Title: Tell Me A Secret
Author: Samantha Hayes
Publication Date: May 25, 2018
Page Count: 361
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
About the book:
Tell her all your secrets and she’ll tell you all her lies…
Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her 6 a.m. morning run to the strict 60-minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries.
When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either…
Against her better judgement she anonymously contacts him on a dating site. Messaging him could mean the end of her marriage and her career, but she needs to know if his motives are genuine.
When Andrew is found dead in his home, grief quickly turns to fear when messages from him continue to arrive on Lorna’s phone. Somebody knows her secret and wants to use it to destroy everything she has.
Will she risk her family and her sanity to keep her secret? Will she risk her life…?
If you love twisty psychological thrillers that get under your skin, like The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go or anything by Louise Jensen, you’ll be utterly blown away by the jaw-dropping lies in Tell Me a Secret.
Lorna has been married for years and has two children with her husband and also works full time as a therapist. When Lorna gets a call from a man insisting he needs to start seeing her she doesn’t think much of returning the call but slowly finds herself crossing lines that she shouldn’t in her job.
When Andrew walks into Lorna’s office her world begins to turn upside down. Having used a fake name Lorna was not expecting the man she had an affair with the year before and tried to put out of her mind to suddenly be back and that pull between them to return. As Lorna’s life slowly turns upside down she does everything to fight the urge to see Andrew and not risk her career or marriage again.
Tell Me A Secret by Samantha Hayes is a psychological thriller that starts with a prologue that certainly explodes off the pages to gain a readers interest in the story. It also has an ending that deserves all the stars and more with a twisted web to untangle. However, it was the middle of this book that brought down my rating.
The story is told mostly from Lorna’s point of view along with an unknown character named Nikki coming into play occasionally along with chapters looking into Lorna’s journal here and there building Lorna’s past with Andrew. The affair is compelling to read about to a point but it seemed to continue to drag on a bit too long in my opinion losing my interest after a while leaving at 3 1/2 stars overall. Thankfully an explosive ending awaited me though which is what I’ve come to expect from Samantha Hayes and what will continue to bring me back to her work.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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