The Secrets She Keeps

Meghan doesn’t know Agatha, but Agatha knows Meghan.

As the hours of her shifts stocking shelves at the supermarket creep by, the one thing Agatha looks forward to all day is catching a glimpse of her, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome and successful husband, a happy marriage, a beautiful house, a stylish group of friends, and a popular parenting blog called “Mucky Kids” that Agatha reads with devotion each night as she waits in hope for her absent boyfriend, the father of the baby growing inside her, to return her calls.

Meghan is also pregnant and their due dates fall within the same month. Now they have something in common and Agatha finally musters the courage to speak to Meghan. Does it matter that she doesn’t tell her the truth about herself? That her life is a knot of dark secrets? No, decides Agatha, because the lies we tell others are nothing compared to those we tell ourselves.

Yet if Agatha could look beyond the gloss and trappings of Meghan’s ‘perfect life’ she’d see the flaws and doubts. Meghan has her secrets too, especially one that dare not ever tell. Soon the lives of these two women will become dangerously entangled in the most spellbinding and intimate of ways, until their secrets are exposed by one shocking act that cannot be undone.

From international bestselling author Michael Robotham, whom Stephen King called “an absolute master” of the psychological thriller, The Secrets She Keeps is a dark, perfect, and twisted page-turner so full of surprises, you’ll find it impossible to put down.

“Two terrific female characters, both with secrets. Add Michael Robotham’s clean prose and whipcrack pacing. The result? A book you won’t be able to put down, although you may occasionally want to hide your eyes.”

Stephen King

“Brilliantly rendered characters, relentless tension and numerous plot twists make this a winner.”

Publisher’s Weekly, US

“Robotham captures the physical misery that often characterizes late-term pregnancies and writes convincingly in a female voice, but where this book excels is in the increasing sense of threat he crafts so well. With its interestingly imperfect characters and escalating sense of urgency, this novel will keep you reading as fast as you can.”

Kirkus (starred review)

“A can’t-put-down mama drama…Each woman reveals her tale in riveting, alternating chapters that merge into a series of chilling twists…A premium delivery.”


“Robotham’s book is well-paced and his lead characters are compelling.”

USA Today

“An insightful psychological thriller about the joys and fears of impending motherhood.”

New York Times Book Review (Marilyn Stasio)

“This is a taut, scary and effective thriller but it’s also a sociological portrait of a society where cupidity, stupidity and fame often coalesce to make a toxic brew.”

The Australian (Adrian McKnity)

“Michael Robotham is a highly skilled thriller writer who has produced a genuine page-turner and ideal holiday read. It leaves you unsettled and enthralled in equal measure.”

Daily Express UK

“The Secrets She Keeps is a fascinating – surprisingly moving – psychological thriller. Darkly disturbing, it will stay with you long after it ends.”

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