The Secret by Kathryn Hughes

The Secret

From the #1 bestselling author of The Letter comes The Secret - a heartbreaking novel of tragedy, hope and second chances. Fans of Jojo Moyes and Amanda Prowse will love the moving human drama of Kathryn Hughes. 'A wonderful uplifting story' Lesley Pearse on The LetterMary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.Beth is searching for answers. ...

Details The Secret

TitleThe Secret
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
GenreFiction, Contemporary

Reviews The Secret

  • ReadAlong With Sue
    My blog link: haven't read this authors previous book, but, after reading this one I will surely be setting aside to read it.I so thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was filled with all kinds of mystery, family secrets, characters that really stood out, written so well you can imagine them in your minds eye.This takes me back to the books I first was interested in over 30 years ago now. This one is based around ...
  • Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
    I was lucky enough to win a physical ARC copy of The Secret from the publishers Headline Review on Twitter!Secrets are difficult to hide but discovering the truth is so much harder. And when you do, brace yourself for the after effects. The Secret was an absolutely outstanding read. It pulled at my heartstrings and contained plot twists that really drove me to keep reading on to the finish. Dividing time between the past and the present day, mum ...
  • Laura
    After thoroughly enjoying this authors first novel, The Letter, I was pleased to find that her second was just as gripping. Although there are a fair amount of characters to follow, their lives intertwine which makes the story easy enough to follow. The writing is vivid and engaging and kept my attention from start to finish. I always have a soft spot for stories which cross generations, this one transcending from the early 20th century right thr...
  • Tracy Fenton
    Having adored the author's first book The Letter I was very excited to get an ARC from the publishers and Netgalley. The Secret is a wonderful and moving story which I thoroughly enjoyed. A heartwarming family saga. 4 stars.
  • Angela Smith
    I haven't read Kathryn Hughes's first book "The Letter" it's on my to be read list, and after reading this I will be moving it closer to the top of the list. This story is a mix of historical and contemporary. Scary to think of events that happened forty or so years ago now can be considered historical.The story begins in 1975 with Mary and Thomas Roberts who have been trying desperately for a child. Thomas works in a coal mine. The day Mary find...
  • Liza Perrat
    Very enjoyable read. Great storyline and pacing. Good characters one can empathise with.
  • Joan
    The excellent debut novel ‘The Letter’ by Katherine Hughes caused a sensation when it reached number 1 in the Kindle charts. It was published by Review in March 2015, and now has well over 4,000 Amazon reviews and so writing a second book must have seemed a huge challenge for Kathryn Hughes. It is a challenge that she admirably rose to, ‘The Secret’ is equally as engaging, filled with her trademark glorious, fluid storytelling, fabulous, ...
  • Judy Collins
    Review to follow.
  • Rina
    Das Buch ist leicht und flüssig zu lesen. Die Handlung verläuft eher ruhig und trotzdem möchte man das Buch kaum aus der Hand legen, da man die Auflösung erfahren möchte. Die Geschichte ist sehr emotional geschrieben, man fühlt mit den Charakteren mit.Die Geschichte ist gut ausgearbeitet, beim Lesen habe ich ein Paar Mal gedacht, dass es für manche Ereignisse zu viele Zufälle gebraucht hätte, doch am Ende war alles aufgeklärt und doch n...
  • Renita D'Silva
    Beautiful. Poignant and uplifting. Loved it.
  • Zoe
    Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises the key to her son's future lies in her own past. She must ...
  • Meital Ben-Daniel
    Another beautiful novel by Kathryn Hughes. The story is told in parallel past and present, and slowly the tale unfolds and makes the missing pieces known to the reader. I loved both Mary's story and Beth's, although the connection to Beth's story is only in the last 100 pages of the book and I missed her story in the first half of the book. The story is full of emotions, relationships and events happening leaving no dull moment. I loved it and wa...
  • Lynda Kelly
    I enjoyed this one even more than The Letter and THAT was terrific. A proper page-turner, loved it. I ended up finishing it just before 2am in bed. I was determined to finish it that night. There were so many delicious little reveals as you progress.....and I was shocked and surprised by them all. It was wonderful. It has to be one of my most favourite books this year for sure.At first it was a little overwhelming as so many characters were intro...
  • Susan Angela Wallace
    The secret by Katheryn hughes is a general fiction read. Mary has been nursing a secret. Forty years ago, she made a choice that would change her world for ever, and alter the path of someone she holds dear.Beth is searching for answers. She has never known the truth about her parentage, but finding out could be the lifeline her sick child so desperately needs. When Beth finds a faded newspaper cutting amongst her mother's things, she realises th...
  • Sally Coles
    Beth and Michael are desperate, their son Jake is dying of kidney failure and neither of them are suitable donors, and they have no close family members that they can call on. Beth's mother has recently died and she never knew her father who died before she was born. Clutching at straws Beth decides to go through her mother's paperwork with a fine toothcomb to see if she can find any clue to who her father was and if she has any living relations....
  • Tracey Harris
    Half way through this book I can't put it downNow finished just loved this book from start to finish
  • M João
    Depois de ter lido A carta não poderia deixar de ler O meu segredo de Kathryn Hughes. Gostei tanto do primeiro que me ficou na memória e assim parti com grandes perspetivas para este segundo livro. Perspetivas que não foram defraudadas. O meu segredo conta a história de um grupo de amigos que tem um acidente de viação, anos antes da história inicial, depois de um dia passado em conjunto, dia esse bastante agitado e surpreendente para todas...
  • Teddie
    Wow. My head is still spinning!Wow. What a ride! My head is spinning from all the characters and their intertwining lives going back and forth between two time periods. It's 1975 and Mary can't wait for her miner husband to come home from work so she can tell him she's finally pregnant. But he never comes home because he was killed in a mine explosion. And then she has a miscarriage.It's 2016 and Beth's mother Mary has just died, taking a secret ...
  • Viktoria Anna
    Es fällt mir wirklich schwer, ein paar Worte zu diesem Buch zu schreiben, denn es hat mich komplett sprachlos gemacht. Bei der Lektüre war ich traurig, ergriffen, amüsiert und perplex. Einerseits kommen mir so viele Zufälle total verrückt vor, andererseits könnte die verworrene Familiengeschichte so doch in der Realität passiert sein. Anfangs haben mich die vielen Charaktere verwirrt, aber mit der Zeit sind mir einige richtig ans Herz gewa...
  • Giulia
    4 stelle e 1/2
  • Judy Churchill
    This was a wonderful book to read. Carefully woven together, the many factors leading to a health crisis come together in a heartwarming story of love and family.
  • Leonor Lopes
    Foi o primeiro livro que li da autora e adorei . Uma história trágica e cirurgicamente desenvolvida. A registar a importância das nossas origens...
  • Liz
    Enjoyed this book quite sad in places but also uplifting
  • Paula Reis
    Um pouco desinteressante em algumas partes mas o final vale pelo livro todo!
  • Trudie
    this was so good that I read it in a day, I couldn't put it down as I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened. I never expected the twist either! brilliant!
  • Joanne Robertson
    I absolutely loved this authors debut book, The Letter, so was thrilled to bits to get an advanced review copy of The Secret. I adore the writing style used in Kathryn Hughes books and so was pleased to see that this again follows a similar pattern where the past and present both have separate threads until the big reveal when they both come together.Mary is a very happily married woman desperate to start a family with her childhood sweetheart. B...
  • Fiona Wilson
    I enjoyed reading the authors previous book, The Letter, and couldn't wait to read this one.The story is one which drew me in and made me want to keep reading so much that I didn't put it down until I had finished. It starts in the present day but then goes back in time to allow the reader to discover the back story in great detail.The characters were all very well done, I sympathised with so many of them over the choices they had to make and the...
  • Babete
    Um bom enredo! ( Aniv. 2017 )
  • Jo
    From the first chapter of this book, I was hooked. The characters are so real they leapt of the page and straight into my heart. We are firstly introduced to Mary as a young newly-wed in a tragic situation, but then Hughes whisks us off to meet a whole host of other characters as they embark on a fateful daytrip to Blackpool and an event that will forever entwine Mary's lives with theirs. The newspaper cutting found by Beth, tells us the daytrip ...
  • Ian Mcnamara
    When I read the letter, I was not sure whether this author could equal that. However this was just as good, this is one author who I will be following for a long time, hope we see many more great works from her. She is fast becoming one of my favourites, two amazing books so far, this book has everything, happiness, joy, sadness, heartache and was full of emotion. Also, when I thought I had the story figured out, this apprising twist happened. Ca...