Firstly I wish to thank Noelle Holten of Bookouture for inviting me on the Blog Tour for HER LAST SECRET by Barbara Copperthwaite
There are some secrets you can never tell.
The last thing to go through Dominique Thomas’s head was the image of her teenage daughter’s face and her heart lifted. Then the shot rang out.
They were the perfect family. Successful businessman Ben Thomas and his wife Dominique live an enviable life, along with their beautiful children; teenager Ruby and quirky younger daughter, Mouse.
But on Christmas Day the police are called to their London home, only to discover a horrific scene; the entire family lying lifeless, victims of an unknown assailant.
But when Ruby’s diary is discovered, revealing her rage at the world around her, police are forced to look closer to home for the key to this tragedy.
Each family member harboured their own dark truths – but has keeping their secrets pushed Ruby to the edge of sanity? Or are there darker forces at work?
This dark, gripping psychological thriller will have you holding your breath until the very last page. Fans of Behind Closed Doors, Sometimes I Lie, and The Girl on the Train will be captivated.
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HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Talk about an opening chapter putting you on high alert! The police were moving through each room with caution, after reports of gun shots had been heard from the house, then unmoving bodies were discovered the further they got inside, before they saw the one that made my blood run cold. A child out back laying motionless.
Barbara Copperthwaite captured silence in her words, the unbelievable scene that brought professional men to a halt before they could regain control on their emotions. They had to because this was a crime scene not a family. This was the affluent Thomas household, the beautiful house, the presents were under the tree, Santa had been but a merry Christmas day it wasn’t!
There is then a back drop to just eight days before Christmas with each of the family members telling their own stories and how they saw themselves fit into the family setting. Each with their own complicated lives with them being too busy to acknowledge the needs of the others.
This is one hell of a mixed up family and just loved the complexity of it all because it made such a cracking story. There is a saying, “Much wants more” and that was certainly right for Ben and he would go to any lengths to show that he was the man! He sure did love his self but still needed a little something on the side to tell him what a brilliant man he was too. I mean surely it went with the territory didn’t it? Grrrrrr All show, show, show. All how he wanted people to see him, not how he really was.
The rest of this little family that consisted of wife and mum Dominique, teenager Ruby and little sister mouse I will let you get to know yourself. Like anything else it is easy to get to know each of them and their own quirkiness and problems but they also hide such a lot from each other. There again what family doesn’t, everyone hates not to seem perfect or at the least “normal.” It is in our nature to cover up and say we are ok. The only thing is we expect others to notice there is something wrong but they are often doing just the same.
There are some real shockers though, I just loved every dysfunctional family member with dodgy and dangerous pasts, from their lies, to their deception and rather troubling thoughts how to make it all better. Whoa I mean there was a real Ice Queen moment with Dominique, talk about keeping your cool in a situation! I personally would have had a melt down. I didn’t know whether to admire her or give her a good shake to DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS!
Yep this is a book that jarred all of my emotions with at times more than just one being in play. I absolutely had all of my wind knocked out of me and all my stuffing flattened by the time I read the last chapter. What a little belter this book is. I just need to get into the recovery position now. Just Wow!
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
What people say about Barbara’s books: “Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed… Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact,” Sunday Mirror “Enthralling, tense and moving,” Real People magazine “Totally gripping, and scarily believable,” Bella magazine Barbara is the author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE and FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD. Both have been Amazon best sellers. She is also the author of THE DARKEST LIES, and her latest book HER LAST SECRET is out on 13 October. Much of her success is thanks to her twenty-odd years’ experience as a national newspaper and magazine journalist. She’s interviewed the real victims of crime – and also those who have carried those crimes out. Thanks to people sharing their stories with her, she knows a lot about the emotional impact of violence and wrong-doing. That’s why her novels are dark, realistic and tackle not just the crime but its repercussions. When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.