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

‘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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Julie Prosser
August 29, 2018
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Andrea Ashurst
August 14, 2018
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Sheila Easson
August 7, 2018
This was an intriguing book. Right from the first page, I was drawn in. This novel is mainly about two sisters. Alice is thirty, single and lives alone in a flat in Nottingham. The highlight of her day is observing a young man sitting on a tram which passes her home every morning. It seems an empty, lonely life until you learn that she has ME which is one of the least understood conditions. It's invisible but extremely debilitating. Initially, I wondered if she also had Agoraphobia. Her sister Louise is a needy, married woman with a son called Archie. I believe she took advantage of her excessive requests for babysitting. Louise is the polar opposite of her sister. She's well-groomed, smartly dressed and has an executive job. She's full of confidence and enthusiasm but is she as happy as she makes out? Louise is the nasty sister with cancerous jealousy of her sister, and she's poisonous. A few times I wondered if Alice over-stepped the mark with her criticism and meddling of her sister. She seemed a little self-righteous and fully believed that we all have a moral responsibility to do the right thing. In retort, Louise ignores her opinions as she believes Alice is unqualified to judge because she hasn't any children - an ill-judged, ignorant assumption perpetrated by many mothers. Is it fair to judge? When Archie's behaviour becomes challenging, and he's covered in bruises and has "accidental injuries" Alice is determined to save Archie and investigate. Louise is more concerned with her career but has ascertained that he has ADHD. She refuses to recognise that it might be trauma and reaction to events around him at school or at home. Sometimes, an onlooker can pick up on issues better than someone busy and involved in so many problems. Louise is defensive, ruthless, sarcastic and riddled with spite and jealousy. Is she taking out her venom on her young son? Will the sisters ever resolve their differences? There's a terrific twist at the end as the secrets come to light. They hit you between the eyes. A compelling reading, excellent characters to analyse and re-analyse as situations change and so much more. I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and Bookouture in exchange for an honest review.
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