Welcome to my stop on the blog blitz for Three Secrets by Clare Boyd! My thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture!
Author : Clare Boyd
Title : Three Secrets
Pages : 392
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : May 17, 2018
Robert kisses his wife on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge and jumps to his death on the busy motorway below.
Two years later, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start, money is tight and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close? Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?
Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…
The closer she gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too?
Two years after her husband’s suicide, Francesca and her daughter move to live closer to his family. But living this close means Francesca starts to pick up on dynamics within the family that she hadn’t really noticed before. Soon, she begins to suspect there may be more to Robert’s death than she first realised.
Hello, incredibly dysfunctional family! If ever there was an award for this kind of thing, Robert and his family would be an absolute shoe-in! Ruled by the, quite frankly, awful mother-in-law, this family has secrets like no other. A few of them have a huge impact on the lives of these characters, leading to devastating consequences. You never know what goes on behind closed doors and honestly, if you read this story, me thinks that’s a blessing!
There are way more secrets than just three. A few are revealed quite early on and some I felt were a bit predictable. But overall, the suspense was highly entertaining. This story deals with a multitude of issues, from depression to addiction, from suicide to affairs … it’s like a wee soap opera all wrapped up into a psychological suspense tale. It left me both desperately wanting Francesca to find out the truth, and thinking maybe it was better if she never did at all. Who do you trust when all around you people are obviously lying to hide their secrets?
Three Secrets is a twisted and gripping story about lies, secrets and family. Some characters I could almost sympathise with, others I felt like slapping. Written from two perspectives and switching between the past and the present, it held my attention from start to finish. I had no idea where things were heading and didn’t see that ending coming at all. Quite satisfying though, I must say.
All in all a brilliantly written, tense, suspenseful and twisty domestic drama that will keep you hooked.
Three Secrets is available to buy!
Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.
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