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The Secrets Between Us

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,462 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
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 July 7th 2011)
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May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paula Sealey
A solid plot with veins of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca running through it, I found myself engrossed in this romantic thriller.

While on holiday in Sicily, Sarah meets Alex and his son Jamie. Strangely drawn to them, she accepts an offer from Alex to return with him and help look after Jamie, whose mother has 'gone', leaving Alex struggling to cope. Trying to escape heartache and a failed relationship, Sarah sees it as the perfect opportunity to start afresh. On arriving at Avalon though, Alex's
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one, its much darker than her previous books but an excellent read.
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Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This is a "who done it" with a modern twist. I didn't guess who the culprit was until near the end. Some have compared it to a hint of Daphne du Mauriers Rebecca which I disagree with. Rebecca is a beautiful classic. The female character has an innocence to her which Sahra in this book does not have. In fact I found her very apathetic and the ending the same.
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
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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 05, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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I've always loved reading and writing and all I ever wanted to be was an author. I've had four books published now, the fifth is written and is due to be published in August 2013 and I'm working on the sixth. I live with Kevin in the Mendips, not far from Bristol, a city that I love, and have three beautiful sons. We also have two dogs, Lil and Lola. The Love of My Life is my first book. It was lo ...more
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