I am a big fan of Louise Douglas and her first two books are some of my favourite reads.
The Secrets Between Us strays a little from the path of her earlier books, in that it is more of a thriller, with some really dark moments that are quite unsettling to read and left me feeling a little spooked more than once.
The lead character Sarah, is a damaged young woman. She had recently lost a child and ended a long-term relationship.
Whilst spending a couple of weeks in the sunshine of Sicily with her sister May, she meets Alex and his small son Jamie.
Alex is mysterious, dark and brooding. Jamie is innocent, sweet, vulnerable - and motherless. Genevieve; Alex's wife and Jamie's mother has gone missing.
Sarah is soon immersed in Alex and Jamie's world. She leaves Manchester to move in with them.
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This is a skillfully woven, suspenseful story that really does keep you turning the pages very quickly.
I did have a sneaky suspicion towards the end that I knew 'who dunnit', and I was right, but this really didn't spoil the story for me.
The characters are well crafted, the setting is excellent and the tension is at times quite stifling.
An excellent third novel from an accomplished author.