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01 June 2022

Book Review: The Secret Couple by J. S. Lark *AD Gifted

I was provided with a free ebook of The Secret Couple by J. S. Lark ahead of the blog tour.

There were so many twists in this thriller that I never knew what was coming next. I read it on a single evening as the rain poured down outside.

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Someone knows what they did…

A laugh.
A touch.
A lingering look.

A dead body.
An affair.
A crime years in the making.

Alison knows she’s in too deep. But behind closed doors, no one is who they seem…

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5 Word Review: Secrets, danger, power, vigilante, family.

The blurb for this book really gives nothing away - I went in barely knowing what I was in for. Which turned out to be perfect for such a twisting psychological thriller.

Alice is a lot more trusting than I thought she'd be, given her past, especially with Luke. It was weird and jarring but set everything up excellently. It made the tension build quicker, it made the atmosphere very claustrophobic - there is a lot of emphasis on Luke physically, each little touch and expression noted. I have to say - Alice's relationship with alcohol had me taking a long hard look at myself. I thought she was very relatable, even if she had me pondering her motives and her past. And Luke? A total enigma, but a dangerous feeling one.

I loved the writing - it's very different from what I'm used to and it lulled me into a false sense of security before stunning me with every twist and turn of the plot. The beginning of this book had me intrigued - the story builds slowly, so slowly, and draws you in and all of a sudden it's flying past. There are clever hints dropped throughout the story, from character reactions and flashbacks, to crossword clues and answers.

The Secret Couple made me really want to visit Bath. The beginning, where they explore a bit, had me itching to jump on a train, even though it'd take a good five hours and multiple changes from where I live.

I will definitely be checking out this author's back list! I need more. The Secret Couple was a quick read that's perfect for a dark night.

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Jane is a coffee, chocolate and red wine lover, and a late-night writer of compelling, passionate, and emotionally charged fiction. 

Jane's books may contain love, hate, violence, death, passion, a little swearing, and an ending you are never going to forget.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read The Secret Couple, I'm glad you enjoyed, it sounds as though you absolutely got the whole plot style, purpose and pitch. x Jane


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