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- Print Length: 382 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (13 Oct. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075GZL62D
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- Average Customer Review: 161 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Her Last Secret: A gripping psychological thriller you won't be able to put down Kindle Edition
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This book is going to appeal to everyone who loves a gripping storyline of domestic noir. One of the things that attracted me to Her Last Secret was that terrible fear of something happening to my very “ordinary” family. I’ve always been fascinated by cases in the media where something terrible has happened to a whole family and the neighbours are always so shocked saying things like ” But they were just a nice normal family! ” We never know what goes on behind closed doors and even within families, every single member can be hiding dark secrets at any one time. But what happens if all those secrets combine into a maelstrom of misunderstanding and deception? Here Barbara Copperthwaite takes that nice middle class family, whom others aspire to be like, and gives them all a dark and disturbing back story-except Mouse, the most adorable eight year old I have met within a fictional family in a very long time! We get to know and empathise with them whilst all the time sensing that something truly dreadful awaits this family, but who is responsible and why? The build-up to those answers delivered one of the best, most gripping and heartwrenching books I have read this year. I just HAD to know what happened but on the other hand, I DIDN’T WANT TO KNOW!! By the time I got to around the three quarters mark, my reading slowed right down, trying to delay the inevitably of this tragic tale. And I don’t really want to say anymore about the plot that that. This book needs to be read with an open mind, free of any preconceptions about individual characters. All I will say is that some of them you will love, some of them you will pity and one of them you will come to hate with every fibre of your being.
This was pretty much my perfect book. It surprised me which is a huge achievement as it takes a lot to bring something new to this genre! I love Barbara Copperthwaites writing style and here she has used it to deliver a deeply compelling and emotionally draining narrative that just took my breath away. I absolutely loved this book, it made a huge impact on me and left me with one of the biggest book hangovers I have had this year. Highly recommended by me!
Called to the scene of a possible shooting on Christmas day Chief Inspector Paul Ogundele could not possibly be prepared for what he will find when entering the Thomas's home. As a reader you are not privy to the full information straight away, and it is this small fact, this rather important omission, which guarantees that you will want to keep reading, so uncover, just as the police will, what has occurred on that fateful morning.
Much of the book is based around the days leading up to Christmas day, in setting the scene for what the police have yet to discover, the whole book taking place over a period of just eight days. In that time, Barbara Copperthwaite sets out to paint a picture of a family, of their highs and their lows, and to capture the imagination of the reader. Oh and what a magnificent job she does. This is no ordinary family and this is no idyllic setting, no matter what the neighbours may believe. For like every family, the Thomas's are suffer more than their share of problems. On one hand you have the teenage anger directed from daughter Ruby toward her parents. In the other you have little 'Mouse', Ruby's younger sister, Amber, a child so quiet, so introverted that it is easy to forget she is there.
And then you have the parents. Ben and Dominique. Outwardly perfect. Inwardly both nursing their own demons. Dominique is paranoid, nervous, Ben overbearing and cock-sure. Neither makes a particularly sympathetic protagonist. Barbara Copperthwaite has done a superb job here of keeping them on just the wrong side of likeable, their character flaws irking somewhat, although Ben's are far more obvious and probably unforgivable than Dom's. Even Ruby is hard to like initially but as you learn more about what is driving her, what is tormenting her, the sympathy begins to build. If there is a true victim in this story, other than Amber, then it is Ruby.
I don't want to go too far into the story or the plot as I feel it may give away potential spoilers and I truly believe this is a book you need to read for yourselves, that the slow reveal, the gradual build of the story, is the true value of the book. With each page turn, I could sense I was taking a step closer to the inevitable. Yet, while the conclusion of the story had been served to the reader from the start, the path which led us there was still full of twists and turns, peppered with half truths and misdirection.
I love the way in which the characters have been developed throughout the book. The author has a real knack for creating believable protagonists and then pushing them to their absolute limits. Each of the main players in this book goes on a tumultuous journey, is forced to a point of self realisation with tragic consequences. There is one really moving scene at the end of the book, where one character makes the ultimate sacrifice for one they love which is both moving and heartbreaking, a sad but poignant moment on which to end the story. And yet... there is one more moment, one last turn of the screw and one last confession to be heard. It is quite simply, fabulous.
As well as being great entertainment, the book does contain a serious message too. Touching upon the darker side of the internet and cyber-bullying, the story may well resonate with many teenagers and young adults, even some parents who may have seen their children suffer. Noticing a change in someones persona, not stopping to really consider why... Well, maybe, just maybe, this book will finally make you stop and think. Laughter is a more socially acceptable way to hide tears, and anger a way to conceal fear. And sometimes, behind them both lurks the darkest secret of them all.
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