Today I have the pleasure of sharing my review for Her Last Secret by Barbara Copperthwaite. I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
There are some secrets you can never tell.
The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.
They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.
But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.
But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.
Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?
I hang my head in shame and admit that this is the first book I’ve read by Barbara Copperthwaite, I am now seriously giving myself a swift kick up the backside.
I’m quite late in writing my review as it’s been a couple of weeks since I read the book. I usually like to try to give myself a couple of days after reading a book then I get on with the review, but two weeks later and I still don’t know what to write apart from holy sh*t balls, what an absolute friggin brilliant read Her Last Secret is.
The story starts on Christmas day when the police are called to an incident at the home of the Thomas’s. A neighbour has heard gunfire and when the police arrive, its evident that something bad has happened but we, the reader don’t find out until later the what’s the who’s and the why’s of what is found.
From the outside the Thomas’s seem like an ordinary family but as we delve deeper into the story it’s obvious that all is not what it seems. Each character has a secret, some much bigger than others and as the story is told through some of the characters it wasn’t difficult to feel sympathy for some and real loathing for others.
Reading Her Last Secret, my emotions were all over the place. Copperthwaite really knows how to make the reader feel like they are part of the story and I couldn’t help just being totally engrossed. It was that bad I woke one morning at 3am and found myself thinking about what was going to happen next, how it would all unfold. It’s been a while since a book has really unsettled me in that way, I just had to get it finished to find out what happened.
Her Last Secret really is a fantastic read, it’s full of surprises, lies and betrayals. The writing style is brilliant and really draws you in. It’s an emotional roller-coaster of a read and one that will stay with me for a long, long time. This will definitely be one of my top reads of 2017 and of course I will be highly recommending it to EVERYONE!