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The teachers thought they knew her. They were wrong…

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 The Rumour by Lesley Kara and The Teacher by Katerina Diamond.

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.


About Zoe Lea

Zoe Lea lives in the Lake District, UK with her husband, two children, dogs and peregrine falcons. As well as writing, she helps manage an animal tracking company used for raptors and other wildlife. She’s previously worked as a teacher, photographer and in the television industry, but writing has always been her passion. The Secretary is her first novel for Little, Brown.



An addictive page-turner . . . Highly recommended! Samantha Tonge

Mind blown! The end was a triumph, absolutely brilliant! Rona Halsall

Gripping and powerful! A fantastic read!
Lauren North

Fast paced and intriguing. I loved The Secretary.
Victoria Selman

School run revenge at its best.
Jacqueline Ward

I couldn’t put it down – a gripping read.
Mary-Jane Riley

A well-plotted, twisty-turns tale . . . [A] page turner.
Barbara Copperthwaite


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