Saturday 14 October 2017

#BlogBlitz - Her Last Secret - Barbara Copperthwaite

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of author Barbara Copperthwaite’s books and whenever I’m asked for book recommendations her name will be one of the first that comes to mind. Flowers For The Dead was always going to take some beating for me personally, but I can honestly say that Barbara has surpassed herself with her latest book Her Last Secret. . . . it’s A. MAZ.ING!!!!

Her Last Secret is the story of the Thomas’s, Ben and Dominique and their two daughters, Ruby and Mouse. An outwardly perfect family living in an affluent area but scratch the surface just a tiny bit and you’ll see that this is all just a front. To say that they had issues would be an understatement but to call them dysfunctional would be doing them a dis-service.

When the police are called to the Thomas’s house in the small hours of Christmas morning following a suspected shooting, nothing can prepare them for the horror that awaits them when they go inside.

Rewind eight days and we get to meet the family to find out that Dominique is a stay-at-home trophy wife, Ben is a successful businessman, teenager Ruby is your average moody and rebellious teen and Mouse is a quirky little eight-year-old who is excited about Christmas and just wants everyone to be happy.

Just what has happened in the last week that has caused this grisly outcome? 

You don’t really think I’m going to tell you do you? 

Nope, I’m not breathing another word about the plot as I don’t want to give anything away and ruin it for all you lucky people who have yet to read it.

This book can be taken as a cautionary tale about keeping secrets and the consequences of lying. Everyone in the family is struggling with something (apart from Mouse, bless her little cottons!) but no-one has the courage to discuss it with anyone else. 

Her Last Secret is an exceptional book, the way that it gives you a tantalising glimpse of the ending and then rips you back to an earlier time so that you can find out more about what’s happening within the family is brilliant. It’s one of those books that you need to read to find out what happens but at the same time you don’t want to read so quickly because you don’t want it to end. 

I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book and I really can’t recommend it highly enough! Barbara Copperthwaite is fast becoming an author to be reckoned with in the psychological thriller genre and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for her readers next! Barbara, YOU ROCK!!!!

                                             About the author

Barbara is the author of psychological thrillers INVISIBLE and FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD. Both have been Amazon best sellers. She is also the author of THE DARKEST LIES, and her latest book HER LAST SECRET is out on 13 October.

Much of her success is thanks to her twenty-odd years' experience as a national newspaper and magazine journalist. She's interviewed the real victims of crime - and also those who have carried those crimes out. Thanks to people sharing their stories with her, she knows a lot about the emotional impact of violence and wrong-doing. That's why her novels are dark, realistic and tackle not just the crime but its repercussions.

When not writing feverishly, she is often found hiding behind a camera, taking wildlife photographs.

                                  What people say about Barbara's books:

"Will have you looking over your shoulder and under your bed... Original, gripping, with a deep psychological impact," Sunday Mirror 
"Enthralling, tense and moving," Real People magazine 
"Totally gripping, and scarily believable," Bella magazine

 You can find out more about Barbara and connect with her using the links below:

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 With kind thanks to Noelle Holten at Bookouture for the review copy.



  1. Yay! Thank you for such an INCREDIBLE review, and for taking part in my blog blitz <3

    1. It's always a pleasure to read your books Barbara and to have you here on The Hippo. I'm sure that you'll be making an appearance again when I do my top books of the year!! 😉