The Secrets We Keep

  • Title: The Secrets We Keep
  • Author: Stephanie Butland
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  • Page: 360
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  • The Secrets We Keep A tragic accident a broken heart and a marriage drowning in secrets Mike always walks the dog in the evening while Elizabeth relaxes in the bathtub but one night he doesn t come back Mike has drowne
    A tragic accident, a broken heart, and a marriage drowning in secrets Mike always walks the dog in the evening while Elizabeth relaxes in the bathtub but one night he doesn t come back Mike has drowned while saving a teenage girl named Kate, his dog standing on the bank barking frantically as the police pull his body from the water.But despite her husband being laudedA tragic accident, a broken heart, and a marriage drowning in secretsMike always walks the dog in the evening while Elizabeth relaxes in the bathtub but one night he doesn t come back Mike has drowned while saving a teenage girl named Kate, his dog standing on the bank barking frantically as the police pull his body from the water.But despite her husband being lauded as a hero, Elizabeth can t wrap her mind around the fact that Mike is gone and Kate won t reveal the details of what really happened that night.Elizabeth finds herself facing the unfathomable possibility that she may not have known her husband at all Does she really want to know the truth Or will the weight of Mike s secrets pull her under

    • The Secrets We Keep by Stephanie Butland
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      Published :2019-09-09T20:50:50+00:00

    About Stephanie Butland


    1. Stephanie Butland is a writer, who is thriving after breast cancer She used to say she was a survivor, but that was a bit lacking in joie de vivre Although she d never have chosen it, her dance with cancer has changed her life in many positive ways Now she is happier, healthier, and careful with her precious life and the precious people and things in it.Her writing career began with her dance with cancer, and now she is a novelist.Aside from writing, she works as a speaker and trainer, and she works with charities to help raise awareness and money in the hope that cancer will soon be about as scary as a wart.She lives in Northumberland.


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    1. Quite simply, Letters To My Husband just didn’t do it for me. I had the ‘surprise’ and the ending worked out by the end of the first quarter, and then it was a matter of reading and waiting for the novel to catch up with me. Thankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read and review.

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    2. Letters to my husband.I knew by this it would be kinda sad, but I didn't get too upset, I think I was expecting more emotional upheaval, not that it wasn't, it was! And it did make me reach for the tissues.We have open letters to Mike from his wife Elizabeth. The difference is, he will NEVER get to read them, he will NEVER get to see them. He will NEVER know just what Elizabeth is going through without him, because, he is dead.Something happened one day whilst taking his dog out for a walk, whic [...]

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    3. Thank you kindly to the author and publisher for the review copy.Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down when her husband dies in a tragic drowning accident.How typical of her kind, generous husband – a respected police officer – to sacrifice his own life saving a complete stranger’s.Elizabeth must face the consequences of her husband’s actions. As she does so, it seems that the end of Mike’s life is only the beginning of his wife truly getting to know him.A very good friend of mine [...]

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    4. I'm a sucker for any story about losing someone dearly loved. However, while I enjoyed this story I didn’t end up a blubbering mess as I had feared. I liked the character of Elizabeth and her certainty about her husband Michael. Her grief came across as real. I also could feel for Patricia, with the death of her only son and the way she tried to still care for her daughter in law. I liked Elizabeth’s sister Mel and thought the family dynamics of Kate the girl who was rescued and the relation [...]

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    5. Despite the melancholy subject of this book, I loved it and if this is a debut novel then it bodes well for future titles.The book opens with Elizabeth's first letter to her husband Mike, after she's been told he's been drowned in a tragic accident. While out walking the dog, he saves a young woman Kate Micklethwaite from drowning but somehow loses his own life.It is not clear what happened and Kate can't remember, so Elizabeth doesn't even have the comfort of knowing how/why he drowned. As poli [...]

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    6. My View:A remarkably moving read – this review written with silent tears running down my face. I am holding in the sobs.A book that makes you really feel is unique and wonderful, a book that makes you cry is a gift to be treasured – this is such a book! I loved the way the author has the protagonist write letters to her dead husband…the letters are so moving, poignant and achingly sad and yet at the same time share with the reader the wonder and marvel of a true lasting love. However there [...]

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    7. This book, for me, was way drawn out. I understand the widow is grieving for weeks, months whatever. However I don't think that the reader has to go through that entire grieving process with her. I think a few days here and there could have been skipped and maybe the words "one week later" or even "one month later". Like I understand there is a grieving process, but I read to be entertained and, for me, this was not all that entertaining. The only reason I kept skipping and skimming most of the [...]

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    8. At first this seems straightforward enough: it's a story about a grieving widow trying to regain her footing in an unfamiliar world. That doesn't do it justice, though, because it captures the visceral pain of loss, the feeling that an entire side of you has been lost with them, the feeling that you'll never recover, leaving you almost as breathless and devastated as Elizabeth, grieving in a different way from her mother-in-law, trying to cope in a different way, each feeling that the other is s [...]

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    9. Here is a secret I won't keep-Pass on this title!When Elizabeth's husband Mike dies unexpectedly we journey with her through the grieving process. Unfortunately, this journey is incredibly long and drawn out-most of the book. True, there are a few secrets that will keep some readers engaged as the title suggests, but they are predictable. The secondary characters are poorly developed and the primary character is so emotionally devastated that it is difficult to get a true sense of her personalit [...]

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    10. The Secrets We Keep is one women’s story of coming to terms with the fact that her husband wasn’t who she thought he was. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a storyline you’ve read many times before because it isn’t. Elizabeth's husband, Mike has just died while saving a young girl from potentially drowning. Everyone now sees Mike as a hero who tragically died but Elizabeth still can’t understand why her husband was even at the river to save this girl in the first place. Then [...]

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    11. 3.5 stars. In "The Secrets We Keep," Elizabeth's husband, Michael, drowns while saving a nineteen year old girl named Kate. At first, it seems like Michael saved Kate selflessly and sacrificed himself. Then the secrets start coming out. Michael and Kate seem to know each other a little bit more than Elizabeth originally knew. Now Elizabeth can't be sure that she really ever knew her husband. Told through Elizabeth's letters to her dead husband and third person present tense, this book takes a lo [...]

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    12. Elizabeth’s husband Michael is out in the evening walking their dog, but tragically he never returns home. Elizabeth’s world is turned upside down as she learns her police officer husband has drowned in an accident, sacrificing his life saving a stranger’s. But why was her husband near the lake that night? As Elizabeth begins to uncover more, she realizes there are many things she may not know about him….I thoroughly enjoyed this. I was quickly drawn in to the writing as in the first few [...]

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    13. Although beautifully written, I was a little disappointed in this book. The story begins with the death of the heroine's husband, and the author gorgeously writes about Elizabeth's grief in such a way that made my heart hurt. The characters were written in such a way to make me want to learn all I could about them, I really felt involved in their story.However, a third of the way into the book, Elizabeth is still grieving, and grieving and grieving, and I'm left still wanting more, and having to [...]

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    14. What a brilliant thought provoking book! Elizabeths husband, who is a policeman, drowns while saving a young girls life. No-one can believe how this has happened but all rally round Elizabeth and try to work out what happened that night. Through a third person narrative, we learn not only what happened to an extent but also many secrets that Michael had. The story keeps you gripped and unable to predict what happens, as with many other books. I have to say i loved every page and I found out toda [...]

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    15. I'm not into romance novels but I don't know why I gave it a try. Maybe because I found the idea of writing letters to a dead husband a bit intriguing.But it was a bit disappointing. And this might fall under the kind of books I don't want to read often. Here are my reasons why:1. The narration or the whole storytelling pace was so slow that it failed to keep me hooked up. I wanted answers to my questions about what had exactly happened but then it got so monotonous & slow that I didn't even [...]

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    16. The only way Elizabeth feels she can still communicate with her husband Mike is through letters. He died when he was saving a nineteen-year-old girl, Kate, from drowning. Elizabeth doesn't know what happened and Kate doesn't seem to be able to remember anything. Elizabeth's grief is overwhelming, she misses Mike so much she can hardly cope with the loss. She can't believe she's a widow while she's still so young. Their life together was perfect, or wasn't it?How did Mike end up in the water? Som [...]

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    17. This book was the subject of much discussion on Twitter and I thought it would be right up my street - I knew I just had to read it and was sent a copy in exchange for an honest review by Stephanie's publisher at Transworld. My gut instincts weren't wrong - it was outstanding. This is Stephanie's first novel and all I can say is WOW! How can you top this?The story begins with the sudden death of Michael, Elizabeths husband who drowns whilst out walking the dog late one evening.It's fair to say E [...]

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    18. A special thank you to SOURCEBOOKS Landmark and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 StarsTHE SECRETS WE KEEP, an exploration of grief, secrets, betrayal, and love of a marriage – a powerful, yet uplifting debut novel by Stephanie Butland.Michael Gray,age 37 has drowned in Butler’s Pond on a late Sunday night. While walking his dog, Pepper, and spots a 19-year old Kate Micklethwaite in trouble in the water and dives in the freezing lake to save her. Michael, a brave pol [...]

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    19. Elizabeth and Mike have lived a love story of fairy tales, although they have had their disappointments along the way, their love never faded. They were strong; best friends, lovers, running partners. Mike was generous and brave, a police officer who was dutiful and loyal. Now Mike is dead. Mike drowned in a nearby lake, doing what Mike did best - putting others before himself. Typical Mike or was it?Elizabeth's heartbreak and despair is palpable, she is broken, she cannot imagine life without [...]

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    20. A well deserved 9/10 from me for this debut novel. Thanks to NetGalley and the Publishers for a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Unfortunately I didn't get round to reading it before the galley was archived, so reserved a copy from my local Library.I really enjoyed this story and I couldn't help but have empathy with all of the main characters involved in the main plot. Oh what a tangled web life can turn out to be.Elizabeth and Mike seemed to have it all, a good solid relationship [...]

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    21. The more I read of this book, the more I liked it. It is the story of Elizabeth, overwhelmed with grief by the accidental drowning of husband Michael, and her struggle to accept his absence in her life. A situation not helped by the fact that nobody really knows what happened on the night he died. The story is told in the present time, following his death, and also in flashbacks to their courtship and marriage, as well as interspersed by letters that she writes to her dead husband, detailing how [...]

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    22. This is such a beautifully written book - a wonderful evocation of grief, love and loss. Elizabeth and Mike were an unlikely partnership when they first met – he was a rather gauche British tourist in Australia, she was the receptionist at the hotel where he stayed who enjoyed his company. Mike is a policeman in a small community where everyone knows and respects him, and Elizabeth moves across the world to be with him. Other than their failure to have a child, the marriage is a perfect one [...]

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    23. When policeman Mike is killed saving a young lady from drowning, his friends, colleagues and his wife are left to mourn his loss and try to piece together the details of his death. As time goes on however, clues surface that suggest Michael wasn't quite the person everyone thought him to be, especially his wife Elizabeth, who is struggling terribly to cope with his passing.Letters to my Husband is an emotional and very moving account of life after the death of a loved one. While it may sound mel [...]

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    24. It isn't often that a book moves me to tears but the opening few chapters of this book did. It was heartbreaking reading about Elizabeth's grief after the sudden, tragic death of her husband Mike. It is one of these situations where you can't help thinking what if this happened in my life: how would I feel? Stephanie Butland has written very movingly about the depth of Elizabeth's grief as she tries to comprehend and cope with what has happened. The effects of Mike's death on his mother and frie [...]

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    25. Stephanie Butland is an incredible gifted intelligent author. I have never ever read a novel like this that has such powerful emotion on every page. I can assure every reader Stephanie Butland is an author to keep a look out for. Letters to my Husband is where Elizabeth writes letters to her dead husband. Elizabeth always believed they were happy married in love but Elizabeth discovers that her husband is not the man she thought he was. Huge twists and turns are waiting for readers to discover m [...]

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    26. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.I really struggled with this book. Has taken me a while to process my thoughts -- there was nothing particularly wrong with it, it's just not the book for me. I had a fairly strong inkling from the outset how the story would evolve- the blurb was intriguing so in a way I was hoping for more/ a different outcome. I felt that the story unfolded very slowly and would have possibly enjoyed it if it had been more pacey. The [...]

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    27. I normally love action packed and fast reads. This one was a really, really, really predictable slow paced story, anti-climatic at times but I didn't mind it at all because the narration was very creative; very descriptive. A few punctuation errors though but that's understandable. Editing is costly and editors are human too.Also, not only in India that widows shave their heads ;) In many non-Muslim tribes in Africa, it's a custom for mourning. The letters to the dead felt like info dump at time [...]

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    28. I found Surrounded By Water to be a beautifully written account of grief and betrayal. Elizabeth's husband dies tragically rescuing a young girl but after his death she realises everything is not as she thought. There are only a handful of characters in it, but every one of them was believable and had their own place in the novel. I loved Mel, detested Rufus and my heart just ached for Elizabeth.I have to say that the first quarter of this book I read just a few pages at a time. The rest of it I [...]

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    29. One night Elizabeth’s husband dies whilst saving a teenage girl from drowning. He’s a hero- but just what did happen that night and did she really know what sort of man she was married to? The teenage girl won’t speak about the rescue. There are rumours in the village that there was a relationship between them- which is obviously devastating for Elizabeth and Kate’s family. Who will supply the answers?You can feel Elizabeth’s grief. It’s told through letters to her dead husband Mike. [...]

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    30. I should declare I know the author Stephanie Butland and she is a remarkable colleague and long distance friend, with an capacity for gentle generosity that exceeds the call of duty. I don't normally choose fiction so I was surprised to find I was drawn in. I also ached as I inched through the pain in the story. Though hard to endure in its relentlessness, I thought the portrayal of grief throughout the book was palpable; I got both frustrated as a friend would and lived it at the same time. I o [...]

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