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The Secretary

UK Publisher: Piatkus Books (Little, Brown)

Playground whispers can be deadly

When single mum Ruth has a brief fling with Rob, she’s mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he’s married. Worse still, he’s the husband of Janine, head of the PTA at the primary school where Ruth works as secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.

Threatening texts begin to arrive, rumours abound and the staff room becomes hostile. But when it also starts to affect her son, a student at the school, Ruth realises you can do anything if you convince yourself it’s for the sake of your child.

Even murder.

A page-turning and deeply compulsive psychological thriller about a school secretary and how dangerous it can be to make enemies at the school gates. For fans of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Rumour by Lesley Kara.


‘I couldn’t put it down – a gripping read from start to finish and kept me guessing until the end. A compulsive and complex tale of the toxic effects of revenge’ Mary-Jane Riley

‘Such a gripping read . . . a real page-turner’ Samantha Tonge

‘It’s a well-plotted, twisty-turns tale … Prepare to be frustrated, hoodwinked, and heartbroken on this page turner of a psych thriller.’ Barbara Copperthwaite

‘Gripping and powerful! This story had me desperate to know what would happen next. A fantastic read!’ Lauren North

‘The pace of this book is satisfyingly relentless and the ending is as dramatic and surprising as Zoe Lea’s clever writing promises.’ Marianne Holmes

‘Mind blown! The end was a triumph, absolutely brilliant!’ Rona Halsall

‘Twists and turns but the beauty of this story is that it could happen anywhere. School run revenge at its best.’ Jacqueline Ward

Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District with her husband, who is a Falconer, and their children. Zoe's chilling debut novel, The...