The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm – Book Review

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The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm

The Secrets You Hide

Author – Kate Helm
Publisher – Zaffre
Pages – 416
Released – 7th February 2019
ISBN-13 – 978-1785764745
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Review by – Linda
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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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 . . .

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A unique crime novel about a courtroom artist called Georgia Sage who after a tragic childhood gets drawn into an old trial, which she is determined to pursue justice.

The Secrets You Hide has every element you could want in a thriller: murder, mystery, love, abuse, jealousy and such sadness! All this combined made for an absolutely compelling read which I just could not put down.

The characters were so well described that I feel in love with each of them, especially protagonist Georgia Sage who I so wanted her to do right. She comes across as vulnerable but with a steel interior. Oli, dear Oli a constant reliable friend and Neena the journalist always out for a story but remained a good friend.

There are such depths to The Secrets You Hide and so many twists and turns, this made for an unpredictable reading and I was baffled how it would end. This is a certain page-turner and the writing throughout was a good pace for a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat.

Well done to Kate Helm, a debut crime novel under this name and an excellent read which I shall be recommending to family and friends.

Book Reviewer – Linda

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About the Author

The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm

I was born in Lancashire, and worked as a journalist covering courts and crime, before becoming a BBC reporter and producer in news and current affairs.

I also wrote documentary and drama scripts, including the BBC1 programme: Angel of Death: The Story of Beverly Allitt. Kate Helm is a pseudonym for me – under my own name, Kate Harrison, I’ve written women’s fiction (like The Secret Shopper’s Revenge), teen fiction (including Soul Beach) AND health/diet books about 5:2, intermittent fasting and ‘The Dirty Diet.’

I became Kate Helm to avoid confusion – and I chose Helm because the original name for Brighton, the city where I live – and find so much inspiration – is Brighthelmstone.

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18 Responses

  1. Great review Linda, this book looks and sounds absolutely amazing and right up my alley as well. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

  2. Great review!

  3. Nadene @totallyaddictedtoreading says:

    I love the sound of this one. I love these type of stories. Great review.

  4. Looks like a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  5. Kathy West says:

    Such a great review!

  6. DJ Sakata says:

    I like the sound of this one

  7. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Excellent review. Definitely my type of book.

  8. Shelley W says:

    I didn’t realise Kate Harrison wrote under an alias. The book sounds super.

  9. Allie Bock says:

    What a wonderful review!

  10. Thank you. Glad you enjoyed the review and I hope you get to read the book.

  11. Thank you. I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  12. Wonderful, I’m glad you like the sound of it. Thanks.

  13. It really is. You are very welcome.

  14. Thank you. I’m happy you liked it.

  15. Yay, I hope you get to read it.

  16. Thank you. I hope you chose to read it then as it is so great.

  17. I didn’t until this book. The book really is super.

  18. Thank you. I pleased you liked it.