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Tell Me No Secrets

Published Date: February 6, 2018

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Can a secret be worse than a lie?

Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …

On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?

When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.

As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process …

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Lynda Stacey

Lynda StaceyLynda, is a wife, step-mother and grandmother, she grew up in the mining village of Bentley, Doncaster, in South Yorkshire.

She is currently the Sales Director of a stationery, office supplies and office furniture company in Doncaster, where she has worked for the past 25 years. Prior to this she’d also been a nurse, a model, an emergency first response instructor and a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor … and yes, she was crazy enough to dive in the sea with sharks, without a cage.
Following a car accident in 2008, Lynda was left with limited mobility in her right arm. Unable to dive or teach anymore, she turned to her love of writing, a hobby she’d followed avidly since being a teenager.

Her own life story, along with varied career choices helps Lynda to create stories of romantic suspense, with challenging and unpredictable plots, along with (as in all romances) very happy endings.

Lynda joined the Romantic Novelist Association in 2014 under the umbrella of the New Writers Scheme and in 2015, her debut novel House of Secrets won the Choc Lit & Whole Story Audiobooks Search for a Star competition.

She lives in a small rural hamlet near Doncaster, with her ‘hero at home husband’, Haydn, whom she’s been happily married to for over 20 years.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Els Ebraert
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    Written by Stefanie Rls

    “Tell me no Secrets” by Lynda Stacey isn’t my first acquaintance with this author but I can’t really say this was a great one nor that it was a bad one. For me it was this time just an ok novel.
    It held my attention, but everything was a bit too standard. The characters behaved too much how they should to get the story along. It all seemed to me a bit convenient, although there was enough romance and suspense to read further. The ending felt rushed and the epilogue too far in time. That was disappointing!
    Overall however I would call it a lovely summer read. Ideal when you want to escape your own everyday life and you want to sympathize with the ups and downs (happiness, sadness or love, hate) of someone else’s.

    Written by Tizana Langone

    I started this book on a lazy Saturday afternoon. Even though I should be ashamed, I can proudly annonce that I’ve reached the end on Sunday evening. And yes, the day after!

    Starting from the first chapter, I got dragged into the story. An immediate sympathy came for Kate, a young woman who suffered a great tragedy and still carries the consequences of it. Adding that she’s in a relationship with Rob, who got the nickname ‘d*ckhead’ in my mind.
    Kate starts her new job in a private investigation firm and thanks with the help of (the in my head again nicknamed ‘oh my God I want him to be real!) Ben, she investigates an individual who may or not be involved with drugs.
    So of course I was cheering for Kate and Ben.

    The story is well written, it keeps you in suspense from the first until the last chapter.
    I never had the thought that any chapter was unnecessary. All the information you received would come back to you as an interesting detail further on in the story.
    It has enough drama, action and love in it, so that you go straight from ‘oooh how sweet’ to ‘ooh be careful!’

    In summary, it’s a great, well written book and the author has certainly my approval! Can’t wait to read another book from her!

    Written by Just Jessica

    “Can a secret be worse than a lie?
    Every time Kate Duggan looks in a mirror she is confronted by her guilt; a long, red scar reminding her that she was ‘the one to walk away’ from the car accident. Not everyone was so lucky …
    On the surface her fiancé Rob is supportive – but the reality is different. He’s controlling, manipulative and, if the phone call Kate overhears is anything to go by, he has a secret. But just how dangerous is that secret?
    When Kate begins work at a firm of private investigators, she meets Ben Parker. His strong and silent persona is intriguing but it’s also a cover – because something devastating happened to Ben, something he can’t get over.
    As Kate and Ben begin their first assignment, they become close. But, what they don’t realise is how close to home the investigation will bring them, or who will be hurt in the process”
    I loved reading it! Once I started it I almost couldn’t lay it down. It has almost everything you need in a story, secrets, romance, danger, lies… Kate starts a new life as a private investigator a year after a terrible accident killed her brother James and paralysed her twinsister Eve. Kate herself has a large scar on her face. She blames herself for the accident and more worse so do her parents. Her father is almost never home and her mother… well I don’t want her to be my mother in law…
    Kate discovers that her fiancé Rob has secrets and is more and more questioning her relationship with him. And working with Ben, the son of the boss, doesn’t make it easy for her. They grow closer and closer to each other, while the distance between herself and Rob grows. And then she’s got her first assignment… the deeper they get involved the closer it comes to her private life.
    A true page turner! Really want to read more of Lynda Stacey, thumbs up for this one!

    Written by Ilse van Thielen

    I got a copy of this book from ChocLit to review. This would not be the kind of story I normally read but I’m glad I did. Because it had that detective part that I like so much in stories.

    Kate wears a heavy past with her. She has been in a car accident which has left a big scar on her face. Her sister Eve got paralysed and her brother was killed in that same accident. She blames herself for all of that. She begins to work at a firm for private investigators and winds up in a case with unexpected perpetrators.

    This is the second book I’ve read by Lynda Stacey and I have to say I liked this one better than House of Christmas Secrets. Probably because this one had more action in it. All characters is this book are described very well. They have all different personalities and have all ben marked by the past. I like the fact that the writer doesn’t reveal everything at the same time but you learn secrets of their past bit by bit.

    This story is not a story to be put in one specific genre. It has drama but also thriller and detective parts. But you can also find a hint of romance in there.

    When sisters Kate and Eve bicker or when they have words with their mom, you can really see it happen. It is written very vividly. There is a lot going on in this family. I particularly liked the part where they went to the bay of Whitby. The landscape is descibed so well you can feel the wind blowing and see the waves of the water. It is beautiful to see the characters evolve. For example Kate from being insecure and hiding her scar to being more confident in her imperfections.

    It was also one of the few times I got into the story from the beginning. Most of the time when I read a book, it takes me 20 or more pages to get into the story, but not with this one. Stacey got me from the first page. You want to read on because you want to know what Kate will encounter next and how she will deal with it. I’ve read the book in 2 days. It is really a page turner.

    I give this book a 4* out of five.

    Written by Kim Claes

    Let me start with saying that the book was not at all what I expected. At first I thought this would be a romantic novel, but after just two chapters I realized I was mistaken and was already very intrigued by the story.
    Our main character is Kate, a young woman who, in her young life already endured a lot. She feels guilty of being in an accident with her sister and brother that caused quite heartache for her and her family.
    Between her own guilt, her difficult relationship with her parents, her sister Eve and… the boyfriend Rob. Well, she still tries to get on with her life by taking on a new job with a private investigator agency.
    There she meets Ben, the owner’s son and the closest colleague who has to train her in the new job. Whilst working on a new case, they grow towards each other and find peace in each other’s company. At the same time Kate starts questioning her relationship with Rob due to the secretive behavior and strange events.
    The story builds up nicely, with just enough background at a time. It is very dynamic and the interaction between the different characters keeps it intriguing and you’ll love them. After every chapter you’ll find yourself wanting to know more. It has romance, mystery, tension, friendship, in short everything you want in good book. Tell me no secrets: has a twist that you won’t see coming.

    Written by Melody Weemaels

    This was a very enjoyable read for me. It started out as Chicklit and then it got somewhat mysterious. Kate is a very believable main character and alltough she starts out as a bit of grey mouse, she grows throughout the story. I really liked Ben, too. He was easy to fall in love with as a reader. It’s very hard to put this book in a particular genre. It has some romance, some family drama and some crime in it and it really is a very entertaining story which keeps you reading all trough the night. Needless to say I liked it alot and I will definitely read more from Linda Stacey.

    Written by Silke Gorremans

    Tell Me No Secrets was my first book as a team-member and I wasn’t completely sure what to expect reading the synopsis. Was I diving into a thriller? A contemporary? And now even after reading I am not quite sure were to place Tell Me No Lies. I described it to a friend as contemporary with a little thriller twist. Because for me that is what it is. Calling it a thriller would be kind of unfair, because all-though you have a “mystery” and some “suspense” it never really felt like reading a thriller. There are to many “non-thriller” side lines about family, friendship, love and self acceptance that play an important part in the plot. Lucky for me, considering I am absolutely no big fan of real suspense novels, so this was perfect for me! I really enjoyed reading Tell Me No Secrets and that was mainly because I liked all of the important characters in the story. I absolutely adored Kate, she is a very strong and independent woman, who knows how the world turns and deserves some happiness. I liked her sassiness and her sense of humor. You really saw her grow as a character throughout the story and I really felt for her. But I also loved her sister Eve! Another strong woman with a story to tell. I wasn’t expecting a disabled character in this story, but the way her disability was shown and used in the story, was very realistic and filled to the brim with humor. Absolutely lovely! I also got the feeling that Linda Stacey did some research on the whole “private investigator” story-line. Because it never felt exaggerated. The little details about the van, the working of the panic button,… It felt real and that made the story so much more engaging and realistic. The only point that bothered me in this story was the “big climax”. That felt exaggerated for me, a little bit overdone. That part of the story could have done with less drama and still have been quite compelling. Now it felt a little forced and to me it looked like Lynda Stacey wasn’t in her element while writing it. While the rest of the story really flows, this felt forced. It was harder to read and it couldn’t keep my attention. A real shame, because I absolutely loved the rest of the story! Overal Tell Me No Secrets was a wonderful read. Filled to the brim with drama, secrets, suspense and a good portion of romance! I would recommend this story to all contemporary readers who want that little extra panache to the story. And of course for thriller readers who want to explore the contemporary genre!

    Written by Lie Frooninckx

    What a remarkable story .. Kate, the main character, is having a difficult time. After a car accident in which her brother James dies and which crippled her twin sister Eve, she is left with a scar on her face. Kate thinks everyone is blaming her for the accident, that she is responsable. Step by step she tries to put her life back on track: her friend Rob loves her and she finds a new job as a private investigator. During her training, she and Ben-the son of the detective agency “Parker & son” investigate drugtraffic in a nearby village. When it finally turns out that “her” Rob is one of the suspects, she tells him to go. She doesn’t want anything to do with it. But being Rob’s perfect alibi Kate has to fight to get hem out of her life. In this fight Ben is of great help………. Lynda Stacey writes fluently and knows how to keep her story alive. Romance, suspence, lies, secrets are keeping you really in the story. I can’t wait to read more from Lynda in the future.

    Written by Patsi Demarsin

    Just finished this book in two days. It was so hard to put it down that I even forgot to eat at some point. This book had it all…love, suspense, drama… If I have to put it in a categorie… (thriller, roman, drama…) I can’t, because this book has it all. This book was a pageturner from beginning to the end, no doubt. Were there faults in it? I wouldn’t know because I was to caught up in the story to see them! From the beginning the reader knows there is something not quite right and when the story goes on you just know your gut feeling was correct, but the author keeps the reader in suspense up until the last part altough there is a spoiler somewhere earlier but it makes you only want to read faster to know when right will be done. And than the end… How lovely! How beautiful that this story ends this way… To me, this book, 5 stars. Beyond a shadow of a doubt. Loved it!

  2. Ruth N
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    After leaving the London Metropolitan police force, Kate has returned home to Yorkshire where she is employed as a private investigator. She’s lost her confidence after a car accident that killed her brother and left her sister in a wheelchair, she herself has severe facial scars. During a routine inquiry, Kate learns that her ex-boyfriend is a dangerous thug and a member of a family of notorious drug dealers. This discovery puts her family and especially her disabled sister in extreme danger. There’s an immediate attraction between Kate and the boss’s son, Ben, another person with deep personal problems, who helps Kate regain her self-assurance and provide the love interest. Although a thriller, there are some very funny moments, especially towards the end.

  3. Jayne Hall
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    Lovely cover design that makes you want to read the book. I’m sure I joined with other readers at the beginning of the novel in wanting the heroine, Kate to get a better deal with her mother, boyfriend and self-image. Immediately warmed to Kate’s new boss and loved the first scene with Kate and Ben together. The story takes you on a journey through twists and turns with its various sub-plots. I got to one point where I kept sneaking away to read more to find out what would happen in the end. I enjoyed the use of different points of view to enable you to gain insights from different angles. I found myself getting quite tense towards the climax of the story. Gloria and Eric were my favourite sub-characters.

  4. Debbie S
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    A real page turner – a must read in my opinion, I really could not put this book down and read it in a couple of days at any opportunity I had. Tense moments and twists and turns entwine with wonderful characters, some I loved like Kate and others who I hated with a passion, such as Kate’s Fiancé Rob.
    I really felt for Kate, who following a car accident which proved fatal for a member of her family and life changing for others, has low self esteem due a nasty scar on her face. Starting her new job as a Private Investigator, after a period of recovery, Kate investigates a suspected drug dealer, with the bonus being she gets to work with a gorgeous guy called Ben.
    There are other characters such as Kate’s Mum, who is always full of put downs for Kate, however as the book progresses you get to understand her more and the beauty in Lynda’s writing is that she can change your feelings for a character from loathing to caring due to the finer details about a character.
    I fell a little in love with Ben who was kind, supportive and himself had a sad past but on the other side of the coin was Rob, full of secrets and lies, which slowly unravel throughout the book.
    I really loved this book, wonderfully well written, fantastic characters, romance, suspense, secrets, it has it all for me and I can’t wait to read more from Lynda in the future.

  5. Anne E
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    I loved House of Secrets, a romantic suspense novel from Lynda Stacey, so was really delighted to be given a copy of Tell Me No Secrets in return for an honest review and it did not disappoint. I was drawn into Kate’s story from the very beginning and couldn’t put it down. Beautifully written characters, locations and plot. A lovely easy read with light touches, there are some darker characters and scenes which Lynda handles beautifully. It was a real joy to read from start to finish. I was actually sorry to come to the end and very much look forward to reading more from this author.

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