The Secret Path

The Secret Path

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 08/07/2021
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Taking us deep into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle, Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Swan returns with The Secret Path – complete with her trademark romance, glamour, and jaw-dropping twists.

'A glamorous adventure' - Hello!
'A twisty, glamorous read, bringing jungles, beaches and ancient towns to life' - My Weekly

An old flame. A new spark. Love can find you in the most unlikely places . . .

At only twenty, Tara Tremain has everything: she’s a trainee doctor, engaged to the man of her dreams – Alex, a passionate American biology student. But just when life seems perfect, Alex betrays her in the worst way possible.

Ten years later, she’s moved on – with a successful career, good friends and a man who loves her. But when she’s pulled back into her wealthy family’s orbit for a party in the heart of Costa Rica, she’s flung into a crisis: a child is desperately ill and the only treatment is several days’ trek away, deep in the jungle.

There's only one person who can help – but can she trust the man who broke her heart?

Your Costa Rican adventure awaits . . .

What Karen's readers are saying:
'So immersive I could feel the heat, see the dense forest'
'Pure escapism, action, adventure, romance and intrigue'
'So detailed and real that I started itching with imaginary insect bites!'

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781529006261
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 29 mm

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The Secret Path
A holiday read
Sunday Times bestselling author Karen Swan returns with The Secret Path, taking us deep into the heart of the Costa Rican jungle – complete with her tradem... READ MORE
Aileen Clifford
The Secret Path
Intense story - stayed up late to finish it!
The Secret Path by Karen Swan is an intense story about a wealthy family and their philanthropic support of the Costa Rican jungle. We meet Tara - ambitiou... READ MORE
The Secret Path
Great escapist read
I have read a few Karen Swan books and they don’t disappoint. I loved the setting of this one in Costa Rica, a place on my bucket list. It was good story... READ MORE
Sheila Robertson
The Secret Path
Highly recommend
Beautifully written this certainly doesn't disappoint. Tara's family are very rich - obscenely rich - so she has trust issues. She is training to be a doct... READ MORE
Michelle  Nelder
The Secret Path
Costa Rican adventure
Tara Tremain has worked hard to leave the controlling grasp of her extremely affluent family far behind. Building a life in medicine as a junior doctor she... READ MORE
Sara Clifford-Gray
The Secret Path
Another fab read from Karen Swan
Every summer I look forward to the release of Karen Swan’s summer read, her wonderfful storylines and characters always make for a brilliant read. The Secr... READ MORE
Juliet Butler
The Secret Path
The Secret Path
I have read a couple of Karen Swans Christmas books which I really enjoyed, I was looking forward to reading this however it didn’t match up to the previou... READ MORE
Lucy C
The Secret Path
I couldn't put it down
Another great story by Katie Swan. Some excellent characters and a compelling storyline. The jungles of Costa Rica are brought to life with a very topical ... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
The Secret Path
Compelling and interesting!
Being transported to Costa Rica was fabulous!! So much to celebrate in this interesting, relevant novel. Tara Tremain is a medical student with her best fr... READ MORE
The Secret Path
Romance in a beautiful setting
Having been to Costa Rica myself, I loved the vivid jungle setting, with the huge trees and enormous fronds of leaves slapping you in the face as you walk ... READ MORE
Jenny Hill
The Secret Path
Wow this was quite a journey from Karen Swan in this book, I’m used to her fabulous locations but this took paradise and made it real. Tara was a twenty ye... READ MORE
Sarah Goldthorpe
The Secret Path
Super summer read
Wow, I finished this 2am this morning and couldn’t put it down! I love Karen Swan books as not everything goes perfectly and there is always a twist that ... READ MORE
Claire  Beall
The Secret Path
Karen Swan at her best
This is a beautiful read. Set in Costa Rica, Tara trying to distance herself from her controlling family is required to save a very ill child. The plot wil... READ MORE
Isabel Bridges
The Secret Path
Although I have read and enjoyed previous books by Karen Swan, I found this one difficult to connect with. Tara irritated me and her friends seemed fickl... READ MORE
The Secret Path
Pure escapism at its finest. A brilliant holiday read.
Another brilliant novel from Karen Swan. As with all of Karen's books I just loved the plot, settings and characters. I felt that the characters were rea... READ MORE
Suzie Siddall
The Secret Path
Highly recommend
This book was beautifully written and extensively researched as all Karen’s books are. Set in London and Costa Rica , Karen is a master story teller and he... READ MORE
Jane Bell
The Secret Path
Another great book by Karen Swan. It’s full of drama and will they won’t they moments and it keeps you guessing to the end. A story based in London and Cos... READ MORE
Sue Rouse
The Secret Path
Escape to Costa Rica with this book
I love Karen Swan's books, so grateful to be able to read this one. This one felt very different. I love that the settings were all very original and not ... READ MORE
Alexandra Cameron
The Secret Path
A gripping read
A really great read. A fantastic story that grips you from the beginning,set mostly in the rainforest in Costa Rico and that's where the adventure really b... READ MORE
Barbara Boyles
The Secret Path
Lacked excitement
I was given this book for free in return for an honest review. I loved the setting for this book, but I felt the story dragged somewhat and the characters ... READ MORE
Elaine Hall
The Secret Path
Perfect mix of romance and intrigue.
This is the first book I have had the pleasure to read by author Karen Swan and I absolutely loved it. Thank you NetGalley and Pan for the opportunity to ... READ MORE
Jayne  Archibald
The Secret Path
Perfect Escapim!
Karen Swan is an auto buy author for me and this book just confirmed why! This is a perfect romance story, in an exotic setting, with grit and depth. All ... READ MORE
Hayley Fox
The Secret Path
Karen Swan at her best!
This is Karen Swan at her best! I totally understood Alex and his actions – when someone has a burning passion that is all consuming and has an amazing ou... READ MORE
Sharon Goodwin
The Secret Path
I really thought this book was a bit different from your normal romantic book it has some twists in it. Tara and Alex were engaged but something happened ... READ MORE
Emma Watson
The Secret Path
Atmospheric, gripping compulsive read
Tara and Alex are in love and want to get married. Alex has had an unconventional upbringing, while Tara’s parents are very wealthy. Both are young and d... READ MORE
Frances Heaton
The Secret Path
Compelling and Atmospheric
I've now read three of Karen Swan's novels, including this one and I really enjoyed The Secret Path as much as the other two. In The Secret Path, the stor... READ MORE
Bridget East