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Publisher's Summary

Miranda's sister Kerri has a new boyfriend. He's a handsome charmer who seems to dote on Kerri. But Brendan isn't the man he says he is. Miranda should know. She broke off her own affair with him just a few weeks ago when she found him reading her diary. Now Brendan claims that it was he who ended their short-lived relationship - and everyone believes him. When he and Kerri announce their engagement, Miranda's parents are thrilled for their shyer, less confident daughter. Then Kerri and Brendan beg Miranda to let them live in her apartment until their new home is ready. Against her better judgment, Miranda agrees.
Like a virus, Brendan starts spreading destruction throughout her life. He invades her privacy and disrupts her relationships with her family and friends. And then the real nightmare begins...
Like the obscenities he whispers into her ear, his onslaughts are as undetectable as they are devastating. Those closest to her begin to doubt her mental stability and accuse her of the very thing she believes drives Brendan: obsession. When Miranda decides to take off the gloves, fight back, and discover what is behind her enemy's secret smile, the consequences will be terrifying.
©2006 Nicci French (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Verified Purchaser on 04-17-18

Frustrating Plot

What did you like best about Secret Smile? What did you like least?

The book would be a good summer vacation read.

It has a lot in common with the Frieda Klein series.

1. All the books are well written. You can see the places and feel the emotions. You get caught up in them.

2, The heroine of the Secret Smile, Miranda, is a lot like Frieda Klein Both are smart, capable, out-spoken, and independent women who make stupid, self-defeating mistakes.

3. The villains in both stories are violent, evil stalkers who manipulate the heroines' lives.

Even so, I didn't like the Secret Smile. The book was really frustrating to read. Miranda keeps playing into the villain's hands. She doesn't do things to head him off or to protect herself. The problem is that this is the only plot line.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The book would have been much better if there were more story lines interwoven with the Miranda/Brendan conflict.

Also, Miranda needed to try to get ahead of Brendan early in the story. Even if she failed, the story would have been more believable and less frustrating.

What about Anne Flosnik’s performance did you like?

She gave each character a different voice. She puts lots of feeling into her reading.

Was Secret Smile worth the listening time?

Worth listening time, but not worth an Audible credit.

Any additional comments?

The Secret Smile seems like a first try at what became the wonderful Frieda Klein series.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Niki on 12-31-16


This was one of the worst audible books I've ever listened too. The narrative was overly dramatic and the ending was anticlimactic. The only reason I continued to listen was because audible wouldn't return it and I was on an eight hour drive. After complaining about it once I got Wi-Fi back, they returned it. I was very disappointed because I had read the Frieda Kline mysteries by the same authors.
The protagonist was unbelievably stupid at times.

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