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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  1,929 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Dangerously addictive, The Secrets of Us is a pulse-pounding exploration of a disturbed psyche and the bond between two sisters desperate to escape a troubled past.

Foster sisters Krystal and Nichole have always been there for each other, so when Nichole is committed to a psychiatric hospital after trying to kill her husband, Krystal drops everything to defend her.

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Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Secrets. Trauma. Lies.

Krystal and Nicole are foster sisters who formed their own family unit soon after they met. From a young age, they have always been there for each other. That does not change when Nicole is committed to a psychiatric hospital after trying to kill her husband, Aiden. Krystal cannot believe it. Nicole and Aiden were the perfect couple. She even went on weekend trips with them. Wouldn't she know if they were having problems? Her sister told her everything, didn't she? Desperat
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
3.5 stars

It was extremely interesting that the author of this book Dr Lucinda Berry was for a time a clinical psychologist, specializing in childhood trauma. She is well equipped to write of the characters Nichole and Krystal and the traumas the girls faced both in their young lives living as foster children in a home which was not loving but cold and demanding.

As they grew, the girls, who always felt like sisters even though they were not blood relatives, managed to achieve both prestige and s
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lucinda Berry does it again! Here we have another twisty-turny thriller from one of my favorite authors of the genre.

One word to describe this book: Baffling!

I had no idea what was going on for about 70% of the book.

Nichole and Krystal are foster sisters and best friends. They put their hard life behind them and have garnered secure futures for themselves. Nichole is a happily married school teacher and Krystal is a practicing lawyer.

Imagine Krystal's surprise when she gets a call that not o
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m such a fan of this author, she writes really smart psychological thrillers and as a psychologist herself she provides such a fascinating insight into her books. She has a knack for getting deep inside her characters minds and psyches that really allows for a very interesting reading experience. If you like psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the psychological aspect you have to check out her books.

This flips from the present day and Krystal’s viewpoint to the past in Nichole’s POV. B
The Book Review Café
4.5 ⭐️ Lucinda Berry is fast becoming one of my favourite authors to turn to when I’m looking for “a read in one sitting book kinda of book”. She writes fascinating stories about ordinary people thrust into the most harrowing situations. The Secrets Of Us is a disturbing psychological thriller that blurs the line between fiction and non-fiction. If like me your curious why people behave the way they do, and how childhood trauma can impact on someone’s life as an adult, then this book is unquesti ...more
Barbara Schultz
4 stars
This is only my second Lucinda Berry novel I read and really liked The Best of Friends and have been looking forward to this story.
This story features foster sisters Krystal and Nicole who lived a troubled childhood and are closer than most biological sisters.
Story is told the POV of both and additionally goes back and forth between then and now.
They have a sad childhood raised by a foster mother who has a mean daughter who can do no wrong.
Krystal and Nicole have each other and are abl
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This author has been on my radar for a while so I was excited to be able to read this new release. With its enticing cover, I felt drawn to the two characters, Krystal and Nichole, as readers learn just exactly what has caused a present-day melt-down.
Sarah AF
May 05, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a massive fan of Lucinda Berry's work, her sharp plotting and intricate understanding of psychology always making for a suspenseful read that makes up for the occasionally stilted writing. This one was my least favourite so far though unfortunately. For all the usual sharpness in the pacing, it veered into melodramatic thriller territory towards the end and the whole thing hung on two narrators who lacked any particularly sympathetic qualities. I'll definitely read her future works but The S ...more
Joanna Chu
This book had potential, it had the recipe to keep me on the edge of my seat, however it just fell short at every single opportunity and all the reveals were flat and disappointing. The story felt simple and straightforward as there weren't enough variables, detail or tension to keep me engaged and create any impact.

Overall I didn’t love or hate any characters, they are quite simple. The only character that was really explored and I found somewhat interesting was Nichole as we learn
Jun 13, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After a compelling start, this psychological thriller quickly fell into a "roll my eyes, shake my head but power through it" narrative of melodrama.

Two women who were foster sisters lived through some bad experiences as teenagers. After they escaped, one became a family court attorney and the other married the man of her dreams. So what compelled Nichole to set her house on fire and trap her husband behind a desk in their bedroom? Krystal tries to unravel the night in question and finds that Ni
Brittney Rae
I’m serious about my Lucinda Berry stories and I just could not get into this one. I didn’t hate it but I really hated it. Especially the pig slaughtering part for all of you who need an animal abuse trigger warning.
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Neglect and abuse forges a bond between foster sisters Krystal and Nichole before tragedy binds them together forever. Now attorney Krystal receives word that Nichole is in a psych hospital after trying kill her husband and burn down their house. To get to the bottom of what really happened, Krystal must face the past she’s been running from for twenty years.

THE SECRET BETWEEN US is nonstop psychological drama and thrills, something I’ve come to expect from all Lucinda Berry’s books. A
Brigit (dark.psyche.reads)
Disappointing. This had potential, but the excessive drama and illogical behaviours just veered into boring-town. Not a thriller, mostly circular drama.

The book actually got worse towards the end, and the ending simply came to the conclusion that was being pointed at for the entire book, nothing new, nothing 'wow'. Also, the trauma wasn't gobsmacking. I kept waiting for the situation to descend into the real trauma backstory, but that impact never came. The story focused on the two sisters POV
Beth Anne Vivian
Jun 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Lucinda Berry is a (former) clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma and IT SHOWS in her writing.

It’s always refreshing to be sucked in to the depths of a psychological thriller and not have multiple moments of eye rolling and “give me a break”s because the author has limited ideas on how things work in the psychiatric world. Berry knows her shiz.

This was a good one. I trusted no one and rooted for only a few.
Laura Peden
This was wild 😂
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Krystal gets the call she never wanted. Her sister, Nichole, has just been in a house fire. They’re all each other has. The police say she set it herself... and by time Krystal gets to Nichole, she can see she isn’t in her right mind. The Nichole she knows has dinner on the table every night, she doesn’t bang her head into the wall until she is unconscious. Now her sister is going to be charged with either murder or attempted murder, depending on whether her husband lives or dies. Krystal seeps ...more
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May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The secrets of us by Lucinda Berry was my May prime reading choice because I love her books and couldn’t miss this opportunity.
Talk about a page turner story!
I literally read it in one sitting because it’s so pulse racing and twisted that I couldn’t stop until I knew what is actually happening and who did what.
I was expecting this but it was much more than my predictions and some of the turns were very intriguing. I loved how we get the then and now scenes, it adds so much to the whole puzzle
Canday Joanz
Dec 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
I already preordered this :) Lucinda Berry is Queen and can do no wrong.I love all of her books
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the second book I have read from this author recently, and after reading it, I think I am going to have to take a break from them for awhile.

Don't get me wrong, I definitely feel like this is more of a me, not them, issue. The writing is solid, with enough twists and turns that make the story interesting and keep the reader invested.

The problem is, this feeling, at least for me, doesn't last. Throughout the book we get glimpses of their childhood as told by Nichole, and of the present
Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book pulled me in from the first page. This was a quick moving, thriller, that is told in current time and then in flashbacks. Two foster sisters who only have each other growing up, are so close they know everything about each other, or do they? Krystal and Nichole have shared so many things that keep them bonded as sisters, but when things go to far one night in the barn in their foster home, Nichole can't handle it. Krystal takes the mother role and thinks she doing the right thing, but ...more
Wendy LeGrand
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is my first Lucinda Berry book, and unfortunately it just didn't work for me. It started off with a bang, and had a ton of potential, but it really just fell flat at every turn. None of the characters felt real to me so I formed no connection to any of them.

I was trying to figure out if Nichole was supposed to be painted as an unreliable narrator, and admittedly her flashback chapters were the most intriguing of the book, but not enough to keep me engaged past the point of just finishing t
May 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast read. Thriller with a twist.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic fast paced page turner absolutely amazing i love Lucinda Berry
Sonja Woodward
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brava! This is right up my alley of psychological thrillers, love the psychology background and the story line!! Although my first Berry book, I will be backtracking and reading the others now!!!
May 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet another stonker from Lucinda Berry. I love the way that she doesn't write what you think should come next and there is always a challenge to your "worldly view" and perception.

The twists and turns are ever present and it is a thrilling read. Adopted sisters and secrets from their past coming back to haunt them. So very clever. Again.

Cannot wait to read another of her books.
Oriana Page
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Suesyn Zellmer
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Krystal and Nichole are extremely close foster sisters who have managed to build successful and happy lives until Nichole is charged with setting her house on fire and attempting to kill her husband whom she barricaded in their bedroom. Krystal can't believe the charges, and when finally allowed to visit her sister in the hospital, she finds Nichole in an extremely bad way. She's drugged up on numerous medications as the doctors work to figure out what's going on - when found at the scene of the ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book had a great premise and shocking plot twists. And yet it didn't captivate me as much as it should have. 

Foster sisters Krystal and Nichole have been thick-as-thieves ever since they met as seven-year-olds at their foster home and there is nothing that they don't know about each other. So Krystal is beyond horrified to find a deranged Nichole locked up in a psyche ward and charged with attempting to murder her husband. Convinced that Nichole is being framed, Krystal leaves no stone unt
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The Secrets of Us rejuvenated my love for thrillers again. So many lately have been subpar and after a while it gets disheartening to love thrillers/suspense so much and to be let down time and time again. However, I feel like it is possible to be shocked and awed by Lucinda Berry. I wasn’t sure what was happening with the back and forth narrative on the past and present. We get a take on Nicole and Krystal’s childhood and their troubled past. We also get a take on the present. Both are living t ...more
Book Faery
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! What a ride this book was. One of the things that draws me to Lucinda Berry is that she's a trauma focused psychologist and I'm a psychology student. I absolutely love trying to diagnose the characters from the little hints that Berry throws at you. With that being said, I. DIDN'T. SEE. THAT. COMING!

Sisters, Krystal and Nichole grew up in foster care with a family that wasn't exactly ideal. Despite their difficult childhood, Krystal went on to becoming a lawyer and Nichole married the man o
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Dr. Lucinda Berry is a former clinical psychologist and leading researcher in childhood trauma. Now, she spends her days writing full-time where she uses her clinical experience to blur the line between fiction and nonfiction. She enjoys taking her readers on a journey through the dark recesses of the human psyche. Her work has been optioned for film and translated into multiple languages.

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