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Oklahoman book review: 'The Secrets She Keeps' by Michael Robotham

"The Secrets She Keeps" by Michael Robotham (Scribner, 385 pages, in stores)

“The Secrets She Keeps” is the first Michael Robotham novel I have read. It definitely won't be my last.

Robotham's latest psychological thriller puts him on my list of must-read authors.

Robotham is certainly not new to the genre. The Sydney, Australia, novelist has written a dozen books, several which have won or been nominated for prestigious awards.

A former investigative journalist, Robotham won the Gold Dagger from England's Crime Writer's Association for his novel “Life or Death,” which also was shortlisted for the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

Twice, Robotham has won a Ned Kelly Award for Australia's best crime novel, for “Lost” in 2005 and "Shatter" in 2008. He also has twice been shortlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger: in 2007 for “The Night Ferry” and in 2008 for “Shatter.”

“The Secrets She Keeps” is another emotionally gripping novel that should have Robotham nominated for more awards.

Robotham writes the novel from the viewpoint of two pregnant women, Agatha and Meghan. If you are skeptical about a man writing a book where the two main characters are women with deep dark secrets, don't be. The book is brilliant.

The story is set in London, where Agatha works at a supermarket and strikes up a friendship with Meghan, a store customer and soon-to-be mother of three.

Quickly it's evident that Agatha has an unhealthy obsession with Meghan. Something is just not quite right.

Over the first 100 pages, Robotham skillfully drops details bit by bit of Agatha's past, offering clues of her true intentions.

Meghan has her own issues, as well. Her seemingly perfect family life is not what it seems, and it will come back to haunt her, especially once Agatha learns of her indiscretions.

The suspense keeps building in “The Secrets She Keeps” with plot twists you don't see coming.

I wouldn't be surprised to see “The Secrets She Keeps” on the big screen one day. If it does, I will be one of the first in line buying a ticket.

But before that happens, read the book. The book is always better.

— Ed Godfrey, Staff Writer

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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