Book Review: The Secrets She Keeps

Here is yet another take on The Girl on the Train, but one that's sufficiently engrossing to keep you turning the pages in anticipation as to what might happen next. At its heart, The Secrets She Keeps is about two women Meghan and Agatha, whose lives couldn't be any more dissimilar. If Agatha is a struggling single to-be-mom, Meghan's is a snapshot of shallow upper-class normalcy. But Agatha becomes so consumed with the picture-perfect life Meghan leads she constructs her own narrative, surreptitiously stalking her every move.

When the two of them, who alternate as the narrators, find that their due dates both fall in December, an unlikely bond is forged leading to Meg welcoming Agatha to her home, little realising she has invited trouble, a decision that will cost her dearly and expose the fissures beneath her placid façade. The Secrets... predictably employs several of the themes that characterise the so called grip-lit genre (trauma, marriage, infidelity, you name it), but the book is most fun, and most exciting, when it focuses on Agatha, the unreliable protagonist character that has become a staple presence in domestic psychological thrillers of this kind. An insightful suspenser worth a read!

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