The Darkest Secret

The Darkest Secret

by Alex Marwood

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ISBN-13: 9781101992685
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 7,274
File size: 800 KB

About the Author

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original, and was nominated for the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel and the Anthony and ITW Awards for Best Paperback Original. The Killer Next Door, her second novel, won a Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel, was nominated for the Anthony and Barry, and has been optioned for film by James Franco and Ahna O’Reilly. Marwood lives in south London and is working on her next novel.

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The Darkest Secret: A Novel 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alex Marwood, I really enjoy your books. Great job on taking the reader into the minds of all the characters. I love your style, and I look forward to reading your next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and insightful narrative about people and their feelings, as well as suspenseful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A family living with so many lies. This really makes you think about what really goes on in so many families. Please read this, not a boring page.
FrancescaFB 3 months ago
Anonymous 9 months ago
Lots of twists and turns. I will look for other books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review In the end, I really loved this book – but it did take a while to get into. The story is told through many voices, and in two distinct time periods, which makes it initially very confusing. The book turns out to be very well crafted, and its structure underlines the fact that many of the characters have no idea about what is really going on, each living in their own hermetically sealed world. The adults – with possibly one exception – are the most despicable group of self-serving, amoral creatures to occur in a book for a long time. Despite the adult-induced traumas of their childhood, most of the children eventually become (relatively) stable. Again, there is one ghastly exception to the children. But as with the exceptional adult, it takes most of the book to truly discover this. Gradually the book settles down to concentrate mainly on the voice of the older daughter Mila (Camilla/Milly). She matures visibly throughout the book, and has to challenge and confront her strongly held beliefs and prejudices. Like everyone else in the book, she initially has a very self-centred view of life coloured exclusively by the attitudes of those most vocal around her. But then she began the book as a teenager rejected by her father – so what would you expect. Gradually she learns to look behind the public personas and malicious gossip, to come to terms with her childhood, her relationship with her father, the disappearance of one sister, and her new relationship with the remaining twin, Ruby. The characterisation throughout the book is convincing – sometimes appallingly so – and the personalities remain with you well after the end of the book. Mila and Ruby are the heroes in this book, and, despite their predilections for reading about psychopathology, are probably the only sane characters. Although the “Darkest Secret” of what happened in August 2004 is finally revealed in a nasty (but believable) twist at the end of the book, it is only to the reader. The main characters remain as much in the dark as ever – but is that where they want to (need to?) stay. This book is a great psychological thriller that really grows on you. Don’t get put off by the initial confusion, stay with it and you will be amply rewarded.