The Secretary by Zoe Lea
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.
Release date: 4th June
Gripping and powerful! This story had me desperate to know what would happen next.
Having had my own experiences of a close-knit school and a PTA, I found The Secretary both realistic and uncomfortable in the best possible way. The tension in the novel was cranked up notch by notch until I was gasping as the story unravelled.
Ruth’s character was superbly done. There were moments when I was rooting for her and then on the very next page I wanted to give her a stern talking to. Woven into this rollercoaster read is a narrator where you won’t know if she’s unreliable or not, which really heightens the suspense as the novel builds. A fantastic read!