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The Secrets Between Us

The Secrets Between Us [Kindle Edition]

Louise Douglas
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A brilliantly gothic, page-turning and romantic novel in the vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca.

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A Richard and Judy recommendation for the 2012 Summer Book Club, this is a brilliant Gothic novel in the vein of Daphne du Maurier.

A chance encounter: When Sarah meets dark, brooding Alex, she grasps his offer of a new life miles away from her own. They've both recently escaped broken relationships, and need to start again. Why not do it together?

A perfect life: But when Sarah gets to the tiny village of Burrington Stoke, something doesn't add up. Alex's beautiful wife Genevieve was charming, talented, and adored by all who knew her. And apparently, she and Alex had a successful marriage complete with a gorgeous son, Jamie. Why would Genevieve walk out on her perfect life? And why has no one heard from her since she did so?

A web of lies: Genevieve's family and all her friends think that Alex knows more about her disappearance than he's letting on. But Sarah's fallen in love with him and just knows he couldn't have anything to hide. Or could he?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 636 KB
  • Print Length: 546 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0552777331
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (7 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552777331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552777339
  • ASIN: B0057WTF1G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,435 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MESMERISING READ 21 July 2011
By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
ABSOLUTELY UNPUTDOWNABLE. This has got to be one of the best works of fiction published this year. I was hooked from the first page. The book is written in
the first person and Sarah is smitten from the moment she meets Alex. Reeling from the stillbirth of her baby son and the subsequent betrayel of her partner
Jamie with her best friend she sees a way out when Alex asks her to be his housekeeper in Somerset. Sarah thinks he's gorgeous and is deeply attracted to him and his gorgeous little boy Jamie. What happens when she arrives is not at all as she imagines and although this is quite a dark novel it is superbly told and whilst l guessed the outcome just before the end I was gripped with this plot and was desolate when I finished the book. Without a doubt one of the best books l have
read in 2011.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's no secret this is great! 5 July 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
The lead character is Sarah, a woman who has been through a lot of emotional turmoil which causes her to make a decision she usually would never make. After the stillbirth of her son and consequent end of her relationship with her boyfriend, Sarah goes on holiday with her sister May and husband Neil. There, she meets Alexander and his young son Jamie. It turns out Jamie's mum isn't on the scene, and soon Sarah and Alex become more than friends. But when Sarah moves in and starts to find out more about Alex's absent wife Genevieve and her sudden and strange disappearance, her mind starts playing tricks on her... wondering why Genevieve left and where exactly she's gone.

This is a fabulous novel that has so many twists and turns along the way, its impossible to guess the ending, something I really enjoyed! It's very dark, with Douglas building up the tension throughout the book and at points it really was a bit scary to read (I am a bit of a wimp!)! It certainly has the gothic overtones that are mentioned on the back, and I loved Douglas' complete control over the characters and the story. Sarah was a likeable character, a woman who has had an awful time looking for escape and someone to love her too. You do think she's naive deciding to move across the country to be with someone she doesn't know but it's a good start and straight away makes for interesting reading.

Alexander is the main male within the book, and I really couldn't make my mind up about him all the way through. Douglas' keeps you doubting whether he's a good man or not, and until the end, I couldn't say for definite whether he had done a terrible thing to Genevieve or not. I have to say I really liked the character of Jamie, the young child of Alexander who is struggling with the disappearance of his mummy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Secrets Between Us 27 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
What a load of utter tripe!! This book has a ridiculous and completely unbelievable plot. The main characters need their heads banging together . I would not have bothered to finish if it were not for the fact that I had paid for it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and extremely frustrating! 27 Nov 2012
By RCM888
This book is appalling and one genuinely has to scratch one's head in wonderment at the good reviews this book has received thusfar. From just a few pages in the book is totally unrealistic. Of course a book should dabble in the realms of fantasy and romanticism but this doesn't do either - it is simply a farce. The female protagonist Sarah is quite severly mentally ill, has random sex with someone she's just met and then decides to up sticks and move to the South West as the man's au pair to his brat of a child.

There is absolutely NO character development, every single person that features in the book is dull, cliched and terribly one-dimensional. The writing is awful, the use of "is all" being one example. Douglas obviously tries to evoke elements of du Maurier's Rebecca and falls flat on her face in doing so. The "plot" is predictable (I figured out what happened half way through the book), there is no love whatsoever between Sarah and Alex (in fact he seems to merely be in it for a handy shag with a feeble-minded and obsessive nutjob) which makes the whole love story element totally laughable.

I merely finished this book out of sheer bloody mindedness. I read a few books a week and it took me nearly a full week to painfully wade through this river of sticky, uninteresting literary treacle. If you care about what you read then please don't waste time on such tripe.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By yvrlhr
Format:Kindle Edition
good plot and good storytelling but sarah was incredibly irritating. granted she'd been through a lot but she seemed to spend the whole time being dizzy or too hot or sobbing with fear/panic/frustration or drunk and putting her foot in her mouth. she seemed very slow witted, mulishly stubborn, scarily obsessive and clingy - and just when i thought she couldnt get worse she tries to do something completely insane, driven by a breathtaking amount of naivete. i found sarah to be very childlike, but if the intention was to model her after du maurier's entirely sympathetic portrayal of rebecca, it fell very wide of the mark for me. however it was still a page turner, even if sarah's histrionics did make me want to fling my kindle across the room.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Immature and boring 24 Jun 2014
The writing in this book is extremely immature. Whilst I am not a writer, I feel I could have written a better book. To read a page whilst has numerous sentences starting in 'I.....' is extremely frustrating. The sentences are short, abrupt and in some cases, utterly pointless...almost as if an attempt to increase the word count on the page. There was no flow to the writing. It felt as if the author was merely dumping whatever thought came into her head onto the page. The story overall was difficult to read and boring. Would not recommend this book to anyone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The secrets between us
Love Louise Douglas books have read her other two and was not disappointed in the stories ,they keep you engrossed all the way through definitely recommend her books as good reads
Published 2 days ago by liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really like Louise Douglas. I have read a few and they are all good.
Published 9 days ago by MRS LORNA H DEANS
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Although a bit confusing at times, and I longed to smack a lot of bottoms for stupidity this is a fairly gripping tale and I could not willingly put it down. Read more
Published 19 days ago by pamela le bailly
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I really loved this book, I just couldn't stop reading it. My only dissapointment was they didn't know the area they were talking about, Wells in Somerset (the smallest city) is... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mrs Katherine Feather
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Smashing holiday read.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs G M Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars although felt a little disappointed when I did kind of worked it out
enjoyable read and couldn't wait to get to the end, although felt a little disappointed when I did kind of worked it out, but still good
Published 1 month ago by Claudia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by J McMinn
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Published 1 month ago by Looby Loo
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
The book had a real cliff hanger. It was a great read, I read this book in four days, I just couldn't put it down...More more more please !
Published 2 months ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this was an excellent read...Had me gripped all the way through
Published 3 months ago by Mrs M J Taylor
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