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    A MUST READ for psychological thriller fans!

    WOW! This book kept me riveted to the pages, until the very end. The plot was divinely interesting and well-crafted with a deliciously dark edge to it. The characters were deep, compelling and complex. I was torn between not wanting the story to end and wanting to see how it would end. This book has made me a new and dedicated fan of Copperthwaite. *I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley & Bookouture in order to read and provide a voluntary and honest review, should I choose to do so.
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    Her Last Secret

    Christmas is meant to be a happy time spent with family….but for the Thomas family it’s far from happy. This is a family slowly crumbling because of one simple factor…communication. Her Last Secret plays over two timelines: the days running up to Christmas Day and then through the eyes of a chief inspector on Christmas Day. I really liked the timeline running up to Christmas Day, it’s told through all the main characters’ eyes. Each chapter continues from the last part of that thread but from someone else’s perspective. Each chapter makes that person a suspect in the events of Christmas Day. Mix in the Chief Inspector’s finding and you’re immersed into a dark crime thriller! All the characters were brilliantly created but I have to say Benjamin was written perfectly. He’s a selfish, career driven, money hungry man who has forgotten certain things in life. I really felt for Dominique. She’s trying her hardest to keep her family happy but try as she might, no one seems to be content! The author managed to totally capture the whole teenage angst and rebellion in Ruby; another character brilliantly created. The more I read about Ruby, the more I wanted to give her a huge cuddle and reassure her everything will be ok. I was on tenterhooks throughout trying to work out what had happened on that fateful Christmas night – my culprit kept changed more of the book I read. What I was left with was shocking and totally unexpected. Now that is the sign of a brilliant crime thriller! The author left me in tears by the ending! I’m very angry with myself for not having read Ms Copperthwaite’s previous books despite them being raved about. I will definitely be remedying that! I’ve got all her previous books buried on my kindle so there should be nothing stopping me…. Many thanks to Bookouture for my advanced copy of Her Last Secret.
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    Compelling read

    It's a bit of a cliché but I genuinely could not put this book down! All the characters were troubled with secrets and problems locked away. It's a seemingly normal middle-class family but you can taste the discord and friction in the house. The undercurrent is deliciously unnerving as you haven't a clue quite what is going on. It switches from Christmas Day when there's an incident and back to the days leading up to it. That worked well for me. I was particularly impressed by the characterisation. They were such an interesting group of people inside and outside the family. Dominique, the distracted, unhappy wife who suffers from Homicidal Somnambulism ( fascinating and informative). Benjamin the social climber, snob with his OCD watch problem. He is deluded into believing he is the greatest. Amber (aka mouse) who is in a fantasy world of her own living for ted and her books which in her case is probably escapism. But pivotal is Ruby. A commendable job done on a difficult teenager and the effect she has on her sibling, friends and parents. There are lots of extra interesting facets to the plot like night terrors, sleep therapy, social media, boyfriends etc. The plot is skillfully enacted and you are fed morsels of information but the ending is totally unpredictable. It demonstrates clearly the heartbreaking misery people can inflict on others. I can imagine this book will stay with me and be reflected on quite a lot. I can't recommend this book enough. Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture. Meanwhile I'll check out some of this author's other books.
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    Her Last Secret

    What a great book, a real page really shows how things can get off the rails when communication stops and people become self seving. I really enjoyed it!
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    Her Last Secret

    Brilliant could not put it down it pulls at all your emotions it made me cry it made me angry put it at the top of your must read list. 5 stars. If you have not read a Barbara Copperthwaite book before i suggest you start now!!.

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