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Can You Keep a Secret? | [Sophie Kinsella]

Can You Keep a Secret?

Nervous flyer Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So she starts telling the man sitting next to her all her innermost secrets, including how she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises ­ it's the man from the plane.
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Publisher's Summary

Nervous flyer Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So she starts telling the man sitting next to her all her innermost secrets: How she scans the backs of intellectual books and pretends she's read them. How she's not sure if she has a G-Spot. How she feels like a fraud at work. How she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. If ever there was a bare soul, it's hers. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises ­ it's the man from the plane.

©2004 Sophie Kinsella; (P)2007 W F Howes Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Fluently written, extremely entertaining, Can You Keep A Secret? is an impressive follow up to Kinsella's previous bestsellers." (Marie Claire)
"An insightful and funny take on the pitfalls and pleasures of telling the truth." (Cosmopolitan)

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    Eve Liverpool, Australia 12-12-07
    Eve Liverpool, Australia 12-12-07
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    "An enjoyable listen"

    This is my first taste of Sophie Kinsella's writing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sure it will never be a classic fiction piece, but for light, fun listening it's well worth the effort. Mind you, I did want to shake the central character Emma sometimes, especially near the end when things got scary for her with something her friend was doing against her wishes, but I suppose the author needed to wring it out for a dramatic ending.

    If you can forgive that, you'll be fine.

    The narrator did a great job too!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-02-10
    Heidi CENTURION, South Africa 01-02-10
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    "Pathetic"

    WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!! A holiday read? Truly no one can be THIS desperate?

    The story line is worse than any Mills and Boons paperback I've ever read.

    I truly thought I could do with an easy listen whilst on holiday - I couldn't even get past chapter 5 and that's after fast forwarding!!

    This doesn't even deserve 1 star, but I had to put down a rating.

    I also don't like the narrator her voice is not "listeanable".

    Oh the absolute worst ever - Don't waster your credits or your megs to download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PixyT 07-30-09
    PixyT 07-30-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Much better than Shopaholic"

    I enjoyed this book a lot more than Shopaholic it was a great laugh and brilliant light listening. Great holiday listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maxine Sydney, NSW, Australia 03-27-07
    Maxine Sydney, NSW, Australia 03-27-07
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    "Fun listening"

    Fun, frivolous, sophie kinsella is never a serious writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dona Hamilton, Australia 11-03-13
    Dona Hamilton, Australia 11-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Emma isn't as lovable as Becky"

    Although I enjoyed the book, I didn't fall in love with Emma, like I did with Becky in the Shopaholic series.
    I finished the book this morning and already I can't remember the name of Emma's boyfriend. I didn't like him and can't understand why he acted the way he did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy Bombala, Australia 03-07-11
    Timothy Bombala, Australia 03-07-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Good Fun"

    I don't often laugh aloud when reading books, but this one had me smiling and laughing the whole way through. It was cute, romantic and an enjoyable fluffy read. I was disappointed that the ending seemed a bit rushed and the Connor character was not exactly believable the whole way through, but I still would recommend this book for light reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Suzann
    Shefford, Beds, United Kingdom
    6/6/08
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    "Shame it's over."

    I haven't been a fan of the shopaholic series but thought I'd give it a try. The hours flew by! The story was addictive and funny. A fantastic book.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Symone
    longfield, Kent, United Kingdom
    5/14/08
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    "Can You Keep a Secret?"

    OMG this book is laugh out loud funny and i was unable to turn my ipod off, it is adictive!
    Fantastic story as ever, typical excellent writing from Sophie Kinsel

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Hoylake, Wirral, United Kingdom
    8/10/08
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    "This book is very funny"

    I needed an easy to listen to book, my last was heavy going. This was perfect. Quick flowing and laugh out loud. I couldn't wait to get back to it. I found myself wondering what she was up to! It's the sort of book my wife would give me to read on holiday after she had finished reading it. I enjoyed this very much.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Cornish Jan
    England
    8/9/08
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    "Keeps you awake"

    Warning. Don't listen to this book in bed before going to sleep. It makes you laugh so much that you will still be awake hours later. It is so funny it is not just for women - my husband wanted to know what I found so funny and he loved it as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Tess
    Allington, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
    3/18/11
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    "much better than expected!"

    This was the first book I had read/listened to by this author and was expecting the usual light hearted, easy and somewhat predictable book that I get every now and again to pass away a long car journey or help me sleep at night, in that it doesn't matter if i miss a bit. But i was hooked straight away and really pulled by the emotions of the story. I really got involved in the story and feel a bit lost now as i kept listening to bits through the day/evening not just in the car!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica
    Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside, United Kingdom
    3/20/09
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    "Laugh out loud funny"

    Excellent story. Listened to it on my journey to work and must have disturbed other passengers with my giggling!! Constantly wanted to come back for more listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kirstine
    Bonnyrigg, United Kingdom
    11/30/09
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    "A delightfully funny book"

    I bought this book as an antidote to all the crime fiction I've been listening to recently and it made a nice change as I walked the hills. It was lucky I was on my own as at times I laughed out loud at the hilarious situations that the heroine, Emma, got into and how she extricated herself. The book is a delightful mix of romantic fiction, situation comedy and a satire of the incomprehensible business-speak of product-marketing departments. Some of the scenes have special appeal to women as the author describes our anguish over men, our bodies and clothes. But I'm sure many men would also enjoy the book as they recognize what intrigues and bewilders them in their relationships with us.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    6/25/09
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    "Narrator"

    I found the narrators voices very poor and they grated on my nerves. Other than that a jolly but predictable romp.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorraine
    Atherstone, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
    4/16/10
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    "Can You Keep a Secret? (Unabridged)"

    I loved this book, stayed up all night just so I could finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • leo000
    10/28/14
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    "Annoying"
    What would have made Can You Keep a Secret? better?

    The storyline was not only silly but the faux 'I am clearly adorable but have no idea' heroine is incredibly grating. Emma's personality was both shallow and annoying, whilst the hero Jack was cardboard.


    What was most disappointing about Sophie Kinsella’s story?

    The characters were 2D at best and totally narcissistic. Also I have worked in marketing for consumer goods and this book is pretty absurd. Marketing executives are pretty junior!


    What didn’t you like about Gracie Thomas’s performance?

    Was fine but not very engaging


    Any additional comments?

    Hard to get through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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