Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Book Review - Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson

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Title: Tell Me Your Secret
Author: Dorothy Koomson
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Headline Review
Publication Date: 27th June 2019
Rating: 5 Stars

Pieta has a secret.
Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by a man calling himself The Blindfolder who said he wouldn't kill her if she kept her eyes closed for 48 hours. She never told anyone what happened to her, vowing to move on with her life. But when The Blindfolder starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secret to stay alive . . .

Jody has a secret.
Fifteen years ago, policewoman Jody made a terrible mistake that resulted in a serial killer known as The Blindfolder escaping justice. When Jody discovers journalist Pieta survived an attack by him, she realises she may finally have found a way to catch him. But that would mean endangering at least two innocent people . . .

They kept quiet to protect themselves.
Will telling all save or sacrifice each other?

What an utterly sick and twisted mind Dorothy Koomson must have, to have come up with this unputdownable and completely original book. 

I've never heard of, or read a crime just like this one, and it is rather horrific, and the amount of years The Blindfolder has been at it is staggering.  

Imagine you were kidnapped, told you would live but only if you could keep your eyes closes for 48 hours no matter what you may feel or hear. No matter what torture may occur or atrocities.  Well this is what this sick bastard of a villain does, or did. 

For it is now back, hunting down past victims, ones that had obeyed and then not gone to the police and had tried to move on with their lives, and killing at regular intervals. 

This is a police investigation on a clock before the next body appears like clockwork in a park either in London or Brighton. 

This is the story of three women, although we only get two perspectives.   There is Callie who we only really get to see from the other women, she is determined to put her experience out there, and to help other women to come forward to help the police with their investigations. 

But the main two focal points are Pieta, the journalist who is being asked to write the story, and Jody, the police detective who has been working on the case and is determined to solve it before anyone else is hurt. 

Let's just say that there are many many secrets in this book, some more deadly than others, some more chilling than others, and this is a story that has got under my skin and frankly terrified me that these sorts of crimes could be happening. 

I really can't say much else about the characters or plot other than it starts of feeling ominously creepy and the tension ramps up as the book progresses.  I don't want to risk giving away any vital hints as to even my opinions on the main people but will say keep your eyes open and take in everything. 

It is a masterpiece of a book, dark, thrilling, scary, incredibly well written, engaging, had me feeling great sympathy and shock at some points, while at others not really wanting to empathise with the characters, out of fear myself. 

I'm a massive fan of Dorothy Koomson's books, and have been reading them for many years and noticed that they appear to be getting darker with each release. And this must be the darkest, most despicable of crimes yet, but still with her trademark style of making you care deeply about the various characters. 

This is one amazing book, and I literally can't wait to see what the author writes next 

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

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