- File Size: 1469 KB
- Print Length: 408 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (October 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075GZL62D
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,293 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Now, the premise of this was thrilling and I wanted to enjoy it. But I was left feeling kind of indifferent towards it. I didn't hate it, but I'm just not a fan of it either. I was more drawn in to the chapters where the police were getting ready to enter the house (and those were super brief chapters) than I was to what led up to the shooting. For me, the back story was too slow, while the police chapters were fast-paced and engaging; that led to a kind of disconnect for me that had me losing interest.
Overall, I just wasn't as engaged as I was hoping to be.
Her plots make sense and she does a great job of tying up the loose ends. Speaking of which, I loved the ending of this book....no spoilers, though!
On Christmas Day the police are called to the home of the Thomas family to investigate the possibility of shots having been fired in the home but what they find is a horrific scene that no one could have possibly expected. They will now have to uncover just what led to the gruesome discovery of the entire family lying lifeless having become the victims of an unknown assailant.
Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite is a psychological thriller that has a very dark and twisted feel to it. The reader knows right from the opening pages that something horrible has happened so then the story takes you back a week to begin to learn of the events that led up to that night. It’s told from the differing point of views of the Thomas family who all carry such terrible secrets among them that you are never sure who to trust or who could be the cause of the outcome that we all know is coming for them. There are also glimpses into the police investigating what they had found nestled between the chapters from the past to keep reminding one of the horrible outcome that is just around the corner.
The characters within this story are not ones that are particularly likable as you get to know each of them and what it is that they are hiding and what is going on in this family’s lives. I would say the only one I particularly liked and hoped wouldn’t end up in that house on Christmas was little “Mouse”, she’s the only normal spot and an incredibly cute kid who had gotten her nickname from her ability to hide off in weird places with her books. The rest of the family is a bit of a trainwreck that you can’t take your eyes away from until you know all of the truth and I stayed completely entranced until that moment came. Great gritty and dark psychological thriller that had me hooked from the opening pages and would certainly recommend checking this one out.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
If only she had the courage to do so. If only the family was strong enough to survive it. If only she didn't do something stupid herself.
THE BLURB: There are some secrets you can never tell.
The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.
They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.
But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.
But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.
Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?
This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.
MY THOUGHTS: I hate abandoning a read. I know how much effort goes into giving birth to a book. And I tried, I really tried. I struggled through to 57%, but it just got harder and harder. I found it all very contrived and predictable. I felt nothing for any of the characters. While it is not necessary for me to like the characters, it is necessary for me to feel something. I recently read a book where I couldn't stand any of the characters, but I rated it 4-stars because the plot was great, and there was atmosphere and I felt involved. None of this happened with Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite. Nada. Zilch.
I know I am in the minority here, so if you have read and enjoyed Barbara Copperthwaite in the past, or you are intrigued by the excerpt or the blurb, then please read Her Last Secret and let me know how you feel about it.
So apologies and thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or my 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system.
And a note to whomever decides what to put on the cover, it is really irritating that we are constantly being told that a book is gripping and we won't be able to put it down. We're big people. Let us make up our own minds on that. Also endless comparisons to Gone Girl, or Girl on the Train tend to put my teeth on edge. Let the book stand or fall on its own merit.