The Secretary Ren e 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

  • Title: The Secretary
  • Author: Renée Knight
  • ISBN: 0062362356
  • Page: 115
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ren e 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 Rebecca.From her first day as Personal Assistant to the celebrated Mina Appleton, Christine Butcher understands what is expected of her Absolute loyalty Absolute discreti Ren e 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 Rebecca.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 Christina will pay.Yet, 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 obsession Get A Copy Kindle Store KoboOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 304 pages Expected publication February 12th 2019 by Harper More Details ISBN 0062362356 ISBN13 9780062362353 Other Editions 22 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Secretary, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Psychological Suspense for 2019 January June 91 books 56 voters Mystery Thriller 2019 131 books 171 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 17, 2019 Michelle rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves edelweiss arc s 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 quite used to Watching, listening as quiet as a mouse, at the heart of events my loyalty and discretion never in question And yet, loyalty and direction are qualities for which I have paid a heavy price This is the story of Christine Butcher, an average w 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 quite used to Watching, listening as quiet as a mouse, at the heart of events my loyalty and discretion never in question And yet, loyalty and direction are qualities 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 go 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 goes to the author for writing a realistic thriller one where suspension of disbelief is not required You know all the while that the story is leading up to something big and Renee Knight does not disappoint The last quarter of this book had me glued 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. flag 47 likesLike see review View all 30 comments Jan 22, 2019 Umut Reviews rated it liked it review of another edition 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 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, and this changes her life in years The book opens with Christine, who moved to a different location, and she starts to tell the story from the beginning We don t know why she s telling, what she s going to do as a result of these There lies the mystery The rest of the book, till the very end is kind of a diary of Christine telling herself how their relationship with Mina progressed and how she became attached to her even a partner in crime In my opinion this part was very long, very dialogue based I had to skim read some parts That s why I would recommend you this book if only you like books that are in diary style, where events progress very slowly I gave this book 3 stars for 2 main reasons 1 It was too long for what it was definitely.2 I really don t think the writer developed the characters enough for us to believe and understand why they are who they are You don t become a Mina type out of the blue Or even so, what was Christine s motivation when she had a perfectly normal childhood and a happy current marriage It didn t make sense and this was lacking Other than that, I think the writer made a very good research The writing was decent But, I wish it was better paced, and thrilling Thanks a lot to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 31 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Pauline rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley The Secretary by Ren e Knight was an excellent thriller.Christine starts working as a secretary for Mina who is running her family business with her father Mina becomes demanding on Christine s time and this takes its toll on her family life as she is working longer hours and weekends and has to attend to Mina s every whim Her job becomes the main focus and this has unfortunate consequences.I really enjoyed this book it was a real page turner.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Tr The Secretary by Ren e Knight was an excellent thriller.Christine starts working as a secretary for Mina who is running her family business with her father Mina becomes demanding on Christine s time and this takes its toll on her family life as she is working longer hours and weekends and has to attend to Mina s every whim Her job becomes the main focus and this has unfortunate consequences.I really enjoyed this book it was a real page turner.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Transworld Publishers for my e copy in exchange for an honest review flag 24 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 31, 2019 Mandy White rated it really liked it Shelves net galley, read in 2019 Review to come flag 19 likesLike see review Evi Great review, Mandy 11 hours, 19 min ago Mandy White Thanks Evi 10 hours, 34 min ago Paula Sealey Great review Mandy 10 hours, 11 min ago Dec 01, 2018 Tracy Shephard rated it really liked it This is a whopper of a taleThe loyalty between employer and employee is one that works both ways, and in this tale we see how the relationship between Mina and Christine shifts and changes and ultimately shows just who is in charge.Mina has inherited Appleton s from her late father but her way of doing things is powered by money and success rather than fairness and friendship.Christine is a experienced and loyal secretary, she knows all Mina s secrets and has even covered up a few misdemeanors This is a whopper of a taleThe loyalty between employer and employee is one that works both ways, and in this tale we see how the relationship between Mina and Christine shifts and changes and ultimately shows just who is in charge.Mina has inherited Appleton s from her late father but her way of doing things is powered by money and success rather than fairness and friendship.Christine is a experienced and loyal secretary, she knows all Mina s secrets and has even covered up a few misdemeanors for her.Renee Knight is a terrific storyteller This novel has an explosive plot Twisty and clever it is a gripping and riveting read I loved the first book Disclaimer, and while this is a slower paced read it is a worthy successor I was hooked Filled with drama, it is a creepy and suspenseful novel The cast of characters are just amazing and as the story unfolded I found myself wide eyed at the lies, the deception and most of the fabulous finale 4 5 flag 10 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 27, 2019 Ludwig rated it really liked it It was the truth that seemed to catch me out Lies, I managed with fluency The Secretary is about a woman named Christine Butcher who was hired to work as a personal assistant for Mina Appleton the head of an ethical supermarket chain.The plot is told from Christine s perspective, through which we get to see the relationship sinisterly develop between her and Mina It becomes obvious that our protagonist isn t in safe territory, that she only fell victim to her boss manipulative conduct.The It was the truth that seemed to catch me out Lies, I managed with fluency The Secretary is about a woman named Christine Butcher who was hired to work as a personal assistant for Mina Appleton the head of an ethical supermarket chain.The plot is told from Christine s perspective, through which we get to see the relationship sinisterly develop between her and Mina It becomes obvious that our protagonist isn t in safe territory, that she only fell victim to her boss manipulative conduct.The 1st half of the book features the relationship between Christine and her employer Mina the women at the heart of the story, and how the latter represents an unhealthy influence on our protagonist, who is oblivious of the danger that her employer represents.The 2nd half is divided into a courtroom drama, and the aftermath of Christine s coming to terms with the world she was actually living in, and how it led her to end up in her current ordeal.I felt so invested in Christine s character, possibly because of the elusiveness that seems to characterize her She is loyal to her employer, she knows all the jaw dropping secrets that Mina confides in her, and she will sacrifice everything in order to keep them The writing is almost hypnotizing it grips you wholly and doesn t let go.There s a major plus to Christine s character as we get to see the way she thinks and acts, all of this is attempted to be justified in a way where we re taken back to her childhood so that we witness the traumatizing events that happened to her during that time of her life However, the nature vs nurture aspect wasn t quite thoroughly explained when it came to the main heroines, and I was longing for that during the whole book because I especially needed to understand Christine s behavior Why does she act feel the way that she does in the present day Other than that, I loved this book, and I think the ending was incredible, unpredictable and clever PS An animal was ill treated by one of the characters in one brief paragraph I felt like that was such an unnecessary appalling event to include in the book flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments sue Fabulous review Ludwig x Jan 30, 2019 05 01AM Ludwig sue wrote Fabulous review Ludwig x Oh thank you very much, Sue Jan 30, 2019 11 36AM Jan 24, 2019 Laura Rash rated it liked it I really liked this one until the end I don t want to say too much bc I don t like spoilers but I wish it had ended very differently flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 01, 2018 Lia Valenti rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves recensioni_2018 Iniziato ieri dopo pranzo e terminato verso la mezzanotte,immaginavo che ci fosse un colpo di scena eclatante e non volevo aspettare sino ad oggi.Ho immaginato bene,il finale vale quanto tutto il libro messo assieme.Pi che un thriller questo un libro che gioca sulla manipolazione o plagio che un altro essere umano capace di provocare su un altra persona.Gioco molto facile se l altro ansioso di compiacertiRen e Knight ,fa il ritratto di due donne dure e crudeli,una lo per nascita,l a Iniziato ieri dopo pranzo e terminato verso la mezzanotte,immaginavo che ci fosse un colpo di scena eclatante e non volevo aspettare sino ad oggi.Ho immaginato bene,il finale vale quanto tutto il libro messo assieme.Pi che un thriller questo un libro che gioca sulla manipolazione o plagio che un altro essere umano capace di provocare su un altra persona.Gioco molto facile se l altro ansioso di compiacertiRen e Knight ,fa il ritratto di due donne dure e crudeli,una lo per nascita,l altra lo diventer per compiacere.Per tutto il libro ho disprezzato profondamente tutte e due le donne ,la segretaria molto di pi flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Emily rated it liked it Offices are full of deceit, aren t they 3.5 The Secretary is the second office related drama that I ve read enjoyed recently, so apparently this is a setting I m interested in I liked the setup for this book you can tell right away that something has gone wrong you re about to see things go downhill It added some tension to the story since you knew in advance that things weren t going to go well I feel like this book could have been a little darker than it was It has a The De Offices are full of deceit, aren t they 3.5 The Secretary is the second office related drama that I ve read enjoyed recently, so apparently this is a setting I m interested in I liked the setup for this book you can tell right away that something has gone wrong you re about to see things go downhill It added some tension to the story since you knew in advance that things weren t going to go well I feel like this book could have been a little darker than it was It has a The Devil Wears Prada vibe, but Miranda is significantly terrifying than Mina It was just a little too light for my tasteuntil the end, which just felt a little far fetched.The timeline is a little strange this book covers 18 years, but it really doesn t feel like it Since part of it is a courtroom drama, some earlier moments are gone over again, and it was difficult to judge when things happened It felt like months, or maybe a few years, but it was really almost 20 years There was some random mistreatment of an animal that I didn t really care for It felt out of place, and I would have enjoyed the story without it Although I had some issues, I was pretty invested in The Secretary It s a slow burn, but it held my attention I think I would try another book from this author Thank you to Harper for sending me a copy The Secretary will be out on 2 12 flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Sarah rated it it was ok Shelves did not finish DNF around 30% I just couldn t get into this one It s awfully slow, which isn t necessarily bad, but I just wasn t interested in either Christine or Mina, or what seemed to me very boring political machinations at a supermarket company flag 3 likesLike see review Oct 31, 2018 Cindy rated it liked it Shelves giveaway This book which I won from is bizarre, disturbing, and even a little creepy Christine, The Secretary , has been hired to be the personal assistant to well known and wealthy Mina Christine is devoted, loyal and trustworthy She hears and sees everything and can keep secrets But at what price and at what point will everything begin to spiral downward I found The Secretary to be a compelling read and intense as the story unfolded I m torn between a 3 and a 4 so I ll go with 3.5 star This book which I won from is bizarre, disturbing, and even a little creepy Christine, The Secretary , has been hired to be the personal assistant to well known and wealthy Mina Christine is devoted, loyal and trustworthy She hears and sees everything and can keep secrets But at what price and at what point will everything begin to spiral downward I found The Secretary to be a compelling read and intense as the story unfolded I m torn between a 3 and a 4 so I ll go with 3.5 stars This was a different kind of psychological suspense Very unsettling flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Liz Barnsley rated it really liked it Review to follow for the tour flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 15, 2019 Chiara LibriamociBlog rated it liked it review of another edition La segretaria un romanzo che si avvicina al genere thriller ma non lo tocca mai completamente ecco forse perch i pareri sono discordanti nel giudicare questo libro il dubbio galleggia nella mente del lettore che non sa quando e dove succeder qualcosa, in quale punto preciso la trama decider di svoltare e cominciare a bruciare terreno con colpi di scena e grandi stravolgimenti.In realt ci non accade, se non molto lentamente giunti alla fine della storia di Christine e Mina La segretar La segretaria un romanzo che si avvicina al genere thriller ma non lo tocca mai completamente ecco forse perch i pareri sono discordanti nel giudicare questo libro il dubbio galleggia nella mente del lettore che non sa quando e dove succeder qualcosa, in quale punto preciso la trama decider di svoltare e cominciare a bruciare terreno con colpi di scena e grandi stravolgimenti.In realt ci non accade, se non molto lentamente giunti alla fine della storia di Christine e Mina La segretaria il racconto di un lavoro vissuto come una missione, un occupazione che diviene ossessione e cancella tutto ci che di importante riempie la vita non si vede nulla se non il proprio capo, in questo caso l affascinante e decisa Mina, si pronti a tutto pur di rendere meno complicata e il pi lineare possibile la quotidianit di chi ci paga lo stipendio e sembra voler guadagnare stima e affetto con sporadici gesti di benevolenza.Ma quanto sinceri sono questi gesti Christine lo vive in prima persona, prima con azioni innocenti e poi con la consapevolezza che, i segreti mantenuti e le azioni fatte in campo lavorativo, hanno macchiato per sempre la sua anima gentile, il nocciolo buono di una persona che stata riconosciuta spesso come donna gentile nella rubrica la gentilezza degli estranei.Il lettore attende impaziente le azioni di vendetta di Christine, che si vedr costretta ad affrontare anche un processo, che lentamente perder ogni contatto con famiglia e realt , che vivr nell ombra della sua datrice di lavoro.Invece questa reazione spropositata, questo cambio di ruolo, questa esplosione di rabbia non avviene Christine, che aveva capito tutto, ogni meccanismo, ogni movimento, ogni cosa, non reagisce, e il lettore rimane con un epilogo amaro, insufficiente.Per quanto l inizio rappresenti la parte pi movimentata e ricca di descrizioni piacevoli che sono a tratti ossessive ma riescono a ben inquadrare i protagonisti , la narrazione abbastanza lenta, descrittiva, riflessiva.L autrice bravissima a sviare i sospetti sull epilogo nella mente del lettore che vive, nel passato, ci che Christine in prima persona racconta, fino a raggiungere il momento 0, dove presente e passato si uniscono e dove, secondo me, il romanzo prende una strada senza uscita che delude le aspettative del lettore.Dopo una parte riflessiva, introspettiva e di presa di coscienza, il lettore si aspetta il colpo di scena, l aumento del ritmo cardiaco per un avvenimento che sia capace di ribaltare la scena e il destino dei protagonisti, ma ci non avviene.Ho divorato La segretaria , ho amato le prime due parti, non riuscivo a smettere di leggere e cercare di capire dinamiche e possibili finali, sono rimasta invece delusa dal cardiogramma piatto del finale e dalla svolta spenta e inadatta che Ren e Knight ha deciso di utilizzare come finale per la sua storia.Una storia che aveva tutte le caratteristiche per risultare vincente e che invece alla fine delude, cancellando trecento pagine di coinvolgente ed elettrizzante gioco di potenze, ruoli e ossessioni flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Latkins rated it really liked it It s unusual for a thriller to focus on a case of business malpractice and perverting the course of justice, but this is a gripping tale of misplaced loyalty and power games Christine Butcher is the eponymous secretary and narrator, and tells of her years dedicated to her employer, Mina Applteon, the head of a supposedly ethical supermarket chain Christine s loyalty to her boss cost her a marriage and her relationship with her daughter, but did Mina really value her, or was she just another pe It s unusual for a thriller to focus on a case of business malpractice and perverting the course of justice, but this is a gripping tale of misplaced loyalty and power games Christine Butcher is the eponymous secretary and narrator, and tells of her years dedicated to her employer, Mina Applteon, the head of a supposedly ethical supermarket chain Christine s loyalty to her boss cost her a marriage and her relationship with her daughter, but did Mina really value her, or was she just another person she could use to her own ends There s suspense and tension throughout as you come to realise how easily the power can shift in an employer and employee situation Excellent flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 20, 2018 Arias rated it really liked it Inquietante, ipnotico, ossessivo, Ren e Knight torna con un nuovo thriller targato Piemme, in anteprima mondiale in Italia Io ho avuto la fortuna di leggerlo e devo dire che non riuscivo a metterlo gi.Se vi aspettate una storia dal ritmo incalzante, inizialmente potreste rimanere spiazzati, perch La Segretaria si insinua nella mente del lettore raccontando la storia di un assistente cos devota da sfiorare il patologico Ma qual la linea che separa l eccessiva competenza dalla mania Christ Inquietante, ipnotico, ossessivo, Ren e Knight torna con un nuovo thriller targato Piemme, in anteprima mondiale in Italia Io ho avuto la fortuna di leggerlo e devo dire che non riuscivo a metterlo gi.Se vi aspettate una storia dal ritmo incalzante, inizialmente potreste rimanere spiazzati, perch La Segretaria si insinua nella mente del lettore raccontando la storia di un assistente cos devota da sfiorare il patologico Ma qual la linea che separa l eccessiva competenza dalla mania Christine Butcher, la segretaria di Mina Appleton Quando la donna, che a capo di una nota catena di supermercati londinesi, la nota e le propone di diventare la sua assistente personale, Christine non crede alla fortuna che le capitata.Alle dipendenze di Mina diviene la segtetaria perfetta, la custode di ogni segreto, colei che vede e sente tutto e della quale si ci pu fidare ciecamente Conosce tutto del suo capo, i gusti, gli orai, le abitudini, le frequentazioni Negli anni Christine si rende quasi necessaria, e dico quasi, perch la figura di Mina inizia a mostrare da subito tutta la sua sconcertante ambivalenza Se da un lato tratta Christine come un amica, una di famiglia, dall altro lato ci tiene a ribadire quali sono i loro ruoli Questo crea in Christine una sorta di impotenza appresa che la fa apparire come completamente incapace di discernere il bene da male Siamo sufficientemente ami chevoli ma, lo ammetto, possiamo risultare un po glaciali Siamo come spie pi tempo restiamo in servizio, pi segreti custodiamo, pi la nostra discrezione si fa necessaria.Totalmente succube della personalit autoritaria di Mina, che pur ammira come donna e come datrice di lavoro, Christine inizia una lenta parabola discendente che la porter s al suo fianco nelle pi importanti e blasonate occasioni della vita di Mina, ma la far rimanere sempre pi sola.Cos gli anni passano, i segreti si accumulano e mentire diventa quasi normale, fino al punto di rottura, quello dal quale non si pu pi tornare indietro e i contorni della vittima e del carnefice si fanno indistinguibili Un tempo ammiravo questa sua noncuranza Io sono molto diversa, farei qualsiasi cosa pur di evitare di indispettire il prossimo Ma gli opposti si attraggono, no Dal quel punto di vista eravamo un accoppiata perfetta.Ren e Knight sonda con dovizia di particolari la mente di due donne molto diverse tra loro Analizzando il rapporto di subordinazione tra Christine e Mina, l autrice ci restituisce il ritratto di un legame malato, distorto, manipolato e infine calpestato.Christine una donna comune, della middle class, abbastanza anonima e con una famiglia tranquilla L entrata in scena di Mina Appelton accende i riflettori su un esistenza che fino ad allora non aveva avuto particolari scossoni Ma questo non deve far pensare che Christine sia sotto le luci della ribalta insieme a Mina, perch parallelamente all ascesa della sua datrice di lavoro, lei si muove sempre pi nell ombra Un rapporto di co dipendenza in cui gli elementi non sono mai in equilibrio, ma uno domina dal basso l altro Dubito che abbia mai fatto caso ai piccoli cambiamenti che avevo apportato per adattarmi a lei, ma una buona segretaria capisce quanto sia importante mante nere l equilibrio nel rapporto con il proprio capo Siamo dipendenti gli uni dagli altri, assistenti personali e datori di lavoro, rispondiamo alle reciproche esigenze Per una segretaria fondamentale rendersi necessariaMina un essere davvero subdolo Cela dentro di s una cattiveria che si pu scoprire alla luce del rapporto con Christine, ma anche di quello che intrattiene con tutti gli altri, familiari compresi.Christine di converso una donna manipolabile, che vive delle attenzioni di Mina e a livello inconscio soffre di un qualche senso di colpa che tenta di compensare attraverso una serie di piccole buone azioni quotidiane.Questo per non basta a renderla meno colpevole a miei occhi Col procedere della lettura, con l ingarbugliarsi delle vicende, e l accumularsi dei segreti, le colpe per omissione di Christine divengono pari a quelle di Mina Vittima e carnefice sono un tuttuno e distinguere i piani della realt e della fantasia per Christine sempre pi difficile.Narrato come un lungo flusso di coscienza dalla voce di Christine, ripercorriamo come davanti ad un album dei ricordi l inizio del legame tra Christine e Mina fino al punto di rottura e alle sue conseguenze Un finale che mi ha soddisfatto, anche se avrei preferito che le cose andassero in modo diverso Ren e Knight per , coerentemente con il personaggio di Christine chiude il cerchio nell unico modo possibile per una protagonista che ha dedicato tutta la sua vita al lavoro, con un impegno e una dedizione che definirei sacri.Un ottimo thriller per chi, come me, ama calarsi nei meandri della mente umana, tra i suoi corridoi tortuosi e imprevedibili flag Like see review Dec 27, 2018 Il salotto del gatto libraio Graziano rated it it was amazing review of another edition Osservi, ascolti e la tua lealt e discrezione non sono mai messe in dubbio questa la storia di Christine Butcher, la segretaria, o se ci vogliamo adattare ai giorni nostri, una personal assistant Christine da pi di dieci anni gestisce gli appuntamenti, controlla minuziosamente che gli orari nelle agende vengano rispettate e pianifica ogni movimento di Mina Appleton, la bella e famosa imprenditrice a capo di una catena di supermercati londinesi Siamo sufficentemente amichevoli ma, lo am Osservi, ascolti e la tua lealt e discrezione non sono mai messe in dubbio questa la storia di Christine Butcher, la segretaria, o se ci vogliamo adattare ai giorni nostri, una personal assistant Christine da pi di dieci anni gestisce gli appuntamenti, controlla minuziosamente che gli orari nelle agende vengano rispettate e pianifica ogni movimento di Mina Appleton, la bella e famosa imprenditrice a capo di una catena di supermercati londinesi Siamo sufficentemente amichevoli ma, lo ammetto, possiamo risultare un po glaciali Siamo come spie pi tempo restiamo in servizio, pi segreti custodiamo, pi la nostra discrezione si fa necessaria.Christine assolutamente devota al suo lavoro ma soprattutto a Mina, per lei disposta a fare qualunque cosa, anche a cancellare delle voci apparentemente normali di un agenda, o a sbarazzarsi di documenti che Mina ritiene vecchi Tutta la vita di Christine ruota a torno a Mina, ed sempre stata talmente alta la sua devozione che neanche la sua famiglia riuscita mai a competere con tanta dedizione.Mina d altro canto intelligente, ricca e potente e non si preoccupa assolutamente del benessere della sua segretaria, ma sa perfettamente come e quando ottenere qualcosa da lei e Christine succube di questo rapporto malato, quasi a ricordare la dialettica signore servo di Hegel, accetta fin troppi sacrifici mettendo il suo lavoro al primo posto su ogni cosa.Cos gli anni passano inesorabilmente e Christine si ritrova sola, la sua lealt verso Mina infatti le costato un matrimonio e il suo rapporto con la figlia, ma a lei non importa in fondo, ci sono ancora tanti segreti da mantenere finch improvvisamente, questa bolla di perfezione esplode e negli uffici che fino a quel momento credeva felici e armoniosi pi della sua stessa casa, si rivelano ai suoi occhi pieni di inganno e avidit.Fin dove arriver la lealt di Christine Butcher Fino a che punto i segreti di Mina Appleton potranno stare al sicuro con lei Ren e Knight riuscita a dare vita ad un thriller psicoglogico ipnotico, claustrofobico, ad un gioco di potere e di lealt mal riposti in cui alla fine a spuntarla sar solo la coscienza.Nonostante poi non sia un libro dal ritmo incalzante pieno di azione o altro, l autrice riuscita a tenermi legata al libro fino alla fine, pi leggevo e pi ero curiosa di scoprire se Christine avrebbe avuto o no il coraggio di vedere la realt In quel momento ci credevo ancora Ma diventata sempre pi difficile separare la realt dalla fantasiaCENSIONE COMPLETA SUL BLOG IL SALOTTO DEL GATTO LIBRAIOhttps ilsalottodelgattolibraioIl libro sembra procedere lentamente, sembra perdersi nei racconti di Christine, l unica vera narratrice di questa storia, ma in realt , vi sta solo preparando a quello che sar il grand finale e lettori miei vi assicuro che l autrice riuscita completamente a stupirmi e a spiazzarmi.E se inizialmente Christine mi apparsa solo come una donna debole e facilmente manipolabile alla fine mi sono dovuta ricredere su ogni fronte Devo dire per che entrambe le figure femminili sono state caratterizzate alla perfezione tanto da sembrare reali e se pur in modo differente, sia Christine che Mina hanno dimostrato di essere avide, superficiali e senza scrupolo e sono state proprio queste caratteristiche ha rendere il finale ancora pi inaspettato e ben congeniato.Mi fermo qui perch essendo un thriller psicologico gi vi ho detto troppo ma vi consiglio assolutamente di leggere questo libro del resto Ren Knight gi ci aveva dato saggio della sua bravura flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Elaines Reviews rated it really liked it Christine Butcher is a young woman, happily married with a young daughter when she is offered a job as Mina Appleton s secretary Appletons is a very well known, highly regarded, ethical and moral chain of supermarkets that Mina s father, Lord Appleton has built up over many years He knows all of the supermarket s suppliers personally and visits their farms regularly His word is his bond and the reputation of Appletons is built on this respect and trust between supplier, supermarket and consum Christine Butcher is a young woman, happily married with a young daughter when she is offered a job as Mina Appleton s secretary Appletons is a very well known, highly regarded, ethical and moral chain of supermarkets that Mina s father, Lord Appleton has built up over many years He knows all of the supermarket s suppliers personally and visits their farms regularly His word is his bond and the reputation of Appletons is built on this respect and trust between supplier, supermarket and consumer Mina Appleton takes over the family business when her father steps down Christine is working very long hours, she is a pleaser and is anxious to make herself indispensable to Mina, catering to her every whim and need, sometimes anticipating needs and wants before they are even articulated Mina, on the other hand, is incredibly ambitious, narcissistic, manipulative, and knows how to get what she wants from those around her She turns the business around to make it profitable, not caring whose toes she treads on, losing long highly regarded suppliers in the process, and turning herself into a media star At the start of the book, Christine is in a location only known to us as The Laurels, we don t know where or what type of location this is She tells us the story in diary form, recapping events that happened during her 18 years of employment with Mina In trying to make herself indispensable to Mina, Christine often pre empts Mina s needs, taking tasks upon herself without being asked and eventually forgets herself and her own needs and her family s needs over that time She is enthralled, over awed and utterly captivated by Mina She will do anything for Mina, paying attention to Mina s children in boarding school than her own daughter Angelica, in an effort to keep in Mina s good books Praise and acceptance from Mina is what keeps Christine going so when Mina asks Christine to do something for her, Christine, in her blind loyalty, doesn t think twice with disastrous implications for them all I really enjoyed this character driven book It is clear that Christine has grown up without a mother, her eagerness to please stemming from her own self worth issues She is a people pleaser and therefore allowing Mina to take advantage of her, She can t say no to Mina and can t stand the thought that Mina might be displeased with her She is so captivated by and eager to please Mina that she looks on her not only as a friend but also as family Mina, clearly manipulative, takes advantage of Christine to her own gain, reinforcing Christine s beliefs that they are than colleagues and Christine depends on Mina s approval for validation However, the clearly defined lines and boundaries between employer and employee are blurred driving Christine to, quite probably, an eventual breakdown There is a good twist at the end of the book, which wasn t expected at all My only criticism is that the book is overly long and could have been exciting and dramatic had it been cut back a little, and for that reason I am giving The Secretary 4 5 flag Like see review Nov 18, 2018 SS rated it really liked it Shelves british, business, class differences, contemporary, crime, dysfunctional families, easy reading, england, ethics, fiction Christine is trusted But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price And eventually Christina will pay.Yet, 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 obsession.People are not what you might think Below the surface, there can lie a totally different person In The Secretary, emphasis on the first syllable of secretary secret, we meet Christine Butcher, a young wife a Christine is trusted But those years of loyalty and discretion come with a high price And eventually Christina will pay.Yet, 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 obsession.People are not what you might think Below the surface, there can lie a totally different person In The Secretary, emphasis on the first syllable of secretary secret, we meet Christine Butcher, a young wife and mother seeking a secretarial position She s offered a job working for the second in command at Appleton grocery s administration Christine snaps up the job We get to watch as she smoothly fits into Mina Appleton s work and personal lives, making herself nearly indispensable as Mina works her way up the corporate ladder But is she indispensable When after many years of working for Mina Appleton, Christine, Mina, and Mina s driver, Dave, all wind up in a court proceeding During the trial, Christine seems to change That change have consequences.I thought this was a very good story, but rather predictable through much of it I ll be honest I didn t like the characters very well I found Christine to be a very weak woman, willing to sacrifice her marriage and her child for her job Mina, despite her false facade of friendliness and compassion, always came across, to me, as a greedy, grasping viper.I can t say that this is a book that left me feeling good about much of anything It s a sad commentary on the shallowness of people s lives, the desire to feel better than those around you And greed In the end, for both women, it s all about greed, in one way or another, about which one will receive the most attention SPOILER WARNING view spoiler This book includes a scene of suicide It also includes cruelty and perjury hide spoiler I won an ARC of this book in a giveaway flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Debbie Littley rated it really liked it review of another edition Part psychological thriller part court room drama and not the fastest paced book and one that isn t out the realm of possibility The story is told in the first person perspective it follows the story of Christine Butcher, PA to Mina Appleton, owner of Appleton s, an ethical supermarket chain.Christine has been working for the company for years as secretary but when Mina s father retires and Mina takes control of the business Christine moves up the ladder of command to personal assistant to the v Part psychological thriller part court room drama and not the fastest paced book and one that isn t out the realm of possibility The story is told in the first person perspective it follows the story of Christine Butcher, PA to Mina Appleton, owner of Appleton s, an ethical supermarket chain.Christine has been working for the company for years as secretary but when Mina s father retires and Mina takes control of the business Christine moves up the ladder of command to personal assistant to the very ambitious Mina.But moving up that ladder also brings with it an increase in work load and responsibility But how far does dedication to your employer and job really go Christine has been witness to everything that goes on in the office and has also been witness to most things in Mina s private life so discretion has been essential As Mina s demands on Christine increase Christine s private life pays the price.The first half of the book follows the lives of the two women and Christine s working life and the second half of the book is courtroom drama as the story unfolds oh how the women find themselves in that court room alongside Mina s driver Dave.I don t want to say too much plot wise for fear of giving anything away so you will just have to read the book for yourselves This is a very charter driven book and I m not sure I liked either of the women As I said it is a bit of a slow burner but as the book goes along the pace picks up ending in a twisted, unexpected ending Some plot twists you might see coming but not that bit A really good character driven psychological thriller that I wouldn t hesitate to recommend The Secretary will be published on 21 February 2019 flag Like see review Nov 06, 2018 RoF rated it really liked it I received a free copy from.This character driven psychological thriller is well written, a perfect example of Hegel s master slave dialectic Who has the power to help Who has the power to hurt Mina is smart, rich and powerful and does not care about the wellness of her secretary, Christine, who accepts too many sacrifices by putting her job first Yet Christine does not receive the expected recognition and the plot gradually leads the reader to the explosion of a bubble of frustra I received a free copy from.This character driven psychological thriller is well written, a perfect example of Hegel s master slave dialectic Who has the power to help Who has the power to hurt Mina is smart, rich and powerful and does not care about the wellness of her secretary, Christine, who accepts too many sacrifices by putting her job first Yet Christine does not receive the expected recognition and the plot gradually leads the reader to the explosion of a bubble of frustration and anger All the story is seen from Christine s point of view with a fluid prose which describes her slow awakening and eventually ruthless reaction Several alerts show that Christine is following a dangerous path into dependence and it is amazing to see how she drowned in this game of power, between her own acceptance and the result of her boss manipulation She bets everything she owns on her job and the reader quickly understands that there will be no happy ending.It is mainly about dependence, obsession, manipulation and delusion The final question is Was it worth it And what about justice and revenge flag Like see review Jan 14, 2019 Gem rated it it was ok review of another edition Christine Butcher finds herself working as the PA of Mina Appleton a well loved public figure and owner of a small chain of ethical supermarkets But as Christine puts all of her time and effort into Mina s life, it begins to become apparent that her employer s squeaky clean image might not be what it seems.Where Renee Knight s debut Disclaimer was an outright psychological thriller, The Secretary borders on being a domestic drama and courtroom procedural a slow burning smoke and mirrors Christine Butcher finds herself working as the PA of Mina Appleton a well loved public figure and owner of a small chain of ethical supermarkets But as Christine puts all of her time and effort into Mina s life, it begins to become apparent that her employer s squeaky clean image might not be what it seems.Where Renee Knight s debut Disclaimer was an outright psychological thriller, The Secretary borders on being a domestic drama and courtroom procedural a slow burning smoke and mirrors crime with a lot of attention to character detail and information about their personal relationships.The short chapters and hints that something big has happened keep the pages turning, as Christine recounts the events that led up to her keeping a scrapbook on the woman that she sacrificed her family for The Secretary was not as twisty or shocking as I thought it would be but if you like well drawn characters and courtroom suspense then this novel deserves a place on your bookshelf Out 12 2 19 Thank you Transworld for the proof flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Lovely Loveday rated it really liked it The Secretary is a suspenseful mystery thriller by Ren e Knight A different kind of thriller that focuses on business malpractice and perverting the course of justice with misplaced loyalty and power games Told from Christine s point of view who is the eponymous secretary and narrator as she tells of the years that she worked for Appleton Her loyalty to her boss and the company cost her a marriage and her relationship with her daughter Knight writes a suspenseful and tension filled story tha The Secretary is a suspenseful mystery thriller by Ren e Knight A different kind of thriller that focuses on business malpractice and perverting the course of justice with misplaced loyalty and power games Told from Christine s point of view who is the eponymous secretary and narrator as she tells of the years that she worked for Appleton Her loyalty to her boss and the company cost her a marriage and her relationship with her daughter Knight writes a suspenseful and tension filled story that pulls you in as you come to realize how easily the power can shift in an employer and employee situation The Secretary is a captivating story with an explosive plot, twists and turns, and an unexpected ending that is sure to hook you from the beginning flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Teresa rated it it was amazing Exceptionally different read Our heroin has made herself invaluable to her employer, and throughout the story, we learn just how priceless she is and how unappreciated she is by her boss The characters in this book are well introduced, and the story isn t bogged down with detail and long narratives I totally did not predict the ending of this book when I should have seen it coming This will keep you turning pages flag Like see review Jan 25, 2019 Marti rated it liked it A psychological thriller unlike any we have seen before I enjoyed the book even though I did not find either of the main characters terribly sympathetic Maybe I am biased, having had worked as an executive secretary for almost 40 years, but I would not have continued in that kind of relationship between boss and employee that was unbalanced and disrespectful My feelings only though The book was suspenseful and well written Gotta watch those quiet ones flag Like see review Oct 18, 2018 Julie added it wow this book was good and scary good Its a commentary on who really knows you and has all of your personal information You should watch out for the quiet one who always do the work She works for Minna as a PA and works for her for over 18 years She has quite the many secrets after so long Great story flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 K rated it liked it Wow This one hit a little too close to home for me to completely enjoy but that s no one s fault but mine Knight does an excellent job of showing how the lines get blurred and ultimately fade, in the world of executive personal assistants It s a slippery slope.P.S Many thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Annalisa rated it really liked it review of another edition Bella lettura, devo dire che mi ha sorpresa Per buona parte del libro mi sono chiesta quale fosse la reale direzione del libro, ma a partire dalla seconda met stato un susseguirsi di eventi che hanno catturato la mia attenzione Forse l inizio avrebbe potuto essere un po pi coinvolgente, ma stata una lettura piacevole e scorrevole Consigliato flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Roberta Trischitta rated it liked it review of another edition Questo libro mi stato regalato Non il genere che preferisco ma tutto sommato mi piaciuto A tratti l ho trovato un po surreale ma tratta bene l aspetto psicologico della protagonista Il finale invece per me la nota dolente Non me lo aspettavo ma non mi piaciuto molto Credo che ci fossero modi migliori di finire la storia flag Like see review Jan 04, 2019 Tracy rated it really liked it Well done She took an unusual topic for suspense, unethical business practices, and filled it with tension When does faithful loyalty go blind Must admit I was a little disappointed in the ending, but it was a nail biting read with fascinating characters flag Like see review Nov 24, 2018 Sally Boocock rated it really liked it A compelling tale of revenge which delivers a great punch I wasn t expecting Told through the words of the Secretary it delivers a lot of twists craftfully executed to lead you this way and that Great read for page turners flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      Ren e 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 She lives in London with her husband and two children Transworld Publishers



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    1. 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 quite used to Watching, listening as quiet as a mouse, at the heart of events my loyalty and discretion never in question And yet, loyalty and direction are qualities for which I have paid a heavy price This is the story of Christine Butcher, an average w [...]

    2. 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 I can d [...]

    3. The Secretary by Ren e Knight was an excellent thriller.Christine starts working as a secretary for Mina who is running her family business with her father Mina becomes demanding on Christine s time and this takes its toll on her family life as she is working longer hours and weekends and has to attend to Mina s every whim Her job becomes the main focus and this has unfortunate consequences.I really enjoyed this book it was a real page turner.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK, Tr The S [...]

    4. This is a whopper of a taleThe loyalty between employer and employee is one that works both ways, and in this tale we see how the relationship between Mina and Christine shifts and changes and ultimately shows just who is in charge.Mina has inherited Appleton s from her late father but her way of doing things is powered by money and success rather than fairness and friendship.Christine is a experienced and loyal secretary, she knows all Mina s secrets and has even covered up a few misdemeanors T [...]

    5. It was the truth that seemed to catch me out Lies, I managed with fluency The Secretary is about a woman named Christine Butcher who was hired to work as a personal assistant for Mina Appleton the head of an ethical supermarket chain.The plot is told from Christine s perspective, through which we get to see the relationship sinisterly develop between her and Mina It becomes obvious that our protagonist isn t in safe territory, that she only fell victim to her boss manipulative conduct.Th [...]

    6. I really liked this one until the end I don t want to say too much bc I don t like spoilers but I wish it had ended very differently.

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