Friday 15 February 2019

Review ~ The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm

Bonnier Zaffre
7 February 2019

My thanks to the publishers for my copy of this book

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 her own reckless pursuit of justice may have helped the guilty go free.

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

The truth turns out to be even more terrifying . . .

My thoughts..

Georgia Sage has an exceptional talent for recording what goes on in the most intense of courtroom battles. The reason for this is that Georgia is employed as a courtroom artist and her unique ability to record accurately the facial expressions and personality traits of those on trial have enhanced her reputation as one of the best artists in her field.

When Georgia is given the opportunity to revisit one of the more notorious trials she covered she finds, to her cost, that the deeper she gets drawn into reopening this mystery the more vulnerable she becomes. She is soon involved in a whole new set of secrets and lies which not only have the ability to destroy her peace of mind, but which also reveal the secrets of her own past which she has kept hidden for far too long.

The Secrets You Hide is a well written and complex psychological thriller. The opening chapter sets the scene really well and the action doesn't really let up until the story is finished. I found this to be a really suspenseful read and it was really refreshing to have a lead character who has a different perspective on the criminal justice system. Georgia is a complex character and we get a great insight into her personality as the story progresses.

The story is compellingly addictive and once started I found that I really couldn't put the book down.

Twitter @KateWritesBooks #thesecretsyouhide


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