The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm #NetGalley #BookReview @KateWritesBooks @BonnierZaffre

secrets you hide

Author: Kate Helm

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Paperback 416 pages

Release Date:  4 October 2018 (E-book)

Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


In her eyes, no one is innocent . . .

A knock-out read for fans of Clare Mackintosh, Anatomy of a Scandal and Apple Tree Yard.

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 childhood is coming back to haunt her. 

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

THE SECRETS YOU HIDE is the most original suspense thriller you’ll read this year. Every layer, every twist, every revelation makes you question the very characters you thought you could trust, and rethink a plot you thought you were beginning to unravel . . .

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My Thoughts

Georgia Sage is a court room artist who takes her job very seriously. She had a troubled childhood and events in her past make her passionate about ensuring that she can portray the guilty in the dock through her pictures to try and ensure justice is served. 

It’s rather ironic that Georgia considers she is able to separate the guilty from the innocent considering that everything about her is a lie. Her names not even really Georgia. She has built her adult life upon layers of lies and even those close to her don’t know the real truth. 

The story very much centres around Georgia and as a lead protagonist I found her very likeable. She has all the hallmarks of a character you want to get behind. She is broken, troubled and struggling to come to terms with past events. She is a character that you want to succeed and triumph in the end. The way the author develops Georgia’s character took me as the reader on Georgia’s personal journey of discovery alongside her. Georgia finishes the book as a very different character to the one she started out as. 

As with all thrillers, regardless of the specific genre of thriller you are reading, this book finishes with a last shock revelation which is brilliantly crafted throughout the book with tension building gradually as I read through. Whist I would primarily classify this book as a psychological thriller, there is also a large element of personal discovery which is the sort you would find in say, general fiction.

I very much enjoyed this debut thriller from the author and I think it’s the start of a promising career in this genre for her. 

About the Author

Kate Helm 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. She also wrote documentary and drama scripts, including the BBC1 programme: Angel of Death: The Story of Beverly Allitt. Kate Helm is a pseudonym for author Kate Harrison whose non-fiction and novels have been sold in 20 territories and sold over 800,000 copies. Kate lives in Brighton, this is her first book under the name Kate Helm and her debut adult crime novel. @KateWritesBooks 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. L Lostinacoulee says:

    Sounds really good! Terrific review!!! 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks 😊 you should give it a read!

      Liked by 1 person

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