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Publisher's Summary

You think you can trust the ones you love most. But what if one secret could make you question everything? 

Every day, a woman like Louise passes you in the street: elegant, confident, determined. But underneath, she’s struggling. 

She doesn’t know her sister, Alice, has been scared of leaving the house since their mother died. She doesn’t know when Alice babysits her little boy, Archie, he sometimes sees things he shouldn’t. She doesn’t know Archie has a secret. 

A secret that could send cracks through the heart of Louise’s carefully constructed life....

©2018 K. L. Slater (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

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Disappointed

I usually like this author but this one was a dud.I don’t understand reviewers who say it was a nail biter. If you like suspense pass on this one.

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Boring

I hate to say it but I was so disappointed in this book. This is one of my favorite authors. But this book was slow and even the “big reveal” didn’t make up for it.

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Meh.. Okay Story, Predictable and Somewhat Juvenil

I like KL Slater and I love a good British narrated psychological thriller. 'The Secret' is about a woman who has lost her husband and her mother, and the only people she has in life are her nephew and her sister, Her sister treats the woman poorly, and she finds herself often watching her nephew. But something weird is going on.

Nephew is keeping secrets and Sister's mood swings are horrible.

The ending is fairly predictable. Slater tries a 'double twist' with this one that works somewhat.

There is no real 'wow' factor to 'The Secret.' It's worth the listen if you can get it on sale.

-Wendi

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Naw

I usually like this author but I didn’t care for this book, I couldn’t get into like I had with the others and the end was mediocre.

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Slow

It really got on my nerves how it flip flopped back and forth in time.

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Enjoyed but…

The ending just kind of happened. No real climax. It was almost as if the author just decided it was time and a book.It was a bit disappointing.

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Like not love

It was a little hard to get into at first but once it got good I couldn’t stop listening. Didn’t imagine that twist at the end!!!

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Enjoyed this story very much

Love the fact that the word beautiful wasn't mentioned once. It was good story. Finally a character that suffers pain. I am going to listen to it again after some time has passed. I loved it that much.

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a bit different

the story was a bit different from the other stories this author has written, but it shows what a great grasp the author has on human behavior.

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Great book

Loved the story. I felt so bad for Archie. Poor kid. The plot was great. It kept me interested; couldn’t wait to see how everything would play out. Great book.

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  • Simon
  • 10-09-18

Another one off the Slater production line...

The first KL Slater book I read was Blink which I really enjoyed. Since then she has turned out a series of these increasingly slow paced dramas with big twists towards the end. Lucy Price Lewis has provided consistently strong narration.

The writing is good quality and fairly engaging but this one in particular is really so much more a family drama than anything I would think of as a thriller. It did try to jump into that territory right at the end but it all just feels like afterthought rather than logical progression.

If you have enjoyed this author's recent books then don't let me put you off this one. For me now I think there are much better constructed and definitely more thrilling thrillers to be found elsewhere.

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  • Nicola Grounds
  • 01-24-19

Not very thrilling

It felt like too much character development and not enough story. The ended was predictable and a bit of an anti climac

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  • Sue
  • 11-18-18

Not the best K.L. Slater I have read.

I am a great fan of K.L. Slater books. I found The Secret has an interesting and intriguing storyline. I did enjoy the book however I would have liked it more if all the significant characters had been woven into the story from the beginning. For them to also have been given a bit of characterisation allowing the reader to get to know them.
Lucy Price-Lewis narration is superb.

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  • E. Faulkner
  • 10-25-18

Good solid read

Another good book by KL Slater! A good story although doesn't have the gasp out loud twists that some of her other work does (although it does have twists). Easy to listen to as the narrator is clear and has a good speaking voice. Overall a good book but I'd recommend "Blink" (by the same author) over this one.

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  • SandraL
  • 05-30-21

Satisfying Psychological thriller

As always, K L Slater delivers an excellent psychological thriller. Alice, who lives on the third floor of a block of flats often spends her days gazing out of the window, and rarely leaves the flat. When her sister, a working mum, asks her to look after her son, Archie, before and after school Alice begins to wonder why he is so withdrawn and secretive.

Ms Slater expertly weaves a tale that draws you in, making you want just one more chapter when you know you should be sleeping! The plot is well constructed and had enough red herrings to totally confuse me! And I absolutely loved little Archie!

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  • Ms. B. Preddy
  • 01-09-20

Stick with it

I enjoyed listening to this book but I found it quite tedious at times. Stick with it, it gets better

I would give the author another try before ruling out completely

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  • Myrtle
  • 12-03-18

Great







I really enjoyed this book.It was well written and superbly read.I look forward to the next one.




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  • Emily
  • 07-30-22

very good book I really enjoyed it 🙂

very good book I really enjoyed it 🙂
it was very nice story I listened to it all night and day

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  • Tinamac69
  • 07-30-22

Good but not as good as her previous work

It was okay, but not a story that I will be recommending to my friends.

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  • Staci
  • 04-29-19

Couldn't put it down!

After just finishing another book which was terrible, I was a little deflated and not much looking forward to my next. However, I'm so glad I chose this title, loved it from start to finish, lots of little twists and turns that kept me listening almost straight through!
Very enjoyable to listen to the narrators voice, too.

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  • Louise
  • 08-27-22

Family drama and plenty of miscommunication

This is more a family drama than a mystery and the characters are universally annoying in their sense of entitlement, weakness and inability to make a rational decision ever. That said, the story kept me listening and there are a few really good twists which added to the drama and broke up the endless irritation of two sisters constantly arguing and miscommunication.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-09-22

Just When You Thought You Had It Covered

K L Slater does it again, in this gripping thriller. Ms Slater is able to make the mundane and abstract seem very real, and Lucy Price Lewis does an excellent job!!!

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  • patricia
  • 08-05-22

ok

Left a little bland next to her other stories. Still ok though. on to the next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

Don't Recommend!

Slow! Boring! Predictable....the story is a non event until the last 30 minutes. I'm usually a fan of this author but wish I'd skipped this one. The decent narration was the saving grace.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-26-22

Easy to listen to.

Quite an easy story to listen to. Enjoyed the storyline . The characters were strong but selfish..Didn't see the end end plot coming. Narration fine.

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  • Di
  • 05-23-22

talk about twist and turns

loved the story tho I wished that Alice had told hervsistervthat she wouldn't tell the cops about her secret if she gave her custody of Archie

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  • Tahlia
  • 05-21-22

Don’t waste your time

Story was boring despite twists at the end. Dialogue was horrendous and so unconvincing.
Would avoid

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-15-22

Gripping reading!

I found this story fascinating and was completely fooled by the characters, unable to separate the goodies from the badies. A well planned plot.

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  • Kylie
  • 05-13-22

Reasonable

I always like KL Slater stories, this one probably not my favourite but not bad either. easy listening.

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  • Vanessa Granturco
  • 05-10-22

Sorry many questions.

This was quite good- not amazing. I wanted to know more about James, more about the accident.