Review: Deep Secret (Berlie Doherty)

Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Anderson Press
Publication Date: January 2nd 2020
Format: Paperback
Source: Pansing Books
Page Count: 253

Blurb from Goodreads:

Grace put out her hand, almost touching the mirror. Her image did the same.
‘There’s another world in there.’
‘We could float in and out of it.’

Deep in a Derbyshire valley live two girls, twins, so alike that even their family can’t tell them apart. But tragedy is waiting. When the valley is sold to be flooded for a huge dam, the villagers are forced to leave their homes. Deep secrets are uncovered. New characters enter their lives and desires, love and grief come to the surface.




I was very much confused by this book. Initially I expected it to be set in a modern era, however it was set to be a few years after World War 2. So, the setting was kinda dull and flat for me mainly because the only thing that the kids in this book wanted to do was to get married and have kids.

Deep Secret was loosely inspired by the story of building of Ladybower reservoir in North Derbyshire, England. The history behind the construction was pretty interesting, but this story wasn’t. I was hoping to get more from what was explained in the synopsis of the book.

I knew that the book had sad elements in it as they were so many tragedies that happened with the characters, but I couldn’t evoke any kind of emotions.


It was so bloody stupid that the mother couldn’t identify and compare which and who was Madeleine and Grace. When reading the book, I was frustrated that the Mother herself couldn’t tell which one was the dead and alive child.


All in all, it’s not a book that I will read again.

Thank you Pansing Books for sending me Deep Secret in exchange of an honest review.



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