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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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, ...
  • Liza Perrat
    Very enjoyable read. Great storyline and pacing. Good characters one can empathise with.
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • Louise Guy
    Another fantastic story line full of twists and turns from Kathryn Hughes. The audio presentation is very well done, other than the Australian accent given to the character of Lydia. I'm so glad she was a minor character in the book and hope we don't really sound like that to English narrators! A very cleverly pieced together story with characters I came to love and care about. Looking forward to my next Kathryn Hughes already.
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Tracey Harris
    Half way through this book I can't put it downNow finished just loved this book from start to finish
  • Lisa
    Brilliant story. On the look out for her other books now ☺
  • Jen
    Mary Roberts had been in love with her husband Thomas since she was five. Married for three years, the one thing that would make their family complete, and the one thing Mary wants more than anything, is a child. When she goes to the station with Thomas to say goodbye as he sets off for his shift in the coal mines, she heads off to see the Doctor in the hope of finally getting the news they have been waiting for. Little does she know how much the...
  • Sarah
    I absolutely loved The Letter by this author so was very excited when I saw she had a new novel out and have been dying to read it.As with The Letter, The Secret is also told through characters in the present day as well as returning to the past so that we can find out what secrets had been kept and why.The whole story line revolves around two tragedies which in turn has affected the characters that have been left behind. The tragedies in themsel...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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.
  • M João (Livros?gosto)
    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...
  • 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...
  • Shannon Gutowski
    All I could think about after reading this book is “everything happens for a reason.” I loved the characters of this book and longed to find out more of their individual stories. It’s amazing how one day can change your life and link you to others forever. I enjoyed the book. I think I’ll try her book ‘The Letter’ sometime.
  • Giulia
    4 stelle e 1/2
  • 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!