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.

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Elizabeth Valentine is the school misfit. Unattractive, overweight, spotty, with limp hair, she is every bully’s dream victim. She is also clever but she hides that light under a bushel as it would only make things worse. Then she meets Rachel, her opposite in every way. Beautiful with flowing long hair and a way of lighting up the room every time she walks in. But Rachel is troubled and deeply unhappy. And Elizabeth is obsessed. They both have family issues which become entwined and Elizabeth and Rachel become friends out of need. Then two bodies are found over a period of 20 years but are they linked and how do they link to the girls?

I just loved this book. I hung on every word. In spite of two murders this is a slow burn that is so beautifully written you won’t want it to end. Elizabeth is a strange main protagonist. We see everything from her point of view but is she an unreliable narrator or is her take on things just skewed?

Please read this book. Many thanks to The Pigeonhole and my fellow Pigeons and also to Jenny for making this such a fantastic read.

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