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by Louise Douglas

A chance encounter: When Sarah meets dark, brooding Alex, she grasps his offer of a new life miles away from her own. They've both recently escaped broken relationships, and need to start again. Why not do it together? A perfect life: But when Sarah gets to the tiny village of Burrington Stoke, something doesn't add up. Alex's beautiful wife Genevieve was charming, talented, and adored by all who knew her. And apparently, she and Alex had a successful marriage complete with a gorgeous son, Jamie. Why would Genevieve walk out on her perfect life? And why has no one heard from her since she did so? A web of lies: Genevieve's family and all her friends think that Alex knows more about her disappearance than he's letting on. But Sarah's fallen in love with him and just knows he couldn't have anything to hide. Or could he?
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ISBN: 0593067088
ISBN13: 978-0593067086
Category: Literature
Author: Louise Douglas
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam (July 1, 2011)
Pages: 400 pages
ePUB size: 1327 kb
FB2 size: 1369 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 434
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Sarah leaves her cheating husband. Alex's wife Genevieve has disappeared, leaving him on his own with their young son, Jamie. Sarah and Alex meet on vacation in Italy. They spontaneously decide that Sarah will move in with Alex and Jamie to take care of Jamie (and maybe pursue a budding relationship with Alex?) But once set up back in Alex's home in a small town in England, things aren't so great. Alex is distant, the family of Alex's missing wife is suspicious, and the townspeople aren't friendly. Unexplainable things happen -- the phone rings and rings but no one is there, she sees a reflection in the mirror that isn't hers, etc. etc. Sarah becomes increasingly uneasy as the police intensify their investigation of Genevieve's disappearance, and she begins to wonder if Alex knows more than he's saying about his missing wife.

I'd classify this as a mystery / romance / ghost story. It's mostly set in the English countryside, present day. It could have been a little shorter, and the characters weren't extremely well fleshed out, but the story was pretty interesting.
I got this book based on book reviews, but did not enjoy it. Will warn before the spoiler alert.

The characterisation was too one-dimensional for me. There was no character that I warmed to, and there was little ambiguity or subtleness in their portrayal. Towards the end to me it seemed pretty obvious how it was going to end. Finally some of the "continuity" issues bothered me - for example (not an important detail so not a spoiler) at one point Sarah hears sounds in the walls. When explained what they are, she's still spooked by them. But apparently sleeps soundly the rest of the night anyway? How can that be when she's upset by what's behind the wall? It's a small item but an example of how the flow of the story didn't work for me.

Ok spoiler alert next:

So come on! She can't work out that Lee might by William? And that ending? "Keep the gate open"? Oh well. Won't go for any more of this authors works.
I disagree with one review that the storyline was predictable. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and characters and couldn't put the book down towards the end as I was longing to find out what really happened to Genevieve. This is the second book I've read by this author and would definitely recommend it.
Another brilliant book by Louise Douglas. I read it in two days. Couldn't put it down.
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Whilst the book was easy reading, I didn't think the characters were well-developed and thought the story line was a little obvious.
This book came to my attention through the Summer 2012 Richard and Judy's (UK) Book Club and I was intrigued enough to buy my own copy to read. I have just finished reading it, and it was so good, I hoovered the book up in two days of compulsive reading. The book tells the story of Sarah, reeling from the death of her newborn and the betrayal of her partner and best friend, who is invited to Sicily with her beloved sister May and her husband, to help get her away and recover from these double blows. While vacationing there, she meets an enigmatic and charismatic stranger, Alexander and his son Jamie-Sarah is immediately attracted to both. Alexander and Jamie tell her that their wife/mother Genevieve is "gone", but Sarah is not told the whole story. Alexander appears to be struggling with trying to work and look after Jamie, so he offers Sarah a job as nanny/housekeeper and not wanting to head back home to Manchester, she accepts. Once she gets to the tiny Somerset village, she is pulled headfirst into intrigue...who was Genevieve? where did she go? why did she leave her perfect life? why would she leave her husband and son? In trying to find the answers, Sarah is snubbed by the locals, menaced and tangled up in a web of lies. A good and haunting thriler.
The Secrets Between Us is the 3rd novel written by Louise Douglas.

Whilst trying to move on from her own life Sarah meets Alexander when on holiday in Sicily. It was a chance encounter, both searching for answers to their broken relationships. Alexander offers Sarah a fresh start back in England looking after his son Jamie.

Arriving in Burrington Stokes, there is a lot of hostility toward Sarah. Everyone loved Alex's wife, Genevieve. She was perfect in every way with family around the corner that adored her. Gen was a mother, a Wife and her love of horses, why did she walk out from it all, leave it all behind and not contact anyone?

Does Alex know more than he is letting on about Genevieve leaving? His family and friends certainly think so. Can Sarah truly trust the man she has fallen in love with?

This was my first book I've read written by Louise Douglas and I hadn't done any research of her previous books so I had no expectations. The book is a love story but it is much deeper than that. It's a story that will have your pulse racing as the story unfolds with the haunting twists and turns. There is comparission of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca to it, but it stands out on its own and is extremely well written. You feel their struggles and pain and you will things to turn out for the best as you turn each page. It says on the back of the book that it is a "page turner that will keep you gripped to the very last chapter" and that is certainly true. An excellent suspense and a wonderful book.

This was the second book I have read as part of the Transworld Book Group Challenge.