I can usually tell within the first few pages if I am going to like a book or not. When I started The Girl On The Train and The Widow I just knew they would be great books. The same can be said for The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham (Scribner; in stores Tuesday, July 11). It’s just a thrilling, exciting page turner. I couldn’t put it down and spent my whole Sunday reading it.
The story is told from two women’s points of view as each chapter rotates between the two woman. Meghan a married woman who has two kids and is expecting her third. She’s married to a successful sports reporter and has a good life going. She has her friends, her coffee shops, her clothes and money to be able to afford the good things in life. She has a mommy blog that has some success (she uses fake names and writes about her life and her kids). For the most part her life is good. She and her husband Jack fight about the normal married stuff. The baby she is currently expecting was an accident.
Agatha on the other hand has had a rough life and is mentally unstable. She’s divorced and has lost children. She just wants to be a mother but that’s not in the cards for her. She isn’t letting that stop her though. Announcing to everyone including her boyfriend Hayden that she is expecting takes him by surprise. He had dumped her months ago and went off to the Royal Navy and is shocked when he finds out and wants nothing to do with her or the baby. After thinking it over he changes his mind and is excited about it.
Not everything is what is seems. Agatha has been watching and studying Meghan for a long time now. She even runs into her a few times and the two of them become friends. They compare pregnancies and due dates. As the arrival dates come closer, secrets are revealed and these two woman’s lives will never be the same again.
We learn Agatha’s complete back story and why she is like she is. As for Meghan and Jack it’s a realistic look at a marriage of two people that have been together a long time and struggle with kids and their own personal relationship. Will secrets and a tragedy tear them apart or bring them closer together?