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When Sarah meets dark, brooding Alex, she grasps his offer of a new life miles away from her own. They've both recently escaped broken relationships, and need to start again. Why not do it together? But when Sarah gets to the tiny village of Burrington Stoke, something doesn't add up. Alex's beautiful wife Genevieve was charming, talented, and adored by all who knew her. W ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Black Swan (first published January 1st 2011)
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Blair
Aug 23, 2014 Blair rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Rebecca
Ah, the trashy summer book! Also known as a 'beach read'. Don't be fooled by the fact that it's almost 550 pages long, this is as feather-light as fiction gets. The unassuming and unremarkable narrator, Sarah, has recently split from her cheating husband when she meets an enigmatic man, Alexander, on holiday in Sicily. The two are immediately drawn to each other and (in a ludicrously unbelievable turn of events) Alexander asks Sarah if she will move into his run-down English countryside home and ...more
Kim Nash
WOW! This book had me completely mesmerised and once again not getting much housework done on a Saturday afternoon! This third novel from Louise Douglas was quite simply amazing!

Sarah, has just left her husband, finding out that he was having an affair with her best friend following the traumatic experience of having a stillborn baby. To temporarily escape the hurt and devastation that has rocked her life, she takes a holiday with her sister and husband, and meets handsome Alex, father of 6 yea
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I can not remember how I stumbled upon Louise Douglas, but thank goodness I have. The secrets between us had me gripped from page one to the very end. Sarah meets Alex and his young son Jamie while she is on holiday staying at a hotel in Sicily. They both begin a holiday romance. Alex and Sarah have both had an relationship that had ended. Alex ask Sarah to come and live with him to be his housekeeper for him and look after young Jamie. Sarah is deeply in love with Alex and when Sarah arrives at ...more
Beadyjan
I was overjoyed to receive this book to review as part of the Transworld book group reading challenge, as I loved the authors previous book The Love of My Life

This one didn't disappoint even though its quite different to the other one by her I've read, although both are undeniably romantic "The secrets between us" is more of a psychological thriller with a little shiver of spookiness.

Sarah heads off to Sicily to lick her wounds after her partners infidelity brings a long term relationship to a b
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Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
Sarah has suffered a devastating double blow in her personal life, and has temporarily escaped from her painful loss to Sicily with her sister May and her sister’s husband Neil. There she meets handsome Alexander and his young son Jamie one day by the hotel pool, then on two more occasions, and suddenly Sarah is falling deep into something that will change her life. She leaves everything she knows behind, her life in Manchester, her friends and family, and moves to live in Somerset with Alexande ...more
Carole
The story starts in Italy when Sarah first meets Alex and his young son, Jamie, on holiday. Sarah is the narrator throughout and she is recovering from the trauma of recently losing her new born baby and then discovering her partner's infidelity, so she is quite vulnerable and that's probably why she jumps at the chance of a fresh start when Alex asks her to come and live with him and help to look after Jamie.


Her family and friends all thinks she's mad and she also has doubts as she thinks "what
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Kate Hewitt
After the first few slow chapters this book kept me reading, which is saying something as I generally have a low boredom threshold. However there were several things I struggled with. The style, on occasion, feels very pedantic. One whole chapter is taken up with the heroine sunbathing, showering after sunbathing, and then putting on sun cream. Minute and unimportant details are given in a laundry list format, and it almost kept me from reading more. Once the heroine left Sicily, however, the pa ...more
Susan
A chance encounter: When Sarah meets dark, brooding Alex,she grasps his offer of a new life miles away from her own. They’ve both recently escaped broken relationships, and need to start again. Why not do it together?

A perfect life: But when Sarah gets to the tiny village of Burrington Stoke, something doesn’t add up. Alex’s beautiful wife Genevieve was charming, talented, and adored by all who knew her. And apparently, she and Alex had a successful marriage complete with a gorgeous son, Jamie.
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Jo at Jaffareadstoo
Sarah has escaped on holiday to Sicily to recuperate following a traumatic event, and whilst there she meets the enigmatic Alexander, and his young son Jamie. Against the better judgement of her family, Sarah follows Alexander to his home in a small Somerset village, and becomes his lover, his housekeeper, and nanny to Jamie. This idyll, however, is marred by the continuing mystery of the disappearance of Alexander’s beautiful wife, Genevieve.
Reminiscent of the Gothic splendour of a modern day W
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Jennifer
I was given this book as the second title in the Transworld Reading Challenge.I'm sorry to say I found it rather disappointing.Glancing at the cover (which was how we chose the books we wanted to read for the challenge)I thought it was be dark, gothic and full of suspense.I did not realise that it was just another bogstandard romance novel with a hint of thriller thrown in. This author doesnt seem to be a bad writer all round - I found the book very easy to read - but perhaps she has strayed mor ...more
Andrea
Do you know the feeling you get after you've eaten too many sweets in one go? This book left a similar aftertaste.
There are many reasons not to read it. Where to start? Well, I had problems with the main character, Sarah. Her behaviour is hard to understand and even harder to digest. She lets herself be pushed around and treated like sh..., which I found extremely frustrating. We are led to believe that the man responsible for Sarah's complete submission is so good-looking and attractive that h
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Andrea Ellis
This book was an easy fluffy read but was entirely ridiculous in places, didn't feel for the characters, other characters popped up when needed but were barely mentioned or fleshed out-an afterthought almost and found the beginning silly (the sex with stranger bit), the no mention of her turmoil over losing a child and the dog bit at end. Also I guessed who did it half way through.
Rebecca Ryan
This is chick lit lite, an ok story but the characters were a bit flat and the book could have done with some serious editing.
Rowie
An easy read and I was completely taken with the plot. Who was it? Captured me all the way through.
Rebecca tedder
A mysterious romance.

Not the most predictable of books, so enjoyable on that front.

When Alex's wife disappears and he moves a new cleaner and nanny into the family home following a brief fling with her on holiday, the villagers and family of the missing woman are bound to be suspicious.

Desperate to prove his innocence Sarah is determined to stand by her man even when he goes cold on her, acts suspicious and begins to show signs of controlling behaviour and outbreaks of temper.

Just what is Alex
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Fluffychick
I was sooo pleased to get this book as part of the Transworld Book Challenge, as am a huge fan of Louise and loved her previous two novels. This one is a bit different and certainly darker, but even better than I expected.

Sarah takes some time out in Sicily with her understanding sister and brother-in-law to try and make sense of her life. The infidelity of her partner after the devastating loss of her baby son has left Sarah feeling rootless. During her holiday she meets the charismatic Alexand
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Hollie Marsh
‘I’m part of the Transworld Book Group!’

I picked this book to review for the Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge and couldn't have been more surprised by how much i enjoyed it. My normal genres of book are YA, PNR and UF so this was definately a change but i found that the supernatural elements of this book were enough to satisfy my paranormal cravings!

The plot centres around Sarah, a young woman who recently suffered a tragic loss and the consequences of this being her decision to move to t
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Jirinka (sony08)
10/10

Absolutely loved this book. I have another book by this author that has been on my bookshelf for ages and will now put it on top of my reading pile.

The Secrets Between Us is a story of Sarah and Alex. They have a chance encounter in Sicily, where Sarah goes to try to forget about the problems at home – losing a child and finding about her partners affair. She meets Alex – charming, but mysterious man and his little six year old son to whom Sarah is immediately drawn to.

She agrees to go and
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Cara
Sarah is on holiday in Sicily with her sister, convalescing after the sad stillbirth of her baby and the breakdown of her relationship with her partner.

A chance encounter with Alex and his son allows her to escape her old life, and despite all her friends and family's pleading she leaves Manchester behind for the idyllic village of Burrington Stoke.

The author admits that the book was inspired by Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca, amongst others which is one of my all time favourite books. At first I
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Yvann S
"I didn't like the thought of Genevieve's mother having our boy all to herself. I imagined her dusting him down, metaphorically, and wiping any trace of me from him. I imagined her wrapping him up in Genevieve again like a lamb wrapped in the bloodied fleece of another to disguise its smell."

Sarah is running away from personal tragedy and relationship breakdown - and runs headlong into Alexander's life. She eagerly takes on a job as housekeeper and nanny, not quite realising the height of the pe
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Sarah5
This is the new novel by one of my favourite authors, Louise Douglas. I was lucky enough to be sent this as part of the Transworld Reading challenge. This is her third and this didn't disappoint. It starts with Sarah, recovering from a broken relationship meeting Alex and his young son, Jamie in Sicily. We soon learn that Alex's first wife, Genevieve is missing and the novel unfolds the mystery of her disapperance. Sarah moves in with them in a small village in the South West.

This novel is wonde
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Louise Graham
The Secrets Between Us is the 3rd novel written by Louise Douglas.

Whilst trying to move on from her own life Sarah meets Alexander when on holiday in Sicily. It was a chance encounter, both searching for answers to their broken relationships. Alexander offers Sarah a fresh start back in England looking after his son Jamie.

Arriving in Burrington Stokes, there is a lot of hostility toward Sarah. Everyone loved Alex's wife, Genevieve. She was perfect in every way with family around the corner that
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Marie
Meet Sarah , a lost, lonely Grieving lady who has just given birth to a still born baby.
Meet Alex, an intriging "single" Dad who is full of mystery and intrige. Whom is also very good looking!

On a chance Meeting In Sicily alex asks Sarah to join him at his home to become housekeeper and Nanny to his son Jamie. Though everyone tells Sarah its a bad idea so goes ahead and does it anyway!

When Sarah gets to Avalon, she begins to question why Genevieve left alex in the first place. alex is not forthc
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Shaz Goodwin
the secrets between us is my third book in ‘The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge’

When Sarah and Alex meet in a hotel on the south coast of Sicily, Sarah is feeling numb from the trauma that has rocked the foundations of her world. There is a mystery surrounding Alex’s wife who has gone away. Sarah feels drawn to Alex’s son Jamie, experiencing maternal feelings for him.

We get to find out about Sarah’s relationship with Laurie and the fact that she has never had a personality of her own –
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Nicola
I'm reviewing this book as part of the Transworld reading challenge 2011.

The story is about Alex and Sarah who meet in Sicily, Sarah has just been through a traumatic time; she has had a stillborn baby boy and her boyfriend Laurie cheated on her with one of her friends. Alex’s wife Genevieve has walked out on him and their young son Jamie. Alex is not coping with looking after Jamie / working / keeping the home clean and offers Sarah a job, which she accepts. She moves from Manchester to a small
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Josette
'I'm part of the Transworld book group' and was sent this book to review by Transworld.


Sarah and Alex meet one summer in Sicily. Sarah's recently suffered the loss of her stillborn child and the breakdown of her relationship, and Alex's wife has walked out on him, apparently abandoning him and their young son, Jamie. In her bid for a fresh start, Sarah agrees to leave her native Manchester and move down south to Burrington Stoke to act as Jamie's nanny, Alex's housekeeper and eventually, his lo
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Naomi
Just made me want to re-read du Maurier's Rebecca as it's a poor attempt to update that classic. None of the characters behave with any kind of logic - from a totally pointless sex scene between people who had spoken less than 10 sentences to each other, a fight in a pub for no reason and the heroine going for a night out with friends who are incapable of getting a taxi or giving her a lift home, instead getting the hero to come pick her up even though that meant leaving his child alone in the h ...more
Joanne D'arcy
Sarah and Alexander meet in Sicily, Sarah is escaping her broken relationship and the loss of her stillborn son by being with her sister and brother in law. Alexander's reason for Sicily is not made clear at the beginning as he is there with his son Jamie. There is a connection between Sarah and Alexander and on returning to England, Alexander asks Sarah to come and be his housekeeper and part time nanny to his son, their passionate tie seemingly forgotten.

But then there is Genevieve, Alexander
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Cath
When Sarah meets Alexander in Sicily, she still struggles with the loss of her stillborn son, a few months earlier. Alexander's s wife disappeared and they both need a new partner, so they decide that Sarah is going to live with him in Burrington Stoke, a beautiful village in England.

Everyone talks about Genevieve, Alexander’s wife who walked out on her life and only left a message in which she told she would contact him soon. There’s a lot of gossip and people are wondering what happened to her
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Lisa
"I'm part of the Transworld Book Group & this book was provided courtesy of Transworld Publishers" I have not been paid for my review and the opinion and review is entirely my own.

I have to be honest, I had never heard of Louise Douglas before, but the synopsis on this book really intrigued me.

It is about Alex and Sarah. They meet in Sicily where Sarah is on holiday with her Sister and Brother in Law. She has gone to escape a broken relationship and a recent loss. She meets Alex there with h
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