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    The Secret

    Love K.L. Slater. And this book did not disappoint. The twists just kept coming. And the secrets were not what I imagined them to be at all. This book deserves high praise indeed.
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    good thriller

    There were some heavy topics in this book. Domestic violence, envy, cheating, murder and a little boy keeping secrets. Revealing more and more of Archie’s home-life it was totally understandable that he started acting out at school. If not for his Aunt Allie, he wouldn’t have had a chance to a more normal life. His mother Louise wasn’t fit to be a mother and his adoptive father was a abuser, so what chance did that boy really have. How can a mother stand by and see her child getting more miserably by the day and do nothing. She even took that creep back, planing a new future with him, after everything he’d done. If not for the boy, I would have loved to see her in prison too. A good story, with emotional up and downs, a lot of heavy stuff happening - so be warned.
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    Riveting and chilling conclusion!

    The Secret jumps right in with connected stories told from several points of view. At first glance, we hear from 8-year-old Archie and what he saw 18 months earlier. Not only was what he witnessed utterly tragic, but he is suddenly and viciously sworn to secrecy. What a terrible burden for such a young child to bear. We are then introduced to Alice, Archie's aunt and a near-recluse who has been scared to leave her home since the day her mother died. Lastly, we meet Louise, Archie's mother, someone that we begin to suspect almost from the very beginning. As it turns out, it is not just little Archie that is holding a secret. Others in this intriguing story have things to hide as well. The question as to how they are connected is definitely something quite mysterious. While the motherly part of me so wanted to see Archie relieved of his terrible burden, especially because of the toll it took on him, I was equally captivated with Alice's and Louise's past and present lives. I also connected with Alice on a visceral level. The relationship between Alice and Louise was strained, which is putting it mildly and was something that happened over the course of their entire lives. But, Louise is becoming increasingly difficult, and Alice does her best to try and help her, which would ultimately help Archie too. The secret that Alice has wasn't a complete one, but it certainly evolved, and she found having no one to trust with it. The Secret is a captivating story with so many turning points; too many to count, and is a book not to be missed. There are so many good things to say about this book; it was enthralling and incredibly difficult to put down. Even though life got in the way, I found myself stopping to grab my Kindle just to read a few pages more ... and would've easily read this in one sitting if it were indeed possible. This is a true psychological thriller, with a slow burn that builds into exceptional pacing and it truly caught me off guard. The dynamic between the characters captured my attention throughout. The conclusion was so riveting and chilling that you could have knocked me over with a feather. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    A good psychological thriller

    This latest novel by K.L. Slater is a gripping psychological thriller with characters that are engaging if not really likeable. Archie is Louise’s young eight-year-old son who is being left frequently in the care of his Aunt Alice, a woman who lives alone and seems to suffer from agoraphobia. After reading the book, I can conclude that all of the characters have secrets that they are dealing with. My favorite character was innocent little Archie who has the biggest secret and one that is not revealed until the conclusion of the book. The ending is absolutely satisfying and very surprising. Alice’s desire to find out what is happening with Archie seems out of character for her since she starts out as such a recluse, but the reader can see Alice as the strong, independent woman that she once was, before the accident that left her struggling to cope with everyday life. I, personally, did not like or sympathize with Louise at all. She is the overbearing, bossy sister who continually takes advantage of Alice. Nor did I like Darren, her husband and Archie’s stepfather. His character was not very well-developed but what the reader knows about him is not likeable. All in all, the book was a good mystery/psychological thriller and fans of Slater will not be disappointed. Those seeking a book with a lot of twists may be disappointed, but I really enjoyed the pace of the book as well as the way the author told the story from the points of view of both sisters. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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    Compelling read

    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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