EXCERPT: ‘If Mum couldn’t look after me any more, would I have to go and live in a children’s home?’
‘What? Where’s that come from? I laugh softly and put my arm around him, pulling him closer to me. ‘I don’t know where this is going, but the answer is no, of course not. If there’s some reason your mum couldn’t look after you, you’d come and live with me.’
‘Because we’re family.’
‘Too right.’ I grin. ‘And after everything we’ve been through, we want no more secrets ever, right?’
‘Right,’ Archie says faintly. ‘Even terrible ones.’
‘Especially terrible ones.’ I nudge him playfully.
And then he pulls away from my hug, looks me in the eye, and Archie tells me his secret.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: You turn your back for a minute. And now your son is in terrible danger …
Louise is struggling to cope. As a busy working mum, she often has to leave her eight-year-old son Archie at her sister Alice’s flat.
Alice and Louise used to be close. But there’s a lot they don’t know about each other now – like the bottle of vodka Louise hides in her handbag, Alice’s handsome new friend and the odd behaviour of her next-door neighbour.
Archie is a curious little boy. He likes to play on his own at his auntie’s flat until one day when he sees something he shouldn’t. Now he has a secret of his own. One he can’t tell his mum. One that could put him and his family in terrible danger.
MY THOUGHTS: This book is all over the place, both with narrators and timelines which for me spoiled the suspense rather than adding to it. The Secret is definitely not this author’s best book. But it is still a book that kept me turning the pages, waiting for ‘that’ moment, and when it came it was not what I expected. It made me sit up and take notice. Rocked me back on my heels. Damn, it was good.
However great that moment may be however, there were a lot of things in The Secret that just didn’t gel for me. Like how Alice earned Archie’s trust almost overnight, for example. It is messy, overcomplicated and felt rushed, and I just didn’t feel the suspense that the author was trying to build. There were too many things thrown in, as though the author couldn’t quite make up her mind. . . Take for example Alice’s ME. We are told she has it. But one moment she is living her dream life, with her dream job and the next she is debilitated. Nothing in between. And what about the car accident? Other than to kill off a character, what was the point? As I said, it all felt rather rushed and, as a result, lacks both depth and suspense.
Right through, I was thinking that this was a 3-star read, right up until ‘that’ moment, which earned it another half star. 😍😍😍.5
THE AUTHOR: After years of trying to get published and never getting further than the slush pile, I went back to university at the age of 40 where I studied for an English & Creative Writing degree followed by an MA in Creative Writing.
Although I also worked full-time during the five years I studied at university, the courses gave me the time and space to try different writing and increased my confidence and belief in my writing. Before I graduated from my MA, I had secured representation with my agent, Clare Wallace, at the Darley Anderson Literacy, TV and Film Agency and had my first book deal.
My first adult psychological thriller for Bookouture is called ‘Safe with Me’ and it actually started life as my dissertation on my English & Creative Writing degree.
The creepy voice of Anna came to me strong and insistent . . . she wanted to be written, she wouldn’t go away.
I live in Nottingham with my husband, Mac. Between us we have three grown-up kids; my daughter, Francesca and Mac’s sons Nathan and Jake.
I also write multi-award winning YA fiction under the name Kim Slater.(From author’s website)
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Secret by K. L. Slater for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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