Thursday 9 January 2020

Publication Day Review ~ Tell Me Your Secret by Dorothy Koomson

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9 January 2020

My thanks to the publishers and Annabelle at edpr for my copy of this book

Pieta has a secret . . . Ten years ago, Pieta was kidnapped by ‘The Blindfolder’; a man 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 her attacker starts hunting down his past victims, Pieta realises she may finally be forced to tell her deepest secrets 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 his attack, she realises she may finally have found a way to catch him. But that would mean endangering innocent people..

What did I think about it..

Tell Me Your Secret is a truly sinister story which pulls at your imagination right from the beginning, and I think, and I've read lots of this author's work over the last few years, that this one really is one of her best.

Two fascinating women take the lead role, Pieta, is a damaged survivor of the man who has been nicknamed The Blindfolder, a kidnapper who threatens his victims with death if they open their eyes during the 48 hours of their dreadful ordeal. Jody is the police officer who is racing against time to bring this deadly perpetrator to justice before he strikes again. That Pieta is a survivor is obvious from the start, she's a feisty young woman who is doing the best she can to keep herself and her child safe but when The Blindfolder starts to resurface she is truly terrified of reliving her past experiences.

The story moves along at a cracking pace and the individual chapters from both Pieta and Jody give a real insight into the damage which has been done to both of these women. The reasons for both of their interest in this case becomes deadly apparent as the story progresses, and as the web gets tighter and tighter, so the story gets more and more convoluted.

I raced thorough Tell Me Your Secret in a matter of hours as I really couldn't put the book down until I had discovered the whole of the story in all of its fascinating detail.

About the Author

Dorothy Koomson is an award-winning, global bestselling author whose novels include the Sunday Times bestsellers The Friend, That Girl from Nowhere, The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before, The Chocolate Run and My Best Friend’s Girl. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages with sales that exceed 2 million copies in the UK alone. Dorothy’s books are powerful, thought-provoking and compelling ‘emotional thrillers’ where moral dilemmas are central and where the complex emotions of family and friendships are explored. Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads of 2006, and her novels The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively. 

A TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was first shown on ITV1 in 2013. Her novels have all been Sunday Times Top 10 bestsellers including That Girl from Nowhere, When I Was Invisible, The Friend and Tell Me Your Secret. Dorothy was a 2018 Quick Reads author with The Beach Wedding which was also selected as a World Book Night giveaway title in the same year, with The Ice Cream Girls a 2019 World Book Night title. 

Passionate about the importance of reading and literacy, Dorothy is a regular speaker in libraries and at festivals and supports the work of the National Literacy Trust, an independent charity that transforms lives through literacy and Little Green Pig, a Brighton and Hove based charity that offers free writing workshops for young people in need. Dorothy lives in Brighton (well, Hove, actually) and the city is an ever-present character in her novels.

Twitter @DorothyKoomson #TellMeYourSecret




  1. Too dark for me, I'm afraid! Thanks all the same.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to read my review and comment, Davida.
      Happy reading :)


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