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n her eyes, no-one is innocent...

A knock-out read for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Anatomy of a Scandal and Apple Tree Yard.

Georgia Sage has a gift: she can see evil in people. As a courtroom artist she uses her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. After all, her own brutal past means she knows innocence is even rarer than justice.

But when she is drawn ba
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Published October 4th 2018 by Bonnier Zaffre
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"The Secrets You Hide" by Kate Helm is one of those books you really want to keep reading and not want to stop, it's easy to read, clearly written and with an exciting premise it really does keep you hooked from page one. The opening chapter was brilliant at grabbing the reader's attention and once read, it becomes a very compelling story.
I liked the unusual premise of using a court artist as the main protagonist who believes she can feel and sense evil in people. I liked her a lot and it was in
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Ken
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What initially starts off as a court room drama soon escalates into a gripping crime thriller as this unique debut by Helm is a genuine page turner.

Courtroom artist Georgia Sage believes she can instantly spot any evil in a person, that’s why her drawings are so successful. She really captures the scene.
But when elements from her traumatic childhood starting to resurface, the hallucinations she is starting to experience soon take a detrimental impact on her work...

A really clever character drive
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Louise Wilson
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Georgia Sage has a gift: she can see evil in people. She works as a courtroom artist using her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. We learn what happens in Georgia's past and the reason why she doubts her own sanity. The first part of the book covers a rape trial which is where we learn just what being a court artist entails. Georgia starts to see mysterious figures, the first being a young boy, that no one else can see. Then she gets caught up in investigating a series of c ...more
Whispering Stories
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A unique crime novel about a courtroom artist called Georgia Sage who after a tragic childhood gets drawn into an old trial, which she is determined to pursue justice.

The Secrets You Hide has every element you could want in a thriller: murder, mystery, love, abuse, jealousy and such sadness! All this combined made for an absolutely compelling read which I just could not put down.

The characters were so well described that I feel in love with each of them, especially protagonist Georgia Sage who I
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Mark
Jan 31, 2019 rated it liked it

Firstly I would say I am not sure knowing this was the author, Kate Harrison, who wrote one of my fav series of books ever ‘The Secret Shopper’ etc helped or hindered! The author has changed her pen name as this is a totally different genre, as say not sure if knowing was a good thing!!

Georgia is a court room artist, you know when you see the sketches on the news where the press are not allowed in, usually well drawn and you cast your eye and sometimes make a judgement on the person by that pic
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Pat (not getting friend updates currently)
This was an absorbing slow burn crime mystery/psychological thriller with an interesting and different protagonist - a court reporter who draws the defendants for the media as cameras are not allowed in court. She is well aware that how she draws the defendants can influence people's perceptions of them. The story is about what happens when she uses her skills to try and maybe have too much influence because she thinks she can read people. It kept me engaged. ...more
Natalie M
Absolutely brilliant. A unique female character, Georgia Sage, whom I enjoyed from the beginning. This is a true psychological thriller with unpredictable twists and turns you do not see coming. The ease with which you are taken back to Georgia’s tragic past, interwoven with her medically uncertain future, career dilemma and hunt for the truth, makes this one read I could not put down. From chapter one to the last page I was gripped.
Mellisa
Dec 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm so conflicted with this book. A part of me thinks this was a really good book, but at the same time I wasn't really gripped by the story.

There's twists, a slow build up of what happened in Georgia's past and how it then links in with the present. It's an okay story, it's worth the read but not one I'd go back to.

I felt more sad by the book than anything, I hate the parts with Georgia/Suzanne's little brother, I mean I know she was just a child herself and she can't be blamed but it was just
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peggy
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an edge of your seat thriller. Hooked from the first page and could not put this book down. I was intrigued and had to keep on reading. So many secrets, so many twists and turns and as for the ending WHAM!!!! I definitely did not see that coming. I read this book in one sitting, got my heart racing so switch off your phone, turn off the tv and snuggle down as you are in for a hell of a rollercoaster of a read. I am already looking out for more of this authors work. A very happy reader an ...more
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
"The Secrets You Hide" by Kate Helm is one of those books you really want to keep reading and not want to stop, it's easy to read, clearly written and with an exciting premise it really does keep you hooked from page one. The opening chapter was brilliant at grabbing the reader's attention and once read, it becomes a very compelling story.
I liked the unusual premise of using a court artist as the main protagonist who believes she can feel and sense evil in people. I liked her a lot and it was in
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Bella Jones
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an original and compelling psychological thriller which I thoroughly enjoyed, I could not put it down and it left me thinking about its themes weeks later. A fantastic debut in this genre!

The story follows Georgia, an artist who struggles to live with a traumatic past and an uncertain future. She works as a court sketch artist and believes that she can see the good and evil in those on trial, she feels a duty to reflect their guilt in her sketches because from her own experience she know
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Eva
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
How often do we look at someone and immediately decide whether we like them or not? How often are we wrong and does our initial idea of someone change? What if you’re a court artist, like Georgia Sage? She thinks she has a firm grasp on people’s faces and can spot evil in a flash. After all, she’s been drawing them for years and she knows what to look out for. With a few simple brush strokes, she can get her opinion of a suspect at a trial across to a tv audience as well. But what if she’s wrong ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
There is a great deal of information to take in with this book. There are plots on plots on plots, giving the book a great amount of depth and complexity.

It took a while to get to grips with how things fitted together and it was all from Georgia's point of view.

We have what happened in Georgia's past, her current work as a courtroom artist, the reasoning behind why she is doubting her own sanity, and a couple of cases that are told in depth.

For most of the first half of the book we see the co
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Hayley
Dec 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good read too. Georgia is a courtroom artist who feels like she can see evil in people. She suffered a terrible trauma in her childhood and this has impacted her as an adult. She is forced to re-look at a conviction from early in her career and begins to question whether she might have helped put an innocent person in prison. The really fascinating thing about this thriller for me was the way it made me think about how I might look at a person and judge them. The novel really m ...more
Rachel Hall
Engaging character-driven investigative thriller with an original psychological angle.

The Secrets You Hide is a compelling character-driven thriller featuring troubled courtroom artist, Georgia Sage, and combines an original premise with an emotive angle and short, lucid chapters that keep the story unfolding and the action rolling! Whilst I do not think the plot is the most credible and relies heavily on the reader connecting with the lead protagonist, the tight writing and the impressively wel
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Sarah
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So much more than psychological thriller, ‘The Secrets You Hide’ is a wonderful example of storytelling, rich with character and a sense of place, with a fascinating and original premise. Perhaps it should come as no surprise therefore, to learn it’s not a novel by a first time author; we may not know ‘Kate Helm’ but the book is in fact the first in its genre by Kate Harrison, author of the ‘Secret Shopper’ series, as well as the ‘’Soul Beach’ YA trilogy. Some readers (myself included) may also ...more
Paula Stammers
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-read
This book is a real page turner with a very unique main character that will steer you through the book and your emotions.

Georgia is a courtroom artist that can feel and see the evil in people. She believes that through her drawings she can help put the guilty people behind bars, but does she always get it right ? And what secrets does Georgia have in her own past.

After receiving a commission for an entry into an upcoming book Georgia has to revisit one of her first trials, where she was the arti
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Gayle Noble
Georgia Sage works as a court artist, bringing what goes on behind the courtroom doors to life. Given the opportunity to produce a portrait of a hero, Jim Fielding, who saved the lives of two children but lost his wife in the fire, Georgia comes to realise that everyone has their secrets, including her.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I've never really thought about the role of court artist, even though we still see their work on TV in the UK, and I found it really interesting. Georgia was a fair
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Amy
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
UPDATE - FINAL REVIEW 31/12/2019

Ohhh this was a good and interesting thriller; I haven't read anything similar to this which is always a win for me as sometimes I find that all thrillers just blur into one another and that didn't happen for me with this one!

This was a real page turner and I really couldn't put it down; although it starts off as a court room drama it quickly becomes a character driven thriller; getting into Georgia's head and trying to understand her experiences and how that's im
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Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Secrets You Hide is an impressive debut novel, it is packed full of twists and turns; and you never know who you can trust. Which includes our protagonist Georgia Sage.

The novel opens in 1997, with a young girl Suzanne locked in her room, as her father commits an atrocious and traumatic crime.
‘Dad has been acting strange for months’
What’s on the other side of the door?

We then are introduced to Georgia in 2017, She is a freelance court room artist and has sat in on some horrific crimes i
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Sarah
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So much more than psychological thriller, The Secrets You Hide is a wonderful example of storytelling, rich with character and a sense of place, with a fascinating and original premise. Perhaps it should come as no surprise therefore, to learn it’s not a novel by a first time author; we may not know the name ‘Kate Helm’ but this is in fact the first in its genre by Kate Harrison, author of the ‘Secret Shopper’ series, as well as the ‘’Soul Beach’ YA trilogy. Some readers (myself included) may al ...more
Paige
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this. It had such an interesting premise - Georgia is a court artist who can see evil in the people she paints, and she herself has a secret of her own, which slowly gets revealed as she revisits an old court case.

Georgia made a pretty good main character. She's an independent, successful woman who is top of her game, she has a female rival in her career but it mostly remains civil, with only the occasional moment
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Rhoda Baxter
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in one day (small hours of the morning still count as the night before). It was intriguing, interesting, scary and in places, sad ... all in the same package.

Georgia is a court artist and feels she can read people. Her drawings subtly affect the public's perception of those in the dock. It's not much, but it's all she can do to help justice take its course. When she's offered a commission to paint someone from a past case, she starts to be haunted by the people in the case. Geo
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Gillian Passman
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think it is fair to say if I started reading on the 7th and finished on the 8th, this book was unputdownable... I realise that is not an actual word, but I really could not stop reading. I needed to know who did it and I did not see the end coming at all.
If you have read any of my reviews before you will know that I don’t write book descriptions or spoilers. I will, however, tell you if a book is good or not. This book is so worth the purchase, I can’t wait for Kate to write more. Her story t
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Sally
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed this book. Georgia's unusual problem added another dimension to what could otherwise have been a run of the mill thriller and I really liked her as a character. The characters develop as the plot progresses and there are some really good twists. It's a fast paced read and definitely a great debut. Will be looking out for more from Kate Helm in the future off the back of this one as I feel she has great potential. ...more
Sally Boocock
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
An unusual protagonist , Georgia is a court artist with many secrets. A fascinating insight into the world of courtroom artists as well as a terrific story with so many twists and turns it makes you dizzy. Who can you trust,who's telling lies and who is innocent? A great page turner. ...more
Marjorie
Oct 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Georgia Sage is a courtroom artist and she has a deep dark secret, a secret that makes her believe she can see evil in others. You see, Georgia is not who she pretends to be and her past is one of trauma and heartbreak and it has never let her go. Courtrooms at once terrify and enthrall her and maybe this is what has informed her decision to become a courtroom artist and have a "past" with a glittering defence lawyer. When she starts seeing children that nobody else can she is afraid she is spi ...more
Anne
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
I’m not a regular reader of thrillers: if I’m honest, it’s because I find them exceptionally difficult to review without beginning to tell the story. But I was excited about the premise of this book - and the fact that it was so character-driven gave it a compelling edge that I couldn’t resist, reading it in a single sitting.

The book’s opening is just enough to draw you in, a child’s traumatic memory revisited and expanded as the story progresses, the action then moving to twenty years later as
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Heather W
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Secrets You Hide is impossible to summarise without giving away spoilers. I honestly think that the best way to get into this book is with knowing the bare minimum. It is an emotional rollercoaster of a thriller, with minimal twists and turns but amazing emotional investment in the characters.

Georgia is a wonderful main character who is immediately sympathetic and someone who I was rooting for throughout. As more and more about her past is revealed, I just wanted her to come out on top at t
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Bucks, Books & Beyond
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Georgia Sage is a court room artist who takes her job very seriously. She had a troubled childhood and events in her past make her passionate about ensuring that she can portray the guilty in the dock through her pictures to try and ensure justice is served.

It’s rather ironic that Georgia considers she is able to separate the guilty from the innocent considering that everything about her is a lie. Her names not even really Georgia. She has built her adult life upon layers of lies and even those
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I was born in Lancashire, and worked as a journalist covering courts and crime, before becoming a BBC reporter and producer in news and current affairs.

I also wrote documentary and drama scripts, including the BBC1 programme: Angel of Death: The Story of Beverly Allitt. Kate Helm is a pseudonym for me - under my own name, Kate Harrison, I've written women's fiction (like The Secret Shopper's Reve
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