The Secretary is the second novel by Renee Knight I experienced it as an audiobookChristine Butcher is a secretary who becomes
the personal assistantpersonal assistant Nina Appleton the hard headed ambitious heir to Appleton s a nationwide supermarket chainMany of us I m sure have had a boss like Nina Appleton at some point in our working lives She s vain manipulative and really doesn t care who she treads on to et what she wants Christine strives for perfection and puts her PA job and her service to Nina beyond all else in her life literallyWhat follows is a very clever character based thriller A slow burn narrative of creeping unease misplaced loyalty and revengeWe spend a lot of time in the head of Christine and it s not a very comfortable place to beI found the novel to be engrossing and well written the courtroom scenes were particularly Mi karma y yo good and the ending managed to be wistful haunting and shocking at the same timeThe audio book was read by Victoria Hamilton and she does areat jobThe Secretary is a recommended read as was Disclaimer Renee Knight s first novel Surprisingly unexpectedChristina Butcher is THE Mina Appleton s personal assistant Along with that comes high expectations Complete loyalty No slip ups Christina has been in this position for over twenty years and she has it down to a science She s also absorbed every single secret Mina has And Mina knows this Christina may have been loyal but she s too big of a risk to keep aroundAt the same time no one knows what Christina is capable of when she s backed into a corner The Secretary is a slow burn and I LOVED that about it It is eual parts psychological thriller and courtroom drama Everything about this felt real The tension builds and builds and bam That ending Why have I not read this author before The Secretary is a refreshing take on the a character so disturbing you can t stop cringing Your mind will spin and you won t be able to put this book down I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom 4 5 stars Well this book makes me realise how lucky I ve been over the years with my bosses as MOST of them have been ood to work for Mina Appleton runs Appleton s Supermarket Chain which prides itself on fairness to suppliers and customers Christine Butcher is her secretary preferring that title to PA she takes loyalty to a whole new level as she is a silent witness to a whole raft of business malpractice as Mina drives profit before conscience Eventually Mina s dodgy dealings catch up with her and Christine Mina and chauffeur Dave are all put on trial to stand and fall together This is where Mina shows her true manipulative colours This well written and twisty tale is told by Christine who sacrifices all for the boss she trusted I really enjoyed this novel although the characters are not likeable especially Mina they are well portrayed The end is excellent and I didn t see that one coming I ll definitely want to read by this author 45 Stars for this one Think The Devil Wears Prada with a very dark demented twist to itThis was a VERY addictive thrilling read It felt like 100 pages I couldn t put it down I will say I wish the ending had turned out differently but altogether this was a reat devious em of a thriller and I would
recommend it to all fans of phychological suspenseit to all fans of phychological suspense The Secretary by Renee Knight was a bit of a slow burn taking a while before much really happened But when it did my oodness it really did There is a lot of build up of the main characters which all comes into it in the second half of the book so Renée Knight follows up her international sensation Disclaimer with this shivery tale of psychological suspense featuring a character as disturbing and compelling as Mrs Danvers in Daphne Du Maurier’s RebeccaFrom her first day as Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton Christine Butcher understands what. Has now been drawnI really loved this and enjoy this authors writing I will certainly be eager for her next bookThe ending though seemed a little bit too convenient to meWell worth your time to read itThis was one of my anticipated books this year I can describe this book as a really chatty mystery It s told from one person s perspective which is The Secretary and whole book is her telling the events that lead to the end of this book Christine is a secretary and starts to work for Mina in her own family business Mina is one of those very ambitious women who thinks the world should revolve around her Very manipulative cold hearted and she can do anything to reach what she wants Christine is happily married with a daughter She becomes the personal assistant of Mina a I m completely torn about my feelings on this one on one hand it was a uick addictive read that I flew through uickly But on the other hand it was just so damn weird that I m not even sure I can explain it to you but I ll tryThis is told entirely from the POV of the secretary Christine and focuses solely on her relationship with her boss Mina There is very little dialogue it s of one long stream of Christine s inner monologue with occasional conversations It was just an odd setup but I didn t hate it and I kept reading so the author did something right Parts of it also felt a bit tedious too there was a lot of mundane recalls of memories as Christine tells the story of how she began working for Mina eighteen years ago but somehow I knew that this would all lead up to something bigIn the end as much as I knew something was Charlie O. and the angry A's going to happen otherwise why all of history right But I had zero idea as to what 5The Secretary by Ren e Knight might be on the slower side for some but I was confused from the very beginning and it wasreat What it s about Christine Butcher has been Mina Appleton s secretary for over 18 years when Mina is accused of perverting justice and unlawful practice regarding the running of the family business Appleton s supermarkets Christine has been keeping Mina s secrets for years and silently watching everything she does
But Not Always Seeing Minanot always seeing Mina what she is Once the court case comes to a close though that will all be about to changeThe Secretary is told almost like a all be about to changeThe Secretary is told almost like a from Christine s perspective and there isn t a whole lot of dialog between characters You are inside her head the entire time and seeing everything from her eyes This book is truly FULL of unlikable characters and I was hard pressed to find anyone I really liked all that much Mina is awful and Christine is a doormat until she s not I am having a hard time categorizing this novel as a mystery thriller suspense etc There is a court case which had a procedural aspect but overall I uess I would call this a psychological thriller since we are inside the head of Christine the entire time Some people also said the end was either too crazy or it was so crazy that it made the book but I kinda saw what was coming I liked the way Knight decided to end the novel and I think it was a perfect fit for our characterFinal Thought While I definitely wouldn t recommend this book to everyone I think a lot of people would
Like It If You Likeit If you like novel that s on the slower side with some courtroom drama this is for you While I didn t think it was especially slow personally I can see how many would think it is So my warning to you is be prepared for a slower book and you will be just fine Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All opinions are my ow. Oating around her Keeping them safeChristine is trusted But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price And eventually Christina will payYet it would be a mistake to underestimate such a steadfast woman Because as everyone is about to discover there’s a dangerous line between obedience and obsessio.
Renée Knight ¾ 5 DownloadT is worth sticking with it I am still not entirely sure how I feel about the ending though maybe it was too easy to end it that wayChristine Butcher is a secretary working for Mina Appleton for 18 years The 2 women are the complete opposite of each other Christine is the uiet constant
wanting to please Mina in anyway But how far will she o to protect her boss She works longto please Mina in anyway But how far will she o to protect her boss She works long often at the expense of her personal life Mina on the other hand is a manipulative power and money hungry women who will stop at nothing for success The story jumps from the present to the past in alternative chapters telling the story of these 2 womenThanks to Random House UK Transworld Publishers and Doubleday for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased Being a secretary back then was it seems not so different to now That ability to make oneself invisible It is astounding the number of conversations carried on in front of us as if we don t exist The silent witness is a role I m uite used to Watching listening as uiet as a mouse at the heart of events my loyalty and discretion never in uestion And yet loyalty and direction are ualities for which I have paid a heavy price This is the story of Christine Butcher an average wife and mother who accepts the position of personal assistant to Mina Appleton After 18 long years of service loyalty and absolute discretion it appears secrets are about to spill When the celebrated Mina is accused of partaking in some unethical business transactions in order to profit for herself Christine has to ask herself how far she is willing to o to protect Mina Part psychological thriller part court room drama and totally entertaining I ll admit that it is a slow burn of a book but I find Renee Knights writing so engaging that it didn t take away from this novel I had no idea before reading this how cutthroat the supermarket industry is Another point oes to the author for writing a realistic thriller one where suspension of disbelief is not reuired You know all the while that the story is leading
up to something big and Renee Knight does not disappoint Theto something big and Renee Knight does not disappoint The uarter of this book had me lued to the pages I thought the ending was bloody brilliant 4 stars Thank you to Edelweiss and HarperCollins for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review Yet another book I ve read by this author the first being Disclaimer which I thoroughly enjoyedThis one is much darker and much tenser It is a slow burner of sorts but I ve read worse It s easy to follow and what keeps you Dark Passage going is that you know something isoing somewhere uite nasty or a boom bang coming The Secretary and the role of Secretary has to be loyal and be able to keep things to yourself and much than that at times Sometimes you need to hide things distract from information and say your boss is out or in a meeting when heshe is sat right in your vision and much So on the basis of a job description I was looking forward to reading this having had a job like this myself in my lifetime This is part psychological thriller and court room drama which I personally found very interestingHow this played out kept my interestWhen Christine started working as a secretary to Mina it was somewhat creepy to started working as a secretary to Mina it was somewhat creepy to Mina seemed creepy with the way she befriends Christine and the start of The secretarial relationship between themWhen Mina becomes demanding on Christine s time it starts to disrupt her family and her family time Then unethical procedures come to light earning profit for Minas business SecretsLiesWronged loyalties And a very dangerous line. 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 uiet you would hardly know she is thereDay after day year after year Christine has been there invisible watching listening absorbing all the secrets fl.