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The Secret: A gripping novel of how far a mother would go for her child from the #1 author of The Letter Paperback – 22 Sep 2016
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The Letter, Kathryn's debut novel, was an eBook bestseller. Her second, The Secret, is just as gripping (Good Housekeeping)
An emotional and intriguing read... Keeps you guessing right to the end ***** (People's Friend)
Have lots of tissues ready (My Weekly)
Full of hidden secrets and tragic events... I really enjoyed this book (Rea's Book Reviews)
A fantastic story. I absolutely loved this book! (Babs' Bookshelf)
A gripping and emotional read...that will stay with me for a long time (By the Letter Book Reviews)
A wonderful and uplifting story (Lesley Pearse on The Letter)
One to tug at the heartstrings (Red on The Letter)
Get set to be hooked (Look on The Letter)
A moving story of love, loss and hope (Bella on The Letter)
The Kindle bestselling author returns with her second novel, The Secret - a beautiful, tearjerking novel which will be cherished by all those thousands of readers who lost their hearts to The Letter.See all Product description
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At first it was a little overwhelming as so many characters were introduced from 1976 in quick succession and you had no idea how they fitted in to the latter story set in modern times. There were some really funny lines peppered throughout and I also enjoyed all the pop culture references from THAT summer of 1976, since I remember it well. I went on Google after finishing to see what happened to Rumbelows and Fine Fare.
I adored young Mikey and Daisy, wasn't a fan of Lorraine and was surprised by Trisha sometimes when she did something nice, which was usually unexpected.....I did think Beth spoke some nonsense when discussing Jake saying they were creating a "well of hope" for him. I don't "do" psycho-babble in the least. However, we learn her profession is a "freelance food stylist" so it was expected, I suppose. I'm sure she never stopped working as that's clearly a high-demand occupation !! This phrase was used at one point which I looked up online with the ONLY result being from this book-"Sat around like piffy"....I've never heard this before. I was also lost at Daisy talking about Jerry and Lydia saying "they were not spoiling another pair"....I didn't understand that little reference. Another I hadn't heard (but Google had-seems to be a Northern expression) was "I nearly dropped cork-legged" !!
I would add a hyphen in after sun and countless times the apostrophe was missing on Ladies' or Gents' and then just once she remembered and added it, although that was it for any errors which is pretty tremendous ! The mining stories, both real and fictional, made harrowing reading. What an awful thing to happen. I thought it was a great addition at the end including the National Organ Register's information, too.
I see she has a new story out for pre-order right now and that's my next stop.
If you enjoy exploring themes of love, lust, family, friendship and heartache, intermittently dusted with 1970's memorabilia, you won't be disappointed.
The story starts off in the past then goes to the present, then the bulk of the story is back in the past again. It was really cleverly written, how all the characters linked to each other and how the story of the past wove into the present.
The ending was slightly predictable but I didn't really mind to much as it fitted well with the rest of the book.
I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for future Kathryn Hughes releases.
Not this book.
I have spent the day singing it’s praises to my customers. Beautifully crafted with surprising twists, characters that you empathise with and gasp inducing moments make this a modern classic.
Someone should be making this into a BBC drama or a movie. Kathryn Hughes deserves an award. I read her book, ‘The Letter’ previously which was almost as good.
I loved this book and can’t recommend it enough.