- File Size: 1469 KB
- Print Length: 382 pages
- Publisher: Bookouture (October 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 13, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075GZL62D
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Her Last Secret: A gripping psychological thriller you won't be able to put down Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
As a fan of the character-driven novel, I was in my element reading Her Last Secret. I felt disgust and loathing for husband Benjamin who needs to remove his head from his own bottom and start focussing on his family. My heart ached for teenager Ruby who was crying (nay, screaming!) for attention from her parents but was sinking further and further away from them. Young Amber (or Mouse as she's nicknamed) was beautiful from start to finish and really shone from the pages. It takes real talent to write a convincing eight-year-old voice but the author has excelled. And then there's Dominque; totally flawed, damaged by her past and failing her teenage daughter but oh my gosh, I loved her.
The opening chapter throws the reader straight into the action. The police are called to a residential street in the early hours of Christmas morning. Chief Inspector Ogundele doesn't know what awaits him inside the house, all he knows is that gunshots have been fired. From there the chapters countdown to Christmas day, giving the reader an insight into the 'not so perfect' Thomas family and how they have arrived at such a horrific predicament on what should be one of the happiest days of the year. Brilliantly executed by the author. In my view, Copperthwaite's best novel yet!
Would I recommend this book? Of course, without a shadow of a doubt! You'd be a fool to miss out on this one. Thrilling and heartbreaking in equal measure. Superb storytelling, compulsive and impossible to put down. I was hooked and you will be too!
(A very easy) Five out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Her Last Secret. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.