The Secretary

  • Author Zoe Lea
  • Narrator Colleen Prendergast
  • Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
  • Run Time 10 hours and 24 minutes
  • Format Audio
  • Genre Thriller / suspense fiction.

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What to expect

The teachers thought they knew her. They were wrong…

A page-turning and deeply compulsive psychological thriller about a school secretary and how dangerous it can be to make enemies at the school gates. For fans of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Rumour by Lesley Kara.

When single mum Ruth has a brief fling with Rob, she’s mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he’s married. Worse still, he’s the husband of Janine, head of the PTA at the primary school where Ruth works as secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.

Threatening texts begin to arrive, rumours abound and the staff room becomes hostile. But when it also starts to affect her son, a student at the school, Ruth realises you can do anything if you convince yourself it’s for the sake of your child.

Even murder.

‘An addictive page-turner’
Samantha Tonge

‘Mind blown! The end was a triumph, absolutely brilliant!’
Rona Halsall

‘Gripping and powerful’
Lauren North

‘I couldn’t put it down’
Mary-Jane Riley

School run revenge at its best’
Jacqueline Ward

Critics Review

  • Must read

  • A brilliant thriller

  • Fast paced and intriguing. I loved The Secretary

  • I couldn’t put it down – a gripping read from start to finish and kept me guessing until the end. A compulsive and complex tale of the toxic effects of revenge

  • Mind blown! The end was a triumph, absolutely brilliant!

  • A compulsive story that oozes such a sense of injustice you can’t stop turning the page to find out if revenge is taken . . . An addictive page-turner that will leave your stomach in knots.
    Highly recommended!

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