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The Secrets Between Us

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,442 Ratings  ·  177 Reviews
A Richard and Judy recommendation for the 2012 Summer Book Club, this is a brilliant Gothic novel in the vein of Daphne du Maurier.

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 S
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Published July 7th 2011 by Transworld Digital
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May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jo Barton
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012books
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.
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed Louise Douglas’s novel The Love of My Life and found this one equally good. It is an easy read but is well written with interesting characters and a good plotline. I agree with anther reviewer that there are elements of Daphne Du Maurier’s 'Rebecca' about it which can’t be bad. Looking forward to reading more by this author.
Andrea Ellis
Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
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.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book which is the first I have read of Louise Douglas'. It was really well written, gripping and eerie in parts. I thought I had predicted the ending... but I didn't, which is always a sign of a good writer! I shall be checking out the other books Louise has written!
Rebecca Shipton
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.
Elizabeth Moffat
This is a nice light read, nothing too taxing, as part of the Richard and Judy book club 2012. I didn't quite believe the relationship between Sarah and Alexander however and predicted the ending.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars really...a good story, even though I guessed whodunit
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy read and I was completely taken with the plot. Who was it? Captured me all the way through.
Jenny Bosworth
I normally enjoy this type of psychological thriller but I couldn't get into this. Too much suspension of disbelief was required. I didn't feel like I got a sense of the personalities of any of the main characters, which is essential for this genre. Some, especially the policeman, seemed to change their personality to fit the scene. It was a good story but I didn't like the writing
Geraldine Presley
New author for me. Excellent story with a good ending. I will read more of her books.
Joanne D'Arcy
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
'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
Shaz Goodwin
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 –
Hollie Marsh
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘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
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
Oct 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sarah goes on holiday to Sicily to help her get over a miscarriage and break-up, and while there she meets Alexander and his young son Jamie. She feels an instant attraction to Alexander, and when he asks her to come back with him to help look after his son and his home in Somerset, she sees this as just the new start she needs. But Alexander’s life is haunted by his wife, Genevieve, who mysteriously vanished shortly before he went to Sicily. Genevieve’s family, and indeed the whole village, beg ...more
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
Aug 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"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
Aug 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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