The Secrets We Keep
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Debut novels are often a mixed bag, but this first book from Shirley Patton is a cracker. Set in the 1980s in the Western Australian goldfields, we follow our central character social worker Aimee as she moves to a small country town to make a new start and escape her past.
But the past has a way of catching up with people, and gradually we see how Aimee’s past becomes entwined with the new friends and situations she encounters. Patton draws her characters well, and the book also demonstrates the vital role friendship plays in our lives.
The Secrets We Keep is ideal for a long winter evening, because it’s very hard to put down.