Whispers of a Scandal: a completely addictive psychological suspense thriller that will keep you hooked for 2022 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Who knows your darkest secret?
After every parents' evening, friends Nina, Bel and Rachel look forward to their regular debrief at the pub. But there will be no clinking Prosecco tonight.
They are discussing an anonymous note that has been left in a child's schoolbag: this class has secrets. All the parents tell lies.
As more notes are discovered, scandalous accusations are made and the school playground becomes rife with rumours.
Who could be revealing the three friends' secrets? Because they thought the only people who knew everything about them were each other....
An addictive psychological suspense thriller full of twists and turns, perfect for fans of Heidi Perks, Lisa Hall and Jane Corry.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 31 minutes|
|Narrator||Coral Sinclair, Rebecca Trehearn, Sarah Durham|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 21, 2021|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #101,595 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,990 in Psychological Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#3,293 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#6,708 in Psychological Thrillers (Books)
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Along those lines, I did take issue with a main character- Nina - who is a lawyer specializing in corporate acquisitions, mergers, etc. who, with a single partner, built an extremely successful and lucrative practice. She is the sort of person one imagines to be highly intelligent, with a track record of smart decisions. At least one of the characters even remarks on Nina's capacity for cool focus. Even so, she makes one emotion-driven, ludicrously stupid mistake after another, especially in connection to legal matters. This becomes frustrating to witness.
Quite intriguing in most of the book in its writing with complex dynamics of friendship. But a new subplot added at the end felt to be not-needed. So it was easy to guess the perp. overall, an enjoyable read.
I really enjoyed Julie Corbin’s A Lie for a Lie and this book, while not a sequel in any way, has a very similar premise and style, so if you liked one you will probably like all.
This story follows three school mums – Nina, Bel and Rachel – as they navigate the school gate cliques, their relationship troubles and parenting their nine-year-old daughters (who are also best friends). But something is wrong right from the start, as Nina’s daughter, Lily, has been receiving anonymous letters accusing the class parents of secrets and lies, and the friends that should be coming together in support, find themselves drawing apart in suspicion instead.
The narrative is told in the first person for most of the story, with the perspective moving between the women’s viewpoints – mainly Nina’s – as denoted at the head of each chapter. This insider view into the different women’s heads should give the reader an advantage over the characters in working out what’s going on, but in Julie Corbin’s writing (as in real life) you can’t always trust that someone is even telling the truth to themself. Everyone has secrets, but who is lying?
I honestly couldn’t put this book down and stayed up way too late reading to find out what was going on with the notes, and the marriages, and the kids… I really liked almost all of the characters – with one glaring and notable exception; I loathed HIM with the burning heat of a thousand fiery suns! – and so I was very invested in positive outcomes for them all, even though things looked so grim that it seemed impossible to imagine.
If you’re looking for a gripping read, packed with secrets and lies, betrayals and intrigue, then look no further, because Julie Corbin has mastered domestic psychological suspense. Just make sure you don’t have to be up early the next day!
‘My jaw tenses as Mrs Fleming walks across to the projector. I’ve been dreading this moment. I know that the notes are going to be even more shocking, magnified several times and projected onto the whiteboard. And I’m right. As soon as the first note appears the mood in the room sharpens. Backs straighten and several parents let out small gasps of shock. The first note says:
This class has secrets all the parents tell lies‘
– Julie Corbin, Whispers of a Scandal
Review by Steph Warren of Bookshine and Readbows blog
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Those of us with children will recognise the characters of the mothers and how evil the “school ground mafia” can be.
A terrific story, the plot of which could so easily occur in any primary school around the country. The Sussex setting with its detailed local references, allows the reader to fully immerse themselves in the storyline, which is the mark of a great novel. Her characters are, by and large, both unkind and unpleasant but so well observed, all of which combine to make her books so realistic. I did not see the ending coming in its particular guise, but enjoyed the twist when it came.
I love her books, as whenever I put them down and return to my normal life, I realise how lucky (and dull!) I am!