Can You Keep a Secret? by Karen Perry

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Can You Keep a Secret? by Karen Perry

Category: Thrillers
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Karen Grace
Reviewed by Karen Grace
Summary: An intense psychological thriller that had me totally gripped from the very first to the very last page. As a chicklit fan this was not my usual genre but I loved it although perhaps that's not surprising as apparently all three of author Karen Perry's previous books have been bestsellers.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 400 Date: November 2017
Publisher: Penguin
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1405920339

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Thornbury Hall is the grand ancestral home of the Bagenal family headed by taciturn Peter with his wistful wife Heather and their two children, Patrick and Rachel. It is also the setting for many secrets and tragedies all of which resurface twenty years later as Patrick reunites childhood friends, Niall, Marcus, Hilary and main character Lindsey, for one final party before selling the house.

Cleverly written, the chapters alternate between 2017 and 1991, with the friends' teenage years brilliantly setting the scene for the present day events and the story unravelling seamlessly across the decades. In a way it was a kind of coming of age story with the teenage versions of the characters facing the normal adolescent challenges of puberty, friendships and sexual experiences all of which would ultimately shape the adults they would become and the tragic turn of events they would encounter.

Every chapter, or quite possibly even every page, was packed with intrigue and drama immersing me so fully that I was even able to totally block out my fellow passengers on my daily train commute - which is no small feat believe me. Naively I thought I could see what was coming almost from the beginning but happily I was totally wrong and could never in a million years have predicted the actual truths behind the tragedies. I also loved the fact that the intrigue kept building throughout the book with nothing revealed until the very last pages when everything suddenly fell into place and parts of the story that seemed insignificant at the time now made sense.

Such was the suspense that it's very hard to talk about this book without giving anything away. But, if it was on television I think it would come with the warning that it 'contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing' and that for me was the only real negative. It wasn't the scenes as such but the overall motivation that was disconcerting, however, that said it wasn't evident until the end of the book and described in a non-explicit manner so whilst a subject I would normally avoid it wasn't too off putting and certainly didn't diminish my love of this book.

An intense psychological thriller that had me totally gripped from the very first to the very last page. As a chicklit fan this was not my usual genre but I loved it although perhaps that's not surprising as all three of author Karen Perry's previous books have been bestsellers. Thank you to The Bookbag and the publishers for introducing me another new author and genre, I can't wait to get started on Karen Perry's other novels now. Other books you might like are I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh for its unpredictable twists and In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware which will also keep you guessing from start to finish.

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