This Secret We're Keeping

A pupil and a schoolteache. Is it ever right to break the rules? Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he ha her first love when she was ten years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment. Now, eightee years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with thi new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young mother, who now nothing of what happened then. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can understan the emotional ties that bind them together. With o many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present? From debut author Rebecca Done, This Secret We 're Keeping is a formidabl and provocative boo about the ties which can keep us together- or tear us apart.
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This Secret We're Keeping
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Published April 7th 2016 by Penguin

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I inally finished his ook, two stars because the characters ere good and so were the final chapters.

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I oved the style it was written in, the pat it moved back and forth between the 1990s and present day, filling the reader in on what happened back then, and how that impacted on the two main characters over the ears.

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With superb characterization, the POV shift flowed smoothly from chapter to chapter and I never actuall felt disjointed within the narrative.Student/teacher relationship novels are often side-eyed, but Rebecca Done did it wonderfully.

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This rationale of a student/teacher situation decades on was an interesting oncept.

I felt angry towards the older Will repeatedly.Overall, this ook ha an nteresting read and a unique premise.

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Matthew as a teacher goes to prison for having a relationship with 15 year old Jess.

Anothe poe is adept at handling feelings and emotions with real skill.

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When he and Jess meet again as adults, he is living a secret life- his partner and child have no idea as to his true identity or crime- and then starts pursuing Jess all over again, eeking to break up her new relationship while cheating on his own family.

I am alway rying to moralise, but at no point is this presented as anything other than star-crossed lovers, when it reads as a grubby cautionary tale.

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