The Secret

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Pub Date 06 Jan 2022 | Archive Date 08 Jan 2022


‘Everyone has secrets. And now, one of mine is yours…’

Best friends Hollie and Niamh tell each other everything. Behind the village of Abingworth’s closed doors, every family has its secrets – and their doors might hide the worst ones of all.

One day Hollie tells Niamh about a devastating discovery, swears her to secrecy, then vanishes. The villagers claim to know nothing. But when Hollie’s body is found, the police know one of their number isn’t just a liar, but a killer…

What did Hollie tell Niamh before she died? And who would kill to keep it hidden?

After all, two can keep a secret – if one of them is dead…

A completely unputdownable suspense novel that will leave you reeling at the final twist…

Readers are LOVING The Secret:

‘The ending! Omg I did not ever expect that – mind blown!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I was gripped from the start and couldn’t put it down!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I was not expecting the ending!’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A brilliant small town mystery with shocks, twists and turns’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A truly immersive, one-sit read’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Vow was good but this is even better’ NetGalley review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Everyone has secrets. And now, one of mine is yours…’

Best friends Hollie and Niamh tell each other everything. Behind the village of Abingworth’s...

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I was gripped from the start of this book and didn’t get much else done today as I couldn’t put it down. The story is told from the points of view of Elise, Niamh and Jo and covers a variety of difficult subjects including child pornography and domestic and emotional abuse. Elise lives with her husband Andrew and teenage daughter Niamh in a quiet English village. On the face of it they are the perfect family - Elise, an air hostess and Andrew the local GP. However, appearances can be deceiving. Niamh and her friend Hollie are the only teenagers in the village. It is every parents worst nightmare when Hollie goes missing and before she disappeared she entrusted Niamh with a secret making her promise never to tell anyone. Niamh strives to keep that promise. As I said above, I flew through this book and was desperate to find out what happened to Hollie etc. I did guess correctly some of the plot before it was revealed but that didn’t stop me enjoying the story. I did find some of the subject matter a bit hard to stomach but these things do happen even if we are not always aware of them. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced read copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

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Awesome! The Secret started off brilliantly and carried on throughout with twists and cliff-hangers that kept me engaged. I loved that not all the characters we were rooting for were always ones we liked, and Howells writes with a nuance that is so easy to read. There was difficult issues tackled well and with sympathy too, not an easy read at times as they were so well thought out and true to life. Thanks again to Avon and Netgalley for the chance to read and review.

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Thank you Avon Book, NetGalley and Author for this advance ebook copy in return for an honest review! Avon Books y'all seriously made my month gifting me with a copy of The Secret! 😘 I enjoyed Howells previous book The Vow but The Secret is 10 times better! Family, secrets, lies.... Add these together and I'm there reading it! This book was a good quick suspense read! With great characters!. The writing was done very well! Debbie knows how to keep her reader engaged and scanning the pages wanting to see how this story ends! This book sucked me in at page one and kept me turning the pages. This thriller was full of mystery, suspense, and twists and turns. Really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to see what she writes next! Thanks again NetGalley, Publisher and Author for the chance to read and review this amazing book! I'll post to my Social media platforms closer to pub date! Avon Book

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I loved this book! Debbie Howell’s previous book “The Vow” was good but this is even better. It’s the perfect psychological thriller and the plot will grip you from page 1. The ending is amazing and unexpected. It’s definitely one I’ll be recommending to others.

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Well! Wow I'm reading this book and I'm like ok yeah this book is really good ! Great storyline, suspense, action, intrigue, and a whole bunch of twists and turns! Oh and a bunch of who done what to who?! So I'm like ok four stars I guess?! Then! Then! The end comes!! Omg I did not ever ever expect that!! Wow that kind of blew my mind for some reason! Wow just crazy! Mind blown! Lol just for that and the book was really good it definitely deserved five stars! Great read! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for sharing this book with me!

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Great book I read this on a rainy day in a couple of hours. I loved the characters and I couldn’t wait to find out what happened. This book is a great thriller.

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I absolutely love everything about this book from the story to the cover. It’s a great story that completely brings you in immediately. The pacing is perfect and I loved the ending.

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This was such a good read, it was totally engrossing i was completely gripped. It is twisty, mysterious and unpredictable. it was so tense and atmospheric, i will be thinking about this book for a while

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Teenagers Hollie and Niamh tell each other everything, and one day Hollie tells Niamh about a shocking discovery. Then she vanishes... Nobody in the village claims to know anything, but when her body is found it becomes clear that someone is not only a liar, but a killer... What did Hollie tell Niamh before she died, and was it this secret that got her killed? Who would kill to keep the secret? A thrilling story that keeps you turning the pages until the shocking conclusion. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of the book in return for my honest feedback.

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Hollie and Niamh are best friends and tell each other everything. One day Hollie goes missing and is later found dead. Niamh's .Parents are Andrew who is the local Dr and Elise. The villagers see them as a loving family unit but once at home Andrew changes into the controlling husband that he is. Elise can't leave and so has to put on her face so no one finds out the truth about their relationship. When Hollie is found dead questions get asked and certain goings on in the village come to light. Who is guilty and will do anything to hide the truth. I really enjoyed this book and was not expecting the ending that it had.

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The Secret by Debbie Howells ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This was a briliant small town mystery. Told from multiple points of view the story kept unravelling more and more shocks and twists and turns. Brilliant. Highly recommended xx

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