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Publisher's Summary

Secret Smile is a gripping psychological thriller from the top-ten bestselling author Nicci French.

You have an affair. You finish it. You think it's over. You're dead wrong....

Miranda Cotton thinks she's put boyfriend Brendan out of her life for good. But two weeks later, he's intimately involved with her sister. Soon what began as an embarrassment becomes threatening - then even more terrifying than a girl's worst nightmare. Because this time Brendan will stop at nothing to be part of Miranda's life - even if it means taking it from her ....

Nicci French is the pseudonym for Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The couple live in Suffolk and have written thirteen other best-selling novels, all published by Penguin: Complicit, What to Do When Someone Dies, Until It's Over, Losing You, Catch Me When I Fall, The Memory Game, Beneath the Skin, The Safe House, The Red Room, Land of the Living, Killing Me Softly, and, most recently, Blue Monday and Tuesday's Gone in the brilliant new Frieda Klein series.

©2003 Nicci French (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

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"Creepy, genuinely gripping." ( Heat)

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  • Richmond
  • 16-04-16

Compelling

Initially was very frustrated by the story line but found this to be a compelling listen .

Becomes less frustrating as the story develops.

Good listen for those who like psychological thrillers.

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  • lou lou
  • 16-04-15

Gripping

Really enjoyed. Mainly listened to whilst driving and ironing. Have to admit , ironed slowly as it kept me gripped. Totally believable although once or twice I thought it was a big daft towards the end but on the whole thoroughly enjoyed

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  • Steve
  • 28-01-19

HOT PILE OF GARBAGE

I struggled to finish this complete waffle. The main character is a self absorbed alcoholic idiot, the supporting characters were frustratingly dull. The story was drawn out redundant twaddle. I can get behind a story even if the plot is a but unrealistic but NOTHING HAPPENED in 90% of this book?!!

I spent 8 hours waiting for something to happen and when something finally did happen?? OH NO.. LET'S SKIP IT.

Never before have I ever been so enraged by a massive pile of hot garbage.

DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY.

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  • Sally R
  • 25-04-15

engaging story and an easy listen

the narrator was good, sounded like she had a cold but at emotional parts it helped make it sound authentic. I think the ending could have been expanded more as it sounded like an after thought rather than a twist, but I liked it and if you want an interesting easy listen with a good narrator and characters then download this one.

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  • MM
  • 19-03-21

Poor

Story not great, standard of writing poor throughout, and narration whilst clear did not have a great text to work with.

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  • Suzitravels
  • 12-01-21

Irritating and far fetched

This had the potential to be brilliant, with a great concept of a story line. Disappointingly, French has suspended real life and replaced it with a story line full of implausible scenarios and a lead character who gets more irritating as the book progresses, as she puts herself in ridiculous situations and is treated like a criminal by the even more irritating police officer who seems to be best friends with the psychopath and can’t see the wood for the trees.
Implausible ending too that was all wrapped up far too quickly and leaves the reader with even more questions than answers... would not recommend you waste your time on this one.

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  • Steven Sharpe
  • 17-11-20

you could fight through in a day

a story of gaslighting that that is entertaining as much as it is infuriating. It's good not bad not great

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  • El Sed
  • 16-11-20

An irritating and frustrating listen

I have read/listened to all the Frida Klein series except one and enjoyed them. I therefore thought I would have a look at what else Nicci French has written. Maybe I got hold of the wrong end of the stick and this book's real title should be: Secret Smile, what NOT to do if a psychotic narcissist enters your life. Miranda, the "heroine" is inept, clumsy, uncommunicative when she needs to warn people and says too much when she should be discreet. She walks into every trap that is set for her, right up to the very end which is unconvincing, to say the least. If you start this book, you will be unable not to listen to the whole dreary story because you will want to know how she gets out of the mess in the end. Best thing to do, choose another book.

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  • Kate C
  • 07-09-20

Not the best from Nicci French but OK

Almost immediately I felt the main character could have just shut the situation down... I mean... we are talking about Sisters here... that relationship involves more depth and trust than just a random guy you met. The parents are thick, unkind & oblivious. Not much actually happens... and I guessed most of the "twists" because they were fairly predictable. The ending was also stupidly stupid, stupid with no longer-term planning or justice ... I really REALLY wasn't impressed. I wish I'd returned it. Oh and the narrator is a bit naff.

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  • Katie Lawrie
  • 12-08-20

Definitely recommend

As with all nicci french books I found there was loads of twists and turns you weren’t expecting - love her style of writing and choice of narrator, nice soothing voice

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-10-16

Brilliant

Loved this read. Couldn't stop listening. Nicci & French at their best. Cooking, cleaning, making beds all done whilst listening to this. I was hooked from the start. Fabulous.