Expected publication: July 11, 2017
5 Stars !!
This is my first read from Michael Robotham. I loved it!
How far would you go to create the perfect family?
How many times have you looked at someone and thought “now there is someone who has it all?” Well I have. Plenty of times.
We may assume someone who is beautiful, rich, married with children must be happy. They must have the perfect life. But you know what they say about assuming….
The book alternates between Agatha and Meghan’s point of view.
When Agatha looks at Meghan she sees someone with the perfect life. She has a gorgeous home, two beautiful children, and a loving husband. While Agatha is at home, pregnant and alone, wondering if her baby daddy, Hayden will ever return her calls. Hayden is a sailor who is away for seven months. Agatha tells us the silly boy “thinks” they broke up before he left, but she says he’s just overreacting to her going through his phone and reading his emails. Now he’s avoiding her.
But she’ll find a way to make him reply to her.
Agatha is pregnant and works at a grocery store in an affluent area in London. Her favorite part of the day is when Meghan comes into the store.
Agatha knows A LOT about Meghan’s life. She knows her schedule, husband and children’s names, as well as what time Meghan picks up her daughter from school. She knows Meghan’s mothers’ group meets every Friday morning and even what each woman orders to drink. She’s gotten a lot of this information by watching Meghan. But she also gotten a lot of additional information from Meghan’s detailed posts on her mommy blog. She thinks Meghan makes motherhood and marriage look easy.
But Meghan’s life is far from perfect. Her marriage has been very bumpy lately. Jack has been acting strangely, and the couple has been fighting more than ever (more than once I wanted to reach into the book and throttle Jack, when he made comments about her weight or belittled her blog). Meghan hopes that once the baby is born things will go back to normal, that they will be happy again.
But Meghan has secrets…and she’s not the only one.
So many secrets.
Agatha finds out that Meghan is pregnant with baby number three and that they are both due around the same time. This gives her the push needed to strike up a conversation with Meghan. But Meghan doesn’t know that this little conversation has solidified a friendship (in Agatha’s mind). If Meghan only knew that a seemingly unimportant conversation with a woman stocking shelves at a grocery store will turn her life upside down in ways she never imagined.
“I’ve spoken to her properly now. We’ve made a connection. We’re going to be friends, Meg and I, and I’ll be just like her. I’ll make a lovely home and keep my man happy. We’ll do yoga classes and swap recipes and meet for coffee every Friday morning with our mothers’ group”
If only Meghan hadn’t gone to that store. If she’d done anything different that day. Maybe that would have changed everything.
This book got inside my head. So many twist and turns that literally had my mouth dropping open in surprise. I was so fully engrossed in the story that I didn’t see the time passing. I had an early appointment the next morning and wanted to get to sleep early. But I couldn’t stop reading!
We really have no idea what goes on in someone’s life. How things that happened throughout their lives can affect everything. I was trying to put myself into the minds of these characters. All of the horrible things some had been through. Some parts were very difficult to read.
How do we know what someone’s marriage or relationship is truly like. Just look at how happy everyone is on Facebook and other social media. So often we are just seeing just the parts they want us to see.
This was a gripping and powerful story full of thrills, twists, and mind games. And although occasionally things may have seemed implausible, I just went with it and enjoyed the story.
THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a clever and entertaining psychological suspense novel that I quickly devoured in just a few sittings.
I can honestly say this won’t be my last read from Michael Robotham
Thank you NetGalley and Scribner Publishing for providing an advanced copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.