Review: Secrets Among Friends by Fiona Palmer

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Title: Secrets Between Friends

Author: Fiona Palmer

Publisher: Hachette Australia

Genre: Women’s Fiction

Release Date: September 12, 2017



Friendship is a million little moments, but can it survive this one? Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year reunion in this heartfelt story of how long-held secrets can catch up with even the best of friends.

Life was about living, experiencing and emotions. The good and the bad. You had to laugh to cry. You had to love to hurt. You had to jump to fall or fly.

Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on a cruise ship, rekindling the excitement of a school excursion they took ten years earlier to the historic port town of Albany, the oldest city on the stunning turquoise coastline of Western Australia. But are they truly prepared for what this voyage will reveal?

Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn't chased. Is she actually happy or stuck in a rut?

Jess, a school teacher and single mother to little Ollie, had a tough upbringing but found her way through with the help of her closest male friend, Peter. But Peter has bought an engagement ring and is ready to propose to Ricki . . .

Abbie had it all: a career, a loving boyfriend and a future, but a visit to the doctor bears scary news. Her world is tumbling down and she feels adrift at sea.

SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS is a poignant novel of romance, family dynamics and friendship. Through her highly relatable, sympathetic characters, beloved Australian storyteller Fiona Palmer writes about issues, experiences and emotions we have all faced while posing the ultimate question: What is really important in this life?

Misty's Review - 3.5 Stars

This was my first book by this author. I won't say I was disappointed as the premise of the book is what hooked me and it was interesting throughout. We all have secrets. But I always like to see how they play out among a close knit group of friends and let me tell you, these friends had some doozies. Life changing secrets. Add in that they are stuck on a cruise with each other when they all come out, well you can only imagine how that works out. At least at first. I mean these are secrets that could ruin even the strongest of relationships. 

At times, the story seemed to stall for me and sometimes I had a hard time with the transitions between the characters. It was a bit hard to follow and keep up with who's thoughts we were reading. I am not sure if this was a formatting issue or just the writing style for me. I will be purchasing the book when it comes out and may adjust my review then.  All in all though it was a decent book even if a bit slow for me at times. I found myself laughing and crying with the characters so I figure if the author can get my emotions going then she has a good one on her hands. 

Goodreads Review:



After writing eight bestselling novels set in rugged rural Australia, Fiona Palmer set herself the challenge of writing a story that takes place on Western Australia's gorgeous coastline, which she regularly visits. SECRETS BETWEEN FRIENDS contains the same engaging storylines, emotions and hearty characters as the books Fiona's passionate readers know and love, only it is set on this wider landscape. Before becoming an author, Fiona was a speedway driver for seven years and now spends her days writing both women's and young adult fiction, working as a farmhand and caring for her two children in the tiny rural community of Pingaring, 350km from Perth.