The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps➜ [Epub] ❧ The Secrets She Keeps By Michael Robotham ➦ – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk 11 hours 58 minutesIn the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark Dark Wood from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the ps hours minutesIn the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark Dark Wood from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of The Secrets PDF/EPUB ² the psychological thriller comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks how far would you go to create the perfect familyAgatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb counting down the days until her baby is due As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her Meghan has it all two perfect children a handsome husband a happy marriage a stylish group of friends and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend the father of her baby to maybe return her calls When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again and that their due dates fall within the same month she finally musters up the courage to speak to her thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not so perfect life forever With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page turner that is absolutely impossible to put down. Whoa now this is how a thriller is done It’s storylines like this that get my blood pumping and reignite my love for the creepy and twisted It’s dynamic characters like this that manage to garner my unwavering attention It’s secrets like this that keep my insides twisted in knots with anticipation of what’s to come It’s writing like this that makes me want to toss everything else aside and devour the author’s backlist In a saturated genre this is a true standout—a wholly addicting thriller that had my eyes glued to the pages in incredulity and disbelief A story that sat me down in a front row seat as the dark side of obsession and the lengths some of us will go to get what we want—damn the cost—was exposed In the end what separates justifiable from crazy?At one time or another we’ve probably all looked at someone and thought “ Wow heshe has a perfect life If only I had ” With social media making everyone accessible at the tap of an app and the tendency to overlook the obvious—that what we’re actually seeing is a person’s happiest moments or a highlight reel as opposed to their cracks—isn’t that an easy trap to fall into? Without a little perspective aren’t assumptions inevitable; especially if your focus rests solely on what someone appears to have and you desire to?Meghan and Agatha share one major commonality—they’re both pregnant Orchestrated by one than the other they strike up a sort of a uasi friendship but there couldn’t be two different women Sometimes we make people see what they want to though don’t we? What makes this story such a success in my eyes isn’t necessarily the idea behind it all—while utterly addicting in its delivery it’s not exactly a new concept—it’s the character development that held my thoughts and feelings in a vice grip Michael Robotham doesn’t give up all of his secrets at once or I should say Meghan and Agatha's Instead the author exposes the true nature of these women layer by shocking layer It's being made privy to their most hidden thoughts and deepest secrets that provide the shock factor and works to bridge the readercharacter connection I seek from any noteworthy readI have to admit the thrillersuspense genre has been a bit of a disappointment for me as of late In fact with my average rating landing around 3 stars you could say I'm in somewhat of a slump I'm resting the blame on books being over hyped—namely being compared to other breakout novels they didn't come close to living up to—and in some instances unrealistic expectations on my part The Secrets She Keeps bucked that trend This is the only thriller of 2017 that has earned a 5 star rating from me In my eyes this book deserves all of the hype and attention it's been receiving so make sure it's on your list Thank you to Scribner and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review I cannot say it enough I thoroughly enjoyed this twisted tale of obsession and I desperately needed something noteworthy in this genre after all of the disappointments It was my pleasure to provide an honest review My reviews can also be seen at starsThis is my first read from Michael Robotham I loved it How far would you go to create the perfect family? How many times have you looked at someone and thought now there is someone who has it all? Well I have Plenty of timesWe may assume someone who is beautiful rich married with children must be happy They must have the perfect life But you know what they say about assumingThe book alternates between Agatha and Meghan's point of viewWhen Agatha looks at Meghan she sees someone with the perfect life She has a gorgeous home two beautiful children and a loving husband While Agatha is at home pregnant and alone wondering if her baby daddy Hayden will ever return her calls Hayden is a sailor who is away for seven months Agatha tells us the silly boy thinks they broke up before he left but she says he's just overreacting to her going through his phone and reading his emails Now he's avoiding herBut she'll find a way to make him reply to herAgatha is pregnant and works at a grocery store in an affluent area in London Her favorite part of the day is when Meghan comes into the storeAgatha knows A LOT about Meghan's life She knows her schedule husband and children's names as well as what time Meghan picks up her daughter from school She knows Meghan's mothers' group meets every Friday morning and even what each woman orders to drink She's gotten a lot of this information by watching Meghan But she also gotten a lot of additional information from Meghan's detailed posts on her mommy blog She thinks Meghan makes motherhood and marriage look easyBut Meghan's life is far from perfect Her marriage has been very bumpy lately Jack has been acting strangely and the couple has been fighting than ever than once I wanted to reach into the book and throttle Jack when he made comments about her weight or belittled her blog Meghan hopes that once the baby is born things will go back to normal that they will be happy againBut Meghan has secretsand she's not the only oneSo many secretsAgatha finds out that Meghan is pregnant with baby number three and that they are both due around the same time This gives her the push needed to strike up a conversation with Meghan But Meghan doesn't know that this little conversation has solidified a friendship in Agatha's mind If Meghan only knew that a seemingly unimportant conversation with a woman stocking shelves at a grocery store will turn her life upside down in ways she never imagined I've spoken to her properly now We've made a connection We're going to be friends Meg and I and I'll be just like her I'll make a lovely home and keep my man happy We'll do yoga classes and swap recipes and meet for coffee every Friday morning with our mothers' group If only Meghan hadn't gone to that store If she'd done anything different that day Maybe that would have changed everythingThis book got inside my head So many twist and turns that literally had my mouth dropping open in surprise I was so fully engrossed in the story that I didn't see the time passing I had an early appointment the next morning and wanted to get to sleep early But I couldn't stop readingWe really have no idea what goes on in someone's life How things that happened throughout their lives can affect everything I was trying to put myself into the minds of these characters All of the horrible things some had been through Some parts were very difficult to readHow do we know what someone's marriage or relationship is truly like Just look at how happy everyone is on Facebook and other social media So often we are just seeing just the parts they want us to seeThis was a gripping and powerful story full of thrills twists and mind games And although occasionally things may have seemed implausible I just went with it and enjoyed the storyTHE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a clever and entertaining psychological suspense novel that I uickly devoured in just a few sittingsI can honestly say this won't be my last read from Michael RobothamThank you NetGalley and Scribner Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review This is an outstanding psychological thriller that had me completely unable to stop reading until I had finished To say it is compelling is an understatement It is a novel narrated through the perspective of two women expecting babies around the same time from different ends of the social and economic spectrum Meghan is having her third 'oops' child is married to the well known good looking sports commentator Jack and runs a popular mums blog detailing her everyday life and personal thoughts She has had a privileged lifestyle and despite elements of her marriage feeling stale and occasionally fraught loves her husband Agatha is expecting her first child is involved with a younger man Hayden who is a sailor in the Navy She works in a supermarket sees and relates to Meghan shopping there regularly and thinks that Meghan has the perfect marriage husband and children The two women become friends at Agatha's persistent instigation They connect over their coming births looking forward to the lives they have planned Only Jack is supremely ambitious and is not so keen on having an unplanned baby Agatha's background has been traumatic challenging and there is a dark schism between her and her mother rooted in her dark history with her parents as committed Jehovah's Witnesses Agatha is not above being manipulative when it comes to her relationship with Hayden in her efforts to ensure that it is as wonderful as it could be However Meghan and Agatha harbour lies and deeply buried secrets Their lives collide on a path that places such deep strains on their lives that you wonder if they can surviveThis is a well plotted and twisted story with a narrative that is tense and gripping I was particularly impressed with the complex and authentic characterisation of Meghan and Agatha not to mention other characters such as Hayden and Dr Cyrus Haven The storyline felt desperately realistic and there are mentions of real life contemporary events that it echoes The portrayal of the media really touches a nerve with its amoral drive for any angle for a exclusive story that it can get without any thought to the people concerned and the lives they ruin A terrific book that I highly recommend The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham is a 2017 Scribner publicationWhew Now that was intense Agatha a store clerk and Meghan a stay at home momblogger with a seemingly idyllic life two women who are vastly different in class and style find a common ground when their lives casually intersect Meghan meets Agatha in the market she shops in striking up a conversation over their pregnancies However what you see on the surface of their lives is not always the same as what lies beneath and that’s putting it mildly When this book first started getting a little buzz I knew I wanted to check it out for myself I also saw that it was compared to Ruth Ware’s novel and to Yep one of “The Girl” books So I tried to tamp down on my enthusiasm just a bit worried I would be disappointed Well I wasn’t at all disappointed This is a well constructed thriller that not only kept the suspense level at a maximum peak but was an intelligent clever and distinct novel I admit it did make me suirm a little at times though I had a terrible feeling of foreboding right off and as I went deeper into the story that feeling of dread became almost unbearable The characters are spectacularly flawed morally uestionable on several levels and so you may or may not feel sympathy towards them but there are innocent victims at stake so I was very concerned for the welfare of some of these people We need the darkness to appreciate the light and the bumps along the road to stop us from falling asleep at the wheel”While there is the clear sense of danger coming there are multi layers of suspense Both Meghan and Agatha have backed themselves into a corner which adds another rich layer of stress to the story giving it an unrelentingly tense atmosphere The final showdown is absolutely breathtaking and the ending is utterly chilling This book definitely lived up to the hype The writing is superb with well drawn characters and perfect pacing If you enjoy domestic and psychological thrillers you do not want to miss this one 45 stars A baby has been kidnapped Meghan is keeping a significant secret from her husband Jack They have two small children Lucy and Lachlan Meghan is pregnant again with their 'oops' pregnancy Meghan runs a 'mummy' blog Jack works for a sports TV network Their marriage has the 'packaging' looks as if all is dandy Good looks money the right circle of friends Agatha single works in a grocery store stocking shelves She's keeping a significant secret from her boyfriend Hayden who is away at sea with the Royal Navy This is one of those page turning psychological perplexing stories that might have you wavering in thought but never any hesitancy of eagerness to know how this story is going to conclude My overall thoughts were this I WAS HOOKED I NEVER WANTED TO STOP READING and there were definitely 'TROUBLE IN PARADISE' type situations where I was shaking my head wonderingok how ya goin solve this problem? and this problem? but when I finished the book I was mostly left with very subtle emotions THERE WAS NOT HUGE TWISTWHICH WAS FINE WITH MEinstead I was left thinking about the scars people live with suffering and loneliness destructive behaviors trying to make sense of of lies manipulations motivations for distortions the effects from inadeuate parenting skills and the sadness of shocking sudden loss This next excerpt was very sad to meas I think there is truth in this uote To 'some' degree even those with no history of mental illness often people have a very critical inner voice of themselveswhich looks a little like Agatha's inner voice The creature is blaming me listing my mistakes my stupidity I'm useless Pathetic I have failed again What did I expect? I am going to lose it all my baby my fiancé my freedom I have no right to happiness Like wealth or beauty it is given to others not to someone like me There are many secrets in The Secrets She Keepsand many lies There is also much 'depth' into the psyche of people One last thing I thought about if a person is able to lie easily accept their own unhealthy behavior just by reinforcement alone it seems to me that the person would be perpetuating their own suffering SoI felt a little sad for the characters WHICH WERE VERY WELL DEVELOPEDI don't consider this novel a 'chiller rush' I have a little '' respect for its psychological 'uest' than others with lightening bolts and firecrackers Very well done'authentic' Congrats to the author Michael Robotham my first experience reading him and not the last I hopeThank You to Scribner Netgalley and Michael Robotham Hands up if you have an absolutely perfect life? No thought not Life is a roller coaster of experiences it CAN be perfect at times and truly awful at others Agatha however perceives Meghan's life to be absolutely perfect living in a beautiful house with the handsome TV sports presenter husband two children a girl and a boy no financial worries and a wide circle of stylish friends Meghan is expecting her third child Agatha is expecting too and she longs to connect with Meghan but they have completely opposing lives with Agatha working in a local supermarket It's from there that she watches Meghan when she's buying her groceries Eventually Agatha manages to engage Meghan in conversation and they find that their babies are due around the same time Meghan actually likes Agatha and they become very friendly However little does Meghan know that this friendship will alter the course of her life in a most devastating manner Though they're unaware of it the main connection that these two women have is that they can both keep a secretThis is a brilliant phsychological thriller in a marketplace that is flooded with this particular genre The character development was superb the plot was gripping a real page turner and perfectly paced You're in for a great read should you choose to pick this one upThank you to Netgalley and Scribner for my ARC for which I have given an honest review Absolutely fantastic 5 stars all the wayFrom the first chapter I was hooked Start to finishMeg and Jack have it all Jack is a well known sports broadcaster Meg is a stay at home mom with 2 beautiful children and is pregnant again This is their 'oops' babyAgatha a troubled woman with a sad disturbing past works stocking shelves at the local market She covets everything Meg has from her beautiful straight hair her stylish maternity jeans to her seemingly perfect life She watches Meg closely wanting to be near herwanting desperately to have what she has Told from alternating points of view of both Agatha and Meg Characters were brilliantly authentic I connected with both of them Yes and at times even Agatha yikesSo many layers to this book Nothing is as simple as it seems Secrets lies and hidden pasts Nobody's life is perfect What you see isn't always what it may appear to be I don't want to say too much and give anything away I went into this one virtually blind and I suggest you do the sameFrightening with just the right amount of creep factor Was on the edge of my seat throughout Finished in 1 day Absolutely loved it Brilliant One of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year Heading straight onto my favorites shelf Can't recommend it enoughThank you to NetGalley Scribner and Michael Robotham for an ARC to review Oh Wow I absolutely loved this book I was just going to say that I was hooked from the very beginning to the end but that would not of been a true statement The beginning really fooled me I thought it was going to be a whole different genre at first I even had to go and check the genre Did anyone else feel the same way in the beginning of the book or was it just me? I am so happy I didn't DNF it because I would of really been missing out I found this to be a shocking dark twisty read My jaw dropped numerous times while reading it After the beginning it turned out to be a page turner I couldn't put it down I was so intrigued There was action throughout the book I don't like it when all the action is at the end of the bookTwo pregnant women become friends when they learn they are due only days apart There friendship is very unlikely since they both are so different Agatha works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a rich London suburb Meghan has two perfect children a handsome husband named Jack a happy marriage a popular group of friends and she writes confessional posts on her popular parenting blog Both of them are keeping secrets which could change their lives forever How far would you go to create the perfect family? Agatha is fascinated with Meghan She follows Meghan everywhere and watches her with her group of friends at a coffee shop She follows Meghan when she picks up her kids from school She watches them from the woods behind their home She stalks Meghan but Meghan doesn't realize this Megan's perfect life is going to changeI absolutely love this author I also love his Joe O'loughlinSeriesI recommend this book to anyone who loves a really good psychological thriller 45 stars There are no secrets here I absolutely loved how this story was told and what a perfectly fitting titleTHE SECRETS SHE KEEPS by MICHAEL ROBOTHAM is a gripping fast paced suspenseful character driven psychological thriller that had me totally engaged entertained and interested throughout this whole book This book was extremely hard to put down  MICHAEL ROBOTHAM delivers an engrossing and angst ridden read here with absolutely wonderful character development and an extremely enthralling storyline The story is told in alternating chapters from our two main characters points of view Agatha Meghan  I eually enjoyed both of their stories and uncovering their secrets MICHAEL ROBOTHAM doesn’t share all of Meg's Agatha's deepest secrets to us all at once we get a character study into the true nature of these women as their secrets and motivations are revealed to us layer by layer  This is what actually really stood out for me while I was reading this shocking storyAlthough I wouldn’t say that this novel was all that suspenseful for me it was the pacing the writing and the characters that I found so compelling  Some aspects to this story might have been a little unrealistic but all in all I don’t think it really mattered too much and I was able to just accept it for the wonderful story that it was To sum it all up it was an interesting unforgettable and an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending Would highly recommendThank you so much to NetGalley Little Brown Book GroupSphere and Michael Robotham for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewIt was a pleasure reading this along with my wonderful Traveling Sisters Brenda Lindsay Mackey and Linda The Sisters MomBrenda and Lindsay’s review for this one and all of our Traveling Sisters Reviews can be found on Brenda's and my sister blog 5 Masterful Riveting Spellbinding Stars Full Review now posted closer to publication date Have you ever told a lie? One that becomes bigger and bigger the you tell it? One that makes you keep secrets from those you love? Such that you want to believe your lies than anything and almost forget what is a lie and what is the truth? I think we’ve all told little white lies but who has told big nasty lies that make you keep secrets from those you love? I think that’s pretty hard to admit to Yet in “The Secrets She Keeps” by the brilliant Michael Robotham its easier than it seems and Meghan and Agatha both of the main characters in this book are guilty of it to some degree Meghan is a happily married mother of two She seemingly has it all She is a successful writer of a mommy blog who once had a great career before having children with her husband Jack Now they are pregnant again with their “oops” baby She couldn’t be thrilled though it takes Jack a while to warm up to the idea Life seems idyllic though things are never as they seem Meghan’s family is all that matters to her and she will do whatever it takes to protect it and herself even when the house falls down around her Agatha has struggled all of her life going through a myriad of trials and tribulations with little or no support from friends or family She works part time at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb while her on again off again boyfriend Hayden is away at the Royal Army After years of yearning to have a child it has finally happened she is pregnant While working she spies Meghan in town and tries to emulate her and then once Meghan stops into the grocery store Agatha befriends her thus altering both of their lives forever Meghan is excited to have a normal down to earth friend And Agatha? She finally has everything she wants And she will go to great lengths to keep her secrets close to the vest or die trying “The Secrets She Keeps” is a superbly written psychological thriller from Michael Robotham I was drawn in immediately The storyline was gripping and the characters development was in depth and masterfully done The novel is a brilliant character study of how two women both pregnant can have completely different psychological and socio economic backgrounds and how that can affect how they act towards their families and their children and the extremes they will go to to protect themselves and their needs I have always been of the mindset that “lies do not become us” yet in this novel somehow “lies become them” as both Agatha and Meghan are masterful at itI would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a captivating and compelling mysterysuspense Michael Robotham is a phenomenal writer If you haven't read his books you are seriously missing out This is a standalone but his series about Joseph O'Loughlin is perhaps one of the best I have read Thank you to NetGalley Scribner and Michael Robotham for the opportunity to read and review this novel It was my pleasure Final review published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 62517 Will be published on on 71117 Initial Review posted 52317Robotham's latest packed one heck of a punch and the Secret was a STUNNERI can't recommend this one highly enough Full Review to follow closer to publication date