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The Secrets We Keep

Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When Tessa arrives at the little house by the lake with her two children, it is an escape. The rental house may be a bit small – but it’s theirs for the summer. A place to hide…

However, their isolation is disrupted by the family from the big house next door. Three children and their glamorous mother Rebecca – who seems determined to invite Tessa into their lives.

Rebecca, however, is harboring a dark secret. And when it becomes too much for her to bear, Tessa seems to be the only person she can turn to.

But as powerful bonds form between the two families, choices will be made that can never be undone. And as the summer comes to an end, nothing can keep everyone safe. And one family will pay the ultimate price…

A gripping, powerful emotional page turner with a heartbreaking twist, for fans of Jodi Picoult, Emily Bleeker and Diane Chamberlain.

©2018 Kate Hewitt (P)2018 Bookouture

Critic Reviews

"Heart-wrenching and captivating…as good as anything Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain have ever written." (Bookish Jottings)

"A highly recommended read, just keep your tissues close by – you’re going to need them!" (Stardust Book Reviews)

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Heart breaking

This book not only broke my heart .. but yep it broke my heart - maybe a little too close for comfort?!?! Absolutely engaging

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Not my sort of book

A long saga about two very screwed up wives. Not realistic to me. I won’t be reading another Kate Hewitt I’m afraid.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-2018

Disappointing

The story was line was headed in a good direction, but when the Zoe and Catherine went to the hospital it felt like the situation was rushed and unrealistic. It was not the outcome I expected, which is good in a way, but the way it got there and the final resolution was not realistic at all. Very sad ending!

Also on chapter 35 when Rebecca asks Tessa how Catherine was doing while in the hospital, we learn about her lungs condition, which was precipitated by the author being that Tessa had not actually learned about that. (This was a mistake on the book)

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  • kay
  • 25-09-2018

couldn't put it down.

the narrator was phenomenal. It wasn't a voice that you got tired of listening to. The emotion included was spot-on.

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  • MovieFanKathy
  • 01-04-2020

Awful. Boring. Made pandemic isolating so much worse!

I don’t normally do reviews & never negatively,but this was long and never attempts to be anything more than mundane rambling followed by a needless tragedy I suppose to have something to say. It’s just plain awful. Waste of money. So very sorry I purchased it.

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  • kkiiirrr
  • 28-02-2020

I cried

It took me a long while to finish this book, but it was great. Everything about this book made me want to keep coming back. Little by little I finished it. Worth the listen, probably worth the read!

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  • Greenie
  • 25-02-2020

Slow and depressing

This book was very slow and very depressing. I kept waiting for it to move forward but it basically stays on the same page.

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  • Suzanne S
  • 02-12-2019

Emotional story that tugs at your heart

This was my first book by Kate Hewitt and it won’t be my last. The characters were realistic, sympathetic and flawed.

The story is told from two points of views; Tessa and Rebecca. Both women form quick stereotyped opinions of each other. But as they become acquainted, they develop a somewhat co-dependent friendship. I was riveted and kept wanting to learn more about them. I also thought the struggles their kids went through were heartfelt and genuine.

When one mother needs the other, the balance of power between the two shifts. Then tragedy strikes and. . . no spoilers. The end is bittersweet, but satisfying.

I already miss Tessa and Rebecca and wonder how they’re doing; the true indicator of well developed characters.

This was the first book I’ve listened to narrated by Catherine Fenton. She did a good job of altering her voice for the two main characters. 

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  • Dr. Sara McCoy
  • 02-12-2019

Mehhhh...

Meh, is really all I can say. I listened. Sometimes bored. Sometimes thinking it was getting better.
I doubt I’ll recommend this to anyone bc I’m pretty sure I’m going to forget that I read it.

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  • Shannon M
  • 26-11-2019

Unpredictable

Loved it.
Thought provoking, as well as unpredictable ending. Want more books by author and narrations by Fenton



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  • Bree
  • 29-04-2019

Slow paced. Narrator was great.

I had a hard time getting into this book. Started slow and pretty much stayed that way. Ending was a surprise though.

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  • MerrilyW
  • 01-04-2019

Too close for comfort

For all of us who care and love too much. ITs a great book with insights that cut to the bone. beautifully illustrated. The narrator was just a little too dramatic and many passages rather monotonous in tone. Lift it up a little and be a bit more normal please.