• The Secret

  • The Number One Best-Selling Author of The Letter
  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (432 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling author returns with her second novel, The Secret - a beautiful, tear-jerking novel which will be cherished by all those thousands of fans who lost their hearts to The Letter.

From the Number One best-selling author of The Letter comes The Secret - a heart-breaking novel of tragedy, hope and second chances. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Amanda Prowse will love the moving human drama of Kathryn Hughes.

Mary has been nursing a secret.

Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.

Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must go back to where it all began to unlock...the Secret.

©2016 Kathryn Hughes (P)2016 Headline Publishing Group Limited

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I loved reading the book so much but some time has past so I decided to have a listen while I knit.

The pace of the reader and flow of the stories by Kathryn Hughes the perfect choice for me.
I found them to be such a good fit I had to recommend all her books to those on my FB knitting pages.

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Good read

I enjoyed this book. Not as much as the previous books (The Key and The Letter), but it was all in all worth the credit and time spent listening.

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I so enjoyed The Secret, marvelous story. When it first started it's a little dry, but doesn't take long to really get you interested and interested in all the characters of the book. But a such surprising secret. How it's kept a secret still something happens. All comes out but there are more secrets that come about. I don't want to spoil anything fantastic book.

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Excellent Read

Loved this book! The author is so good at keeping the reader connected to the story and wanting more!

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Lots of twists and turns

Very much liked the story line. Lots of characters that were well described. Some very happy moments, but lots of sad ones as well. I had no idea where it was all heading, but I very much enjoyed the final outcome. Great performance! I definitely recommend this book.

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Another interesting take by Kathryn Hughes

Two accidents power the trajectory of the lives in this book. When the end comes, an early assumption by the reader is proven wrong. Ms. Hughes draws you in and keeps you wondering. Well done.

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Read or listen to this book! It is a great work!

I loved this book. The story was very good and the narrater did an awesome job! Great work, Kathryn Hughes!!!

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Hang on, play close attention

I was saved from a terribly boring 3 hour drive home and transferred to a place of love, loss, hope and in the end, relief.

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Surprised

It’s not often that I get surprised with a twist in a story but this one got me! Loved it to the end.

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Narration is bloody perfection!!

A bit sappy, but generally held my interest throughout.
I really enjoyed first 1/3 and last 1/3
Middle I found a little tedious
The narration is excellent.

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  • Letty
  • 01-04-17

Good but very depressing!

All I can say is don't ever listen to this book if you are depressed!
It is pretty much non stop gloom......disease, suicide, unwanted pregnancy, bullying, car crash, death, child neglect, injuries, fire, lies and worry to name a few.
Narration was good, there thankfully was a happy ending, it had a good twist to it and I listened to it to the end but there was just too much relentless gloom and despair for me.

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  • M.A.
  • 07-22-16

Very good book. Recommended.

After reader her previous book The Letter i searched out more from this author and narrator, i was not disappointed.
Both the storyline and the characters soon came alive. Loved the ending too.

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  • Miss Book Worm
  • 09-30-16

A well versed story

First and foremost I enjoyed The Letter and because of this bought The Secret. A good read with an in depth knowledge of human behaviour.
I gathered the secret towards the middle of the book but another part of the story was a complete suprise.

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  • Natalie
  • 08-27-16

plenty of twists and turns

loved this book, kept me interested all the way through, not many books surprise me, but this had a few surprises in it. could relate to the characters and in places i had a tear in my eye.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-22-16

Enjoyable

narrator was good very well read....good storyline.....good twist in story....really enjoyed first audible story ☺

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  • MARLENE
  • 09-30-16

THE SECRET

Beautiful story set in the North of England. . This story spans over the life of an unwanted baby, from her birth and then takes you on a journey through to her discovery of her family. Beautifully read by Rachel Atkins. I would highly recommend this book. Well worth a read.

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  • Avril
  • 10-06-16

Good beginning predictable ending

I loved this book at the beginning but as it went in I got really bored and really struggled to keep going. I much preferred The Letter and would recommend that book over this one.

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  • Robert Mara
  • 10-20-16

Wonderful

Gripping story, beautifully written., The narration added depth to this audio experience. More please from this writer.

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  • julie simmons
  • 08-02-16

a must read

loved the book from start to finish. the introduction the way the characters were introduced, the fact that it was set in 1976 the summer I left school the twist at the end 👍

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  • ANNETTE
  • 08-30-16

Brilliant audiobook

One of my favourite purchases.I couldn't stop listening .
Really enjoyed the story and liked the characters. The narrator brought the characters to life.
Didn't want it to end.
This is the first audiobook I have listened too by Kathryn Hughes and I have now purchased The Letter . I hope it's just as good as The Secret

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  • Mike
  • 04-06-19

Another potential movie from Kathryn Hughes

I purchased this title after listening to The Letter, by the same author. I can't say which I enjoyed more, as they're quite different, but both thoroughly enjoyable. I think both would make good movies. The Secret is a beautifully woven story, which really moved me, numerous times. Well narrated, very engaging, and highly recommended.

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