Review: The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham

Review

Two pregnant women forge an unlikely friendship which forever alters their far-from-perfect lives.

With The Secrets She Keeps, crime writer Michael Robotham delivers a riveting story of escalating unease. One woman—Agatha—watches mommy blogger Meg from the grocery store from which she works, coveting Meg’s seemingly perfect life from afar. Meg is beautiful, lives in the perfect home with a good-looking husband and their two (soon to be three) charming children. She lives a thrilling life on the go, punctuated by coffee dates with stylish pre-school moms, all humorously captured on her popular blog.

In contrast, Agatha’s survived a life sharpened by heartbreak, works in a low-paying job and barely affords to pay her run-down apartment. But everything is about to change. She’s pregnant and in love, and soon, her navy boyfriend is coming home.

One day, Meg walks into the grocery store and Agatha musters the courage to talk to her. Agatha learns both she and Meg are due the same month and a new friendship takes root. Agatha’s life begins to look up.

Or so it seems…

Soon, we discover the secrets they both keep as the veneer of perfection fractures and darker, dangerous truths come to light.

Worse yet, something happens, something shocking and irreversible that forces secrets to be bared, and the proverbial clock begins to tick for both Agatha and Meg.

What’s truly impressive, is how Robotham gradually and almost inconsequentially reveals deeply distressing truths as part of a narrative that continues to unravel. Just when you think all the secrets are out, there’s more. And it’s this resulting, ratcheting tension that keeps you turning the pages, anxious to see how this sinister tale will end, how the very different lives of two women intersect and persist after the unimaginable occurs.

About The Secrets She Keeps

In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?

Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.

When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…

With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.

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