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Legacy of Lies & Don't Tell (Dark Secrets #1-2)

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Two girls haunted by the past... and destined to relive it

In Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realize
Paperback, 431 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published August 4th 2009)
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Beatrice Masaluñga
Jul 11, 2015 Beatrice Masaluñga rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Marnelly Chua
The Dark secrets 1 contains two stories. I find this book interesting and it is one good book to read for those who love mystery. I just bought this on sale (Powerbooks, thank you for the sale books!) I never expected this book would be so good mystery. You should try this. I'm like trying to guess who is the murderer in every story.. I'm going to look for the next book. This review may contain a little spoiler. This is a GOOD BOOK, and I mean it ;)I finished this last night.

In Legacy of Lies
Fabienne Gilbert
Apr 10, 2016 Fabienne Gilbert rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Murder mystery fans
"The driver didn't acknowledge his near miss. "Jerk," I said aloud. Ginny looked amused. "That was your cousin." "My cousin?" I twisted in my seat, to look down the side street where the Jeep had made another sudden turn. "Matt Barnes," she replied."

I love this quite because straight away we meet Matt and you can tell that he is going to play a role with a bit of mystery. Also, lets face it in Chandlers books, no one is what they first appear to be, I mean just look at her book Kis
Mar 14, 2011 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I bought this book this weekend and i gotta say i loved these stories i dont really care for Mysterys much but i just could not stop reading this book i had to find out what happends or else i would be thinking about it all night! The first story is about Megan and she is staying with her Grandma and shes a total drag shes mean and doesnt talk very much and when she does she snotty. Megan is trying to stay out of trouble but she relized that her grandmother doesnt like her too much because thing ...more
I usually don't write reviews, but this one totally deserves it!! It was an absoulute masterpiece! I couldn't rest till i finished the whole book! Both the books "Legacy of Lies" and "Don't Tell" were amazing! Packed with mystery, suspense, supernatural and romance by no account did it ever become unexicting to read! To sum it up it was a short, fast paced novel that keeps you guessing till the end!!!! :D Can't wait to read the next one!
Mar 11, 2010 Xxcarolinexx rated it it was amazing
OMG i brought this book the other day and started to read it at 4 in the evening and finished at 10 it was that good the first one legacy of lies in my opion is the best its about a girl named megan who as been invited to her 'grandmothers' house but doesnt want any thing to do with her and then she meets her cousin but megan was adopted so she feels an attraction to matt but he doesnt feel one for her then megan starts to see avrils ghost her grandmothers sister.
But megan soon finds out that sh
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}

Like with any books that I picked up first based on the cover I was a little hesitant. That's why this double was at the very bottom of my TBR pile that was currently piling up in my room.

Weelllll I can say I am genuinely surprised. This was brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

Okay so there are two stories in this double edition, the first one Legacy of Lies is the story of Megan Tilby, who goes to visit her grandmother in Wisteria. She wants absolutely nothing to do w
Feb 27, 2010 Rachael rated it really liked it
In Legacy of Lies, Megan is invited to stay with her uptight and judgmental grandmother. It’s bad enough that Megan doesn’t want to be there in the first place, but it’s also clear that she isn’t entirely welcome there either. When strange nightmares that seem more like memories start to coincide with rumors of a family secret, Megan wants to dig deeper and find out the truth. Unfortunately, the truth may have deadly consequences. In Don’t Tell, Lauren finally revisits her godmother in the town ...more
Yann Yan
Feb 22, 2013 Yann Yan rated it it was amazing
So so so many suprises. I love the story. People will love this if they're interested with mysteries and suspense. Thumbs up!
Feb 08, 2010 Keli rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-50-books
Wow...I really mean Wow!
The first story in Dark Secrets 1 is about Megan; who was adopted by her mother and comes to live with her "grandmother" who wants absoultley nothing to do with her. There she meets her cousin Matt and feels attracted to him, but he dones't feel the same for her. Everything is going fine until some things are suddenly being misplaced; moved without anybody moving them. Megan is hearing things, seeing things. And now she finds herself in a fatal love triangle...
Sep 02, 2011 Heather rated it it was ok
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Nov 25, 2010 Chibineko rated it liked it
Reading these books reminds me of how teen books were written when I was younger (these stories were originally written in 2000 & 2001). Many of the general teen books back then didn't contain as much mature reading material as the ones now seem to have. There were books that discussed sex, drugs & such but many took an after school special approach to them. (Christopher Pike seemed to be one of the rare exceptions to this & posted many books that were surprisingly mature for books t ...more
May 29, 2010 Melissa rated it really liked it
My actual rating for this is 4.5 stars. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending of the second story left me wanting for more. Anyway, here's my review:

Seasoned writer Elizabeth Chandler published a series of five books in the early 2000 called Dark Secrets. Simon and Pulse publishing company has taken it upon themselves to republish these novels in a series of three more books. Now on to the review!

After going through a recent dry spell with my reading,where nothing seemed to catch my int
May 03, 2016 Krista rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, own
Okay I read this years ago (and I'm sure a couple of times) in high school. I absolutely loved it back then, I even recommended it to a friend and she loved it as well. I was never able to figure out who was behind it, which I have been pretty good at with books. After years away from the book and rereading once again (I read the entire thing on the plane), I was able to remember why I loved it so much but also being able to see the flaws in the stories. While I couldn't remember who was behind ...more
Mar 22, 2015 fenrir rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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May 14, 2011 Nikki rated it did not like it
Shelves: paranormal
1.5 stars

Legacy of Lies started out slow, the descriptions throughout were too much for me. I really didn't care how many chimneys a house had or which way the trees blew. It just dragged for me. This was a very short story and I felt it could have been cut in half again. I felt the mystery was given away too early and I was just waiting (it felt like forever) for the characters to catch up. At the end the little twist which was thrown in just totally came out of no where - it was annoying. The
Both of these short stories are awesome! The only problem I had with this book is that I wished the stories were longer! After reading about both characters and their stories I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to see more of who they are and how their relationships with the other characters progressed.

When I finished both of these books it made me wish for one thing. I wish that I had family that lived overseas (or somewhere cool) that way I could go and visit them over the Summer. To be
Feb 05, 2011 Camilla rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I had no idea that these two stories would turn out the way they did! They left me gripping the book until no end, and always desperate to find out what happens next in the haunting mystery. I loved both of the stories, they were great! The characters were very likable, and the way the mystery came together in the end left you speechless. I loved how freaky, and suspenseful the mysteries were, I literally couldn't put this book down! The second story was defiantly freakier than the first, but I ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Read2review rated it really liked it
This was the first book that I have read by Elizabeth Chandler. I have heard of her in the genres that I follow and Dark Secrets 1 was part of a box set I received for Christmas.

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The book is two stories in one volume, Legacy Of Lies and Don’t Tell. This completely threw me at first as I knew they were separate stories but I didn’t realise they were set in the same place. I was reading Don’t Tell and recognised places and had to go bac
May 13, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it
I loved this story, I havent really read one like this before. The best story was the first one Legacy of lies. I would of gave that one a five out five. The second wasnt as good, but was still a mystery to read but I would of gave that a 3 out of 5. If your into romance/mystery a gothic romance, I recommend.

In a Legacy of lies, I love Megans personality, because she comes across as someone who's not afraid of anything and likes to live things on the edge and is a rebel.
Also I loved Matt, the si
Veronica Morfi
Nov 24, 2011 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing
This book consists of two stories taking place in the same town, Wisteria.

Legacy of Lies
Megan visits her grandmother on Wisteria for the first time. The old woman seems really annoyed to have her there and always tries to make Megan and her step-cousin fight. Megan realizes that the house her grandmother lives is the one she had dreamed many times in the past. When she starts waking in other rooms without knowing how she got there and things start changing place, Megan discovers the cruel histor
Katelin Campbell
Jun 08, 2016 Katelin Campbell rated it really liked it
Originally posted to A Bookworm's Confessions

Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell are the first two books in the Dark Secrets series. These two were published separately and then were combined into one omnibus. Dark Secrets 2 has book three and four. The fifth Dark Secrets book is on it's own as it is the end of the series.

I read Don't Tell when I was still in middle school so it was awhile ago. There is a small portion of paranormal in these novels. Legacy of Lies focuses on reincarnation and Don't T
May 26, 2011 Courtney rated it really liked it
Genre: Mystery-plot

I enjoyed reading Dark Secrets because of the interesting mysteries that the novel portrayed. The novel was broken into two stories, both taken place in the same area, and both strange mysteries about teenagers learning more about their past they never fully understood.
Some parts of the book freaked me out a little, especially the second story in the book. The stories aren’t horrifying but when reading a mystery you feel like your watching a scary mystery TV show. The best
Jul 05, 2014 Eileen rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and readable. My daughter read this for her summer read and asked me to read it too so we could talk about it. For young teens I think these books have the right mix of hinky tension, sexual tension and a touch of the gothic to make for an engaging entertaining read. I liked both stories and since I'm familiar with the Eastern Shore, I enjoyed that connection as well. Fun!
Jenny Couch
Nov 17, 2009 Jenny Couch rated it really liked it
For whatever reason I've been into young adult fiction...which says a lot about me I'm sure. You can pick up so many of these books and find a fairly weak heroine, a girl you would never want your daughter to turn into. The main character of the story Megan is a girl you would be happy to have your daughter read about. She is strong, smart and not afraid of who she is. The story is fairly predictable and the small town of Wisteria is just what you would want a small eastern town to be but the ch ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Kitty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down. Honestly I put it down once and that was only because I had to. It was gripping, I loved the way the two stories tied up, taking place in the same town. It was something different and I liked it.

It's the kinda story that makes you feel like you can't put it down. For once I didn't have to go through and reread things that I'd missed I liked it for that, I kept hold of my attention.

It has a beautiful plot line for both of the stories, I liked the fact it was two s
Shaunna Caitlyn
Wow! Wow! Wow! ...Wow! This book is my cup of tea. I mean down to the tea leaves and temperature. I eat up mysteries, especially with a strong female character at the helm. This was a book, or books I should say, that I did not want to put down for one single second. The mystery never turns out the way I imagined, which is rare. Usually I can figure out what the huge plot twist is going to be much sooner than it happens, but these were actually twists and left me surprised, which I love to eat u ...more
Andge (Down the Rabbit Hole)
It has been a long time since I've read Dark Secrets Volume 1, and can I just say? Time has NOT been nice to it.

As a younger person, such fast-paced attractions and supernatural occurrences would have been a fun and intriguing read at night. Now? Not so much. Let me explain why.

In Legacy of Lies, having our protagonist fall for her cousin (even though they're NOT actually blood-related) was a little weird for my tastes. Did they have to be related? Was that TRULY necessary for the plot line
Mar 31, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it
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Adonia Nicole
Sep 01, 2014 Adonia Nicole rated it liked it
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Jan 24, 2016 Karisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned
12-20-10 Legacy of Lies: OMG!!! This is now one of my favorite-favorite books!!! I've never read anything like it before, it's so mysterious and yet it's romantic! :D I caught on to quite a few things though. Verry cool. GREAT PLOT!!! If she wasn't adopted, it would be weird for them to be together. Also, if she wasn't adopted, then I wonder how se would have met back with her gandma, lover, and friends. I'm still a little scared that Sophia could die but I doubt she will because if she was rein ...more
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Madison Mega-Mara...: Dark Secrets 1 1 3 Feb 04, 2012 07:55AM  
  • The Forbidden Game (The Forbidden Game, #1-3)
  • The Poison Garden
  • Love You to Death / High Stakes (The Mediator, #1-2)
  • Remember Me (Remember Me, #1-3)
  • Sweep: Volume 4 (Sweep, #10-12)
  • The Den of Shadows Quartet (Den of Shadows, #1-4)
  • Resurrection (Wicked, #5)
  • Echoes (Fingerprints, #1-3)
  • Revealers
  • Aerie and Reckoning (The Fallen, #3-4)
  • The Haunted (The Hollow, #2)
  • The Splendor Falls
  • Dark of the Moon (Dark Guardian, #3)
  • The Sight (Premonitions, #1-2)
  • Red is for Remembrance (Blue is for Nightmares, #4)
Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary-Claire Helldorfer. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Other Books in the Series

Dark Secrets (5 books)
  • Legacy of Lies (Dark Secrets, #1)
  • Don't Tell (Dark Secrets, #2)
  • No Time to Die (Dark Secrets, #3)
  • The Deep End of Fear (Dark Secrets, #4)
  • The Back Door of Midnight (Dark Secrets, #5)

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“I had discovered that there was something more painful than falling in love with someone who hasn't fallen for you; hurting that person-hurting him and not being able to do anything about it.” 299 likes
“Are you lost?"

I turned around. "Excuse me?"

Two guys were sprawled on a bench close to the sidewalk. The one who had spoken wore tattered shorts and a colonial three-cornered hat-nothing else. He had wide shoulders and long, muscular legs. He stretched dramatically, then lay his tanned arm along the back of the bench. "You look lost," he said. "Can I help you find something?"

"Uh, no, thanks. I was just looking."

He grinned. "Me too."

"Oh?" I glanced around, thinking I'd missed something. "At what?"
He and his friend burst out laughing.
Way to go, Lauren, I thought. He had been looking at me!
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