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Tell Me Your Secret

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  2,269 ratings  ·  290 reviews
Pieta has a secret.
Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself The Blindfolder who said he wouldn't kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But when The Blindfolder starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secret
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Published June 27th 2019 by Review
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May 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
A body of a woman has been found in the park. This seems to be the latest victim of a serial killer who abducted women and then set them free if they kept their eyes closed while they were with him. Now he is targeting his past victims and killing them one by one.
Pieta a reporter was one of his previous victims but has never reported it and is now being sent to interview a another of the victims.
I found this story unbelievable and didn't connect with the main characters.
Thank you to NetGalley a
“For forty-eight hours you must not open your eyes. If you do, I will end you.”
- The Blindfolder

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“My heart feels like it is in my throat right now, but if you look close enough, you’ll be able to see it hammering away in the middle of my chest, as though it’s trying to escape. Because I know this is going to be number six. I desperately don’t want her to be, I want her to be someone different, someone who isn’t dead because of me. (...) It’s not a simple case of the horror of finding a dead
Rachel Gilbey
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an utterly sick and twisted mind Dorothy Koomson must have, to have come up with this unputdownable and completely original book.

I've never heard of, or read a crime just like this one, and it is rather horrific, and the amount of years The Blindfolder has been at it is staggering.

Imagine you were kidnapped, told you would live but only if you could keep your eyes closes for 48 hours no matter what you may feel or hear. No matter what torture may occur or atrocities. Well this is what thi
I'm still not quite sure what I thought of this one. This is one of those thrillers that drops you into the deep end and assumes you know how to do an Olympic level butterfly stroke and I'm just not sure I was up to the task.

The story essentially focuses on two main heroines. The lovely Pieta who is a survivor of the horrifying serial killer, the Blindfolder. Thirteen years before the novel begins she was kidnapped and held for 48 hours by a man who told her she needed to keep her eyes closed no
Rachel Hall
Lacking in credibility and pace with an unrealistic police investigation and poor characterisation.

After reading and being thoroughly impressed with Dorothy Koomson’s previous two books, both of which have been a little darker than standard women’s fiction, Tell Me Your Secret proved a huge disappointment so much, so that it proved a slog to get to the end. Yet the basic premise is sound, the modus operandi and reappearance of The Blindfolder original and with a serial killer on the loose and tw
Claire Douglas
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson's books so was delighted when I received a proof of her latest thriller. I devoured it in two days, and had to read it at every available opportunity. The pace never flags and I really liked the two main characters, Pieta and Jody. The plot was scary and original and the final reveal had me gasping in shock. An excellent, gripping story that, once started, is impossible to put down. Highly recommended. ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I am a huge fan of Dorothy Koomson’s books and her newest release, Tell Me Your Secret, has such a great premise that I couldn’t wait to get started on it. The plot is intricate and really engaging, but I did feel like some of it was a bit too far fetched, and I don’t usually feel this way with her books – usually I don’t feel like you have to suspend your disbelief too much, but some of the characters’ actions in this one felt a bit too far from reality, as di
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This was my first read by this author and I was expecting so much given all of the raving reviews I’d read about her however, I can’t help but feel that this particular book left me slightly disappointed.

The story was well written and it flowed however the main character irritated me. She wasn’t likeable and I found her arrogant. The storyline was quite refreshing and different but due to my dislike of the main character I just couldn’t get into it as much as I would have liked too.
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really absorbing thriller that hooked me from the beginning. I liked the two main characters and the way that the narrative switched between them. I thought the plot was original with several very clever twists. The intensity of the story remains high throughout the novel so it’s a very difficult book to put down.

4.5 stars rounded up to 5
Liz Barnsley
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I found that Tell Me A Secret was a real page turner and it didn't take me long to read, mainly because I like a good serial killer story and this had that as well as two main protagonists I engaged with on several levels.

The idea of "The Blindfolder " was a well imagined and creepy central theme, it was also compelling because he didn't always kill his victims. Meanwhile Pieta hides from the world and Jody (with a Y) Foster hunts the killer obsessively, blaming him for her sister's suicide.

Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
Have you read that blurb? Like seriously can a blurb suck you in more than this one? As soon as I read the blurb I couldn’t wait to read this. As I’ve read a few books previously by this author my expectations were high. She blew my expectations out of the water. I absolutely loved this story.

The Blindfolder is a very sick individual. He kidnaps women, keeps them for 48 hrs and then lets them go. He tells them he will find and kill them if they say anything to anyone.
Jody and Pieta are two stro
Monica **can't read fast enough**
3 1/2 rounding up to 4

I really enjoyed this steadily paced thriller. Koomson did a great job conveying the guilt, sadness, frustration, fear, and uncertainty that both main characters felt through the entirety of this story. I was so happy that I was wrong with who I thought was the killer and how things worked out in the end leaving it open to what I hope will be further books featuring DI Jody Foster. Just what I needed to read right now.

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I have read several Dorothy Koomson books previously and they have been edge of the seat stuff, this one, for me sadly wasn't.
I liked the main character of Jody and Pieta, 2 fabulously strong women very much, their stories were interesting.
I was disappointed with the reasoning behind the crime and how the books direction went towards the end.
I expected more depth from this author.
Leonie Hinch
Thank you to Netgalley, Dorothy Koomson and Headline for my arc of Tell Me Your Secret.

Synopsis: Ten years ago Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself the Blindfolder, he told her that she wouldn’t be killed if she managed to keep her eyes closed for 48 hours. Pieta never told anybody what happened to her and now she’s moved on with her life as best she can. But the Blindfolder is hunting down his past victims, and getting closer to Pieta every day. For Detective inspector Jody Foster the B
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
DI Jody Foster is investigating a serial killer who keeps women 48 hours and if they keep
Their eyes closed for the whole time he lets them go after mutilating them. Pieta is a journalist getting a scoop on one of the survivors of this madman, but she has her own story on surviving it.

Wow this book was sensational. A very easy five stars! Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book by Dorothy Koomson and I was captivated while reading it .

The plot of the story was original, and scary . What starts of as a police investigation soon turns into something more sinister. As the plot thickens so does the suspense and intrigue.

The characters in the book were well written; Pieta a journalist, Jody a policewoman and Callie who comes forward to help find the murderer are all expertly woven throughout the story and they had me guessing write up to the end rega
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book about The Blindfolder. He kidnaps women for the weekend and tells them not to open their eyes for 48 hours, during which time he sexually assaults and tortures them 👀 The book is split into Pieta’s and Jody’s POV and the story flicks between the past and present. I had no clue who The Blindfolder was until the very end 😯
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Where do I even start with this book? Dorothy Koomson has an incredible talent of creating convincing, realistic characters and completely drawing you into their world.

The story is told from both Pieta and Jody's point of view. Pieta has kept a secret bottled up inside of her for 10 years. It has impacted on the way she lives her life greatly. Now she finds herself in her worst nightmare, The Blindfolder is back and she might have to reveal to everyone, including her son Kobi, what happened to h
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this with lots of twists and no obvious clues as to the murderer.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bloody LOVED this book ♥️ I’m hate it when people say they were gripped from the first page because how could you be gripped from the FIRST page?! Well let me tell you: I was gripped from the first damn page. This is one of the few instances where I really loved having a detective perspective. It really worked for me here. I’m just waiting for a friend to read it and see if I misunderstood a bit or if there was a lil plot hole but if I’m wrong, I’m gonna revisit and give u five stars, baby.
Sep 29, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, i-need
Dorothy Koomson is The Queen. I am so excited!
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Close your eyes, keep them closed for 48 hours and I'll let you go... Tell anyone and I'll find you and kill you...
Chilling, isn't it? That's what happened to the victims of The Blindfolder. That's what happened to Pieta, a journalist. She was released and, to date, she has never told anyone.
Jody, a police officer, made a mistake that allowed The Blindfolder to slip through her grasp. Now she believes that his previous victims are being killed and she wants, above anything, to bring him to just
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This is the first book I have read by Dorothy Koomson and it was done in a diary style which is a style I like. That way you know whose account you are reading, which date it relates to etc. This book was about women that had been kidnapped and held for 48 hours, they had to keep their eyes shut for 48 hours then they would be released otherwise they would be killed. As he covered their eyes were covered, he was given the name 'The Blindfolder' by the police.

DI Jody Foster is in Brighton investi
Fay Flude
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A superb read from Dorothy Koomson.
This is a chilling tale of the Blindfolder who abducts women, keeps them for 48 hours and lets them live and return to their life as long as they don't open their eyes. If the victims do open their eyes they are killed. The Blindfolder has struck many, many times and it is a race against the clock to solve the crime and reveal the identity of the Blindfolder. Detective Inspector Jody Foster heads up the Police team trying to do this and find themselves having
Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is different. If I haven't seen it, I wouldn't believe it was Dorothy Koomson who wrote it. Its a bit out of her ordinary style, even though I see her signature in this book when I begin to think deeper.

This one is focused on finding a serial killer (Blindfolder) who abducts women and then forces them to keep their eyes closed for 48 hours. If they manage, he lets them go, if they fail, they get killed.
The book follows two female characters. The first is Pieta, she is a single-mother w
Amy Perera
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pieta has a secret. Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself the blindfolded who said he wouldn’t kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But the blindfolded is back and he starts hunting down his past victims! • Jody has a secret. Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer known as the blindfolder escaping justice. When Jody discovers journ ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of a Dorothy Koomson book. I prefer to read non-fiction/life stories so wasn't sure whether I would like this or not seeing it's about crime fiction.

Well, I think I've been converted!

This was a great read from start to finish! Dorothy's writing and prose makes the text really easy to read and follow.

There were a lot of twists to the plot and without giving anything away, it was a bit of a surprise at the end when the plot unraveled - thinking back about the characters, it
Jo Harvey
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Probably worth more than 3 stars to be honest, but not as good as other books I’ve given 4 to... Read from The Pigeonhole, meaning I had about 20 minutes worth of book delivered to my phone each morning. I love DKoomson, I always read her books, and I’m glad I read this one. The characters were likable and as real as they always are, flaws and quirks included. This was much darker than her usual books, even though the last one was also a serial killer mystery, and while I did enjoy it, I felt th ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was brilliant guys, just brilliant! I loved it from the start and was totally gripped by the storyline and the twists I didn't see coming. I loved Pieta and Jody and the other characters...what a cast! I can't believe the way the story turned - or the way it ended - or what happened - amazing!! Some moral dilemmas are a part of this story throughout and I'm sure that we all have differing opinions on them but Dorothy deals with them well, and delicately. Absolutely fantastic read as always ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Dorothy Koomson's writing and this book is no different. She has created yet another book I was unable to put down, it was completely original and wonderfully sick and twisted.

Imagine you were kidnapped and held for 48 hours. You would only survive if you didn't open you eyes during that time. Could you manage it?

To make matters worse, 10 years later, women who managed to survive are now being murdered.

The two narratives that alternate through majority of the book allow you to see this ca
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Hello, my name's Dorothy Koomson and I'll try to make this bit that's all about me as interesting as possible.
I wrote my first novel called There's A Thin Line Between Love And Hate when I was 13. I used to write a chapter every night then pass it around to my fellow convent school pupils every morning, and they seemed to love it.

I grew up in London and then grew up again in Leeds when I went to u

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