A huge thanks to Noelle over at Bookouture for tempting me to host a spot on the #BlogTour for Samantha Hayes’ “Tell Me A Secret” I am so very glad that I succumbed to her charms!
Thanks to Bookouture, Netgally and the author for the ARC for review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
Tell her all your secrets and she’ll tell you all her lies…
Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her 6 a.m. morning run to the strict 60-minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries.
When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either…
Against her better judgement she anonymously contacts him on a dating site. Messaging him could mean the end of her marriage and her career, but she needs to know if his motives are genuine.
When Andrew is found dead in his home, grief quickly turns to fear when messages from him continue to arrive on Lorna’s phone. Somebody knows her secret and wants to use it to destroy everything she has.
Will she risk her family and her sanity to keep her secret? Will she risk her life…?
Well, that was a prologue that just dragged me right into this book! Right away I knew that this one was going to keep me glued to my seat!
Tell Me A Secret is narrated from the point of view of Laura and Nicki and as a reader I was batted back and forth between the two women as deep-rooted and disturbing secrets were uncovered. Of course you can tell by the title that the theme of this book is secrets and those secrets combined with complex characters and their complicated relationships were explosive! Talk about a house of cards falling down! The complexity of relationships was explored throughout the novel through both Nicki and Laura’s lives but also through psychotherapy and what a harrowing journey of trauma and hurt!
Lorna was one of those characters that I really struggled to like but this was good because my dislike of her engaged me to the point that I could not put this down, I HAD to know what was going on even if I wanted to shake her a few times! Watching her unravel through the breakdown of her routines and her control was difficult, did I change my mind by the time I had finished? Well you will just need to read the book and see what you think!
Nicki was an intriguing character, there was something essentially dark about her and it was hard to know whether to dislike or feel sorry for her. What was clear was that these two women shared a link, one that looked like it was about to destroy them both.
A cast of characters supported Nicki and Lorna throughout the book but the two who really made an impact on me where Lorna’s stepson, Jack and her daughter, Freya. I felt for both of the children as they watched Lorna descend into a chaos, each of the children were impacted by the adults in their lives and not necessarily in a positive way. It was a dark exploration of how secrets really can have a devastating effect on the lives of others.
It was a slow burner of a psychological thriller, I’m not going to lie, I was sitting there with that kinda smug look on my face thinking I had worked it all out when #BOOM it punched me right in the gut! There was no way on earth that I could have guessed any of that! All my theories went flying out of the window! What a brilliantly twisted read this was! Samantha Hayes, what a dark and devious mind you have!
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About the author
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her ninth novel, THE REUNION, will be published February 2018. You can pre-order now! Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’
GOOD HOUSEKEEPING says “We’re big fans of Samantha Hayes. Her believable psychological thrillers are completely gripping…”