EXCERPT: She picks up the photograph of Dad, studying it. ‘He looks young here,’ she says.
‘It was shortly before he died,’ I say. ‘He wasn’t that young.’
‘I suppose he’ll never age now. Sometimes I just wish I could rewind to a year before he died. Stop everything from happening.’
‘Yeah,’ I say, fighting back tears. I’ve tried for so many years to block out my memories, to forget.
‘I still can’t get the sounds out of my head,’ she says softly. ‘I heard him screaming. Before he died.’
ABOUT THIS BOOK: You’re not who you say you are. Neither is she.
She thinks she’s got away with it. She thinks she’s turned over a new leaf, that the past is in the past.
She thinks she’s finally safe, with her perfect son, her devoted husband, and her immaculate suburban house.
She believes the memories of what she did all those years ago are confined to her bedside drawer, tucked carefully away.
She believes she deserves a second chance.
I have to know, how can she live with herself? Isn’t she haunted by the wail of the alarm, the smoke in her lungs, the echoing scream? Doesn’t she lose sleep over the way the flames licked the walls, devouring everything they touched? Why hasn’t the guilt eaten her alive?
So how can I forget? How can I forgive?
Because I know her secret. And I’m not letting her get away with it.
MY THOUGHTS: I must have said this at least one hundred times – but when you put claims on the cover like ‘absolutely gripping psychological thriller full of twists’ you are setting up the reader for a disappointment. And disappointed I was, gripped I was not. And perhaps I read far too many books of this genre, but I had this figured out early on. Now that is not always the kiss of death for me, but in this case coupled with a writing style that is neither exciting, nor suspenseful, I was often bored and several times debated not finishing. Because I longed to be proven wrong, I persevered.
I was looking forward to a challenging game of cat and mouse between the two protagonists, I didn’t get it. I found both and Danielle’s characters to be quite similar, and they appear to be of a similar age, which they aren’t. Neither character is particularly well constructed, and neither are given much depth. There is a lot of repetition, almost as if the author thinks that if she tells you something often enough, you will come to believe it. I didn’t. I merely became bored.
I also think that the promotional blurb is misleading.
Disappointed and Underwhelmed.
THE AUTHOR: Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.
Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with two children and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of I Know Your Secret by Ruth Heald for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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