Thursday, 7 February 2019

Book Review - The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm - #Holiday Reading Mexico

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Title: The Secrets You Hide
Author: Kate Helm
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Zaffre
Publication Date: 7th February 2019 
Rating: 4 Stars


Georgia Sage has a gift: she can see evil in people. As a courtroom artist she uses her skills to help condemn those who commit terrible crimes. After all, her own brutal past means she knows innocence is even rarer than justice. But when she is drawn back into the trial that defined her career - a case of twisted family betrayal - she realises that her own reckless pursuit of justice may have helped the guilty go free.

As Georgia gets closer to the truth behind that case, something happens that threatens not only her career, but even her sanity. At first, she fears her guilt around the events of her terrible childhood is finally coming back to haunt her. 

But the truth turns out to be even more terrifying . . . 

There is a great deal of information to take in with this book.   There are plots on plots on plots, giving the book a great amount of depth and complexity. 

It took a while to get to grips with how things fitted together and it was all from Georgia's point of view. 

We have what happened in Georgia's past, her current work as a courtroom artist, the reasoning behind why she is doubting her own sanity, and a couple of cases that are told in depth. 

For most of the first half of the book we see the court proceedings of a big rape trial, which introduces us to just what a courtroom artist does, as well was Georgia's ex - Oli - and a very realistic if not traumatic telling of what happens at one of these trials. 

Having read previous books by Kate Harrison, Kate Helms, last author name, I knew she was able to write books that would grab me.  In this her crime book, she has found some new angles to the genre and told a complex story,. 

I was always a few steps behind Georgia in this, and never really had a concrete theory, but even while events are being explained and secrets are being told, its a book that will definitely keep your interest and you guessing.  

Thank you to Netgalley and Zaffre for this copy which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily. 

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