Monday, 4 December 2017

His Guilty Secret by Helene Fermont

Release Date: 27th November 2017
Publisher: Fridhem Publish
Genres: Mystery / Suspense / Psychological

When Jacques's body is discovered in a hotel room his wife, Patricia, suspects he has been hiding something from her.

Why was he found naked and who is the woman that visited his grave on the day of the funeral? Significantly, who is the unnamed beneficiary Jacques left a large sum of money to in his will and what is the reason her best friend, also Jacques's sister, Coco, refuses to tell her what he confided to her?

Struggling to find out the truth, Patricia visits Malmö where her twin sister Jasmine lives and is married to her ex boyfriend. But the sisters relationship is toxic and when a family member dies shortly after, an old secret is revealed that shines a light on an event that took place on their tenth birthday.

As one revelation after another is revealed, Patricia is yet to discover her husband's biggest secret and what ultimately cost him his life.

His Guilty Secret is an unafraid examination of the tangled bonds between siblings, the lengths we go to in protecting our wrongdoings, and the enduring psychological effects this has on the innocent...and the not so innocent.


Her eyes welled up with tears. “But I can’t lose you! Please let me call reception and ask them to send someone…anyone!” Her intuition told her something terrible was about to happen. Yet, unless he allowed her to help him, there wasn’t a thing she could do to prevent it.

Struggling to talk now, the man whispered, “You must leave: we must think of the people in our lives. Someone will find me after you’ve gone. Take good care of yourself; no one can find out about us…” He collapsed on the carpet next to the bed where only a few hours ago they’d made love.

The woman ran over and sat down beside him, sobbing hysterically while holding him in her arms. “Please let me help you, we can’t end like this!” Flashbacks of everything they had shared mingled with regret he’d never been part of the most important thing.

As she held on to him for dear life, the woman heard him whisper, “I was wrong to deny what matters to me the most. You must find it in your heart to forgive me for my mistake. Promise me you will always be there when it’s required of you…I will always love you and Patricia…” The man knew his life would soon be over. As he took a final look at the woman he’d loved for so long, his last words were barely audible. “Forgive me…Tell Patricia I never…meant to hurt her…”

Tears blinding her vision, the woman gently kissed his mouth and closed his eyes. He was gone. Everything they shared ceased to exist and she had no idea how to survive without him.

Just before noon, the woman took one last look at the man, praying he didn’t have to be on his own for much longer. She couldn’t bear the thought of some stranger discovering him like that. But it’s what he wanted. Even at his death, no one knows about us and the secret we’ve been hiding. “Goodbye, my love, I will carry you in my heart until the day I die.”

Gathering up their suitcases and the mobile he’d been hiding from his wife, she ran downstairs to reception and out of the main doors, grateful he’d settled the bill for the room and breakfast last night. She caught a cab outside, and asked the driver to take her to the airport, where she disposed of his case and phone in a dustbin on her way towards her gate.

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