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

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  9,648 ratings  ·  510 reviews
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
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Paperback, 431 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Simon Pulse (first published August 4th 2009)
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Beatrice
Oct 10, 2011 Beatrice rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marnelly Chua
Shelves: owned, favorite-books
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
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Jessica
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
Unzela
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!
Xxcarolinexx
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
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Rachael
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
Keli
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...
5 STARS f
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Heather
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Chibineko
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
Melissa
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
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sophia
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Nikki
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
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Mevurah
I loved this book! After reading the Kissed by An Angel trilogy i became interested with Elizabeth Chandler's work and wanted to read more from her! This book is different from Kissed By Angel but like the story it leaves you wanting to read more and to find out what goes on next. This book seriously left me in suspense and i could not put it down! When i had to put it down because of doing chores or homework i became very annoyed because the stories were THAT GOOD! Esepcially Don't Tell, its lo ...more
Yann Yan
So so so many suprises. I love the story. People will love this if they're interested with mysteries and suspense. Thumbs up!
Bianca
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
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Camilla
Feb 05, 2011 Camilla rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Read2review
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.

** For the full review please check out www.read2review.com **

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
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Kelsey
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
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Veronica Morfi
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
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Katelin Campbell
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 Tell focuses on telekinesis type of abilities.
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Courtney
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
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Eileen
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
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
Kitty
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
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Jen
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Adonia Nicole
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Olivia
It was okay. The first story went pretty fast but predictable, but the last story was slow and wasn't predictable at all. Out of both of them: I would have to say "Legacy of Lies" was my favorite. "Don't Tell" was okay, but some parts seem to drag throughout the story. I thought that one girl Nora was weird. I didn't like reading about her that much for some reason.

I'll be reading the next book, but not any time soon.
Yasmin
Read this waaay back when i was about 13, back when i started reading young adult and this was one of my very first reads. Picked this up again on a sale and i realize how much i love the series. The plot with its mystery binded with the heart wrenching romance makes the story worth while and i am definitely glad i picked this up again! despite the complicated plot and characters, the writing makes it definitely easy to follow. Each mystery within every one of the stories is unique and paired wi ...more
Aya Hafez
The whole book is great. Mystery mixed with love which I like the most. "Legacy of lies" is perfect, I fall in love with all the characters. "Don't tell" could have been better,I felt carefree since I expected the end. Generally, It's a simple nice book =))
Skylar Lewis
I absolutely loved this book! It is one of my favorite books. I read both of the stories in Dark Secrets 1 a few years ago. I preferred Legacy of Lies over Don't Tell but they were both amazing. Both stories involve plot twists, mystery, love, humor, etc. However these books contain so much mystery that if you don't really pay attention to the story or you are skimming or skipping through you could miss something very important. Every detail in this story contributes to the end. Since the first ...more
Ariel Lanier
Just finished this book last night and I was so spooked out! I am a CHICKEN and I never read mystery or horror. Because these are two short stories, it gets exciting very quickly. I really enjoyed them! I'm so used to reading books in a series and then having to wait in agony for the next to come out that this was incredibly satisfying! The little love scenes in the stories are sweet and not overly romantic, they don't overpower the main issue at hand. Which is also nice because it seems that it ...more
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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)
Kissed by an Angel (Kissed by an Angel, #1-3) No Time to Die & The Deep End of Fear (Dark Secrets, #3-4) Evercrossed (Kissed by an Angel, #4) Summer in the City 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.” 277 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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