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#Blogtour – Tell Me A Secret – Samantha Hayes

I am thrilled and delighted to be part of the #Blogtour for Samantha Hayes’ latest psychological thriller and my thanks to Bookouture and Noelle for arranging this tour. Tell Me A Secret was published on 25th May 2018.

About this book: Tell her all your secrets and she’ll tell you all her lies…

Everything in Lorna’s life runs like clockwork, from her 6 a.m. morning run to the strict 60-minute counselling sessions she gives. It’s the only way she can deal with the terrible secret she carries.

When a new client arrives for his first appointment, Lorna feels her perfect life unravel in a matter of seconds. It’s Andrew, the man she’s spent the last year desperately trying to forget. It seems he can’t forget her either…

Against her better judgement she anonymously contacts him on a dating site. Messaging him could mean the end of her marriage and her career, but she needs to know if his motives are genuine.

When Andrew is found dead in his home, grief quickly turns to fear when messages from him continue to arrive on Lorna’s phone. Somebody knows her secret and wants to use it to destroy everything she has.

Will she risk her family and her sanity to keep her secret? Will she risk her life…?

About the author:   Samantha Hayes grew up in Warwickshire, left school at sixteen, avoided university and took jobs ranging from being a private detective to barmaid to fruit picker and factory worker. She lived on a kibbutz, and spent time in Australia and the USA, before finally becoming a crime-writer.

Her writing career began when she won a short story competition in 2003. Her novels are family-based psychological thrillers, with the emphasis being on ‘real life fiction’. She focuses on current issues and sets out to make her readers ask, ‘What if this happened to me or my family?’

My Review:  Tell Me A Secret is about obsession – deep, dark, uncomfortable obsession.  Obsession so encompassing it takes over your life, your family, your job, your responsibilities until all you can think about is your obsession.

Lorna is a married woman with a step son and young daughter.  She’s also a respectable counsellor with a client list of damaged and vulnerable patients.  A year ago she embarked on a passionate and all-consuming affair with Andrew, her patient, and ended it after 10 months, moving practices and completely stopping all contact with Andrew.  However he has just found her again, turning up as a new patient under a different name.

This is a really uncomfortable story, not just because the main character Lorna is so unlikable and doesn’t just get under your skin, she makes you itch and squirm, it’s because I felt like a voyeur watching a family self destruct.   If you like your psychological thrillers so dark you need a torch, so uncomfortable you need an extra pillow and with enough red herrings to smell like Billingsgate Market – then check out this book.

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