Our Dark Secret

Jenny Quintana

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06 February 2020
320 pages

From the author of The Missing Girl, Jenny Quintana’s gripping novel, Our Dark Secret, tells the story of two girls, two deaths and two decades of silence . . .

The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did. As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies. Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame.

Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel.

Then the first body was discovered.

Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened.

Can she?

Emotional and gripping: Our Dark Secret confirms Jenny Quintana as the mistress of the heartbreaking thriller

Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said and Stone Mothers

Darkly compelling, tender characterisation — I read this in a few greedy gulps

Jane Shemilt, author of Daughter and Little Friends

Bittersweet, full of growing menace, yet poignant and full of longing . . . Fans of The Missing Girl will fall in love with this!

Karen Hamilton, author of The Perfect Girlfriend