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The teachers thought they knew her. They were wrong…

‘Must read’ Bella
‘A brilliant thriller’ Closer
‘Gripping and powerful!’ Lauren North
‘An addictive page-turner’ Samantha Tonge
‘School run revenge at its best’ Jacqueline Ward
‘The end was a triumph, absolutely brilliant!’ Rona Halsall

When single mum Ruth has a brief fling with Rob, she’s mortified to discover that he lied to her. He lied to her, because he’s married. Worse still, he’s the husband of Janine, head of the PTA at the primary school where Ruth works as secretary, and when the truth of their fling is discovered, Ruth suddenly has a lot of enemies at the school gates.

Threatening texts begin to arrive, rumours abound and the staff room becomes hostile. But when it also starts to affect her son, a student at the school, Ruth realises you can do anything if you convince yourself it’s for the sake of your child.

Even murder.

A page-turning and deeply compulsive psychological thriller about a school secretary and how dangerous it can be to make enemies at the school gates. For fans of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and The Rumour by Lesley Kara.


I couldn't put it down - a gripping read from start to finish and kept me guessing until the end. A compulsive and complex tale of the toxic effects of revenge
Mary-Jane Riley
A compulsive story that oozes such a sense of injustice you can't stop turning the page to find out if revenge is taken . . . An addictive page-turner that will leave your stomach in knots. Highly recommended!
Samantha Tonge
Gripping and powerful! The tension in the novel was cranked up notch by notch until I was gasping as the story unravelled . . . A fantastic read!
Lauren North
Hard to put down! The pace of this book is satisfyingly relentless and the ending is as dramatic and surprising as Zoe Lea's clever writing promises.
Marianne Holmes
A well-plotted, twisty-turns tale . . . [A] page turner of a psychological thriller
Barbara Copperthwaite
Mind blown! The end was a triumph, absolutely brilliant!
Rona Halsall
Fast paced and intriguing. I loved The Secretary
Victoria Selman
Twists and turns but the beauty of this story is that it could happen anywhere. School run revenge at its best
Jacqueline Ward
'Super readable and so clever. Reading it as a mother, you can't help but question yourself throughout: Would I do that? Would I go that far? It's full of blurred lines and shifting allegiances and filled me full of rage (as a mother) and awe (as an author)'
Laura Pearson
Must read
A brilliant thriller