by Kate White
It’s faint, but enough to rouse me, and I jerk up in bed, eyes wide open. For a few seconds, I freeze there, propped on an elbow and trying to make sense of it. What’s burning?
I start to shove my legs out of bed, but the top sheet fights me. I have to wrench it loose from the mattress so I can force my feet to the ground.
As my eyes adjust to the dark, I realize that I’m not at home. I’m in a hotel room. I’ve been traveling on business. ..yet I can’t remember where. The burning smell intensifies, boring into my nostrils and propelling my head back. Panic surges through me. Fire, I think. Fire…..’
THE BLURB: What would you do if you realized that your new husband, a man you adore, is keeping secrets from you—secrets with terrifying consequences?
Bryn Harper, an accomplished self-help author, already has plenty to deal with. She’s still recovering from a devastating car accident that has left her haunted by recurring, smoke-filled nightmares. Worse still, she can’t shake the ominous feeling her dreams contain a warning.
In the beginning, Bryn’s husband Guy couldn’t have been more supportive. But after moving into a new house together, disturbing incidents occur and Guy grows evasive, secretive. What the hell is going on, she wonders? Then, a woman hired to cater their dinner party is brutally murdered.
As Bryn’s world unravels—and yet another woman in town is slain —she must summon her old strength to find answers and protect her own life. Her nightmares may in fact hold the key to unlocking the truth and unmasking the murderer.
With unexpected, riveting twists, The Secrets You Keep is an utterly compelling psychological thriller that once again showcases Kate White’s extraordinary storytelling talent.
MY VIEWS: Ultimately, The Secrets You Keep by Kate White was a disappointing read. In the first chapter, which should have engendered a sense of fear and urgency, it felt heavy and unwieldy, mostly I think because of the author’s choice of words. Who tries to ‘shove’ their legs out of bed in an emergency? I would fling or at least swing mine out, tangled in the sheet or not. I would ‘shove’ my feet in my boots, or even perhaps my slippers. Similarly, I found the phrase ‘so that I could force my feet to the floor’ another odd one. Personally, my feet would be flying across that floor to the door whether I knew where I was or not. It felt like the author was trying too hard and, as a result, missed the mark completely.
Once I got past the first chapter, I actually started to enjoy the book, finding it holding my interest until just before the halfway point where it took an extremely predictable turn that just killed it for me. After that? It just failed to re-engage me.
The plot and characters both suffer from a lack of development. There is no real depth to either. I’m afraid that I found this book neither compelling nor thrilling. At 2.5☆ there was nothing to encourage me to look for more to read from this author.
Thank you to Canelo via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The Secrets You Keep by Kate White for review. All opinions expressed in this review are personal and entirely my own. Therefore if you enjoyed the extract, I encourage you to go ahead and read this book. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page for an explanation of my ratings.
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