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Deep Secret

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  145 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike they seem like one person, even their family can’t tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting.

When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires. Love and grief come to the surface.
Published August 31st 2004 by Puffin (first published November 27th 2003)
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Ophélie rated it it was amazing
Jul 20, 2007
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Jul 30, 2010 Georgina Ball rated it liked it
Initially this book confused the hell out of me. I had no idea when or where this was set, and was expecting it to be set in modern times by the cover but it wasn't. Once I got over the intial confusion the book was quite book. It followed several different people, all from the same village in a valley, which made it interesting as you got various people's point of view. It made you feel part of the story. The things which happened were lossely based on real events and it's quite interesting rea ...more
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purely horrible book. no one in his right sense would read it more than 40 pages!!!!

twins who stick to each other so much that when one dies the other (the one alive)says she is the one who died and the dead one is her,and their mother hreself dosen't know which is the dead one..........phu i could puke
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Shannon Graham rated it liked it
Jul 07, 2011
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Oct 18, 2011 Kiran rated it it was ok
This is my 3rd book I have read of Berlie Doherty and wasn't the best I would have to say. I picked up this book thinking it would be set in modern times although it was set way in the past. I do prefer Berlie Doherty's Dear Nobody.

I really enjoyed the ending of the book as it did surpise me. During the book I did find myself losing interest in the plot and characters.

If you like romance set in the past I would recommend this book to yourself! :)
Apr 17, 2012 Hayley rated it really liked it
The story is set in a small village that lies at the bottom of a valley. They are a community lost in time. The men and women fill stereotypical roles and young people are expected to find love, marry, and settle down.

Twins Medline and Grace share an unbreakable bond. They are so alike even their mother occasionally mistakes one for the other. When tragedy strikes the town is beside itself with grief. This is compounded with news that the valley is to be flooded and turned into a reservoir. Thes
May 05, 2012 Dani rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-me-cry, uk
This was such an unbelievably sad book. Oh my word.
Never having been a twin, I can't know how realistic their relationship was, but it certainly came across well.
Doherty's 'writing voice' is the sort that I would normally write off as a Script of Things not Deep (never having read any books by her before), but what she's pulled off in this book is something special.
She's got loss, love and village life all rolled into one spectacular story.
So why only four stars, if I'm having trouble thinking
May 04, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book ever. Berlie Doherty really knows how to put human emotions into writing and captures the different scenes amazingly well. I was very disappointed when it finished. It is a very touching and thought-provoking. I definitely recommend this amazing book. Well done Berlie Doherty!! :)
Natalie rated it it was ok
Jul 16, 2012
Jul 24, 2012 Elisha rated it it was amazing
I remember I took this book out of the library when I was in year six at primary school, and re read it about 7 times throughout the year! I can't entirely remember the plot but I do remember that it was an incredible book that moved me to tears, and that I enjoyed very much!
It was a good book, set in England in 1946 about a pair of twins and one of them dies. Then the Government forces them to move out of their valley. The story was about grief, memories, and moving on. I liked it.
Roza Dimka
Roza Dimka rated it liked it
Jan 15, 2013
Emma Louise
I think this book was a big old case of 'don't judge the book by its cover'. However,I do not mean that in a good way.

Let's play a game. Here is a copy of the blurb from the back of this book (with the pretty, girly cover featured above).

"Madeleine and Grace, the mirror image twins. Oliver, the handsome traveller. Colin, the steady student, and Seth, the blind man. A cast of powerful characters uncover disturbing secrets when the building of a mighty dam drowns a beautiful village. Love, death,
Rinky rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2013
Valentina rated it it was ok
Mar 28, 2013
Dec 29, 2013 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
I do find it hard to believe that a novel as eerie and moving as this, about the flooding of a tiny, beloved village in Derbyshire to make way for a modern dam and reservoir, and about the mature grief felt by young Madeleine after the loss of her twin sister, should be missed out on by the majority of adults simply because it is labelled as 'young adult'. The fate of the valley and the changing definitions of land ownership interests me most and makes the novel stand out. In contrast, the parts ...more
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Jul 29, 2016 Kristina rated it did not like it
is it named deep secret because the lake was deep? That girl surely needed few visits to the psychiatrists. And what kind of mother doesn't recognize her twin kids?
Isabelle rated it it was amazing
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Berlie Doherty née Hollingsworth is an English novelist, poet, playwright and screenwriter. She is best known for children's books, for which she has twice won the Carnegie Medal.She has also written novels for adults, plays for theatre and radio, television series and libretti for children's opera.
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