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The Dirty Secrets Club Paperback – 16 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (16 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340899395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340899397
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 885,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The next suspense superstar. (Stephen King)

Gardiner tells her story so well that it is easy to be carried along by this high-octane thriller. (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)

Stephen King is absolutely right. Meg Gardiner is an astonishing writer, and the DIRTY SECRETS CLUB is a humdinger of a thriller, with shocks and twists galore. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. (Tess Gerritsen, author of THE BONE GARDEN)

A winner in every way. THE DIRTY SECRETS CLUB is nuanced and layered - and a harrowing thriller that chews up the streets of San Francisco from the high-rises to the Tenderloin. Author Gardiner makes every one of her characters leap alive off the page, and I personally am in love with the most compelling of them all, Jo Beckett - the psychiatrist who analyzes dead people for the cops and who's willing to trade her cell phone for a cup of coffee. (Jeffery Deaver)

The story just keeps coming. She is up there with Michael Connelly and Lee Child. (Stephen King)

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Gripping new thriller from acclaimed author being compared with the best in her genre

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Format: Hardcover
I am one of those people who read Stephen King's recommendation in "Entertainment Weekly" regarding Meg Gardiner's work and had her first five paperbacks shipped across the pond because they were not available in the United States (and it never dawned on me to look north of the border instead of the other side of Atlantic to acquire them). The news that picking up "The Dirty Secrets Club," our first Gardiner novel in hardback, would mean the introduction of a new leading lady actually made sense to me because there are only so many times she could put Evan Delaney through the wringer without it becoming a bit much (besides, she had pretty much run out of family and friends to be threatened). Still, we do get a cameo from a major player in the other novels, so we are still firmly ensconced in Meg Gardiner's version of California.

Another type of person that I am is the type who takes the dust jacket off of a new book and put it someplace safe so that (a) nothing bad can happen to it and (b) I can avoid reading what the dust jacket has to say about the story in the book so that I can be surprised. On the basis of her first five novels I am going to read anything Gardiner wants to write, but for those who want to start here instead of with the other paperbacks I can simply introduce our heroine. Jo Beckett is a forensic psychiatrist, who is hired by the San Francisco Police Department to perform psychological autopsies when there is a question as to whether a death is a suicide or a murder. When a rather spectacular death takes place that appears to be a completely shocking suicide, Jo is called to the scene, never suspecting that she has just jumped aboard the tip of the iceberg.
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Format: Paperback
The Dirty Secrets Club | Meg Gardiner | Hodder & Stoughton (2008)

Jo Beckett, the `dead shrinker', is called in to figure out why prosecutor Callie Harding drove at full speed away from the police - and over a bridge.

As a forensic psychiatrist who profiles victims' lives to help solve their deaths, she has to figure out why so many high flyers are ending up dead. And how dirty are people's secrets ... including her own.

I came across this book having read two subsequent Jo Beckett books - and this is a very solid introduction to her character. Introducing a new character to readers is a challenge, and it's a skill to get readers on board enough to look forward to future instalments. Here, Jo's determination is tempered by grief for her dead husband and claustrophobia from a childhood experience. In short, she's likeable.

Gardiner's writing is clear and gripping. The deaths pile up with intensity, making the reader wonder when and why is enough enough. Each character has substance - even the guy pulling the strings behind these deaths is not without a back story of interest. Jo's own history is dropped in like nuggets throughout the book, hooking the reader in enough to be curious how her story will unfold in future books.

Would I recommend this book?: Yeah. Jo's an interesting character, with an interesting job in a genre populated by strong cops and psychiatrists. Her job-with-a-twist, her strengths and frailties and the supporting cast of characters make for a welcome addition to my book shelf.
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Jo Beckett is a forensic psychiatrist who is asked to consult on a series of high profile deaths which may be suicides. Her life is in danger as she begins to uncover dirty little secrets of The Dirty Secrets Club! A fast moving thriller which grips from the start and provides some brilliant twists. Can't wait to read the next in the series.
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I absolutely loved this book, it was mysterious, gory, entertaining, funny and kind of romantic all rolled into one. I`ll definitely be going on to read the next book in the series next! Highly recommended!
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Sadly disappointed with The Dirty Secrets Club. I have been reading and have enjoyed Brian Freeman and Cody McFaden and thought I would try this new author. I have really persevered but just can't get in to it. The fact is that different written styles appeal to different people but I struggled to follow the plot and Meg Gardiner failed to hook me in to the story. Not her fault as I am sure she has a strong following.
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