The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps

Book - 2017
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"Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog--posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls. When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever."--
Publisher: London Sphere, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, c2017
ISBN: 9780751562767
Branch Call Number: ROB
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 24 cm


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Jul 23, 2019

Disappointing and predictable. Well narrated, well written but absolutely nothing interesting or new in the story. No plot twists and didn't find it in any way "thrilling". I kept waiting for something interesting to happen but no pay off. Boring and long, and overall forgettable. I don't recommend. High praise must come from easily satisfied readers.

Jul 13, 2019

What is it like to have your newborn baby stolen? What is it like to be so obsessed with having a baby that you would steal a newborn baby? This is a psychological thriller that gets into the minds of these two women and tries to shed some light on the psychosis behind their actions. Wrong as it is to steal another woman's baby, it is simultaneously hard not to be heartbroken and have some sympathy for Agatha (the baby-napper) and all the events in her life that lead her to that path and her ultimate sickness and irrationality. Definitely, IMO, a thought provoking read.

Mar 26, 2019

I am currently hooked on this author! This is one of his stand alone books, and it was great.

Mar 18, 2019

hmmm, a book of the bad stereotypes of women written by a man. I expected to like this -- Robotham, right? -- but felt creeped out. Maybe it gets way better after page 80 where I gave up, but I have too many books on my shelf to give this one more of my time.

Dec 28, 2018

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐

Dual story lines collide into the worst possible outcome...

Agatha’s life is a challenge - she has a menial job, a terrible boss, an uncertain love life, and no family support. Things are looking up however; she is finally pregnant and once she has her new baby in her arms, all her troubles will be in the past. Conversely, Meghan leads a seemingly charmed life - she has a successful blog, an enviable address, a handsome husband, two gorgeous children, with an unexpected bonus on the way. But all is not as rosy as it first appears and Meghan has her own troubles to worry about.

One day Agatha and Meghan’s paths cross, and neither of their lives are ever the same again.

Pros: Concise chapters, with alternating POV’s from Agatha and Meghan. This format keeps the story moving along nicely.

Cons: Very predictable...

Unfortunately I could see the ending a mile off...The Secrets She Keeps is actually quite well written, just nothing too exciting about it.

3 stars

Fast paced dialogue typical of this author and has you quickly engrossed in the story. However I found some of his religious bashing to be unwarranted, definitely not factual and no bearing on the plot. Leaves you wondering if he is suffering from his own personal vendetta . Needs to get his facts straight before he writes this stuff. Shame as the rest of the plot is plausible.

Jul 05, 2018

Michael Robotham told me he read a lot of mummy blogs to write this book.

Jun 08, 2018

Well written book with plenty of excitement and action.

May 27, 2018

I was really disappointed in this book. Maybe OK for a beach read but I found it didn’t have much depth yo it.

May 18, 2018

It was a well-written and emotional story. Not as engaging as his previous novels. I read it one sitting (late night, however!). I was a little disappointed, to be honest.

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