From her first day as Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, Christine Butcher understands what is expected of her. Absolute loyalty. Absolute discretion. For twenty years, Christine has been a most devoted servant, a silent witness to everything in Mina’s life. So quiet, you would hardly know she is there.
Day after day, year after year, Christine has been there, invisible—watching, listening, absorbing all the secrets floating around her. Keeping them safe.
Christine is trusted. But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price. And eventually Christina will pay.
Yet, it would be a mistake to underestimate such a steadfast woman. Because as everyone is about to discover, there’s a dangerous line between obedience and obsession.
The Secretary is a darkly delicious read with a strong, ultimately disturbing character voice, a psychological drama that is utterly gripping.
Christine is a beautifully complex and engaging protagonist, deeply loyal to her boss, until that loyalty is thrown back in her face – then watch out. Because Christine knows all, see’s all and is uncompromising in her determination to see her own brand of justice done.
It was a compelling read to be sure, featuring two extremely strong willed women, Mina, seen through Christine’s eyes has multiple layers and Renee Knight plays with the theme of right, wrong and all the inbetween beautifully.
Tense, building to a classically twisted finale and with some immersive writing, The Secretary is a cleverly woven and thought provoking read that comes highly recommended from me.
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