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The Secretary


As we draw towards the end of the summer holidays, this week I’m recommending a thriller with a theme that will be on many parents’ minds at the moment: school.

Set in a primary school, The Secretary by Zoe Lea is a twisty psychological thriller about playground politics and how dangerous it can be to make enemies with the wrong parent at the school gates. The story follow Ruth, a single mother and the school secretary at her son’s school, who falls into a toxic war with the queen bee mother in the playground (who is, of course, head of the PTA) when she unwittingly sleeps with the woman’s philandering husband. If you think children can be nasty, parents can be even worse, and soon Ruth finds herself ostracised, receiving threatening messages and with the distinct impression that someone is watching her house. The Secretary is an edge-of-your-seat read about revenge, blurred lines and how far you might go to protect your child. It’s fast-paced, brimming with tension and with a completely unpredictable twist – go read it now!

Hannah Wann