Two Girls. Two Deaths. Two Decades of Silence.
The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did.
As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies.
Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame.
Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel.
Then the first body was discovered.
Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened.
This was a new author for me and I could have easily read the whole book in a day however I was reading on the Pigeonhole app which (again) was so frustrating as I could only read 10% per day (see Pigeonhole.com for full details) but this is a new way of reading and I want to persevere with it. It also means I can be reading multiple books at the same time.
This book is one which I eagerly recommend to fans of suspense. It is not so much a chilling thriller and a mystery suspense which was a nice change after reading so many dark and chilling novels of late.
The author tells the tale of Elizabeth and Rachel switching between past and present. It is an enjoyable read which had me guessing most of the way through the book. There are a few points where I thought I knew the direction the book was going only to find it didn’t. I like that!!
The story itself was believable, the characters likeable and the setting very clearly described.
Another book that I will be purchasing in paperback to read at my own fast pace after the start stop of pigeonhole! Don’t get me wrong I do love the pigeonhole format – it is just taking a bit of time to get used to staves (and waiting, I don’t do waiting!!).
My sincere thanks to THE PIGEONHOLE and MANTLE BOOKS for the opportunity to read and review ‘OUR DARK SECRET’ by JENNY QUINTANA.
All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
All my reviews can be found on my blog momobookdiary.com
- TITLE: Our Dark Secret
- AUTHOR: Jenny Quintana
- PUBLISHER: Mantle Books
- PUBLICATION DATE: 6 February 2020
- LENGTH: 240 pages
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenny Quintana grew up in Essex and Berkshire, dreaming of being a writer. She studied English Literature at Queen Mary in London and then gained a PGCE at Goldsmiths. She taught in a secondary school in East London and then moved abroad living and working in Seville and Athens. When she returned to England she began writing books for teaching English as a Foreign Language. At the same time, she wrote short stories and won several prizes. She attended the Curtis Brown Creative writing course where she was inspired to complete her debut novel The Missing Girl. She lives with her husband and three children.
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