A terrible secret killed your husband… but which one?
Robert kisses his wife on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge and jumps to his death on the busy motorway below.
Two years later, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start, money is tight and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close? Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?
Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own…
The closer gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: is her own life in danger now too?
If you couldn’t put down The Girl on the Train or The Couple Next Door, then you will absolutely love this gripping and twisty new psychological thriller.
Three Secrets was published on the 17th May 2018 by Bookouture. Many thanks to the publisher for having me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book via NetGalley for this review.
In Three Secrets we have four main characters, firstly there’s Robert who runs a successful company and has a wife and young daughter yet chooses to go out one night and end his life by jumping onto a carriageway into oncoming traffic. Robert leaves behind his wife, Francesca who wants to understand why Robert killed himself but is terrified as to what will need to come out in order to get the answer. Robert also left behind his younger brother, John and overbearing mother, Camilla.
The story and linkages between the four characters is brilliantly woven by Clare Boyd, especially given that throughout the novel Robert is dead however his voice comes through from the past.
It is clear from the outset that there are a lot of secrets hidden in closets, a lot of smoke and mirrors involved in keeping up appearances. Alongside the main storyline in finding out why Robert killed himself, there is a secondary story in respect of John and his wife which, I wish, had been explored in a little more depth.
Three Secrets is a brilliantly addictive tale from the start, the author uses very different types of characters throughout the book who each brought their own side to the narrative, even the supporting characters. I enjoyed the combination of chapters from both Francesca and John, as well as flashbacks bringing the reader to the fateful night of Robert’s death. The characters were well developed and very real, I particularly liked John’s character as he has clearly been in love with Francesca since they met but sadly lost out to Robert. John is a great dad to his children and has an air of both strength and vulnerability to him. Francesca, on the other hand, was a bit of a mixed bag – at times I felt very sorry for her, having to live a life as a widow with a young child following her husband’s suicide whereby she has so many questions….at other points I got so frustrated with her that I just wanted to shake her! It’s a great character that can evoke these reactions during the same story!
Three Secrets is a brilliant example of a psychological thriller that keeps its reader gripped from start to finish.
Clare lives with her husband and their two daughters in Surrey, where her little green shed at the bottom of the garden provides a haven for her writing life. Before becoming a writer, she enjoyed a career in television, as a researcher in documentaries and then as a script editor in drama at the BBC and Channel Four, where her love of storytelling took hold.
Clare’s debut novel, Little Liar, is published by Bookouture and is available to buy now.