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The Secrets She KeepsThe Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Norma’s Review – Date read:  August 19 – 21, 2017

4.5 stars! There are no secrets here – I absolutely loved how this story was told and what a perfectly fitting title!

THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS by MICHAEL ROBOTHAM is a gripping fast-paced suspenseful character-driven psychological thriller that had me totally engaged, entertained, and interested throughout this whole book.  This book was extremely hard to put down.

MICHAEL ROBOTHAM delivers an engrossing and angst-ridden read here with absolutely wonderful character development and an extremely enthralling storyline. The story is told in alternating chapters from our two main characters points of view, Agatha & Meghan.  I equally enjoyed both of their stories and uncovering their secrets.

MICHAEL ROBOTHAM doesn’t share all of Meg’s & Agatha’s deepest secrets to us all at once, we get a character study into the true nature of these women as their secrets and motivations are revealed to us layer by layer.  This is what actually really stood out for me while I was reading this shocking story.

Although, I wouldn’t say that this novel was all that suspenseful for me it was the pacing, the writing, and the characters that I found so compelling.  Some aspects to this story might have been a little unrealistic but all in all I don’t think it really mattered too much and I was able to just accept it for the wonderful story that it was.

To sum it all up it was an interesting, unforgettable, and an enjoyable read with a satisfying ending. Would highly recommend!

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Little, Brown Book Group/Sphere and Michael Robotham for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

It was a pleasure reading this along with my wonderful Traveling Sisters Brenda, Lindsay, Mackey and Linda (The Sisters Mom).

Brenda”s Thoughts

The Secrets She Keeps is a well-paced character driven suspense thriller that is skillfully written that drew me into the secrets and lies kept by two very different women Meghan and Agatha.  I really enjoyed delving deep into their minds especially Agatha and I really enjoyed both their stories.

The Secrets She Keeps started out a bit slow for me at first and then picked up speed till I became engrossed in the lives and minds of Meghan and Agatha and I could feel their desperation to keep their secrets and lies.  At times it felt like I was watching a car wreck and I knew what was going to happen but still hoping for a different outcome.

Michael Robotham does a fantastic job creating rich, interesting and compelling characters and slowly, skillfully revealing the secrets and lies Meghan and Agatha keep. He did a great job shocking me with their webs of deceit and delusions yet still leaving me feeling a little compassion for their situations.

I did make the mistake of looking and trying to figure out some big twists that never came for me and the end did leave me wanting a bit more but after discussing this one with my sisters I ended up feeling very satisfied with the ending.  I highly recommend.

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Little, Brown Book Group/Sphere and Michael Robotham for a copy to read and review.

Lindsay’s Thoughts:

4.5 stars!   This was a highly addictive, fast paced and character driven read.

I loved the way this story was told!   The author, Michael Robotham, did a fantastic job with the two female narrators, Meg and Agatha.   Character development was definitely a 5-star experience in this gripping novel!   I was completely engrossed in Meg and Agatha’s lives, hanging on their every thought and word to see what would happen next.  I felt as though I was actually right inside their minds, feeling their feelings, and weighing out decisions with them.   

The storyline revolves around one of my worst nightmare’s as a parent.   This made for a heart-pounding, anxiety driven, nail-biting reading experience.  Even though the plot was a terrifying nightmarish situation for me, I couldn’t put the book down – I had to know what would happen next.  I was thinking about this book even when I wasn’t reading it.  Robotham does an exceptional job slowly revealing the pieces of this shocking story – he kept me hanging on every word.  The title of the book, “The Secrets She Keeps” is perfectly fitting for this novel!

There were a few aspects of this story that seemed far-fetched to me which took away slightly from my rating.  However, I was able to accept it and move forward to continue enjoying this addictive story.

A big thank you to NetGalley, Scribner and Michael Robotham for providing me with a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review!

It was a pleasure to read this along with my wonderful sisters Norma, Brenda, Mackey and the sister’s mom Linda. 



2 thoughts on “Traveling Sisters NetGalley Reviews: The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

  1. Susanne S. says:

    Great review Ladies! I am glad that each of you liked the book – for different reasons! Robotham keeps you interested. I hope you will find his next read just as interesting!

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    1. Thank you so much, Susanne! I will definitely be reading for by this author in the future. I thought it was an extremely interesting read and loved the characters! They were so well-developed! Glad you enjoyed this one too! 🙂


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