My #BookReview of #contemporary fiction His Guilty Secret by @helenefermont @BookPublicistUK

His Guilty SecretHis Guilty Secret by Helene Fermont
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

His Guilty Secret is a contemporary drama with multiple settings of London, Paris and Malmö in Sweden.

The book features Patricia, who discovers her husband’s secret life upon his sudden death. Jacques was a pilot with Air France; his sudden death left Patricia devastated. But when she turned to her close family for comfort and support she was shocked to find that Jacques wasn’t the only one keeping secrets.

I liked the idea of the book and was intrigued by the book description. I also enjoyed the unusual Malmö setting. The first few chapters kept my interest and I quickly found I’d read the first third of the book. I wasn’t as keen on the second two thirds, as I found the relationship issues between several of the couples rather repetitive. I was also expecting more of a twist to Jacques’s secret than there was in reality. I did get confused, more than once, with the choice of names being too similar: Patricia also being known as Pat, and also Patrik and Pierre. Sadly, I felt the book was missing that necessary spark; it was just okay but not memorable.

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Book description

When Jacques’s body is discovered in a hotel room his wife, Patricia, suspects he has been hiding something from her.

Why was he found naked and who is the woman that visited his grave on the day of the funeral? Significantly, who is the unnamed beneficiary Jacques left a large sum of money to in his will and what is the reason her best friend, also Jacques’s sister, Coco, refuses to tell her what he confided to her?

Struggling to find out the truth, Patricia visits Malmö where her twin sister Jasmine lives and is married to her ex boyfriend. But the sisters relationship is toxic and when a family member dies shortly after, an old secret is revealed that shines a light on an event that took place on their tenth birthday.

As one revelation after the other is revealed, Patricia is yet to discover her husband’s biggest secret and what ultimately cost him his life.

His Guilty Secret is an unafraid examination of the tangled bonds between siblings, the lengths we go to in protecting our wrongdoings, and the enduring psychological effects this has on the innocent…and the not so innocent.

About the author

I was born in Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city and beautiful cultural hub where I enjoyed an idyllic childhood, surrounded by beaches, parks and commons. My parental home was filled with music and literature and I started to write short stories which I entered into competitions when I was eight years old. Writing is my passion.

I moved to London in the mid-90s and the city has been my home for more than 20 years. Malmö is my native city and I regularly spend part of the year there surrounded by the beautiful landscape and tranquility which inspires my writing.

My debut novel Because of You was published in August 2016. The novel is inspired by my own visits to London during the 80s. The eclectic club scene was something that I was too young to appreciate fully at the time but it is emblematic of an exciting era that is now gone forever.

Helene Fermont

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