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The Secrets She Keeps

Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (613 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 Robotham.

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

The Secrets She Keeps is a compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally best-selling author Michael Robotham.

©2017 Michael Robotham (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

Praise for Michael Robotham's writing:
"Will have you turning the pages compulsively." ( The Times)
"Robotham doesn't just make me scared for his characters, he makes my heart ache for them." (Linwood Barclay)
"Superbly exciting...a terrific read." ( Guardian)
" Life or Death is a nerve-shredding thriller with the heart and soul so often missing from lesser crime and suspense novels. I couldn't stop reading, yet I didn't want Audie's story to end. Robotham is an absolute master." (Stephen King)

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great book. reader was a little annoying.

good read but predictable. some parts were sad and a little far fetched but over all a well written novel. reader read for the two main characters. would have been better with two readers

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Boring

I don’t know what other reviewers found “thrilling” about this story. It was just predictably average.

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couldn't put it down!

Make sure you start listening when you have a spare 11hrs and 58 minutes because once you start you won't want to stop! I really enjoyed this. Great story and well narrated

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Where has Michael Robothom gone?

Ok I get it that the Psychologist character is finished having read all the previous books. But really a male writer trying to occupy the intimate thoughts of women really failed. A very disappointing story

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Ingenious story of love, infidelity and neglect

There are a number of interesting credible characters in this book which clearly is sourced in modern life. The contrast of morality in the middle vs working classes and their similarities, needs and the human pain we can all experience. Although one of the genres of ‘girl/wife’ stories this touched on the sadness of those who cannot have the lives they deserve through their history of childhood neglect, abuse, and the absence of parental love or care. One sees this every day in the poorer sections of our communities. I enjoyed this more than the ‘Other Wife’ but Robotham is a good storyteller and this narrator worked well with his material and created distinct characters as if a play or book with several individuals. He creates empathy and understanding of each.

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Best pick.

Wow. This is the first book I have come across by Michael robotham. I read and listen to books all the time and this would certainly be in my top 5 now. Never before have I had such empathy with a villen that I am nearly willing her on during a crucial part of the plot because I can feel her anguish and need as her character has been masterfully built throughout the story.

Lucy price-lewis reads in a beautiful captivating voice that I could listen to all day which really finishes off the jewel of this novel.

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Great listen

The narrative held my attention and I wanted more
Great thriller and well kept secrets


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The secrets

It was a very moving story and had a lot of truth in it. Sometimes we need a wake up call by someone who looks at us as having it all. When we ourselves take so much for granted. In this book the family got that wake up call from someone who had such sadness in her life

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Prepare to lose time to this book

Such a well crafted tale told from two perspectives that confound and intrigue the reader with unexpected twists and turns. So well written that I felt connected with both Aggie and Meg's position and found it impossible to favour one side against the other. I struggled to put this one down and almost (almost!!) took a day off work so I could finish it. Wonderfully narrated by Lucy Price-Lewis who really brought the characters to life. I'd give 10 stars if I could.

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Excellent Narration

Good suspense, great narration throughout, story evolves well with characters, thoroughly enjoyable and clever plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-03-2018

Twisted but wonderful

Very good,. Michael did a great job at making the criminal a victim as well.

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  • heatha
  • 06-12-2017

a very engaging read

loved it. A well written plot. the build up was great. a very good read

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  • Tarryn Drabble
  • 07-09-2018

love

always love Michael Robotham books, can't wait for my next one. scary to think how this is reality

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  • Laura
  • 02-08-2018

Unputdownable

Not the usual type of book I like but enjoyed the story very much.. Real page turner

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  • LAUREN
  • 16-07-2018

excellent story . A real insight into the mind of

Excellent story. Gives real insight into the mind of a desperate hurting woman. True to life.

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  • viti
  • 07-06-2018

Very Suspensful

The performance was amazing!! And so was the book. I finished it in only 2 days. If you’re looking for a good psychological thriller, this is it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-2017

What a great book!

Love each minuto of it, it kept me on edge, feeling sorry for Agatha and hating her at the same time. First book I got from M.R. And definitely not the last!

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  • Luccia Gray
  • 05-09-2017

Suspenseful Family Drama

A suspenseful family drama about motherhood, paternity, families, infidelity, abuse, and mental illness. The secrets she keeps is the story of two women whose lives come into contact with devastating consequences. It was well plotted and well written with engaging characters, although the women seemed too complex and unstable, while the men too gullible and easily manipulared. It reminded me of other similar themed novels I've read recently. It's told from two points of view. Especially for lovers of psychological thrillers. The profiler was my favourite character. I loved the dramatic reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-08-2017

Sheer brilliance

Once again Michael Robotham did not disappoint.I got used to the Joe series but this was a beautiful piece of art.I could not put it down until the end.Cant wait for the next one.

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  • Anne
  • 17-07-2017

*HUGE DISSAPOINTMENT*

I love Michael Robotham. But, I've finished up feeling very flat. I'm not a fan of books where the characters are speaking for themselves.

Aside from that, the storyline was very boring and I've fast forwarded through half of it. But listening to the end. It got better about four hours from the end.

The narrator, Lucy Price-Lewis is okay for a woman narrator. Says things as they are and doesn't use the soft feely nicey tone of voice as most women do.

Would I spend the money if I knew it was written like this - no.

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  • Aíslín
  • 24-07-2017

Gripping and superbly read!

Highly recommend but not for the feint hearted. I love how the book is presented from the two main characters and takes us through their journey.

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  • velA
  • 19-07-2017

Absolutely amazing.

From the first sentence I was totally hooked to this book. There is lots of twist and turns... and, surprises. Absolutely amazing.

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  • K. Walton
  • 03-08-2017

Great book

Really enjoyed this. Yes it starts as a domestic drama but quickly starts to build into an excellent thriller told from 2 different perspectives. Different type of book for this author but very well written. Don't be put off by the negative reviews, it was a gripping story.

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  • Jenny
  • 03-08-2017

Disappointed

I was looking forward to this book as I am a big fan of Michaels books but it lacked suspense and I found it long winded and boring. Not one of his best.

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  • 5712.odea
  • 17-07-2017

Superb Crime Writer.

Never dissapoints. This book is totally absorbing. Always look forward to his next publication.

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  • patsy
  • 31-07-2017

Gripping psychological thriller

This book is one of Michael Robotham's best, full of suspense and hard to put down. It is well written with excellent characterisations and superbly read by Lucy Price-Lewis. I loved it!

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  • J H.
  • 02-08-2017

Loved it

Listened to it on my commute everyday and just couldn't wait to finish work and listen more. Really great story, page turner! The reader was excellent, very easy listening.

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  • Anna ricketts
  • 22-07-2017

Excellent

The author has done his research..
as with all his books I was captivated till the end.

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  • CMB
  • 11-08-2017

Brilliant book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Secrets She Keeps to be better than the print version?

Haven't read the print version.

What other book might you compare The Secrets She Keeps to, and why?

I think it's in a niche of its own because it explores many different issues - fertility, families, abuse, mental health issues etc.

What about Lucy Price-Lewis’s performance did you like?

I though she read clearly and adopted accurate accents for the different characters in the book and she made it easy to distinguish which character was speaking.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would have done if I'd had the time!

Any additional comments?

I rarely leave a review but felt I had to for this book as I enjoyed it so much. The various issues explored were covered sensitively yet you were able to appreciate the problems suffered by the main characters. I haven't read any of the author's other books but I'll certainly be giving them a try. Highly recommended.

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  • Trixie
  • 20-09-2017

Very different story from Robotham!

Such an interesting story, told from two people's points of view, both women. Quite a change from the mournful Joseph O'Loughlin stories, which, frankly, are becoming full of self-pity and verging on the annoying.

It's a very good stab at seeing the world from a female perspective and extremely well narrated. My only reservation is that the author seems to believe in the Superwoman myth, e.g., that a women who has had major stomach surgery (a C-section) can clamber over a wall a few days later!

Never mind, I really enjoyed the psychological cat and mouse game and was gripped by the twists and turns of the plot. Recommended!

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