Thursday, June 29, 2017

Review: THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS by Michael Robotham

Publisher Hachette Australia
Length 448 pages
Format ebook
Published 2017
Series standalone
My Copy provided by the publisher


My Review
The Secrets She Keeps is a departure from the traditional psychological crime novels Michael Robotham is better known for (the Joseph O’Loughlin series). There’s no real investigative angle into a crime as such – this book is all about the characters (not to say his other books aren’t by the way but there seems to be a considerable effort here to make the main characters shine); two in particular; Meg, a soon to be mother of three expecting her ‘oops baby’ and Agatha, a 30-something single who works at a supermarket. 

Meg and Agatha are from different walks of life, seemingly worlds apart; Meg is well-off, has a happy family with all the trimmings, Agatha is lonesome and just making ends meet. While the distance between the two is easily distinguishable, there's a layer of grime beneath the glossy veneer which inevitably brings the two women together.

The pacing is deliberately slow, steadily drip feeding the reader subtle and at times not so subtle hints that something isn't quite right in the Meg and Agatha dynamic, before too long there's a twist or two and that's when things really start to get interesting.

The Secrets She Keeps is a great read that that me hooked all the way through. By the end of the book I really felt like I knew these characters and felt for their respective situations. Michael Robotham also does a fantastic job at writing from the female perspective - that mother-child bond is omnipresent throughout the novel and highlighted by some terrific writing.

My rating: 5 / 5 stars - I can't recommend this book enough.  

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