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Publisher's Summary

A terrible secret killed your husband.... But which one?

Robert kisses his wife on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge, and jumps to his death on the busy motorway below.

Two years later, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start. Money is tight, and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close? Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?

Soon Francesca begins to suspect there was more to her husband’s death than she realised, that there might be even darker secrets hiding in his past than her own....

The closer she gets to uncovering the truth, the more she asks: Is her own life in danger now, too?

If you couldn’t put down The Girl on the Train or The Couple Next Door, then you will absolutely love this gripping and twisty psychological thriller.

©2018 Clare Boyd (P)2018 Bookouture

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Three Secrets, One Yawn

This was an odd book. The story is more of a slow mystery than suspense, certainly more family drama than crime thriller, so be aware of that going in. The premise revolves around Francesca, whose husband, Robert, comes from a very screwed-up, wealthy and small-town dominating family; Robert has recently killed himself leaving her with four-year-old Alice and a new mandate to navigate, alone, the strange, tense and often cringe inducing relations with her in-laws. The other POVs are John, Robert's brother. Poor John is a really nice guy in a really bad marriage, so there is that plotline; then there is the historical POV told by Francesca in the third person describing her relationship with Robert and how she got to know his brother and parents in the process. The 'secrets' angle doesn't become truly clear until close to the end, and until then the vacuousness was frustrating, I waited impatiently through 3/4 of the story for something to happen. The best parts of this novel involved John and his struggles to balance his children's well being and safety with his own issues in his marriage, and try to come to grips with his abusive upbringing. Much of the story was otherwise, unfortunately, not very interesting to me.
The book definitely gets five stars for an excellent performance by Jane McDowell. I loved Ms. Boyd's other book, Little Liar, so I am still a fan; I think Three Secrets just didn't really do it for me.

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NOT FOR ME

THIS BOOK IS BILLED AS A "GRIPPING" NOVEL OF SUSPENSE.IN MY VIEW,AND BASED ON LISTENING TO THE FIRST TWO HOURS ,IT IS ANYTHING BUT.THANKS TO AUDIBLE'S RETURN POLICY I'LL GET ANOTHER BOOK FROM A DIFFERENT AUTHOR!

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Shh!!!!

This is a very good book!!!!!! Buy it and tell everyone you can Clare Boyd has yet wrote another awesome tale....

loved it!
loved narrator Jane McDowell....
5 🌟's

Offical DeAnn DeVille Review

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  • S. Christie
  • 06-22-18

Utterly dull

Loved the description of this book and was looking forward to reading it. It turned out to be a huge disappointment and I gave up after 30 brain numbing chapters. Nothing happened. Tiny things were blown up out of all proportion and the story was simply boring. I couldn’t engage with any of the characters and couldn’t have cared less about any of them. After 5 hours I gave up and have returned it. Dreadful.

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  • Frank
  • 06-01-18

The three secrets

Very well written. At times painful as some issues in book were very close to my personal life. A good story.

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  • Domestic Goddess
  • 09-26-18

Unputdownable

This story gripped me, I couldn’t stop listening! Brilliant, tense, twisting with Characters to love and to hate. Loved it. Almost disappointed to reach the end!

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  • une Maman expat
  • 09-08-18

Gripping psychological drama.

I loved this book. A close look at family secrets through brilliant narration and clear differences between characters voices. The same events explored through the eyes of the various protagonists, which gets us in the psychology of each of them. Simply brilliant and gripping.

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  • gee
  • 08-26-18

well narrated

great book page turner

shocking revelations

an unexpected end but a good one
real family dramas

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  • Julie
  • 08-18-18

Fantastic

Superbly Written & Narrated. Brilliant story of twists & turns. Refreshing to hear a good story that isnt terribly Gruesome

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  • Dee Landin
  • 07-14-18

page turner

loved it a page turner most definitely looking forward to others by this author soon

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  • Jane
  • 06-26-18

Tiresome

It was boring! So someone had a prescription drug problem so what! someone had money and someone had an affair which may or may not have screwed the kids up! Yawn!
Feel annoyed that I listened to the end.

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  • barheep.
  • 05-31-18

gripping

I found this an excellent book to listen to. narration was great. little bit flat in the middle but it gained momentum and suspense again. will now get the next book from this author.

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