The Secrets She Keeps

by Helen Cross

Relationship Stories Modern and Contemporary Fiction Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Secrets She Keeps

This beautifully written and haunting novel is just as good, if not better than her debut, My Summer of Love.  An author who deserves to be more widely read as the writing stays with you long after you’ve finished it, a trait so unusual in fiction today. Sometimes shocking and laced with black humour throughout it is a modern day morality tale and a must for anyone who wants to understand or can relate to the psyche of the youth of today.


The Secrets She Keeps Synopsis

Nineteen-year-old John has been plucked from his small-time London life to be the famous Misty Moore’s nanny while she hides out — post-pregnancy — in a crumbling mansion in Wychwood, in deepest Yorkshire. He is dazzled by his change of fortune, by Misty’s impossible breasts and most of all by the heartbreaking Hepsie Vine, who is mysteriously bound to Misty. But there’s more to his job than just glamour and decadence. For the village of Wychwood comes with the dank trace of secrets and Misty, of course, has plenty of her own…

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780747578918
Publication date: 20th March 2006
Author: Helen Cross
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Primary Genre Relationship Stories
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Helen Cross Press Reviews

‘There’s a timeless feel to this tale of loneliness, greed and beauty. Cross writes as beautifully as you’d expect’ Daily Mail

‘Cross’s strengths are a compelling stylistic immediacy and an ability to imbue the everyday world with sensuality and strangeness … it has the raw energy and flashes of brilliance that show Helen Cross to be a writer to watch’ Sunday Telegraph

‘If you enjoyed My Summer of Love you’ll love her second, a spellbinding meditation on celebrity and glamour’ Red

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ISBN: 9780747578918
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About Helen Cross

Helen Cross's first novel, My Summer of Love, was published in 2001 and was the winner of a Betty Trask Award in 2002. She was born in 1967 and brought up in East Yorkshire. Helen was educated at Goldsmith's College, University of London, and the University of East Anglia. She currently lives in Birmingham.Photograph © Roderick Field

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