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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of This Secret We're Keeping by Rebecca Done, read by Kristin Atherton and Oliver Chris.

A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules?

Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he was her first love when she was 15 years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal, with his arrest and imprisonment.

Now, 17 years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together. With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present?

From debut author Rebecca Done, This Secret We're Keeping is a powerful and provocative novel about the ties which can keep us together - or tear us apart.

©2016 Rebecca Done (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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Tear Jerker

This book tugs at the heartstrings and makes you question what you think is right. I have read/listened to it 3 times, and it has moved me to tears each time.

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  • donna
  • 07-01-2017

Well...... a few small spoilers

I'm torn. It was a decent book. Well written, well narrated, interesting points of view, good characters. It had a lot of potential, it just wasn't at all what I was expecting when I started and for all the rave reviews I've read. It was, however, utterly heartbreaking. So so many things were just tragic. I think any book that includes a beloved pet dying, especially when so central to the story, should have a disclaimer so that I can be prepared for it. I've been blindsided by a few lately and it's not cool at all. I was already on the fence about the book and that ruined it further. So here's your warning if you feel the same.
But onto the more reasonable points I didn't like; it was way longer than necessary and some areas progressed so slowly I was actually bored. A good portion of the book seemed pretty pointless.
I tried, I really really tried to like Matthew/will. But, I just couldn't. He was just a weak, sad, immature character in my opinion. Like the mindless, stereotypical male who's life is completely run by the women and stronger personalities around him. He was to weak to escape the seductions of a 15 year old girl, his adult girlfriend runs the show and makes his decisions for him but he can't change that because he can't support himself and she'd take his child away. Ugh, I wanted to shake some sense into him. Quit making excuses and be an adult! They made ridiculously terrible decisions throughout the book, which for a 15 year old is understandable but for a 25 year old is just sad. It really hit me (small spoiler) when he was trying to convince her to ditch college to run away to Italy. He's just grooming her like an actual predator. He's so selfish. Maybe he loved her but he's still trying to change her life and her future to what he wants, not what's best for her. It says a few times how she's so young and impressionable but he uses it to his advantage every time. Even as adults he treats her like a child who will sit and wait with bated breath for his call or attention, and sadly she does just that. I just couldn't make myself like him and that made me question her sanity. I guess it made such an impact on a 15 year old girl she would still be attached, even if he is pathetic.
Every character besides the main two, was somehow evil and terrible to them. Every one. There wasn't a redeemable quality in the bunch which also got a bit old. Well, except smudge but look where that got him.
The narration is great and I'll look for other books by both narrators, I'm not sure I'll read another by the author though.

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  • Miss
  • 07-06-2016

Incredible

An amazing book from start to finish with an ending that was so beautifully written.

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  • Lynne
  • 07-05-2016

Wonderful!

I have been completely captivated by this book from start to finish! A must read!!!!

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  • K
  • 05-05-2016

Narrator with spit issues

I couldn't even listen to this after the first chapter. It was unbelievable that the narrator kept swallowing, licking her lips and making general horrible mouth noises. Gross.

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  • Ushma
  • 05-08-2016

This was fantastic.

What made the experience of listening to This Secret We're Keeping the most enjoyable?

The fact that the novel was read by a female and male narrator gave it additional depth as it felt like I was literally hearing Matthew and Jess's stories. Both characters had a voice, and so seemed very lifelike.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that it's not your everyday run-of-the-mill romance. The novel explores a modern taboo, and asks if it's ever acceptable for a teacher to fall in love with an underaged pupil. after reading the blurb, I was determined not to like Matthew Landsley, but because the story of his relationship with Jess is told in his own words, I found it a challenge not to empathise with him, as he makes it seem so natural. The fact that my moral compass was offset throughout further added to my enjoyment, along with the twists and turns as the story unfolded.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening, when we're actually introduced to Jess and Matthew. In a few swift sentences, we're instantly aware of their mutual attraction for each other whilst also learning important details about each of their present lives.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not sure about moving, but I actually found the ending satisfying as it would seem that Jess is in a better position while Matthew is quite literally left out in the cold.

Any additional comments?

I look forward to reading more novels by Rebecca done in the future.

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  • janet
  • 14-06-2016

Very good

Slow getting going but really enjoyed both the content and delivery.
I enjoyed this book and would recommend .

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  • FingerprintMidLife
  • 16-05-2016

Excellently narrated by Kristen Atherton!

I really enjoyed this book...at times the story seem to drag on and felt a little tedious but overall, a shady subject with an insiders light.

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  • Lyndsay
  • 09-05-2016

A good listen

I downloaded this expecting nothing really, but actually I couldn't stop listening. It's nothing groundbreaking but a good listen! The ending wasn't what I expected either!

However, if you are sensitive to weird mouth noises, the female narrator can get a bit annoying at times.

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  • Linda
  • 04-08-2017

not at all good

couldn't get that the story accepted that it was OK for a 15 year old girl to have sexual relations with her maths teacher
wrong on too many levels. couldn't enjoy the story

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  • Angie
  • 21-04-2017

Disappointed!

Was enjoying this book till three quarters to the end. Big build up with disappointing ending
It's as if the author got fed up writing the book and just made up a quick ending.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-2016

Should have been shorter.

This book was quite boring . The story idea was ok but it went on , and on , and on . How many times did I hear " the day of the bbq" ? I had no sympathy for any of the characters.