Publication Date: Available Now from Penguin (kindle) Paperback 30th November.
Source: Review Copy
It’s time for a reunion
Lindsey hasn’t spoken to Rachael in twenty years, not since her brother’s 18th birthday party at their parents’ remote country house. A night that shattered so many friendships – and left Rachel’s father dead.
Now Thornbury Hall is up for sale, and the old gang are back there, together again. A weekend to say goodbye to the old place, to talk about the past. But twenty years of secrets aren’t given up lightly. Some won’t speak about what happened that night. While others want to ensure that no one does. Surviving the weekend is going to depend on whether you can keep a secret . .
This is one of those types of stories that I love – school secrets shedding their skin in adult lives – the past/present colliding in dreadful and compelling ways – and with “Can You Keep A Secret?” the writing team that is Karen Perry have come up with a corker.
Genuinely absorbing the author takes us through the relationships between a group school friends, the impressive home of one of them forms its own character in the background – a tragedy at a party has repercussions years later as the friends gather once more to say goodbye to that home before it is sold. This is almost like a Shakespearean tragedy unfolding as events take on new meaning and the true nature of what went on both in reality and in mindset back then come to light. Through the voice of main protagonist Rachel, this is a twisty tale indeed and often actually surprising.
Using the past/present vibe to excellent effect, Can You Keep A Secret weaves a complex web of misconceptions and lies, a character driven narrative that unravels each event slowly but surely until you have an entire picture. Not always predictable, it is one of those page turning stories that keeps you immersed into the lives of these people and stays with you once you are done with it. All in all an excellent and often thought provoking read.
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