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- Print Length: 408 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: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #176 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Her Last Secret: A gripping psychological thriller Kindle Edition
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The reader is taken back a few days before the tragedy, and through various family member’s POV you learn of the disturbing secrets they kept from each other. The Thomas’s appear to be the “perfect” family living the “dream”, but then the author peels back the layers and reveals a very different picture, some of the characters turned out to be flawed, weak and very unlikable, this is a family whose life was awash with untold secrets and resentment. Some of the characters I loved and some I loathed but they all had one thing in common at different points through this book I found I didn’t trust any of them, (well apart from the adorable Mouse, who deserves a mention because she was just so damn cute) which made for a very disconcerting read.
I do enjoy a book so much more when I find myself experiencing numerous emotions throughout the read, and even better when the emotions are ones I wasn’t expecting to feel. There are many emotive themes running through this book, you can’t help but feel overwhelming saddness at what happens when you are unable to share your thoughts and fears with those closest to you.
This isn’t a fast paced book by any means, but I’m glad it wasn’t as Barbara Copperthwaite spends time intricately unravelling the mysteries of this family, which in turn heightens the suspense of what’s to come, you know it’s going to be bad, but to the why and wherefore’s, well let’s just say they were definitely worth the wait. I do enjoy a book that challenges me to guess the outcome, just when I thought I had it all figured out Barbara Copperthwaite threw an almighty curveball that left me reeling. Shocking, sad and very twisted this is definitely a book I would highly recommend.
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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