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The Secret Keeper’s Daughter

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This is a real page turner. I cannot list specifics about the story without giving anything away. I loved everything about it. The characters were brilliantly brought to life and I carried them all until the end. 
Great read 10/10
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When Holly's bubbly, outgoing daughter, Marley becomes quiet & withdrawn she tries to coax her to open up she gets nowhere. Her husband, Jordon puts it down to the arrival of her baby brother. Holly senses that Marley's seventh birthday part marked a change. She decided to make her a 'worry box' at first Marley's notes show no cause for concern but when Holly reads," I don't like secrets" she knows she needs to get to the root of it. The story is told in the present as well as in flashback to Holly's childhood, growing up with Amy, who came to stay when they were very young & never went home. She thinks of her as her best friend- although at times she seemed the opposite!  This was an intriguing read. The whole set-up with Amy struck me as weird! The characters were all rather unreliable but none the less I had to find out the truth.

Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me rad & review this book.
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Thank you NetGalley and Harper Collins for giving me this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review. 
     This is the first time that I’ve read anything by Samantha King and I didn’t know what to expect.  I was intrigued from the very beginning and I couldn’t put the book down.  
     The  book is based on the secret keeper’s daughter, Holly Mayhew.  She seems to have the perfect family.  Holly is blessed with a husband who adores her, a wonderful  seven year old daughter, and an infant son.  When suddenly her daughter, Marley, starts behaving silken and withdrawn.   As a means to decipher what is upsetting Marley, Holly creates a worry box,  in this box Marley csn write down her feelings.  As Marley starts posting her thoughts they become more and more disturbing.  Holly is now forced to question her own childhood and the secrets it holds, 
     For the most part I enjoyed this story.  I was eager to discover all of the family’s secrets.  However, the one lot seemed to drag on towards the end.  Also, I was hoping for more of a plot twist and was left feeling disappointed.
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A very enjoyable book, which I found a little different in the way it was written, particularly with the use of "you" all the time.  I did find I needed to concentrate, particularly towards the end although I had guessed at some of the outcomes.

Overall though, I did enjoy this story, all about a family and the secrets that lived among them.  There was a lot of history around and a lot to uncover.  

Thank you to Net Galley and the publishers for allowing me to read this in exchange for an honest review, which is what I have given.
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This is a great book to loose yourself in. The story twists and turns and was interesting to read. I found the story quite obvious from the beginning so not a thriller that keeps you guessing in my mind but enjoyable none the less.
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When Holly's young daughter,  Marley, becomes uncharacteristically quiet  and constantly fearful, she knows something is very wrong. Her husband,  Jordan, dismisses her worry as just Marley adjusting to her new baby brother. Holly decides to create a "worry box" where Marley can write notes to her mom. The notes start off innocent but then they get more worrisome. Marley's notes make Holly question everything and everyone she knows, she's not sure who she can trust. 
This book starts off pretty interesting and reads like a thriller, in actuality it ends up being more of a family drama. There is a lot of build up about secrets and lies, I thought up so many scenarios in my head, but the ending kind of fell flat, it wasn't anything thrilling. I was pretty underwhelmed by the ending. 
Thanks to Netgalley and HQ Stories for the ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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This definitely held my interest as I could never tell where the story was heading. I thought it was going to be a psychological thriller especially as it plays out in a way that seems really dark and twisted. But much like the story, which is essentially about how easy it is to get the wrong impression, it turned out to be more of a family drama than a thriller. In the end it really wasn't as menacing as it seemed and when the truth finally came out (in one big rush) it was a bit underwhelming in many ways. It's an easy and compelling read though so worth the time.
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I was attached to this book because, like the author, I grew up near the coast in a small village and can relate to this kind of environment. 
I found the main character quite frustrating though, as she seemed unhappy with her life but unwilling to do anything to change it. 
By the end of the book I was relieved to feel that the “loose ends” were tied up, but this is not the kind of book that stays with me like others that I have read of late.
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I enjoyed reading this book, it was pleasant but forgettable, yes the message of listening to our children was good along with the worry box but i do like a bit more excitement!
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’‘The Secret Keepers Daughter’ is the latest book by Samantha King.

Holly Mayhew has the perfect family set-up. But when her seven-year-old daughter, Marley, begins to act strangely, refusing to speak and rushing off to hide in her room, she knows something isn’t right. Desperate to understand why Marley has become so withdrawn, Holly creates a worry box, where Marley posts her thoughts each day. At first, the messages seem innocent. But when Holly finds a note saying secrets make me sad, she begins to question everyone entrusted with her care. Including her family.

I’m a bit late to the tour but for the last couple of days, I had my head stuck in this book.

The story is written in the past and present through the narrative of Holly, who’s little girl was withdrawn into herself and is leaving little notes giving Holly an insight into her fears. Holly is trying to deal with a new baby, a husband who’s never around whilst she’s dealing with a turbulent relationship with Amy. A woman who was brought into Holly’s life as a young girl and Holly was forced to adjust from being an only child to having someone disrupt your life at every turn.

I particularly loved the narrative from the past tense as it really gave an insight into Holly’s past and how Amy is introduced into her life. She’s brought to live with Holly’s family as her parents are friends with Holly’s and when her parents move to Paris for work. Her relationship with Holly is upsetting, she hurts her, lies and gets Holly into trouble, whilst Holly’s father fails to believe that Amy would do bad things. But as they grow older, they have a love hate relationship but are there for each other when things are tough they are there for each other.

Holly has a heart condition and because of this, she’s constantly wrapped up in cotton wool with her family tip toeing around her much to her frustration. As the story unfolds, we read new secrets and lies that we’re hidden from her and how her relationship is with her family was far from perfect.

The story is cleverly crafted with characters are both relatable and unlikable. Amy is a bit of toxic character, who’s jealousy toward sweet Holly is prevalent and even as older women, there’s an obvious rift between the pair.

A compelling and observational story about the dynamics of family relationships and the innocence of a child’s mind. ‘The Secret Keeper’s Daughter’ is a great read.

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Not a bad story however I did find parts of it to be a little long and unnecessary to the plot. I did really like the characters however so it wasn't a bad trade off. The book is all about our main character Holly who suddenly becomes very worried about her daughter. Her daughter Marley is usually super bubbly and wont stop talking and then all of a sudden she becomes forlorn and sullen, very out of character for her. Not knowing what to do and having her daughter be unable to tell her verbally what is going on Holly decides to make a "Worry Box" where Marley can write down what is bothering her without having to actually speak any words. What sounds
like a great idea suddenly turns dark when the worry box starts to fill up, and Holly starts to piece together the secrets. I loved the idea for this because it lets the reader try to figure out what is happening with the daughter at the same time as the mother. The only thing that I didn't like to much about this book was I wasn't that invested in the plot like I expected I would be. It was a little bit to long at parts that didn't matter and short at the parts that really did. I found myself putting it down a lot which I was very surprised about because the plot sounds like something I would devour in one sitting. I did like the dedication that the mother showed in trying to figure out what was going on. It made it very relatable and as the reader you were trying your best to guess
along with Holly on what was wrong with Marley. After every chapter I was guessing the worst but hoping not. I'm glad I got to read this book even though it was a slow start I enjoyed the rest of it. I loved the ending it was very unexpected. Great read and I'm so glad I gave it a chance, this is one book that you won't want to miss.
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Excellent story! Totally engrossing!.  Looking forward to reading more by this author! Could not put this down!
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The Secret Keeper’s Daughter by Samantha King was a beautifully written book that had me hooked within the first few pages and then was hooked! especially as Samantha is a new author for me and i am so glad I had a chance to read her latest book and it wont be my last. If you love family drama books this is a book for you. Its full of twists and turns throughout that will just have you gripped! 

I highly recommend The Secret Keepers Daughter I loved it! Plus the cover was perfect for this new book.

Big big thank you to Samantha King the author , NetGalley and HQstories for an arc of this book.
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Such a long drawn out story with so little substance! So much repetitive angst from the main character became rather wearing.
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This book promised so much but I felt let down  about half way through. Holly is worried about her daughters quietness & feels there is a dreadful secret that she is hiding that is making her behave this way.   Nothing is what Holly believes! So many secrets that area little disappointing.
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Thank you NetGalley for this advanced copy. This was just ok for me. It was too long and I found myself skimming more. Nothing blew me out of the water.
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A great story of family intrigue and secrets, you never know what goes on behind closed doors!  A good read and glad it had a satisfactory ending
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I am a bit late to the party reviewing this fabulous book. But OMG what a fantastic read. It's a gripping, heart-breaking but up-lifting read in equal measure. I wanted to jump into the the pages throughout to give sweet little Marley cuddles, she is such a wonderful character, she came to life off the page. Her little notes she kept putting in the memory box were clues to a much bigger secret and her mum Holly tried her hardest to get her darling daughter to tell her her worries, but she was so scared that something bad would happen. Holly knows deep in her heart that Marley is very scared of someone but she doesn't find out the truth until the mind blowing ending, which left me shocked to say the least. It has twists, turns & plenty of red herrings. It's a slightly dark, domestic family drama, which kept me guessing right until the end. All the characters had depth, the plot was outstanding. I really really LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT, LOVED IT.  A PHENOMENAL READ which will keep readers turning the pages.
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I received an arc copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion of it. This is another book that kept my interest and not much of an ending.
Holly is an only child until she is seven years old and her parents take in their best friend's daughter, Amy. What is suppose to be a few weeks of living here turns into a lifetime. Holly feels second to Amy as she shines in everything and makes problems that look like Holly caused.
Holly marries Jordan and they have two children together. When 7 year old Marley starts acting withdrawn and not speaking much, Holly makes a "worry box" for Marley to leave a message in everyday.
Holly starts to suspect Amy is having an affair with her husband and as secrets start to come out they are just family secrets. I was waiting for some big reveal.
It was just okay for me.
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When 7-year-old Marley, who used to be a chatterbox, becomes withdrawn and refuses to speak, Holly creates a worry box where her daughter can post her thoughts. Every day, she finds a new note, and slowly she starts piecing them together. 

This book gripped me from the first page. I couldn't wait to find out what happened to Marley. The secrets were revealed steadily, keeping me interested, making me race through the pages. I had a few guesses along the way, but none of them turned out to be right.
I found that the ending dragged a bit, but overall, this was a brilliant read.
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