Tell Me A Secret appealed to me when I read the blurb. It sounded like a twisty read and as an ex-therapist I was intrigued by the therapist who breaks the rules.
And Lorna certainly is a therapist that breaks the rules. Repeatedly.
Lorna is a character that I never warmed to. There was something really quite unlike able about her. Not least because of her behaviour that you don’t have to be a therapist to know is totally unacceptable and wrong in many ways. In case you don’t quite get it the book will repeatedly remind you that she is breaking almost every ethical code that there is.
I really liked Lorna’s relationship with her supervisor, the two characters worked well together and he felt believable in his role. I was surprised that Lorna had only worked with him for ten months as their working relationship felt like it was based on many years of respect and experience.
Lorna’s group of friends was some light relief and often made me chuckle, their weekly book group sounded great fun although very little was actually said about the book but I’m sure that’s the case in many book groups!
The book alluded to a lot and as the reader I was often unsure what to believe and although I pretty much worked it out the end still had some surprises that I liked.
Overall this is a twisty read that will keep the reader guessing. And perhaps give them something to think about the relationships that they have.
Thank you to Bookouture for a copy of Tell Me A Secret by Samantha Hayes. I was under no obligation to review the book and all thoughts are my own.
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.
About the Author:
Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time living in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.
Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003 and her ninth novel, THE REUNION, was published in February 2018. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’
Tell Me A Secret is out now!