeling sick with tension … Yes, honestly, it really is that good.’ Being Anne Reading

‘OMG, do I ever like this writer. I don't usually gush … But rarely have I come across a character that I so instantly identified with … The acerbic wit is my style. I want to meet and be friends with Lydia Rushfield.’ All Words Matter

‘An absolutely BRILLIANT read! Oh Gosh I wish I hadn’t finished it so quickly … sheer perfection … gripped me like Velcro from the very start and completely enthralled and entertained me right the way through.’ Beady Jan’s Books

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:

‘I absolutely loved it … Kerry Fisher goes straight away to my 'most favourite authors' list … Yes, I was touched by this book as it is one continuous roller-coaster of emotions on a very twisty track.’ Relax and Read Reviews

‘Five out of five stars. Past collides with present in this compelling book.' Portobello Book Blog

'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

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But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are inseparable.

Some might call this true love. Others might wonder why Grace never answers the phone. Or why she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. Or why she never seems to take anything with her when she leaves the house, not even a pen. Or why there are such high-security metal shutters on all the downstairs windows.

Some might wonder what’s really going on once the dinner party is over, and the front door has closed.

From bestselling author B. A. Paris comes the gripping thriller and international phenomenon Behind Closed Doors.

Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he'd done something terrible?

'A heart-wrenching and gripping tale. I was hooked from the very first page.' Write Escape 

Lara’s life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can’t tell anyone else or everything he has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. 

Maggie is married to Massimo’s brother Nico and lives with him and her troubled stepdaughter. She knows all of Nico’s darkest secrets – or so she thinks. Then one day she discovers a letter in the attic which reveals a shocking secret about Nico’s first wife. Will Maggie set the record straight or keep silent to protect those she loves? 

For a family held together by lies, the truth will come at a devastating price. 

A heart-wrenching, emotionally gripping read for fans of Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. 

What everyone's saying about The Silent Wife:


'A compulsive read about secrets, lies, and the complexities of families.' Bloomin' Brilliant Books

'What a great novel this is! A very moving story filled with deception, betrayal and, contrastingly, loyalty, love, caring and forgiveness... and it has a brilliant ending!' Splashes Into Books

'Well, this book is a firecracker!...you will experience a rollercoaster of emotions, with laughter, sadness and a satisfying ending that will bring a lump to your throat.' Many Books Many Lives

'A fantastic, thought-provoking story, told with pace and style.' Laura Bambrey Books

'My heart broke … The plot is so well written that you begin to feel as though you are one of the family and it is packed with twists and turns.' The Reading Reverie

'A page turner - full of implied secrets, unravelling family lives, new family dynamics.' Bookworms and Shutterbugs

'An addictive novel about family dynamics, secrets and betrayals that will have your mouth hanging open in disbelief many times along the way.' Books of All Kinds

'A compelling, chilling and heart pounding read which will take you on a rollercoaster ride you'll never want to leave. Phenomenally written and undeniably powerful, Kerry Fisher has done it yet again.' The Writing Garnet

'My only regret about this book is beginning to read it at half term and not being able to finish it quicker. A gripping and emotional read.' De Ja Reads

'It is rare that a book will make you look at your own personality and inspire you to be a better person. A less judgmental person. A braver person. The Silent Wife did that for me – and in the most unexpected way … I gasped, laughed and cried.' The Glass House Girls

'I loved this book… I was riveted throughout. 5 stars.' Emma B books

'The Silent Wife had me engrossed from page one. Five Stars!' Boon's Bookcase

'Another five star read from Kerry Fisher ... I love Kerry Fisher's books and this was no exception!' Strongly Review

'A wonderful, poignant, heart breaking, heart warming story of families and secrets, of hidden strength and unexpected friendship. Brilliant! Very highly recommended. Cannot wait for Kerry's next!' Renita D'Silva

'Another five star read from Kerry Fisher.' Judging Covers

'I loved this! It was absolutely unputdownable and I didn't want it to end.' Jenny Ashcroft

'A gripping, emotional novel ... a real page turner!' La Biblio de Cara

This book was previously titled The Secrets of Second Wives 

The most perfect lives can hide the darkest secrets…

 

Mary has everything. Beautiful and rich, she lives on an exclusive street in the heart of the city, in a house with gorgeous views and an immaculately maintained garden. Her life looks perfect.

 

But behind closed doors the truth is very different. Her husband Andrew barely speaks to her, spending his days down in the basement alone. Her teenage nephew is full of rage, lashing out with no warning. Her carefully constructed life is beginning to fall apart.

 

And then someone starts sending Mary anonymous notes, threatening her and her family…

 

Everyone has secrets. But is someone at number 13 hiding something that could put the whole family in danger?

 

A twist-filled thriller with an ending that will shock you to the core. Perfect for fans of The Couple Next Door, Lies and Behind Closed Doors.

 

Read what everyone is saying about The Family at Number 13:

 

‘Incredible! I was hooked from the very beginning!! So many twist and turns that you couldn’t believe it! The Family at Number 13 is one of my new favorite books that I will be recommending to everyone!!’ Buried in a Book, 5 stars

 

‘Amazing! Suspense, twists and turns. Absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. This was my first by this author but definitely not my last!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘A great psychological thriller… Fans of thrillers will enjoy it!’ Jenea’s Book Obsession


‘A seriously dark and mysterious thriller… Lots of twists and turns to keep you interested until the very last page and the suspense built as it reaches the reveal is enough to chill you to the bones. A scary storyline and creepy characters – what more could you ask for in a psychological thriller! Would definitely recommend.’ Stardust Book Reviews

 

‘A totally gripping psychological thriller, the characters in the story were very intriguing, I was totally hooked.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘A riveting tale that keeps you in constant suspense.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘This book kept me up at night because, not only was it difficult to put down but it gave me the creeps!... Sucks you in from the beginning and keeps you wanting more.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘So all-consuming that I almost forgot about the crescendo I was hurtling towards chapter by chapter, until the final twist!... I lost count of clever, subtle twists. It was a joy to spend time with the multi-faceted residents of St Catherine's Hill. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Kept me turning pages… I was totally hooked.’ A Haven for Book Lovers

 

‘Wow so much going on in this book! The ending is amazing. Great book, would highly recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘An insightful and beautifully written tale of a family so broken beyond repair… I was drawn into their lives from the very first page.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘I enjoyed this book… I loved the story and the drama and the secrets… I couldn't guess the ending or who the true bad guy was… The last quarter of the book had me completely hooked… I couldn't put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘I really enjoyed the ride... It was very compelling, I was eager to turn the page, and I really enjoyed the story.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘This book was super… Full of surprises and secrets.’ Goodreads reviewer

 

‘This was a good book. It held my attention all the way through. It’s my first by this author and definitely not my last!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Kept me hooked.’ Goodreads reviewer

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