Is The Secrets She Keeps based on a true story?

THE Secrets She Keeps returns to our screens TONIGHT (July 20) on BBC One.

The drama is based on a book that's inspired by a real life hospital kidnap.

Who wrote the book The Secrets She Keeps is based on?

The Secrets She Keeps is a novel by writer Michael Robotham.

According to the book site Goodreads – in which the book has a four star rating – Stephen King claimed Robotham is “an absolute master” of thriller writing.

According to his website, Michael lives on Sydney's northern beaches, where he thinks dark thoughts in his  "cabana of cruelty" – a name bestowed by his three daughters

Michael was working as a journalist in London when the crime the story is based on took place.

Is The Secrets She Keeps based on a true story?

Yes, it is based on real events. In 1994, Abbie Humphries was born in Nottingham at Queen’s Medical Centre.

Julie Kelley was the kidnapper in the real life version of events.

Just three hours after being born, Julie approached Abbie's dad, Roger Humphries and told him Abbie needed a hearing test.

Julie, who was 22 at the time and a former dental nurse, was dressed in a nurse's uniform so Roger did not suspect anything was wrong.

However, Abbie wasn't returned for 17 days.

She was found in Nottingham at Julie's boyfriend's home and it was discovered that Julie took Abbie after faking her own pregnancy to try and fix her failing relationship.

Julie was treated for a personality disorder and was put on probation for three years.

She now lives in a village in the Midlands.

Aged 10, Abbie and her family packed up for New Zealand to start afresh.

The abductee is now 25 and still living in New Zealand – she even finds what happened to her as a baby "cool", as told by the Nottingham Post.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Abbie said she loved watching the TV adaptation of The Secrets She Keeps but acknowledged the pain it causes those close to her.

"As I am sure you can imagine, this does bring up a lot of emotions for my family," she said.

Abbie has said in the past that her parents were open with her at a young age about what had happened.

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