Saturday, August 5, 2017

(66)The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham


Agatha and Meghan are two pregnant women who are due about the same time and that is where their commonalities end.  Meghan and her husband lead a very privileged life with their two children.  Jack is a sportscaster and Meghan runs a successful "Mommy Blog."  Agatha has not led an easy life and is working at a grocery store when she meets Meghan.  She is enamored with Meghan and her seemingly perfect life.  She covets Meghan's marriage and her handsome husband and perfect kids. She reads Meghan's blog  with a devotion that borders on obsessive.   What Agatha doesn't know is that Meghan's life is far from perfect, in fact Meghan's life is dangerously close to falling apart.  Meghan is friendly with Agatha and supportive when she discovers that they are due around the same time.   She thinks nothing of it when Agatha shows up at her prenatal yoga classes.  Little does she know that her brief interactions with Agatha is going to have a lasting impact on her life.

The Secrets She Keeps was an incredibly tense thriller.  There is very little that I can say about the story that won't give away the secrets of the book.  But I can say this - neither Meghan nor Agatha are perfect women.  But they are both after the same thing - love and happiness.   The story is narrated from the viewpoint of both women.  One chapter is Agatha and the next chapter is Meghan.  They both are very compelling women with very compelling stories - which makes it very hard for the reader as the book progresses.  You are unsure of who to label the "bad guy" because the label fits so many of the characters.  There is not any gore or violence in The Secrets She Keeps, so don't let that deter you.  It is purely a psychological thriller that gets inside of your head.   I don't want to give anything away, but -CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS! 

Bottom line - Michael Robotham is a master when it comes to crafting a thriller.  In The Secrets She Keeps he has created a world where the lines between right and wrong are very blurred.  A definite must read for those who love a good thriller.

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