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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,220 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Little secrets grow up to be big lies…

They’ve been best friends since their sons started high school together, and Felicity, Emma and Neve share everything … or so they thought.

But Flick’s seemingly perfect marriage hides a shocking secret which, with one word, threatens to destroy her and her family’s happiness. Emma is in denial about a potential custody battle, her fina
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Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 19th 2016 by Harlequin MIRA
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Phrynne
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4000-books
This was my first book by Rachael Johns and it will certainly not be my last! It's a great story about three life long friends who think they know each other so well and then find they each have one huge secret they have not shared.
This was a book that was really hard to put down. The chapters rotated between the POVs of the three main characters, which had the effect of keeping things moving really fast. In the end it was Flick who had the most insoluble of the three issues. There could be no f
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Brenda
For the past five years Flick, Emma and Neve had been best friends; meeting to chat about their reading once a month had been the beginning then gradually their friendship settled into a comfortable and well-oiled knowledge of each other. There was rarely a day go by when they didn’t speak or text one another – they knew each other’s families, dramas and foibles inside out.

Emma was a single mother after Max had left her for a younger woman; her son Caleb was friends with Neve’s son Will and Flic
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Jenny
The Art of Keeping Secrets is about three friends Felicity, Emma and Genevieve who were keeping secrets from their friends and family. However, the secrets were wearing the three friends down and affect everyone around them. Readers of The Art of Keeping Secrets will follow how Felicity, Emma and Genevieve's secrets were revealed and how they cope with the consequences.

For me, The Art of Keeping Secrets is not one of my favourite Rachael Johns books. I not sure why but I did not get involved wi
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Bianca
The Art of Keeping Secrets was my first Rachael Johns novel.

As the title and the blurb indicate, this novel is about three women friends, all in their early forties. They're all busy, working mums. Felicity, aka Flick, is a taxidermist, married to a lovely man, and has two kids. From the outside, their life is perfect. But there is one big secret that's been driving Felicity crazy.
Emma is divorced and the mother of three teenagers. She's struggling and is constantly exhausted.
Genevive, aka Neve
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MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
What price do we pay when we deceive those we love?

In this latest by Rachael Johns, she attempts to answer that question by delving into the lives of three very different women who, while united by friendship, are all keeping secrets.

Flick has a picture-perfect marriage and family envied by most but she harbours a shocking secret that has become her life because, if it ever comes out, her little family may just be shattered; Neve’s been a single mother all of Toby’s life and it’s her own secret
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Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Rachael Johns enthrals her readers yet again with her second foray into the contemporary life literature genre with the release of her newest book, The Art Of Keeping Secrets. I am so glad Rachael Johns has decided to take this direction in her writing, as I really do believe that she has the knack for conveying issues close to women’s hearts.

At the core of The Art Of Keeping Secrets are three very close knit female friends, Emma, Flick and Neve. Their friendship is rock solid, having developed
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Sally906
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I have never, ever, read a bad Rachael Johns book. Each time I finish reading one I think wow she can’t get any better – but then I pick up the next one – and she does. THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS is so fabulous that I read until the wee small hours to finish it, and my husband had to heat us up leftovers for dinner for two nights as I wanted to read rather than cook!!!

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Kathryn
Racheal Johns has written an engaging and thought provoking book about three friends and the secrets they have unshared. They are really very involved in each others lives, yet they don't know everything that is going on for each of them - yet.

Three women - Felicity married to Seb, with two children, Zoe about to be married and a seventeen year old son. Seb is a loving attentive husband, the other two women Emma and Neve somewhat envy the happy married life. But what they don't know is that som
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Deborah
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Johns' latest release, The Art of Keeping Secrets, has been receiving praise from a lot of readers and book bloggers; and, as it sounded like it focused less on the happily-ever-after I decided to dive in. And thank god I did.

I knew I'd love Johns' writing. There was no question of that. I tend to assume most people's writing is a reflection of who they are and from stuff I've read (interviews and social media updates) I knew Johns' style was warm and funny. Which came across in the novel. Her w
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Michelle
Wow! This is fast becoming my favourite Rachael Johns book.
Edgy and different this is brand new territory for Rach and I LOVE IT

AMAZING read, but I would like another chapter or two to see what happens next
Helen
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars - http://greatreadsandtealeaves.blogspo...

‘Is it a secret?’ He leant forward a little and whispered, ‘I promise I’m good at keeping secrets.’

The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns is my first book by her and I was eager to finally sample her writing, especially considering, many claim this to be one of her best books so far. I was not disappointed. In a nutshell, this is the story of three women who are the best of friends and the secrets that they have kept not only from each oth
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Karen ⊰✿
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book follows the lives of three friends as they share some huge secrets that have made an impact on their lives.
I really enjoyed the characterisations and I thought they were all likeable and believable. It was also a story with a few surprises, tears and laughs.
On the flip side, I found the prose and the dialogue a little superfluous and a proper edit would have taken this from a good book to a great one that could sit along side other fabulous contemporary Australian authors such as Liane
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Bobbie
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
This is my first book that I've read by Johns, but I will definitely be reading more. It's about the relationship between three women who have been friends since high school. Their lives have changed over time. The years have improved some of their lives, but one of the friend's lives has not been so good. Stiil, she has had her friends there to support, and then there are other secrets. It's a great read. I recommend to the reading community.
Renee
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: australian, read-2016, arc
The Art of Keeping Secrets has now overtaken The Patterson Girls as my new favourite Rachael Johns book. This fabulous contemporary fiction novel follows the lives of three women, who have been friends for years but are each keeping secrets.

I giggled, I teared up, I kept turning the pages. The only reason I didn't finish it sooner was that I put all my books down for a few days so that I could flit around the Romance Writer's of Australia conference, soaking up the love, and get to meet Rachael
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Suzanne
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting cross section of themes, builds on her range from The Patterson Girls.
Love the characters and the dynamics of each relationship. Who wouldn't fall for Patrick? Seb/Sofia slightly harder to stomach as you really felt for Flick.
A good read and author I will keep coming back to.
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

Oh what a tangled web we weave! Secrets, little white lies, they all come back to haunt us eventually.

Felicity (Flick), Emma and Genevieve (Neve), best friends, and they tell each other everything.. right?

That is until their secrets start to emerge, and they each have to deal with the consequences.

Will they tear their friendships apart, or will it bring them closer, that is the question.

As I turned each and every page, I was anxious to know what wou
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Natalie  S
Rachael Johns knows how to tell a good story. The author has written numerous romance novels and chick lit books. Her latest novel, The Art of Keeping Secrets is a well-crafted and emotional piece of fiction. It’s also a story that is a testament to the power of female friendship.

To read the rest of this review please visit: http://bookgirl.beautyandlace.net/boo...
Lana
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: life-lit
The Art of Keeping Secrets is the second Rachael Johns has written in the newly coined ‘Life lit’ category. Her first in this genre, The Patterson Girls, won the ABIA Award for Best Book in 2016.

The book centres around three women and their families. Each woman gets a chapter from her point of view and as the book progresses, you learn more about their secrets, hopes, and dreams. Felicity or Flick is a taxidermist and a mother whose husband has a habit of secretly dressing in woman’s clothes. Ge
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Helen
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story had me riveted from start to finish three best friends Felicity (Flick), Emma and Genevieve (Neve) who met when their boys started high school 6 years before now share a special bond and will do anything for each other but all have their own secrets that they have kept but are now starting to unravel and this is where their friendship steps up and they take a trip to New York together and lives will change there will be tears there will be smiles but the love of these girls never fade ...more
Michele
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Keeping Secrets was a roller coaster of emotions wrapped up in a rock solid story as three friends journeyed together through life, love, and a multitude of family issues.

‘Even if their lives *were* falling apart, at least they had each other to laugh and cry with.’

Rachael Johns has a way of writing stories that are thoughtful, character-driven, and have a realistic feel to them. The Art of Keeping Secrets bumped that up a notch for me, as she also added in thought-provoking twists t
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Nigelle-ann
Oct 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It is interesting that when you have friends and read this book you suddenly realise how little you may know about them. This book certainly bring it to light, and we really don't know what goes on behind closed doors.

I loved this book. Rach has uses such sensitivity to deal with subject matters. This book made me cry and not many books have done that to me. We all know women like this, and so it is much closer to home.

Another winner.
Anne Peachey
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns is undeniably her best book so far.
It follows the story of three close women friends and the secrets they have kept from family and friends.
When their secrets begin to unravel, the disruption and heartache that impacts their family and friends is so believable.
A true page turner you will not want to put down.
I highly recommend this book and know it will appeal to readers of other genres not just Romance Readers.
Lyn
Dec 22, 2016 added it
Not a bad read,in some spots I was unable to put it down. I hope there is a sequel.
Bree T
Popular rural romance author Rachael Johns takes a couple more very brave steps outside of her familiar comfort zone with her second ‘life lit’ offering, The Art of Keeping Secrets. Focusing on a trio of women brought together by their sons starting a prestigious high school together some 5-6 years ago, Flick, Emma and Neve have developed a tight knit friendship where they probably thought they knew all of each others secrets. But as their sons get ready to graduate, each woman faces the possibi ...more
Peggy Clayton
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book although I am a bit confused as the proof that I was sent had a different cover on it. I really liked my cover which has a lady sitting looking into the city and that is what the book is about. This is a really good book for when you have a weekend alone to read. Rachael hit the ball to the outfield with this book for a double!
Samantha
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I absolutely loved the characters. I laughed with them, cried with them, and gossiped with them. A wonderful book with some hard lessons in it. I received this book through the Goodreads giveaway program.
Chris Markley
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Neve, Emma, & Flick are at a cross roads, they became friends through their sons & now their sons are about to graduate. This time is full of emotion & they discover that the friends they thought they knew everything about have been keeping earth shattering secrets. Will they trust each other enough to reveal their secrets? And will their friendship survive if they do? A story of friendship & trust.
Jodi
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I must admit, I'm becoming quite the Rachel Johns fan. After reading her 2015 release, The Patterson Girls, I was one of the many eagerly awaiting her new novel The Art of Keeping Secrets.

The Art of Keeping Secrets follows the lives of three best-friends. Felicity; happily married to every woman's dream husband Seb, with two equally wonderful children. There's Emma, who struggles to make ends meet for her and her three kids whilst dealing with her irritating ex-husband and his new trophy wife. A
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Theresa Smith
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I now have a new favourite Rachael Johns book - The Art of Keeping Secrets. Simply fabulous, I enjoyed this story so much. Following the lives of three close friends, this book is more than what you think it will be at the outset. Rachael has created these three women who you can't help but like and find some degree of affinity with. They are normal women, not glamorous make believe pipe dreams, but you and me and the lady across the road. And that's why it works. They're lovely, they're flawed, ...more
Jeannette
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Little secrets grow up to be big lies…
They’ve been best friends since their sons started high school together, and Felicity, Emma and Neve share everything … or so they thought.
But Flick’s seemingly perfect marriage hides a shocking secret which, with one word, threatens to destroy her and her family’s happiness. Emma is in denial about a potential custody battle, her financial constraints, the exhaustion she can’t seem to shake off and the inappropriate feelings she has for her bos
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