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Your past will always find you! With her three beautiful children, millionaire husband and Cotswolds mansion, former investigative journalist Rose Miller has an enviable life. But behind the domestic bliss lies a secret past! As Oxford students in the early nineties, Rose and James belonged to Society X, an elite clique that knew no boundaries. Led by the enigmatic Dalziel ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 15th 2010 by AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (first published January 1st 2010)
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M
Jan 06, 2015 M rated it it was ok
A book of two halves. Unfortunately, one of them was more interesting than the other. Rose's past (I struggled to remember her name there - and I only finished this book last night...) is told in almost equal parts with her 'present' (although the book did keep switching tense for no real reason I could fathom), a technique which backfires since Rose's current life (kids, housework, Cotswolds, zzzz) is so boring and dull. The book felt confused, and as though it hadn't been edited properly. The ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Aug 31, 2013 Barbara Elsborg rated it liked it
Second time reading this book so I obviously thought it was worth keeping. Worth a second read? Probably not. BUT at least the plot was a bit clearer this time. I recall getting a touch muddled with it last time. It's basically the story of the past catching up with you and the problems that can bring. The switching between past and present worked fine for me. The character of Dalziel was well drawn - he was completely repellent and completely addictive!I felt very sorry for Rose, she was consta ...more
Lesley
Jun 04, 2013 Lesley rated it liked it
Liked this but didn't love it. I read anoither Claire Seeber book earlier this year and really enjoyed it so this was a bit of a disappointment.
I didn't mind the back and forth in time bit, I quite like books that do that, but unfortunately the parts written from Rose's past at Oxford, were for me, overwritten and confusing. When events or characters from the past reared up in present day I often had to go back to check who they were or what exactly happened. The whole bit about the waitress who
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Rehab
Mar 07, 2011 Rehab rated it really liked it
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Lara
Nov 15, 2015 Lara rated it it was ok
I struggled with this book, probably because I couldn't warm to the characters. The main character Rose, I felt needed to grow a back bone and appeared to be so gullible! And I got a bit confused with the to-ing and fro-ing from past to present. Not for me.
Fiona Moreira
Mar 25, 2017 Fiona Moreira rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! What a book. Rose and James met as new students at Oxford where they were part of a group called Society X, run by their charismatic friend Dalzeil. They now live a comfortable life in the country with their three lovely children. James runs night clubs with his best friend Liam and Rose gave up her promising journalistic career to write for the local gazette about prizewinning vegetables and raise her family. But all that changes when Rose is asked by an old colleague to see what she can ...more
Lesley Halliday
Feb 25, 2017 Lesley Halliday rated it liked it
Yeah was good but to be fair things were well missing why didn't she automatically start searching James stuff etc v weird!
Laura
Apr 20, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
To begin with, I wasn't really in-love with this book, and it took me a while to get into.

Rose Miller is a renowned investigative journalist, happily married with three children, and lives in a beautiful house in the Cotswolds. But Rose is a bit bored, and misses the career she once loved, that she hasn't returned to since having her children. She soon finds just one day a week at her local paper is not enough for her, and she takes on the challenge of a more adventurous story.

But waiting round
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Jayne Charles
Nov 03, 2014 Jayne Charles rated it really liked it
This novel is packed with intrigue and mystery – the author demonstrates a determination to keep the reader guessing as well as having a keen ear for toddler-speak (I loved Freddie – he didn’t speak much but everything he said was hilarious).

A huge cast and any number of illegal goings-on (both in the present and in the past) keep everything bubbling furiously, and to finish the book was a must, just to find out how the author would draw the multiple threads of the story together. Secrets are k
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Fatima Haque
Jul 15, 2011 Fatima Haque rated it liked it
My thoughts on the book
To be honest with you I really did not enjoy reading this book. This was because of many factors like the plot line. I thought the plot line was too confusing and after I read the book I did not get what happened through the most of the book. As well as the fact of the actual story line, it was to dark and uncomfortable. I am the kind of person that loves thriller, suspense and crime but I think that that this book was too much for my liking. This book is a psychological t
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Kirsty Maule
This book was a good read. I preferred 24 hours as it was more fast paced. I got a bit bored/impatient at 30, 60 and 80 percent and just wanted it to move faster and wrap things up for that particular point in the story. The overall story was good but I did end up reading 2 books in between this one because it just wasn't one I was totally focused on. I read 24 hours in 2 sittings. Maybe the subject matter just wasn't for me - starting the chapters with old fashioned quotes or biblical quotes is ...more
Jan
Dec 06, 2016 Jan rated it it was amazing
I am very precise about my reviews. I see so many given high ratings that really are not my idea of a great novel. So when I find a book that completely hooks me, I am on cloud nine. This is the second Claire Seeber novel I have read and she is a great author. This is a book that captivates between it's two time lines. Who are what were Society X? What drove Dalziel? Rose Miller was captivated by him but Dalziel was in a league of his own and he was sacrilegious. What happens to Rose at universi ...more
Donna Henderson
Jan 05, 2014 Donna Henderson rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-read
I have mixed feelings about this book. I thought the plot was cleverly weaved together and twisty, but I felt that the loose ends were too conveniently tied up, and some of the suspense went on for way too long, which was so frustrating that I even found that my foot was tapping with anxiety, as I just wanted to get through the pages and finish the book. I enjoy a plot that alternates problems and solutions, but this book just dragged on with the same problem throughout. On a more positive note, ...more
Lucy Hay
Apr 12, 2016 Lucy Hay rated it liked it
A fast-paced read with appealing characters, I liked the theme of "truth" that ran through NEVER TELL. The plot felt a little convoluted, with even Rose unsure what exactly she was investigating, but the characters kept my interest alive. Though all the characters were slightly dodgy in ethics, this was what made them intriguing: I'm so bored of goody two shoes housewives! The relationship between Rose and James and the children felt particularly fresh and I liked her encounters with Danny, thou ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jan 10, 2016 Lynda Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
This is not for me. It's full of a bunch of unlikeable toffs at university with, it seems, not a redeeming feature among them ! I might've persevered if I liked any of them or had anything in common with them but I don't.
I was put off in the acknowledgements when a prior author I've had adverse contact with was thanked. I assumed this book would be in the same state hers was but I have to say it's pretty good in terms of presentation. I only spotted one error-a child eating porridge on one page
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Joanne
Apr 14, 2016 Joanne rated it liked it
This book seemed long! I don't know if it was the writing style slowing it down, the characters not being developed early in the book, the timeframe switches or what...

I found the early "university" settings and storyline quite weak and very disjointed as well as unrealistic - there was just a bit too much assumed knowledge I think. As I didn't grow up in the UK or attend a UK university the scenarios seemed a bit far-fetched but that might just be my point of view.

The main character Rose was a
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Lisa
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
A pretty good read; there is a good main story that is sidetracked somewhat by the protagonist's own dabbling into the unknown and this doesn't really seem relevant to the story apart from as an introduction to some dark characters, so it feels a little messy in places. On the whole the concept, that of past life and secrets catching up, is good if not entirely unique and it does hold your interest, though can't help thinking it's a slight disappointment in parts....
The characters are well-round
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Heffalumpi
Jan 31, 2011 Heffalumpi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
I really enjoyed this book, I would say that if you enjoyed The Secret History by Donna Tarrt this is a comparible 'light' version. Not the same story but some of the same feeling and set in England. The main character is believeable and someone that you do want to know more about although some of her actions stretch the imagination and don't fit into what you think that she would actually do.

I don't want to say too much about the story as it would ruin it for others but it certainly kept me gri
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Cleo Bannister
Sep 01, 2013 Cleo Bannister rated it liked it
I was really looking forward to reading this book but found the start so far fetched I considered not bothering. I'm glad I did as the story improved and I managed to suspend belief enough to enjoy it.

The story flicks back and forward between Rose's time at Oxford where she joined in with Society X and her life now with three young children in the Cotswolds. Her husband James is involved in music and opening night clubs. She begins to investigate a story (she was an "award winning journalist") a
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Louise Mullins
The sentences seem to be cut before they've ended and I couldn't get into it. I read up to chapter three. I felt that this has mistakenly been labelled a thriller, but did not have enough suspense in the first few pages to hold my attention. I also found it incredibly difficult to see what the prologue added to the story. Somebody who is supposed to be dead is alive and their son supposedly killed himself but did not. I found it all very boring. Too many redundant sentences and unnecessary descr ...more
Paula
Dec 27, 2010 Paula added it
Shelves: abandoned
Abandoned this one half way through, although I have put it away to try another time.
For the first quarter of the book, I kept checking to see what genre it was as at first it reminded me a little of a romance type (not mills & boon romance though!). I pushed on to page 148 waiting for the 'dark twisting thriller (Simon Kernick)' to start, and though I can see very faint hints of a it, I am bored with the book.

Abandoned to my re-read shelf 27/12/10
Rebecca tedder
Nov 13, 2012 Rebecca tedder rated it really liked it
I really did enjoy this book.

Though it flitted from past to present - something I don't always find a good thing in a mystery - this read with ease and I thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of the tale.

From the college Secret Society to the mixed up world of modern politics and a falling apart marriage, Seeber kept me interested right up to the very end.

Good read that was easy to lose myself in after a long day.
Diane
Oct 02, 2013 Diane rated it did not like it
I'm sorry I wasted time finishing this. It wasn't worth it. This is the least suspenseful thriller I've ever read. Rose was an unbelievable character and badly drawn. For an apparently award winning journalist she dense. Her probing consisted of asking people to 'tell me the truth'!
The unlikely and improbable scenarios just made this story a farce. I doubt I'll bother with Seeber's other book on my shelf.
Colette Cooper
Jul 25, 2013 Colette Cooper rated it liked it
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Mandy
May 14, 2011 Mandy rated it really liked it
Dark, gritty and gripping. It's been a long time since I have read a page turner like this. I loved her writing style, descriptive but not flowery. My only critiscm would be that In order to maintain the suspense Rose's character was slightly flawed, in that as a former journalist, she surely would have asked the questions that we, the reader, were asking. I found her somewhat blind acceptance a little unbelievable at times. That aside, a great read!
Katie Boyden
Feb 01, 2013 Katie Boyden rated it it was ok
In general I enjoyed this book, but Rose's character was confusing and switched from hard-hitting journalist to concerned mum to lovestruck teenager even within chapters. The plot, I think, was over-complicated and in the end Kattan didn't really have as much of a role to play as I expected him to. It was a good book, but I wouldn't read it again.
Kate Giles
Apr 18, 2016 Kate Giles rated it liked it
This could have been great but for me just missed the mark. It was intriguing at the beginning but I didn't feel satisfied with the conclusion. Having read some of the other reviews I may try another of her novels as there seems to be a consensus that this isn't typical of this author and that some of her other books are better.
Lynz
Apr 02, 2012 Lynz rated it it was amazing
Bought in a charity shop a few months ago & picked it up while waiting for another book to arrive in the post, Didn't think I'd read it all esp after reading the first two chapters, but I gave it another go & I'm glad I did. Because I found after a few chapters I couldn't put it down.

Defo gets a thumbs up from me :)
Renée Mee
Aug 12, 2016 Renée Mee rated it it was ok
Not a big lover of stories that switch back and forth from past to current time.
I find it annoying and this book was no exception for that rule. Claire seeber is a good writer but sometimes the story gets bogged down and becomes predictable.
Selina Trafford
Dec 20, 2015 Selina Trafford rated it liked it
brilliant story of youths excess catching up with you. a complex and compelling man heads a group of students who want to break societies restraints but the gang come to realise after a tragedy that is it is all to serve his own purpose and as we all know our sins will always find us!
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