The Secrets We Keep

The Secrets We Keep

Book - 2018
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When social worker Aimee arrives in the mining town of Kalgoorlie, she is ready for a fresh start. Her colleagues Lori and Paddy seem friendly, and she is also drawn to one of her cases: the Steele family, whose future looks particularly bleak. But Aimee has a dark secret and as the past reaches out towards her once more, she realises that somehow her secret is connected to this unfamiliar but harshly beautiful town and its inhabitants. As she strengthens her ties with the local community, especially with the vibrant Lori, stoical Kerry and wise Agnes, she finds herself questioning earlier decisions. Can Aimee reveal her secret, even if it is not hers alone to share?
Publisher: Sydney, New South Wales : 2018. HQ Fiction,
ISBN: 9781489246783
Branch Call Number: AF PATT


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May 07, 2018

An enjoyable story with a rich variety of mostly appealing characters dealing with life in Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and all the challenges such a place brings. The title is very apt.


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May 07, 2018

The heat of Kalgoorlie is a character in itself:

“This morning they had been sitting in two circles on the ground, Gerry talking to a group of men, Aimee nearby with the women, under a scrawny peppercorn tree. It provided little shade from the December heat but she appeared to be the only one sweating - it tickled under her arms, pooled between her breasts and lapped at her sides. Her red linen shirt and black cotton trousers felt like heat packs.”

“She was up early to avoid the heat of the day, and so were the flies. The summer heat brought them out in droves and their fat buzzing and bombarding around her kitchen when she was cooking sent her into a frenzy of swatting and spraying.”

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