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Today I am reviewing on its publication day The Secret by Debbie Howells, published by Avon Books.

Book Description

‘Everyone has secrets. And now, one of mine is yours…’

As the only two teenagers in a small village, Hollie and Niamh tell each other everything. Behind Abingworth’s closed doors, every family has its secrets – and theirs might hide the worst ones of all.

One day Hollie tells Niamh about a devastating discovery, swears her to secrecy … then vanishes. All the villagers claim to know nothing. Until Hollie’s body is found, and the police know one of their number isn’t just a liar, but a killer…

What did Hollie tell Niamh before she died? And who would kill to keep the secret?

A completely unputdownable suspense which will leave you reeling at the final twist… 

Hidden deep within the small village of Abingworth, each of its residents has secrets to hide. When a local teenage girl uncovers the truth of one, someone decides that taking her life is the only way to protect it. A slow burning psychological suspense, never was the phrase of “two can keep a secret – if one of them is dead” more relevant than in this book.

The Secret is an intriguing tale with its complex relationships, that are wrapped up in secrets and lies and covers themes of coercive control, mental abuse and domestic violence, which Howells deals with sensitively. It kept my interest throughout, its characters strong and its short chapters made for a quick read in the lead up to its thrilling finale that took me completely by surprise! A dark and sinister read, I throughly enjoyed this book.

Thank you to Debbie Howells, Avon Books and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Secret, 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 Debbie Howells

While I was working as long haul cabin crew, I trained as a pilot, gaining my commercial licence before qualifying as a flying instructor. But after my children were born, I left aviation and began my wedding flower business, Country Flowers.

​It was on my days off that I started writing, self publishing three women’s fiction novels before I wrote The Bones of You, my first psychological thriller. After selling at auction to Pan Macmillan,  it went on to become a Sunday Times bestseller and was picked for the Richard and Judy book club. It was followed by The Beauty of The End, The Death of Her and Her Sister’s Lie, all published by Pan Macmillan.

​I’ve since written The Vow, an ebook bestseller, published by Avon in 2020, and to be followed by The Secret in January 2022.

​Meanwhile, alongside writing thrillers, I’ve returned to women’s fiction and the first of six novels, The Life You Left Behind, will be published by Boldwood in February 2022.

​My books are inspired by many things – people, the human experience; the beauty of this ever-changing landscape. Thank you so much for reading them, if you’ve enjoyed them I’d love to hear from you. 

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