The Secretary

The Secretary

Rene 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 Rene Knight follows up her international sensation Disclaimer with this shivery tale of psychological suspense, ...

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Title:The Secretary
Author:Renée Knight
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Genres:Thriller
ISBN:The Secretary
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Secretary Reviews

  • Michael
    Mar 07, 2019
    Rene Knight, a graduate of Faber?s Writing a Novel course first came to the reading public notice with 2015's Disclaimer that was generally well received with its original storyline and creative plots. Unfortunately, this novel was released around the same time as The Girl on the T...
  • ABookwormWithWine
    Feb 14, 2019
    ???? / 5 The Secretary by Rene Knight might be on the slower side for some, but I was confused from the very beginning and it was great! What it's about: Christine Butcher has been Mina Appleton's secretary for over 18 years when Mina is accused of perverting justice a...
  • sue
    Feb 08, 2019
    Yet another book I?ve read by this author (the first being Disclaimer) which I thoroughly enjoyed. This 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 going is that you know something is going some...
  • Jiny S
    Apr 05, 2019
    This is a character study of Christine, number one secretary of the famous Mina Appleton, head of the Appleton supermarket chain, well known public figure with her own cooking show, and titan in her own right. Christine gives everything to her job, and she is very good at it. But at so...
  • Tracy Shephard
    Dec 01, 2018
    This is a whopper of a tale.. The 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 ...
  • Laura
    Mar 08, 2019
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com The Secretary is a brilliant blend of tension, suspense and courtroom drama. It's a story which I read with an impending sense of doom... you know from early on that it all goes terribly wrong for secretary Christine, who takes a personal assista...
  • Emily
    Jan 21, 2019
    "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 &am...
  • Ludwig
    Jan 27, 2019
    "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 persp...
  • Amy
    Feb 13, 2019
    I?m completely torn about my feelings on this one, on one hand it was a quick, addictive read that I flew through quickly. 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 try! This is told entirely from the POV of the s...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Jan 21, 2019
    Review to follow for the tour. ...
  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    Apr 17, 2019
    Disappointing and slow. ...
  • Umut Reviews
    Jan 22, 2019
    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...
  • Joanne Robertson
    Feb 21, 2019
    This was another book that I had been really looking forward to after reading Disclaimer some time ago. And it was one that I seemed to read a lot slower than I normally would with a book I was desperate to devour. That probably had a lot to do with the way in which The Secretary was w...
  • Rachel Hall
    Apr 12, 2019
    Loyalty, discretion and betrayal in the workplace.. creepy psycho thriller & courtroom drama.. An outdated title belies an utterly riveting story of discretion and loyalty between the eponymous secretary and boss at the head office of a supermarket chain that builds to a creepy ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Feb 12, 2019
    Surprisingly unexpected! Christina 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 ever...
  • Mandy White
    Jan 31, 2019
    The Secretary by Renee Knight was a bit of a slow burn, taking a while before much really happened. But when it did my goodness 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 it is worth sticking with it. I am ...
  • Sarah
    Jan 26, 2019
    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. ...
  • Laura Rash
    Jan 24, 2019
    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. ...
  • Miriam Smith
    Feb 15, 2019
    "The Secretary" is Renee Knight's second novel and after reading and enjoying "Disclaimer", I was particularly looking forward to reading this part court room drama part psychological thriller. Although rather a slow burn due to there not being much dialogue and told through Christine...
  • Sarah
    Mar 15, 2019
    DNF it was far to slow for me and some of it made no sense. A disappointing read. ...
  • ❤
    Mar 04, 2019
    The Secretary is an interesting book, for a few reasons. It's advertised as being a thriller, but it's actually a lot more like a blend of a contemporary drama at the start, a courtroom drama in the middle, and the thriller it's touted as by the end. It's not an especially exciting sto...
  • JULIE ☼
    Feb 19, 2019
    This story is about Christine Butcher who surrenders her family in her support of Mina Appleton, a business woman and local celebrity/television personality. What she fails to realize is that her devotion for Mina may not be reciprocated. While Christine is everything one looks for in ...
  • 4cats
    Feb 03, 2019
    I loved Renee Knight's first novel, Disclaimer and have been waiting for her second to be published since 2015. Was it worth the wait....yes it was. The novel is told from Christine Butcher's perspective and moves from the present to the past with ease. Christine is hired by Mina Ap...
  • Lou
    Feb 17, 2019
    The Secretary, Ms Knight's second novel, is a tale of sacrifice, power, betrayal, obsession, loyalty, revenge and office politics with acute observations that set it apart from similar books. The writing is scalpel sharp, but this is slow burn suspense so anyone expecting fast-paced sh...
  • Michelle
    Jan 17, 2019
    "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 ...
  • Pauline
    Jan 25, 2019
    The Secretary by Rene Knight was an excellent thriller. Christine starts working as a secretary for Mina who is running her family business with her father. Mina becomes more demanding on Christine's time and this takes its toll on her family life as she is working longer hours and ...
  • Frank Phillips
    Feb 14, 2019
    4.5 Stars for this one. Think, The Devil Wears Prada with a very dark, demented twist to it!! This 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 great devious ge...
  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    Feb 25, 2019
    Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for a free copy of this book for review. This book was an intriguing psychological drama. The story is told by Christine who becomes Mina?s personal assistant. She stays in her employ for 20 years with Mina making more and more demands. Christine do...
  • Kathryn in FL
    Mar 12, 2019
    This story had me reliving some of my past experiences with narcissistic bosses, it was so realistic and yet, ominous, foreboding and insidious as well. Christina becomes a personal assistant to Mina Appleton, the soon to be CEO of a UK supermarket chain and her nature is very dark, pa...
  • Debbie
    Feb 08, 2019
    A clever and entertaining slow burn suspense. Christine Butcher is the secretary to Mina Appleton, serving her loyally, retaining her trust and discretion for 18 years. During her time with Mina she is entrusted with many secrets and is witness to confidential discussions around he...