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Public Secrets

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  10,180 Ratings  ·  369 Reviews
Emma. Beautiful, intelligent, radiantly talented, she lives in a star-studded world of wealth and privilege.But she is about to discover that fame is no protection at all when someone wants you dead....

All she has to do is close her eyes and she remembers the day Brian McAvoy swept into her life.A frightened toddler, she didn't know then that she was his illegitimate daugh
Paperback, 512 pages
Published March 2nd 1998 by Bantam (first published 1990)
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Aug 15, 2008 jenjn79 rated it it was amazing
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Public Secrets isn't one of Nora Roberts most popular books. It's not one that gets mentioned much and I know a lot of her readers don't particularly care for it. But there's something about this book that thoroughly captures me. It's one of my all-time favorite books. I think I've read it about 6 times now.

It's a rather atypical romance novel (semi-romantic suspense) because the romance doesn't really come into play seriously until the last 150 pages. This book is more about the heroine, Emma,
May 02, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, this is... intense. I want to say it reminds me of Coming Home, a little bit, because they've both got this - atmosphere, I guess - that conveys such a sense of reality. As if the story is already known and is simply being transcribed. Not the sort of work where you think about plot and pacing, just about the inexorable march of time. The almost inevitability of the ending, something hard-won after years of work put into making it from day to day. The courage of everyday living.

I wish there
Laura V.
Un secreto a voces, también conocido como Alegrías y desgracias en la vida de Emma McAvoy

Definitivamente, este es un libro de la época en la que Nora no sabía resumir. ¿Eran necesarias QUINIENTAS páginas para profundizar en el pasado de un personaje?

Con un capítulo YO hubiera estado igual de tranqui. Pequeños flashbacks, qué se yo. No entiendo porqué tuvo que ser tan minuciosa para describir toda la infancia, adolescencia de Emma.

La parte interesante (el romance) llega en la página 450/600. Y
Mar 28, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I purchased the book last year, it looked vaguely familiar. Let me be clear; I have read a LOT of Nora Roberts. Between haunting the library shelves in Germany for her books and purchasing almost all of the rest, I do believe that I have read most of her books. There are only a few I have not gotten around to reading. When I bought Public Secrets, I thought this was one of those that remained unread. After reading the first page, I remembered the story. It turns out I did read it more than ...more
Aug 30, 2012 Cecely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not one of my favorites from Roberts, but it was well written and a good read. Most of the reasoning for my rating has to do with pacing. It's not that the story ever lags, but there was a section I felt lasted too many chapters. That being said, it's more of my personal distaste for the subject matter going on in the story--brutal domestic abuse and violence against children. It makes me sick to even read about such things and know they exist in reality. So, though it may be a bit unfa ...more
Apr 29, 2013 Bridget rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an oldie but a goodie. I first read Public Secrets over 15 years ago and since then I continually pick it back up for a reread. I just finished rereading the story after a good 7 or 8 year break and I am so happy to say that it's still as compelling, intriguing, and delightful as it was the first time I read it.

This story in particular is a favorite of mine as it follow the story of not just the main character Emma, but an entire cast of characters that you love to love and love to hate
Lora Tihomirova
Feb 01, 2011 Lora Tihomirova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I simply loved this book. I honestly couldn't put it down. The characters were touching and real, not flawless and perfect but real.
What I hated was being in Emma's head. Not the writing hate, I just loved the story, but rather the existantial hate. I don't want to think of child abuse, that's just one of the most horrible things out there. And the worst of it was that, even when she grew up in a loving environment with all luxuries etc., in the end she was still the traumatised little girl who
Jan 14, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the most wonderfull book I've ever read! The book has it all, love, happiness and sadness. It's the first book that made me have tears in my eyes, some where from happiness but there where also tears of sadness. But everything meaningful in the book and I love the happy end!!!!
Scott Rhine
The characterization and settings are superb. based solely on this, it would have been a 5. but after a while the detail is too much. For about an hour's worth of crime drama, you need to span 20 years. There were scenes where the person has traveled hours to ask one life-or-death question. Rather than ask, they draw it out for a page saying "I'm going to ask a question," or neglect to share a vital piece of information entirely. I found myself wanting to edit several times. Whole chapters, such ...more
Jun 10, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis above, not going to make my own.

This was a great book from Nora Roberts, better than some of the others I have read. It is one of her time progression novels, so a lot of the book is about Emma's childhood and the lives of the band members. The major romance between Emma and Michael doesn't really begin until after half of the book is already over with, somewhere in the last 175 pages or so.

I loved reading about all the lives in this book, though. Usually NR focuses on the main two cha
Aug 26, 2008 Lizzy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Me alegré muchísimo cuando editaron este libro al español y mucho más cuando lo encontré en la librería. Es espectacular, tiene tanta trama y personajes que es realmente difícil comentarlo en pocas palabras, pero a pesar de ser un poco largo, ya que narra la vida de los miembros de una banda de rock y su familia a través de 20 años, el libro es fluido con la perfecta cantidad de detalles para no perderse durante los saltos de tiempo sin llegar a ser tedioso, en otras palabras la combinación perf ...more
Teena in Toronto
I liked this book ... there was a lot to it and a lot going on.

It starts out in the 1970s in the early years when the English rock band, Devastation, is just starting to become famous. Emma's father, Brian, is the lead singer and she's friends with the other three guys in the band. There's lots of sex, drugs and rock 'n roll along with the times a'changin'.

We follow Emma after her brother dies, until she's in her twenties, and everyone in her family and circle. I liked the characters we are supp
Jun 28, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of my favorite Nora Roberts and I've read them all. I love the story of this woman's evolution from traumatized little girl to strong fighter. The story of her rock star father, step-mother, and all the band members was very well done. Throw in a great love stort and it was perfection from start to finish.
Lisa James
This story is about Emma McAvoy, her father brian, rock god, her junkie mother Jane who literally SOLD her at 3 years of age, & the tragedies in that family, one of which, the death of Emma's baby brother Darren, which takes over 20 years & 2 generations to finally solve. I have to admit, I didn't see the one coming. Not bad, & a relatively quick, easy, page turning read!
Jul 21, 2013 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 09, 2014 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent mystery, kept me guess, plus if you're from the sixties, this book rocked.
Jun 03, 2015 Bryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best Nora Roberts I have read

I like the rock genre and it had a good storySola
Jul 15, 2015 Faiza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
re read after a decade and still as good as the first time around.
Apr 05, 2014 Trewen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemp, nora-roberts
I really liked this story until the end.
So I knocked the rating down a bit.

Such an engaging story that spans about 20 years. When I put the book down, the characters stayed fresh in my mind and I couldn't wait to see them again.
The down fall for me was the Hero. He was a good guy but I found him to be too impatient for our Heroine and then when they're finally together I never felt a real connection between them.
Also, the ending, which finally wraps up a major piece of the story was way too tidy
Nov 29, 2012 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a little slow in the beginning as it built the story, but the book was great! You find you needed all the slow moments to build to the end! It was such a great story to watch Emma grow up and see the world through her eyes as a child, a teenager and then to adult. It showed her handling stardom and becoming her own person. And then when she falls in was painful to read about but in the end...she stood up and took control.

I so recommend this book! It is definitely worth t
Arianne The Bookworm on the Loose
One of the classic Nora Roberts books I've read and seemingly one of my favorites too. The life of a rockstar on the road and with his groupies, a little girl's tormented childhood, a mother's unbearable attitude towards her daughter, a crime of passion.

I think the book has so much plot and characters that is really hard to individually comment about each one of them. Nevertheless, Nora had carefully tackled the life of members of a rock band and his family through 20 years.

I think Emma McAvoy i
Julie Barrett
Feb 13, 2015 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Public Secrets by Nora Roberts
Emma Parker, as a child she was told from her mom of her father, the rockstar and they lived in London.
Jane drinks, heavily and threatens to kill the child and herself after telling the TV reporters why they were abandoned by the rockstar.
was taken by her father as a child and lives with her father Brian and his pregnant girlfriend Bev. Her mom always hit her but she's happy to have money now to do what she wants.
The rockstar band travels to America and the females
This is a quick, suspenseful read that is enjoyable and does not challenge the mind too much. It is a 'murder-romance' story.

As an adult, Emma is a beautiful, intelligent,talented young woman whose life since she was three has been a star-studded world of wealth and privilege. But as the book opens, someone wants her dead....

She was a frightened, lonely toddler, always hiding from her mother's drunken or drug-induced wrath, when Brian McAvoy, her rock-star father, swept in and took her away. Sh
Writing a romance is hard enough, but making it believable is something else altogether. But there isn't a line in the book that made me feel like I was reading fiction. This story can easily be a reality for many people.

The book revolves mainly around Emma McAvoy, the "love-child" of a rising Rockstar, Brian McAvoy. She is brought by an alcoholic and abusive mother. She meets her dad for the first time, at the age of three, who takes her away from her alcoholic and abusive mother. It had been l
Paula Reis
May 22, 2016 Paula Reis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mais um livro de Nora Roberts que me surpreendeu por não ser só amor! Com uma grande componente de violência psicológica e física, policial, os excessos na vida das estrelas e ainda o 'vale tudo' para chegar ao topo! Adorei
More like 2.5 stars, I suppose. Because this is a good book that had many good things and very, very typical tear-jerking bonds I love Nora Roberts's books for. That's one writer who sure knows how to work cliches and tropes. But there were simply too many of those, no matter how well done. So the entirety turned out to be a bit too cramped for my liking, and generally a little bit off my tastes. Rather predictable, too. Perhaps the suspense wasn't the main point, but this was one of the few ins ...more
Yessenia Andaverde
This book was.. not what I expected.

Being honest, I was waiting for a typical romance story, but this is it and more.

Emma is so real, and I loved her relationship with her father from the very first moment. It's a travel through the 60's, 70's and 80's, though drougs, a bad marriage, redoing relationships and accepting truths, to discover yourself. And music, the music is very important in the history. There were moments when I cryed, when I laughed, when I felt like if someone were squeezing my
This book reminded me why I like Nora Roberts. I'll admit, I haven't been impressed with her lately (and by lately I'm pretty sure any book she's written in the last decade because it felt like too many of the same re-tellings to me), but this one, I really enjoyed and in fact stayed up late last night because I was halfway through and didn't want to stop. I love that this story took place over about a span of thirty years or so. I love that it was about rockers and stardom and drugs and family ...more
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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“Shall I tell you what rock and roll is, Johnno, from someone who doesn't perform, but observes?
It's restless and rude. It's defiant and daring. It's a fist shaken at age. It's a voice that often screams out questions because the answers are always changing. The very young play it because they're searching for some way to express their anger or joy, their confusion and their dreams. Once in a while, and only once in a while, someone comes along who truly understands, who has the gift to transfer all those needs and emotions into music.”
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