Secrets She Left Behind (Before The Storm #2)
Keith Weston nearly lost his life in an act of arson. He survived - but with devastating physical and emotional scars. Without his mother, he has no one to help him heal, no money, no...more
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SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND is full of new twists and secrets. I am afraid to write too much about the story for fear of giving something away. But I do highly recommend it to Diane Chamberlain fans. If you ...more
Oh, what a tangled web we weave. Us humans are such complex characters and I think Secrets She Left Behind really shows that.
This is the sequel to Before the Storm and although it mostly tells the same story this book looks into each characters thoughts and behaviours much more than Before The Storm does.
I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about each characters and why they felt and did what they did.
I found Maggie to be quite a righteous person who was very self centred. A ...more
Keith Wes has had his life turned upside down in the last year. He almost lost his life, by an act of arson. He has been terribly disfigured, and now the person responsible for it all is coming back from prison. He ...more
We rejoin the Lockwood family in this sequel following Maggie's prison sentence for the arson that she committed to a community church. She re ...more
There are lots of truths and family relationships brought unexpectedly to the fore....I like when these kind of things pop up, and you go ...more
I don't know why they don't just write on the cover that it is a sequel. As soon as you find out, it ruins the current ...more
I was initially apprehensive that the background given to ...more
I discovered her in late 2013 and the first few books I read were really outstanding - she quickly became the kind of author whose books I would pick up just because she wrote them without reading the synopsis or knowing anything about the plot.
Sadly, the love affair didn’t last. The next few I read were less than stellar and my admiration for her began to fade; the last one I tried I flat out abandoned!
I bought this b ...more
I don't want to spoil the plot of this or the first book - so I will try to generalise:
The main plot of this book is how the culprit who caused the tragic fire in the first book, deals with the fallout of what they have done ...more
This one also did not disappoint. The author writes these novels with stories that are so emotional and thought provoking and reading them you become so involved with the characters. I read the last half of book in one sitting.
This stor ...more
The story begins with Maggie being released from prison for acts that led up to a fire that killed three people and seriously injured several others. The characters were very well developed and it was interesting ...more
This story is written from 4 main viewpoints- Maggie who is being let out of prison, Andy-her brother, Keith who s ...more
I had a hard time finding sympathy for Keith because even though he'd been through hell, he was pretty unlikeable. That changed by the end, though. Great little series! Give it a go if you like contemporary with a little bi ...more
After Keith Weston becomes a burn victim due to an act of arson, he must deal with his scars - both physical and emotional. To make matters worse, his mother has disappeared and no one has any idea where she may be.
Keith has no choice but to ask the Lockwood family for help. Laurel was his mother's best friend...and her husband Jamie was Keith's father. Unfortunately, Laurel's daughter - and Keith's half-sister - is the person who committ ...more
Secrets She Left Behind was a novel full of heart, family, and suspense. Each chapter from a different person's point of view, reminding me a lot of The Poisonwood Bible in that sense, gave the book character, and it kept you on your toes. Though it's a little confusing at first, before you ...more
Half of this book was just excerpts and re-explanations of her first book. That is a good thing if you haven't read "before the storm," but if you have, this book gets kind of repetitive. I also get super frustrated by her character Andy. She has him getting better at reacting to his emotions and whatnot, but at the same time he can't remember the simplest of things! The letter that goes into his bag in chapter one takes way too long to be found considering how often he is "dumping" out his bag ...more
Maggie was always a good girl but falling in love made her do things you would never expect of her - like planning to set a fire so that her boyfriend, a fireman could prove that he had overcome his fears. Although she didn't actually light the fire, she had poured flammables al ...more
I am a HUGE Diane Chamberlain fan and this book was all that I expected and more!
I do believe that this book can be read as a standalone book (as mentioned above) as the story really is separate to the previous book, and cross over parts and clearly explained. Having read Before the Storm first I ...more
The best part of this story was how Maggie and Keith were both coping with what happened. The whole town is upset at Maggie's short prison s ...more
the past has a huge impact on the future of the people but one pivotal event was Sara acting quickly to move away causing more heartache.
I would definitely find it hard to forgive Maggie.
Maggie's family is very forgiving but as a mother it would be very hard not to forgive your child when this was a catalogue of errors and not entirely her fault. I think Keith would find it extremely hard to forgive.
I think Maggie is a very empathic person and would enjoy nursing.