The Art Of Keeping Secrets
An extraordinary story of friendships, hidden secrets..and the consequences of facing the truth by the bestselling author of The Patterson Girls.
Little secrets grow up to be big lies…
They've been best friends since their sons started high school together, and Felicity, Emma and Neve share everything … or so they thought.
But Flick's seemingly perfect marriage hides a shocking secret which, with one word, threatens to destroy her and her family's happiness. Emma is in denial about a potential custody battle, her financial constraints, the exhaustion she can't seem to shake off and the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And single mum Neve is harbouring a secret of her own; a secret that might forever damage her close–knit relationship with her son.
When the tight hold they have each kept on their secrets for years begins to slip, they must face the truth. Even if that truth has the power to hurt the ones they love, and each other.
Perhaps some secrets weren't made to be kept.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Art of Keeping Secrets is a fascinating exploration of friendship, family, loyalty and the rippling effects of long-buried truths. Felicity, Emma and Neve met back when their sons started high school, but now secrets they’re concealing are starting to threaten the stability of their friendships and their families. Western Australian romance and “life-lit” author Rachael Johns has created a cast of sympathetic, complex and conflicted characters whose struggles are deeply relatable.
Wow wow wow a page turner if ever there was one as I watched the page numbers fly by. Love her books & read every one with as much delight. This took on an “interesting" theme with one of the main characters & yet they all had their stories to tell in a well thought out interspersed character chapter method. All of a sudden the story ended….I was mortified & wanted so much more!!
Where to start
I’m gonna use points here, for ease of ordering my thoughts
- The writing style was mostly okay except for the conversations. I know the main characters where all white, privileged women but literally nobody speaks like they conversations in this book. It made them irritating and far less believable.
- The romance was entirely predictable and therefore boring.
- The author could have actually spoken to some transgender or gender diverse people to actually learn about the transition process and language around it. Using “him/her” and “transgendering” as a verb? Really??
Secrets and Lies
Not something I’d normally read but was easy to be caught up in the story. The characters were well thought out and the three story lines were expertly woven together to make this a very good read. I will look out for the author again to break my current saga/trilogy episodic journey.