The Secrets Between Us by Louise Douglas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was overjoyed to receive this book to review as part of the Transworld book group reading challenge, as I loved the authors previous book The Love of My Life
This one didn't disappoint even though its quite different to the other one by her I've read, although both are undeniably romantic "The secrets between us" is more of a psychological thriller with a little shiver of spookiness.
Sarah heads off to Sicily to lick her wounds after her partners infidelity brings a long term relationship to a bitter end whilst she is still grieving over the death of her baby through a painful stillbirth.
Recent events having left her vulnerable and uncertain about her future, it seems like a dream come true to be almost swept off her feet by debonair Alexander and his adorable little boy Jamie. They seem to be in a similar situation, Alex's wife Genevieve having recently left them and in the balmy Sicilian sun it doesn't seem unreasonable to Sarah to be asked to move in with hunky Alex, albeit as his housekeeper.
Friends and family think she's crazy to accept and soon Sarah begins to wonder whether they might be right, things in the rambling old house in a rural village are far from what this city girl is used to and not quite as she hoped. There is an air of brooding menace which languidly taunts the reader and makes this a real page turner.
Sensationally well written although it seems to proceed at a gentle pace, each twist and turn are unexpected and the menace builds to a great ending.
Louise Douglas is definitely a name to watch out for and I think would be enjoyed by lovers of authors such as Diane Chamberlain and Rosamund Lupton
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