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  • Devoured in a Day!

    Lucy Dawson can certainly write engaging and must-keep-reading domestic thrillers! The Secret Within is another hit with alternating storylines and twists every where you turn. It's also a frightening look at gender roles within established organizations and the real questions of whom to trust. Devoured in a day!

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  • Twisted story that you can’t put down

    Julia is a successful plastic surgeon who has had a difficult past. At her former employer she was harassed, and she stood up to the good ol’ boy network only to have it cost her and her career while he quietly retired. Julia and her family are looking to move to a new area and a new hospital but first she must get through the interview. When Julia gets her job and her husband a teacher finds one as well, she starts to think things are getting better. But when her ex shows up on the first day of school totally intoxicated at her son new school, her new coworker steps into help her out of a bad situation. Julia is grateful to Nathan but at the same time she is unsure how this will affect her work. Julia tries to be part of the team of men she works with and agrees to go on a weekend trip with their families. While Julia is out for a morning run when she come upon Nathan. Nathan tries to kiss her, and Julia pushes him away. Nathan declares his love for her, and Julia is totally disgusted. When Julia’s son Alex goes missing, she is overwhelmed with concern. Where could he have gone? Did someone take him? Is he being held against his will? Could Nathan be involved in his disappearance? This is a story really makes you over think just how the stories can be changed to meet someone’s individual narrative. It is amazing how the same facts can be presented, and different conclusions can be made. I enjoyed this story and if you like psychological thriller stories you will love this one. Thanks to Netgalley for complimentary copy. The thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • A thrilling read

    Like so many people Julia is looking for a fresh start. While she understands that it’s probably not possible, she wants to leave the past behind, most of all the aftermath of the choice she made. Sometimes no matter how great our intentions, the right thing to do may just turn out to be the wrong thing. I loved the sound of this story and not having read a book from Lucy Dawson before, I jumped at the chance to read this when the opportunity presented itself. Full of tension, suspense and twists and turns, The Secret Within is an exciting read. Ok, now for the characters…I don’t think I have read and detested two male characters more than Hamish and Nathan! My word they are so horrible and vile but, have been perfectly created and written to make you feel these emotions. I did really like Julia’s character and her strength to be able stand up and do the right thing. Lucy Dawson has a very easy style and does a great job of keeper the reader engaged and wanting to keep flicking those pages. The pace for the first half of the book is on the slower side but, things do pick up making for a more thrilling second half. All up The Secret Within is a gripping and tense psychological thriller and has been a great introduction for me to Lucy Dawson’s work. I will definitely be reading more from her. It was a pleasure to read and review The Secret Within which I recommend.

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  • Outstandingly thrilling, twisty page turner!

    Hmmm, what a roller coaster ride with so much impressive, whirlwind twists that you barely see them coming to fool you at least twice! Shame on me! This book is great approach to the gender inequality at work: especially the women doctors’ problems: hypocrisy, mansplaining, extra patronizing, biased manners, unfair attitudes against the work ethics! After being banned from the hospital she’s been working, Julia needed a clean slate with her educator husband , two kids by moving a new place, getting a new job! It seems like she made the right impression and affected the decision makers ( even though they were men, they seemed like easy going guys who don’t care her about the public humiliation she endured thanks to the media outlets’ vicious intrusion to her life! ) to give her a new job! But now her kids are missing and wherever she goes her past never leaves her alone, dragging her into more trouble she can handle! I mostly liked Frank as soon as I start reading his POV! He’s my favorite kind of crazy antihero and it was too much fun to see how he gets more unstable, freakier! I enjoyed the gripping story but there are so many details slow down the pace especially Julia’s family parts and kids were unnecessarily long! This book could be more fast pacing, exciting, action packed, medical thriller meets domestic drama! It’s still four starred twisty, surprising, jaw dropping read with original plot line but it could be five blazing starred thriller with lesser pages! But I’m still happy this book put the author on my radar. I’m looking forward to read more works of the author!

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  • Well-Constructed Quick Read

    I really liked this book! The only criticism I have of this book is that the Nathan character is a little all over the place. I'm still unsure as to whether he is a chronic womanizer and a pathological liar or if he was supposed to be legitimately falling for Julia. I felt like she left a lot of groundwork suggesting was a womanizer...but I was a little confused by the frequent declarations of love. I did like that this book was a lot more sinister than I initially understood! I thought it was going to be a pretty standard whistle blower story but this one really went beyond that which made it a really quick read. I thought the "Gone Girl" comparisons oversold it a little, but I do highly recommended for those who enjoy a well-thought out quick read since this story had a lot of depth.

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