The Secrets She Keeps
In the bestselling tradition of The Girl on the Train and In a Dark, Dark Wood, from the internationally bestselling author whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, comes a riveting suspense novel about the unlikely friendship between two pregnant women that asks: how far would you go to create the perfect family?
Agatha is pregnant and works part-time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog—posts that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits for her absent boyfriend, the father of her baby, to maybe return her calls.
When Agatha learns that Meghan is pregnant again, and that their due dates fall within the same month, she finally musters up the courage to speak to her, thrilled that they now have the ordeal of childbearing in common. Little does Meghan know that the mundane exchange she has with a grocery store employee during a hurried afternoon shopping trip is about to change the course of her not-so-perfect life forever…
With its brilliant rendering of the secrets some women hold close and a shocking act that cannot be undone, The Secrets She Keeps delivers a dark and twisted page-turner that is absolutely impossible to put down.
I picked this up on Audible some time ago and finally got around to reading it this week. I’m so glad I started it because this book literally had me captivated from start to finish.
The novel is told from two different points of view: Meghan and Agatha. Both of these ladies are expecting babies around the same time, but the two come from very different backgrounds and situations. Meghan, from the outside, appears to have the ideal life–the flawless husband, two beautiful children, and another one on the way. She’s a stay-at-home mom who authors an online blog in which she writes product reviews and articles about raising kids. She’s fashionable and impeccable. Agatha is also expecting a baby around the same time as Meghan. She works at the local grocery store where she keeps tabs on Meghan and the family. Agatha was raised in a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses and has a rough past with not much of a relationship with her mother. Her boyfriend is away in the Royal Navy and doesn’t seem to be interested in the fact that there’s a baby on the way. Agatha seems to have a huge interest in Meghan and watches her from time to time to the point where she knows her every move. She’s envious and would love nothing more than to be friends with Meghan. Why is Agatha so interested in her? What sort of secrets is she keeping from her past and why?
- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: July 11, 2017
- Language: English