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  • Writer's pictureLilac Mills

Can You Keep A Secret? Sophie Kinsella


Nervous flyer Emma is sitting on a turbulent plane. She really thinks that this could be her last moment. So, naturally enough, she starts telling the man sitting next to her - quite a dishy American, but she's too frightened to notice - all her secrets. How she scans the backs of intellectual books and pretends she's read them. How she's not sure if she has a G-spot, and whether her boyfriend could find it anyway. How she feels like a fraud at work - everyone uses the word 'operational' all the time but she hasn't a clue what it means. How she once threw a troublesome client file in the bin. If ever there was a bare soul, it's hers. She survives the flight, of course, and the next morning the famous founding boss of the whole mega corporation she works for is coming for a look at the UK branch. As he walks around, Emma looks up and realises... It's the man from the plane. What will he do with her secrets? He knows them all - but she doesn't know a single one of his. Or... does she?


I haven't read a Sophie Kinsella in years! I did her Shopaholic series to death, then took a break - much longer than I should have because I'd forgotten just how good she is!

This book didn't disappoint; I giggled from start to finish, winced several times and cheered in places, too. It brought home to me just how much we all depend on those little lies, the ones that help smooth the way, the ones we all make in order not to disappoint, or not to hurt, or tell for any other reason. It also brought it home to me how we all have our little embarrassing secrets, and how awful it would be if everyone knew everything about us.

Ms Kinsella takes it to the extreme on both sides of the argument, with very humorous results!

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