The Secrets He Kept by Jackie Walsh @BOTBSPublicity

Today I’m on the blog tour for The Secrets He Kept by Jackie Walsh. Many thanks to Sarah Hardy for inviting me onto the tour.

About this book…

You know everything about your husband. Don’t you?

He loves you

He loves your children

He’d never put his family in danger

One of these is a lie.

It started like any other day at the hairdressers where Sally works as a stylist… until her first client innocently shows her a family photograph; a photograph that causes Sally to collapse in shock.

In one moment, Sally discovers that Tom has been hiding an explosive secret – one that could tear apart the life they’ve built together. Faced with an impossible dilemma – search for the truth, or keep her contented life? – Sally is about to discover that even those closest to us have secrets… and that sometimes the truth is the last thing we want to hear.

A completely gripping, suspenseful psychological thriller that fans of T.M. Logan, My Lovely Wife and K.L. Slater won’t be able to put down.

My review…

Well this was a twisty ride and a half! It made me wonder how I would react if I discovered that my husband had been keeping secrets from me-especially if they were as explosive as the ones that Tom is keeping from Sally! Imagine going to work one day and whilst chatting away to your client she shows you a photo of her boyfriend. Sounds like a normal day at the hairdressers doesn’t it? But when Charlie points out her boyfriends dad…that’s when Sally’s world starts to fall apart as that man is her husband Tom.

This was a fast paced and twisty ride that kept me gripped from start to finish. It was the plot details that kept me invested in the storyline as I found nearly every character to be completely unlikeable! Sally was probably my favourite of the lot but I just wish she’d stood up to Tom and not listened to the crap that came out of his mouth!! She was far too eager to believe every excuse he used to brush off all her suspicions and backed down when I just wanted her to confront him for causing so much trouble in their previously quiet existence. If my husband had missed our twins birthday party and left me to deal with everything myself then I would have gone ballistic!! Especially when he came up with his ridiculous excuses once again. I started to wonder why they were still together as there didn’t seem to be any mutual trust or respect so I found their relationship rather difficult to understand and believe in.

Jackie Walsh can certainly write and it was her involving and well humoured narrative style that kept me glued to The Secrets He Kept. I thought the ending, although it seemed out of place with the previous style, was absolutely brilliantly crafted and was a perfect ending to this case. And whilst the plot seemed rather unbelievable at times, it certainly kept me addicted till the very last page.

I’m looking forward to reading more from Jackie Walsh in the near future!

Meet the author…

Jackie Walsh lives in Dublin with her husband Paul and dog Layla. After years spent building her own business, she decided to take time out and pursue her interest in writing. With a lot to learn, she spent years attending classes and writing groups, going to festivals and launches, writing and rewriting, until eventually sending her words out into the world.  Now she is thrilled to have landed a publisher. Especially Hera Books, a new company headed by two women who have years of experience and love a good story.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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