The Secretary: A Novel

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HarperCollins, Feb 12, 2019 - Fiction - 304 pages

“A cool, contemporary, whip-smart thriller.” — —Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train

She could be the most dangerous person in the room...

From her first day as Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, Christine Butcher understands what is expected of her. Absolute loyalty. Absolute discretion. For twenty years, Christine has been a most devoted servant, a silent witness to everything in Mina’s life. So quiet, you would hardly know she is there.

Day after day, year after year, Christine has been there, invisible—watching, listening, absorbing all the secrets floating around her. Keeping them safe.

Christine is trusted. But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price. And eventually Christine will pay.

But it would be a mistake to underestimate such a steadfast woman as Christine. Because as everyone is about to discover, there’s a dangerous line between obedience and obsession.

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There was good dramatic tension throughout this with the lead character describing her career of self-effacing servitude to a food-store/lifestyle/cooking mogul in flashbacks when she is recuperating ... Read full review

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British author Knight follows 2015’s Disclaimer, her well-received debut, with a decidedly creepy psychological thriller. Ambitious Mina Appleton, who becomes the head of a London-based supermarket ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Renée Knight worked for the BBC directing arts documentaries before turning to writing. She has had TV and film scripts commissioned by the BBC, Channel Four, and Capital Films. In April 2013, she graduated from the Faber Academy “Writing a Novel” course, whose alumni include S. J. Watson. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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