The Secretary by Zoe Lea (Late eARC Review)

The Secretary by Zoe Lea

Format: ebook (eARC)

Source: Publishers via NetGalley

Publisher: Piatkus (Little, Brown Book Group UK)

Genres: Psychological Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 20th August 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

When single mum Ruth has a brief fling with Rob, she’s mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he’s married. Worse still, he’s the husband of Janine, head of the PTA at the primary school where Ruth works as secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.

Threatening texts begin to arrive, rumours abound and the staff room becomes hostile. But when it also starts to affect her son, a student at the school, Ruth realises you can do anything if you convince yourself it’s for the sake of your child.”

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My Thoughts & Review

I was invited to read this book by the publisher, and after reading the description I couldn’t say no. Also, this is my first book from this author.

The Secretary is a fast paced, well written, psychological thriller that I couldn’t put down. After reading the opening chapter I was desperate to find out what had happened, especially as the book open with an anonymous letter from a prisoner at the HMP Westmorland Prison. From there we follow Ruth a single mum who works as a secretary at her son’s school. Ruth’s life is then turned upside down with events that spiral out of control after a one night stand. Just as you think you know what’s going to happen the direction changes and you’re back to guessing what could happen next. However, saying that I did manage to work out part of the ending, which if was quite obvious a few chapters before the end, but I was definitely not expecting the final twist at the end.

Although the plot was great and the characters were well developed I can’t say that I personally  liked them. At times I found their actions a little petty and ridiculous, but at the same time I have witnessed some of the behaviours while having both worked as a volunteer at several schools and while dropping off and picking up my nieces and nephews at school. 

This was a very addictive read and it really got me thinking about how far a parent would go to protect their child. And trust me after reading this book you’ll really learn how far they are willing go!!!

Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fast paced psychological thriller!!!

A big thank you to the publishers Piatkus and NetGalley for my eARC in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


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Happy Reading!!!

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  1. This sounds like such a fun read – I love a good domestic thriller. It just works because environments like that people can become some petty and power hungry – it’s taking a real life dynamic to the absolute extreme and it makes for such fun reading

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