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Agatha 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.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a deep, visceral response to a book.
This story triggered something within me which gave me some massive anxiety – it took me six long days to finish it because I had to keep putting it down. But really, we’re all reading because we want to feel something, right? And boy oh boy, did I ever feel all the emotions with this one.
The story is told in alternating chapters from the two main characters, Agatha and Meg. At first, I believed that this was a detriment to the story because there were no hidden secrets due to both character’s pov’s being portrayed, however the way it unfolded made this format really work.
Such a twisted tale, you won’t know whether to feel sorry for the characters or fear them. (Personally, I felt a little of both, heavy on the fear.)
I very much recommend this to fans of thrillers!
Thanks to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.