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Today I am reviewing The Secret Within by Lucy Dawson. This was released on the 26th of January, published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

It was supposed to be my family\’s promising new start, but now it\’s a nightmare I can\’t wake up from…

I need the two men sitting opposite to trust me. My family\’s happiness is riding on my getting this job. I smile – there\’s no link between having a friendly face and being trustworthy, but humans are programmed to think there is. Even us doctors, who should know better.

They\’ll know about my past from the newspapers – the court case, the threats, the lies that were told – but what\’s important now are my children. This has to be the new start we so desperately need. An escape from my old job, my ex… and the scandal that nearly ruined me.

What I don\’t know yet is that if I convince them to trust me, I\’ll be putting my family in terrible danger. I\’m trying to make things right, but this is when it starts to go very, very wrong…

Utterly twisty and completely unputdownable. This insanely gripping page-turner is perfect for anyone who tore through Friend Request, Gone Girl or 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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