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Issue Details: First known date: 2017... 2017 The Secrets She Keeps
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'Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's.

'These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear.

Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

'THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS is a compelling psychological thriller that delves deeply into the psyche of the human mind, by internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham.' (Publication summary)

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form y separately published work icon The Secrets She Keeps Sarah Walker , Jonathan Gavin , ( dir. Catherine Millar et. al. )agent Australia : Lingo Pictures Network Ten , 2019 15409942 2019 series - publisher film/TV crime

'In The Secret She Keeps, Meghan doesn’t know Agatha, but Agatha knows Meghan. Two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common: explosive secrets that could destroy everything they hold dear.

'Two women have a chance encounter in a supermarket, in an affluent Sydney suburb. They are the same age, both heavily pregnant and due at the same time. Meghan (Jessica De Gouw) is a glamorous influencer on the rise, with an ambitious television sports reporter husband Jack (Michael Dorman), while Agatha (Laura Carmichael) works in the supermarket as a shelf stacker.

'Although they live near each other, the two women’s lives could not be more different…

'Agatha is a loner and barely above the poverty line. She’s ecstatic to be pregnant, pinning all her hopes and dreams on this much longed-for miracle baby. Yet the father of her child, Hayden (Michael Sheasby), a sailor on active duty, remains oblivious to her condition.

'Meghan is a sophisticated mother-of two who uses social media to reframe her imperfect life into a glossier, more aspirational existence. Despite posting enthusiastically about her pregnancy to her avid followers, including Agatha, behind closed doors this third baby is putting pressure on an already strained marriage.

'Both women have secrets. And both will risk everything to conceal the truth. But their worlds are about to collide in one shocking act that cannot be undone.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Notes

  • Epigraph: I'm hurt, hurt and humiliated beyond endurance, seeing the wheat ripening, the fountains never ceasing to give the water, the sheep bearing hundreds of lambs, the she dogs too, until it seems the whole country rises to show me its tender sleeping young while I feel two hammer blows here instead of my baby's lips. - Federico Garcia Lorca, Yerma

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2017 .
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      Extent: 433p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 11th July 2017
      ISBN: 9780733638015
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2020 .
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      Extent: 436p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 31 March 2020
      ISBN: 9780733645167
Alternative title: Die Rivalin
Language: German
    • Munich,
      c
      Germany,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Goldmann ,
      2017 .
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      Extent: 509p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 27 December 2017

      ISBN: 9783442314096

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Works about this Work

Mothers and Brothers in Peril, and More New Crime Fiction Marilyn Stasio , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 13 August 2017; (p. 8)

'A pregnant, unmarried grocery store clerk named Agatha dotes on her unborn child in THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS , Michael Robotham’s insightful psychological thriller about the joys and fears of impending motherhood. Agatha is consumed by all things prenatal, and especially the pregnancy of Meghan, a well-off and beautifully turned-out married customer, also in her third trimester, who represents perfection to a woman whose absent boyfriend wants no part of fatherhood.' (Introduction)

Taut Thriller Unfolds with Penetrating Insight Adrian McKinty , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15 July 2017; (p. 20)

'West London in the present day. Two women have a chance encounter in a supermarket. They are about the same age, both pregnant, both due in early December.' (Introduction)

[Review Essay] The Secrets She Keeps QSS , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 10 - 14 July 2017;

'It’s amazing the airs trash fiction gives itself these days. The latest effort by Michael Robotham exploits the neat unstartling idea of a woman who works in a supermarket who steals a newborn baby of a posh woman she befriends. It has plenty of tension and drama but it is so long and so slow moving, so massively preoccupied with the power of its own articulation, that it’s an open provocation to watch Netflix instead.' (Introduction)

 

[Review Essay] The Secrets She Keeps QSS , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 10 - 14 July 2017;

'It’s amazing the airs trash fiction gives itself these days. The latest effort by Michael Robotham exploits the neat unstartling idea of a woman who works in a supermarket who steals a newborn baby of a posh woman she befriends. It has plenty of tension and drama but it is so long and so slow moving, so massively preoccupied with the power of its own articulation, that it’s an open provocation to watch Netflix instead.' (Introduction)

 

Taut Thriller Unfolds with Penetrating Insight Adrian McKinty , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15 July 2017; (p. 20)

'West London in the present day. Two women have a chance encounter in a supermarket. They are about the same age, both pregnant, both due in early December.' (Introduction)

Mothers and Brothers in Peril, and More New Crime Fiction Marilyn Stasio , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 13 August 2017; (p. 8)

'A pregnant, unmarried grocery store clerk named Agatha dotes on her unborn child in THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS , Michael Robotham’s insightful psychological thriller about the joys and fears of impending motherhood. Agatha is consumed by all things prenatal, and especially the pregnancy of Meghan, a well-off and beautifully turned-out married customer, also in her third trimester, who represents perfection to a woman whose absent boyfriend wants no part of fatherhood.' (Introduction)

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