The Secretary

The Secretary

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'A cool, contemporary, whip-smart thriller.' Paula Hawkins, author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER

She knows all your secrets. But will she keep them?

Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it's someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she's there to serve - the ones who don't notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There's a fine line between loyalty and obsession. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room . . .

The eagerly anticipated new thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of Disclaimer.
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'A scintillating double psychological portrait . . . an arresting ending reminiscent of Rendell at her flintiest.' Sunday Times

'Clever, clever, clever. At the black heart of this story is a personal assistant - the colleague in your office who hears and knows everything about everyone - and Renee leads us on a deeply unsettling exploration of the limits of loyalty. Believe me, chats by the photocopier will never be the same . . .' Fiona Barton, author of THE WIDOW

'A black diamond of a thriller . . . with a sting in its tail.' A. J. Finn, author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 23mm | 262g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784160288
  • 9781784160289
  • 6,280

Review Text

"Clever, clever, clever. At the black heart of this story is a personal assistant - the colleague in your office who hears and knows everything about everyone - and Renée leads us on a deeply unsettling exploration of the limits of loyalty. Believe me, chats by the photocopier will never be the same . . ."
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Review quote

"A cool, contemporary, whip-smart thriller." * Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN and INTO THE WATER * "A black diamond of a thriller - gleaming, sharp, deeply dark - but so much more: a cool, elegant novel with a heartbeat, a pulse, and a sting in its tail." * A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW * "Clever, clever, clever. At the black heart of this story is a personal assistant - the colleague in your office who hears and knows everything about everyone - and Renee leads us on a deeply unsettling exploration of the limits of loyalty. Believe me, chats by the photocopier will never be the same . . ." * Fiona Barton, bestselling author of THE WIDOW * "A scintillating double psychological portrait . . . an arresting ending reminiscent of Rendell at her flintiest." * Sunday Times * "An explosive tale of revenge that had me completely hooked." * Good Housekeeping * "Truly menacing. A meticulously constructed thriller . . ." * Susie Steiner, author of MISSING, PRESUMED * "Woah, you are in for a treat with The Secretary! Dark and intriguing with utterly compelling characters. I genuinely couldn't put it down." * Laura Marshall, author of FRIEND REQUEST * "An engrossing study of twisted dynamics in a relationship where one person holds all the power. Fans of Notes on a Scandal will love it." * Tammy Cohen, author of THEY ALL FALL DOWN * "Deceptively clever and so unsettling. I love the way she casually slips in a twist that makes you shake your head at how wrong you were!" * Lesley Kara, author of THE RUMOUR * "Filled with a creeping sense of menace that intensifies beautifully as the novel unfolds. Watch out for this one . . . absolutely brilliant." * Fiona Cummins, author of RATTLE *
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About Renee Knight

Renee Knight worked as a documentary-maker for the BBC before turning to writing. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy `Writing a Novel' course, and lives in London with her husband and two children. Her widely acclaimed debut novel, Disclaimer, was a Sunday Times No.1 bestseller. The Secretary is her second novel.
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Rating details

1,580 ratings
3.56 out of 5 stars
5 16% (246)
4 39% (619)
3 34% (541)
2 9% (137)
1 2% (37)
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