Renée Knight

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The Secretary

book | Feb 2019
US → HarperCollins (Ed. Jonathan Burnham)
Canada → HarperCollins (Ed. Iris Tupholme)
UK → Doubleday (Ed. Sarah Adams)

Look around you. Who holds the most power in the room? Is it the one who speaks loudest, who looks the part, who has the most money, who commands the most respect?

Or perhaps it’s someone like Christine Butcher: a meek, overlooked figure, who silently bears witness as information is shared and secrets are whispered. Someone who quietly, perhaps even unwittingly, gathers together knowledge of the people she’s there to serve – the ones who don’t notice her, the ones who consider themselves to be important.

There’s a fine line between loyalty and betrayal. And when someone like Christine Butcher is pushed to her limit, she might just become the most dangerous person in the room ...

"​A scintillating double psychological portrait ... an arresting ending reminiscent of Rendell at her flintiest." The Sunday Times


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Etta Forlag

A cool, contemporary, whip-smart thriller

Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN

Woah, you are in for a treat with The Secretary! Dark and intriguing with utterly compelling characters. I genuinely couldn't put it down.

Laura Marshall, author of FRIEND REQUEST

The Se​cretary is an absolute masterpiece of pace, plot and precision to detail. Renée Knight so deftly winches up the tension that I found I was shallow breathing by the end, desperate to see the conclusion but terrified to watch all at once.

Holly Seddon, author of TRY NOT TO BREATHE

I finished The Secretary yesterday and adored it. It is one of the most fascinating, original and compelling thrillers I've read in years. Satisfyingly twisty but also written with empathy and insight into the nature of human relationships -- and how and why they might become imbalanced.

Gillian McAllister, author of EVERYTHING BUT THE TRUTH

A black diamond of a thriller -- gleaming, sharp, deeply dark -- but so much more: a cool, elegant novel with a heartbeat, a pulse, and a sting in its tail.

A.J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

You will devour this gripping tale of obsession and duty with an ending as dark as it is astonishing. Deliciously addicting.

Liv Constantine, bestselling author of THE LAST MRS PARRISH

An engrossing study of twisted dynamics in a relationship where one person holds all the power. Fans of Notes on a Scandal will love it.

Tammy Cohen, author of THEY ALL FALL DOWN

​Filled with a creeping sense of menace that intensifies beautifully as the novel unfolds. Watch out for this one... absolutely brilliant.

Fiona Cummins, author of RATTLE

​A scintillating double psychological portrait ... an arresting ending reminiscent of Rendell at her flintiest.

John Dugdale
The Sunday Times

This race-through read is a dark tale about loyalty and obsession, truth and deception - and the perils of underestimating those who know our worst secrets.

Heat Magazine

The Secretary is an excellent, dark and clever thriller with a compelling central character. The story draws you in from the start and builds and builds to an intense and unsettling conclusion. I loved it.

Jenny Quintana, author of THE MISSING GIRL

Deceptively clever and so unsettling. I love the way she casually slips in a twist that makes you shake your head at how wrong you were!

Lesley Kara, author of THE RUMOUR

I started reading The Secretary last night and couldn’t put it down… Such a deliciously dark, hugely satisfying read

Paul Burston, author of THE BLACK PATH

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