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The Secrets She Keeps: The life she wanted wasn't hers . . . Hardcover – 11 Jul 2017
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Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham's clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won't be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes (Stephen King)
The life she wanted wasn't hers . . . The compelling new psychological thriller that will break your heart into tiny pieces, from world-renowned author MICHAEL ROBOTHAMSee all Product description
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Robotham's key strength is his characters, always believable always fully fleshed. You really care about them, just read his wonderful novel "Shatter" to see what I mean. But alas the characters in this book lie flat and unformed on the page. The only emotion they stirred in me was severe irritation. I also found they suffered total personality change during the story. Hayden in particular has at least four completely separate personas, each one coming in to play to help this absurd story reach it's laughable conclusion. Because we don't even have a good ending to sweeten the pill, all loose ends are tied into an unbelievably neat bow that even Disney would blanch at.
I would have preferred an ending where they all ended up on a couch on the Jeremy Kyle show but I think even that audience would have greeted this mess with howls of derision.
Most thriller novels on the shelf now are penned by women, for some unfathomable reason Robotham has decided to dip his toe in this lucrative pool and pen a "chick-Lit". Huge mistake. If you want to read a stunning book penned by a woman try the Manon Bradshaw novels by Susie Steiner, half the price of this and ten times a better read.
I look forward to the next Joe O' Loughlin book to appear and hopefully I can consign this woeful book to the mists of memory
Michael Robotham has made a decent attempt to explore the psychology of infertility, and the book is an easy and reasonably gripping read, but there have been so many other similar plots in crime novels recently that I found myself thinking "not again...". There are a few issues with plausibility too: Agatha comes across as a criminal genius, such is the extraordinary complexity and foresight of her plans, and she seems to have an endless supply of disposable income for someone who stacks shelves in a supermarket. The ending is also a little too neatly wrapped up to be entirely credible with regards to Meghan's complicated situation.
This isn't a bad book by any means, but unfortunately I felt like I'd read it all before, and a few unconvincing elements meant the story failed to achieve the expected emotional impact. Overall, not bad.
At first this book reminded me of women's fiction/chick lit as it flitted between the two lead character's first person accounts. Further on it developed rather nicely, although some parts were slightly unbelievable - I mean, how could Agatha afford to live in London on a supermarket cashier's wage? The fact that I always looked forward to returning it and spent a couple of hours on a Sunday afternoon completing it is testament to how good I found it. I also liked the psychologist character and hope that Robotham teams him up with Professor O'Loughlin at some point in the future.
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