Book review

Blog Tour: #BookReview –  Our Little Secret by Claudia Carroll

An interesting story that’s for sure. It hits you out of no where, read on to know how that happens. Happy Reading.

Book

Title : Our Little Secret

Author: Claudia Carroll

Publisher: Avon UK (A Harper Collins Imprint)

Published: 8 February , 2018

Rating: 4/5

Location set in: Ireland

Profession of main characters: Lawyers.

Story

A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for!

Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?

When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?

Claudia Carroll does it again with an incredible new novel about what happens when your life becomes up for grabs

My thoughts

Let me start be saying that this was an absolutely refreshing and fun read for me. I usually read women’s, literature fiction or romances and this is a suspense, mystery kind of story. I think we should all mix up genres at least once in a while.

Our little secret is Sarah’s story whose do good nature is taken advantage of and very cold heartedly at that.

On a busy day with a few moments to spare Sarah, a lawyer and junior partner at a well established law firm, meets Lauren, a down on her luck, qualified lawyer working in a nail salon. Lauren seems like a doe- eyed, young, down on her look, vulnerable young woman, for whom Sarah’s heart bleeds and goes out to as they start talking.

With an intention of doing her one good deed for the poor nail salon worker Lauren, Sarah meets up with her to know her story. What follows is a domino effect of events which ensure Lauren is firmly inserted in Sarah’s life. She soon becomes an indispensable part of Sarah, her teenaged daughter and ex husband’s life. She even moves into their family home.

No one sees the signs of Lauren manipulative behavior except Sarah’s best friend Liz, who sees Lauren for who exactly she is. But all her warnings go unheard until Sarah sees Lauren for who she is and is determined to throw her out of their lives.

This story felt like a cat and mouse game and there were very few instances where as a reader I was fully aware of Lauren’s devious nature. The plot played out well enough for me to be engrossed in it completely. Lauren was a determined sociopath, she had only her and her own interests alone at heart. Her character was well written and I hated her overtly sweetness and cheered when she was kicked to the curb, as it was meant to be.

The story only goes to show how there always be Sarah and Lauren like people around us and it only takes a little bit of common sense to see the signs to avoid such flighty characters in one’s life.

Read this if you looking for something different from your usual and or for a nicely paced story with some cunning twists. The book released on 8/2, do check out the other blogs on tour as well.

Author

Claudia Carroll is a number one bestselling author in Ireland and a top ten bestseller in the UK, selling over 670,000 copies of her paperbacks alone. She was born in Dublin where she still lives and where she has worked extensively both as a theatre and stage actress. She now writes full-time. Her 2013 novel ME AND YOU was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Popular Choice Irish Book Award

Reviewed by Bharti

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