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Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing on its publication day The Secret Within by Lucy Dawson, published by Bookouture.

Book Description

It was supposed to be my family’s promising new start, but then everything went very, very wrong… 

When Julia Blythe moves to a small, sleepy town on the south coast with her husband Ewan and their two children, they all agree to put their past behind them. She’s offered her dream job at the local hospital, and the kids get a place at the friendly, red-brick village school – it’s perfect. No more threatening letters, no more twisted lies.

And how nice to meet her new colleague Nathan Sloan and his wife Storm, when picking up her children on their first day. Gracious and good-looking, the Sloans have a son in the same year and a close-knit circle of friends who welcome Julia and Ewan as if they’ve always known them.

But just as Julia is starting to relax into their new life, the unthinkable happens. A day trip to the coast ends in tragedy when her youngest child is reported missing. Her new friends crowd around to help – searching the desolate clifftops for a sign. But Julia can’t help but wonder if she’s once again placed her trust in someone deadly…

In a town this small, how could nobody see what happened? And who can she turn to when anyone around her could be telling lies? In running away to this new beginning, has Julia unknowingly put her family in even more terrible danger?

Utterly twisty and completely unputdownable. This insanely gripping page-turner from bestselling author Lucy Dawson is perfect for anyone who tore through Friend Request, Gone Girl and My Lovely Wife.

Like so many people Julia is looking for a fresh start. While she understands that it’s probably not possible, she wants to leave the past behind, most of all the aftermath of the choice she made. Sometimes no matter how great our intentions, the right thing to do may just turn out to be the wrong thing.

I loved the sound of this story and not having read a book from Lucy Dawson before, I jumped at the chance to read this when the opportunity presented itself. Full of tension, suspense and twists and turns, The Secret Within is an exciting read.

Ok, now for the characters…I don’t think I have read and detested two male characters more than Hamish and Nathan! My word they are so horrible and vile but, have been perfectly created and written to make you feel these emotions. I did really like Julia’s character and her strength to be able stand up and do the right thing.

Lucy Dawson has a very easy style and does a great job of keeper the reader engaged and wanting to keep flicking those pages. The pace for the first half of the book is on the slower side but, things do pick up making for a more thrilling second half.

All up The Secret Within is a gripping and tense psychological thriller and has been a great introduction for me to Lucy Dawson’s work. I will definitely be reading more from her. It was a pleasure to read and review The Secret Within which I recommend.

Thank you to Lucy Dawson, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Secret Within, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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Let’s Get to Know Lucy Dawson

Lucy has been writing psychological suspense novels since 2008, when her first bestseller – His Other Lover – was published. Since then her work has been translated into numerous languages.

Her gripping books jump in at the deep end… the extraordinary things that can happen to ordinary couples, families and friends with devastating conclusions.

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