The Art Of Keeping Secrets
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Little secrets grow up to be big lies…
They’ve been best friends since their sons started high school together, and Felicity, Emma and Neve share everything … or so they thought.
But Flick’s seemingly perfect marriage hides a shocking secret which, with one word, threatens to destroy her and her family’s happiness. Emma is in denial about a potential custody battle, her financial constraints, the exhaustion she can’t seem to shake off and the inappropriate feelings she has for her boss. And single mum Neve is harbouring a secret of her own; a secret that might forever damage her close-knit relationship with her son.
When the tight hold they have each kept on their secrets for years begins to slip, they must face the truth. Even if that truth has the power to hurt the ones they love, and each other.
Perhaps some secrets weren’t made to be kept.
Praise for THE ART OF KEEPING SECRETS
'Fans of emotional, issue driven women’s fiction will welcome Johns’ U.S. women’s fiction debut.' — Booklist
'Johns has tackled some hard-hitting topics with sensitivity and insight and she’s brought one rather high profile social issue of our times in close and made it personal, and she’s done it well.' — Beauty and Lace (Blogger)
'Love this book! I feel like it's the perfect book to curl up on a rainy Sunday morning. I love the friendship between Felicity, Emma and Neve. But I also liked the honest way Rachel Johns portrayed the story, it kept me hooked right until the last page!' — Kim Brown (Netgalley)
'Rachael’s ability to capture the emotional realities of life is to be much-admired in this toast to the power of women’s friendships. ' — Michelle McKinnon (Netgalley)
'I absolutely love books like this, filled with secrets that intertwine and come out of the wood works. ' — Cai Bohm (Netgalley)
'An intoxicating ride.' — The Australian Women's Weekly
'Bursting at the seems with secrets that range from little white lies to those that threaten and undermine you very existence, The Art Of Keeping Secrets was an astounding read that left me reeling in the best possible way.' — Jess Fitzpatrick (Netgalley)
'I think it's safe to say that this new book from Rachael Johns will NOT stay secret for long, nor does it deserve too! After all, it's not every day a book comes along that will shake you to your core and have you re-evaluate your own decisions.' — Jess Fitzpatrick (Netgalley)
'The Art of Keeping Secrets had me totally engaged from the start… Rachael Johns is fast becoming one of my favourite Aussie female authors.' — Michelle Doorey, Netgalley
'A compelling and poignant story of dark secrets and turbulent relationships... The characters were funny and flawed and filled with the kind of raw vulnerability that makes your heart ache for them.' — Nicola Moriarty, bestselling author of THE FIFTH LETTER
'A fascinating and deeply moving tale of friendship, family and of course - secrets. These characters will latch onto your heart and refuse to let it go.' — Kelly Rimmer, USA Today bestselling author,
"I loved this book. It describes how three friends support each other in bad and good times. I'd definitely buy this book for a friend." — Sylvia M, NetGalley
"Rachel Johns is a masterful storyteller who really draws you into the lives of her characters. I thought this was a fabulous book that captured the best and worst of what happens in relationships whether it is with partners, children or friends." — Narelle Richards, NetGalley
The other side of the story
This is my first Rachael Johns novel and I found it to be an enjoyable read with relatable characters, the sort of book I would recommend to any of my friends. But this book had something extra in it which was the exploration of a loving couple where one of the couple happened to be transgender. I applaud the way Rachael approached this issue with sensitivity but more particularly how the focus was on the anguish of the wife as she realised her life was forever changed. We often hear the story about the bravery of the transgender person in coming out and living as their true self but this is the first time I have read the other side of the story, the terrible impact it can have on partners and children. It is a story that needs to be heard and recognised too.
This has to be Rachel’s best book ever in my opinion. The outstanding features for me in this book was that it had me constantly thinking about issues presented within the family unit, wondering what I would do in circumstances relating to these 3 women, friendship under stressful issues & life in general. I would highly recommend this book to all my friends so that they too can question their lives.
The art of keeping secrets
Loved the book.
BUT.....I want the next part! What happens when Seb's children find out his secret???