Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Her Deadly Secret: A gripping psychological thriller with twists that will take your breath away Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
About the Author
Chris Curran worked as an actor and script-writer in alternative theatre for several years. She has had short stories published in women’s magazines and she reviews fiction for various publications and blogs. MINDSIGHT is her debut novel, and in 2013 an early draft of the novel was shortlisted for the Yeovil Literary Prize.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
‘A cracker of a read! Will have you turning the pages, gripped, until you find answers’ The Welsh Librarian
‘Grabbed me from the first chapter and kept me gripped’ Rather Too Fond of Books
‘A truly engrossing and compelling tale of lies and loss. Loved it’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
Praise for Chris Curran:
‘Powerful story telling with a dark mystery at its heart’ Amanda Hodgkinson, New York Times bestselling author of SPILT MILK and 22 BRITANNIA ROAD
‘Gripping and tense in all the right places’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘Truly gripping’ SUNDAY EXPRESS
‘Rich cast, believable characters, powerful premise, lovely prose and proof that crime fiction can be intelligent and pulse-racing’ JJ Marsh, author of BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
‘I would highly recommend this novel for readers who enjoy excellently narrated dark and thrilling crime mysteries’ Liza Perrat, author of WOLFSANGEL
‘I look forward to reading more from Chris Curran and recommend to all who enjoy a good mystery with lots of twists’
Julia Connor, Goodreads
- ASIN : B06Y5ZFF1Z
- Publisher : One More Chapter (21 July 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1270 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 98,215 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer reviews:
Top reviews from United Kingdom
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Watching their horror unfurl on a TV screen, Rosie Weatherall knows all too well the pain of losing a loved one. Her older sister Alice was murdered when Rosie was just a teenager, and the pain of knowing just who had killed her had changed the course of her whole life. Rosie now has her own young daughter and is both fascinated and horrified by what she sees on the TV, little knowing how close to home the story truly is.
Her Deadly Secret is an absolutely fascinating and often heart wrenching look into the lives of two very different families who have suffered the same immeasurable loss some fifteen years apart. From the very beginning you can feel the anguish of Joe Marsden, the sense of foreboding as the bare facts of Lily’s disappearance begin to emerge. There is a kind of stillness in his actions, a emptiness brought about by loss that comes across in every word and makes you truly feel for him and all he is going through. In spite of him being the main suspect in Lily’s disappearance, there is something so honest in his bewilderment and his pain that you cannot help but empathise with him. As for his wife, she is evasive and withdrawn, both natural reactions from any mother faced with the loss of a child. Chris Curran captures their despair perfectly. And yet there is always an overwhelming sense of there being more behind their sorrow.
As for Rosie Weatherall, it is hard at first to know just how she fits in to this story. Her life was ruined many years before when someone very close to her was accused and convicted of her sister’s murder. She has spent many years angry and confused and when that person reappears in her life, it only serves to cause her more pain. She is someone you can kind of respect, having worked hard to make the best of a very traumatic life. I liked her character a lot, and understood her need to look further into her sister’s past when faced with the new evidence her mother shows her.
As the title suggests, there is a secret which has devastated all of their lives. But as to whose secret it is… That is a mystery which remains hidden for quite some time. There are links between the families and while there were enough clues left and hints dropped to make some of the revelations not entirely surprising, there were also so many lies and secrets and constant misdirection that it meant that the truth remained successfully hidden until the end. I thought at one point I had it all worked out, but then something would happen to flip my conviction right around and I was sure it was something else entirely.
This is not a high action novel. The brutality of the story happens early on and the rest is a slow revelation of the facts surrounding the case. Don’t let that statement fool you. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t full of tension because it is. And your attention will move back and forth between ‘suspects’ so regularly and surely that you’ll run the risk of getting whiplash. There is a growing sense of unease from page one, the feeling that although you may trust the central characters, the truth is that is could be anyone of the them who is guilty of murder. And the closing scenes will take you right to the edge of your seat as the slow realisation of what you are watching unfurl hits home.
Chris Curran has done a brilliant job of creating the characters in this novel, capturing the varied emotions perfectly. From the grieving parents Joe and Hannah, to the angry and confused Rosie and the overworked and stretched to the limit Family Liaison Officer, Loretta, there wasn’t a single person I didn’t believe in. And as for setting, the author created such a clear picture of Bexhill and Hastings, even of small estate that Joe lived on and the commune of The Children of the Light, that I truly felt I was there. I could taste the sea air and feel the oppression of the four walls in which Hannah and Joe waited for news of their daughter. Every element felt real and helped to draw me into the story. And draw me in it did. I started and finished in one evening, determined to know what had really happened to Lily and even to Alice all those years before.
A truly engrossing and compelling tale of lies and loss. Loved it.
As a fellow writer, I admire the way Chris weaves together different stories in Her Deadly Secret, which adds constant tension to the narrative. Loretta is a busy working mum, who I really related to, and the fact that one crime sparks memories of previous ones in the victim’s family’s minds is not something I've really thought about before, but Rosie’s parallel story was just as interesting as Joe and Hannah’s, until they build to a great crescendo at the end.
A wonderfully involving read, as ever, from Chris Curran. I can really see her stories becoming great TV series too, they are so visual and have a great sense of place.
I loved almost all the characters, not wanting anyone to be a killer. I kept changing my mind who the guilty parties were and loved the way the plot twisted and turned until at one point I was on the verge of suspecting the investigating police officers. All in all a thrilling read at a staggeringly low price.