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House of Secrets

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  725 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Peterson Presents a Compelling Contemporary Tale
When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.
Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollec...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers
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I'm not going to summarize this book because you can find plenty of summaries on it. To get straight to the point, the story line had me in suspense enough to keep reading until too late at night.

But the book as a whole was disappointing. I found it way too forced. It's difficult to explain exactly what I mean by that, but essentially, I had trouble buying in to the characters. I don't know anyone who feels an emotion and can immediately analyze the exact source and deeper emotion that is causi...more
This book deals with the important topic of schizophrenia, not often seen in Christian fiction. Three young adult sisters meet their father and his new wife for a family reunion of sorts. The sisters have questions about their mother's death. Did their father have something to do with it?
Meanwhile, Bailee, the oldest, became hyper-responsible in the wake of her mother's incapacity. Bailee is paying the price in her relationships.
While I'm glad to see the subject matter as the theme of a novel,...more
The Cooper family put the dys in dys-functional family. Their mother died when they were all young, and their father just shipped them from boarding school to hired help, and worked away from home as often as possible. Three young girls who have lost their mother, a mother who was mentally ill, but they were too young to understand that, they just knew that their mother was gone, and now their father is gone too, but he hasn't died like their mother died, he chooses to be away from them. At leas...more
I'm having the hardest time putting into words how great this book was. To be totally honest, I wasn't sure what to expect after looking at the front cover and being less than impressed. However, Tracie Peterson has always written excellent contemporary novels, and I should've never doubted that this novel would be equally as good.

This was the second time this year that I've read a Christian book that dealt with mental illness. The family in House of Secrets has lived their lives based on years...more
Maureen Timerman
Bailey Cooper along with her sister's Geena and Piper have been summoned to Bremerton, WA by their Dad.
Supposedly their Dad has some information for them? What Bailey and Geena believe is that he will finally admit to murdering their Mother?? There are so so many secrets in their family.
The story has a lot to do with living with a mental illness, specifically Schizophrenia. The girls wonder if they have inherited this illness. There are flashback, periods of remembering. They hadn't been back t...more
Wow. Tracie Peterson and contemporary fiction? Is that a first? When I heard about this book I knew I had to read it because I have read so many of Tracie’s historical novels. I have to be honest, when I first started reading House of Secrets I didn’t think I could get through it. It sounded like it was going to be too depressing and too full of conflict, but about fifty pages into the story, I found that I could not put this book down. I almost felt like I was intruding on this family, but I wa...more
Emotionally riveting and powerful, this book consumed me. Peterson has created a believably flawed family struggling to overcome the secrets of their past. The Coopers are as dysfunctional as they get and each daughter is clearly a product of that dysfunction. Peterson's strength is in her detailed characterizations. The sisters, Bailee, Geena and Piper, in particular, had solid reasons for behaving the way they did and Peterson eases us beneath layers and layers of confusion, coping strategies...more
Laura Potter
I really enjoyed this book. I would read it again if I owned a copy of it again. This book is about family and redemption. For along while the children believed that their Dad had murdered their mother by slipping a pill into her drink when he didn't. The children's mother was mentally I'll and only the children's father knew about their mother being mentally sick. I can't remember how the children's mother died. I do remember the children's father was afraid to obtain mental health treatment fo...more
Lynn Mcmonigal
I've read Tracie Peterson's work before, but until I came across this book at my local bookstore, I had no idea that she wrote anything other than historical fiction! Not only does she occasionally write contemporary fiction, Peterson writes it VERY well.

Fifteen years ago, Bailee, Geena, and Piper Cooper witnessed their father drugging their mother. They kept the secret, thinking that was the only way to reserve any sort of "normalcy" within their family. When their father invites them back to t...more
I found this lovely and extremely thought provoking playaway at the library a few days ago. Listened to it all afternoon and evening. Didn't even know what I was getting, but what I took out of it was that all of us at some point probably have a dysfunctional family to some degree. This family was very severe, and I wager not all are such, some very minor. I think back on families I was very close with and reflect on their issues and problems. To the outside world they would appear very normal a...more
Tracie Peterson is known for her historical fiction, but I was curious to see what a contemporary fiction from her would be like. Well, let's just say that when it comes to women's fiction she doesn't hold back. We jump right into a family dealing with long held secrets that are about to come out. Bailee, Geena and Piper are heading back to the summer home they haven't been to in 15 years, since their mother died. They saw the events leading up to her death and have kept quiet all these years th...more
Chrystal Mahan
Sometimes a book lands in my lap where I stay up until 3am devouring each word on every page. I force myself to stay away, pushing my eyes to their limits. It is worth it to me. It is very rare that a book bothers me so bad I can’t finish it. I will read everything and anything. It is just as rare that a book grips me so strongly that I have to stay awake until the wee hours of the morning breathing in all 305 pages.

Meet three sisters; Bailee, Geena and Piper.

Meet the father, work-a-holic.

I alw...more
Hattie Norman

Bailee, Geena and Piper grew up in Washington State along with their parents. Their names are sweet and feminine. The family is not too large. Washington State or Seattle is a beautiful place in which to live. Plus, the family's physical needs are handled by a hard working father. However, this family is far from perfect. Mrs. Cooper is mentally ill. She suffers with schizophrena. This is a very serious illness because most of the time, without medications, a person lives outside of...more
Bailee Cooper has lived with secrets her entire life, and now it seems the truth is about to come out. Her memories of her mother’s eccentricities and the questions surrounding her death when Bailee was still a young girl, and her sisters even younger, have left her feeling like, as she puts it, “the headmistress in our strange house of secrets.”

But her father has asked that they all come together at the family summer home, where their lives changed so drastically fifteen years earlier. This mee...more
Victor Gentile
Tracie Peterson in her new book, "House of Secrets" published by Bethany House brings us into the lives of the Cooper family.

From the back cover: When her father orchestrates a surprise trip to the summer house of her childhood, Bailee Cooper is unprepared for what follows. What is intended to be a happy reunion for Bailee and her sisters, Geena and Piper, quickly becomes shrouded by memories from the past.

Together again, the three sisters sift through their recollections of fifteen years ago......more
Jennifer Peterson
Bailee Cooper has been the "mother" of her family since her mom died when she was young. She has always felt responsible for her younger sisters, and has put her life on hold/reorganized her life to ensure that she is available to her sisters. Her dad has not been much help, other than paying for things - education, clothing, homes, etc. To a certain extent, her younger sisters have also resented her actions/interference in their lives, but have dealt with it because she takes care of everything...more
Katrina Burchett
Bailee Cooper did not have a good childhood. She was given the responsibility of protecting her siblings; a job too big for a little girl. Now that Bailee is a grown woman, she still feels responsible for her two sisters, Geena and Piper, to the point where it's affecting her own life. Will she be able to let go? And what about the secret she and her sisters have kept for years? Will there ever be a right time to reveal what they know?

Bailee, Geena and Piper's father summoned them to their summe...more
Apr 06, 2012 Jodi rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: women
Shelves: chick-lit
Geesh! This family makes my family of origin look likes it's all roses and glitter! Very sad story and what the young girls had to face with their mother's illness was so sad. I felt so sorry for the oldest girl and all the pressure put on her by her mother to watch over her siblings to keep them safe - a task she should never have been given at such a young age. Also, as an outsider, it was easy for me to be frustrated by all the hurt feelings the young women had towards each other when they sh...more
Oct 04, 2011 Kristy added it
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is the story of three sisters who travel back to their childhood vacation home to confront the secrets of their past. Their childhood was not typical, with a mentally ill mother and a father who was never around. Bailee, the oldest, doesn't remember ever acting like a child. She always protected her sisters and spent her childhood in fear. Now, she has a chance to move away to New York City to further her career and her friend, Mark, has been interested in a relationship with her from the t...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
"I leaned hard against the door and slid to the floor. At last I was being drawn back to that house of secrets - to those hidden memories of loss and sorrow. For so long I had fooled myself into believing the past would never catch up with me. But now the moment of truth had come...and if there was a hell, I just knew that demons were dancing in delight." (excerpt pg 29)

In the novel House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson, Ballie Cooper and her two sisters are headed back to their summer house in Br...more
Regina Spiker
The three Cooper sisters have hidden a secret for 15 years, since childhood. If such a secret was exposed, it could change their lives and their fathers - but the time has come for truths to be revealed.

Bailee, 27, has always been a mother hen to her two younger sisters Gina and Piper. She learned early as her mother suffered from depression and mental illness and her father worked constantly. She never learned to make friends since the family moved around the country often and her few playmates...more
From my blog:

This month for my Fans of Amish Fiction group read on GoodReads our Christian Fiction pick was

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson

I'll admit it, I wasn't going to read this. I am short on time, have a ton of books to get through, and finals are looming! Not to mention I am job searching like mad...

But I really like Tracie Peterson. I have only previously read her historical fiction works, and you can catch my reviews of some of those by clickin...more
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~Isaiah 41:10 KJV

Fear was something the Cooper sisters lived with for most of their lives. Memories that they couldn’t make sense of caused them this fear.The fear is why the sisters vowed to keep secret their childhood experiences. But God commands us not to fear.

House of Secrets grabs and takes the reader on a journey of healing the hurts...more
House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson

This is story of three little girls growing up with a mother that has mental illness and the problems that exist when a young mother acts perfectly normal most of the time and no one wants to help in the medical community. The Husband feels unable to help his wife and there are times he worries about his little girls so he hires housekeepers and nannies and they move often when the community where they live seems not to see the problem.
Bailee is the oldest of t...more
Take three sisters trying to make sense of the limited memories of their childhood and a father who just wants to forget what is in the past, and you have the makings for a great cast of characters in House of Secrets. This story captured my attention from the very first page and held it throughout the entire book. As these three sisters begin to explore the uncharted territory of their childhood, it is apparent that a lot of damage has been done by ignoring what happened and pretending that eve...more
Mary Hamilton
This is an intriguing story that illustrates the damage done when families keep secrets, even for honorable reasons. Three sisters live for years believing their father poisoned their mother, causing her death. Years later when Dad calls them all back to the summer home where it all started, the memories create animosity between the sisters themselves as well as toward their father. Healing comes only after when the whole truth is revealed.
I would have enjoyed the story much more if I'd gotten a...more
Have you ever kept a heavy secret (or maybe several) from a loved one simply because you believed you were protecting them for their own good? What happened when the truth came out? Did it feel like your whole reality was coming apart at the seams? Is there healing for someone with such painful wounds?

House of Secrets by Tracie Peterson is just such a story. It is a page-turner and a heart-breaker. As I started the book I was immediately pressed to keep reading because I wanted to know the famil...more
May 08, 2014 Arwyn added it
I love Tracie Peterson's books so I was excited to read another when I came across this one in the elibrary I use. However, I was disappointed. I found this book to be kind of boring and predictable. I liked the subject matter, but I saw everything coming. I also felt this book was underdeveloped. The characters didn't always seem real and some things seemed resolved too easy. It was a good quick read, just not quite up to the quality I was expecting.
This family had a lot of misunderstandings and secrets to deal with. By not being honest with each other, they all assumed incorrect information. The family met at a vacation home they owned and hashed it all out. It felt unrealistic to me that for fifteen years they don't go to this vacation home and don't talk about their secrets, then it all comes out in a matter of a few days. I also thought God was awkwardly infused in the story at random times. It did not come across that God was a natural...more
Three sisters have grown up knowing a big secret about their parents, yet never telling anyone or discussing it amongst themselves. Their father gathers them together at their long abandoned vacation home and shares news with them. This starts the ball rolling with many secrets being revealed. It is an interesting book, but I got tired of the characters saying the same thing over and over and over. Why didn't you tell us? How could you keep this from us?

I did like the Christian side of this boo...more
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Tracie Peterson is a bestselling author who writes in both historical and contemporary genres. Her novels reveal her love for research as well as her strong desire to develop emotionally meaningful characters and stories for her readers. Tracie and her family live in Montana.

pen name: Janelle Jamison
More about Tracie Peterson...
A Lady of High Regard (Ladies of Liberty, #1) A Daughter's Inheritance (The Broadmoor Legacy, #1) Land of My Heart (Heirs of Montana, #1) Dawn's Prelude (Song of Alaska, #1) Embers of Love (Striking a Match, #1)

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