The Secretary by Renée Knight


Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There’s a fine line between loyalty and betrayal. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .

My Review

Part psychological thriller part court room drama and not the fastest paced book and one that isn’t out the realm of possibility!

The story is told in the first person perspective it follows the story of Christine Butcher, PA to Mina Appleton, owner of Appleton’s, an ethical supermarket chain.

Christine has been working for the company for years as secretary but when Mina’s father retires and Mina takes control of the business Christine moves up the ladder of command to personal assistant to the very ambitious Mina.

But moving up that ladder also brings with it an increase in work load and responsibility.  But how far does dedication to your employer and job really go?

Christine has been witness to everything that goes on in the office and has also been witness to most things in Mina’s private life so discretion has been essential. As Mina’s demands on Christine increase Christine’s private life pays the price.

The first half of the book follows the lives of the two women and Christine’s working life and the second half of the book is more courtroom drama as the story unfolds oh how the women find themselves in that court room alongside Mina’s driver Dave.

I don’t want to say too much plot wise for fear of giving anything away so you will just have to read the book for yourselves!!

This is a very charter driven book and I’m not sure I liked either of the women! As I said it is a bit of a slow burner but as the book goes along the pace picks up ending in a twisted, unexpected ending. Some plot twists you might see coming but not that bit!

A really good character driven psychological thriller that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend!

The Secretary will be published on  21 February 2019 and can be pre-ordered now

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