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Legacy of Lies (Dark Secrets #1)

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Something is haunting Megan...

She had seen Scarborough House only in her dreams. Now Megan was here, visiting the grandmother she'd never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear. Grandmother was so cold, so distant. Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years? And why was Matt so determined to call her his "al

Paperback, 182 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Simon Pulse
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Amy Louise
This was a brillant book. Lots of twists and turns and mystery. This is the first Elizabeth Chandler book I have read and it won't be the last :)
Sam Aspro
"Where am I?"
"With me."
Megan was invited to her grandmother's house, a person she has never met and a person who has had wanted nothing to do with her until now.
She has had dreams of the house, her grandmother's house, although she has never seen it and when she comes to visit, Megan begins to have more dreams. Then, other strange things begin. Stuff is being misplaced and Megan wants to find out exactly what is going on.

I picked this up from the library and wow, I really liked it. Interesting story, lots of mystery
Bobbi Jo
Oct 05, 2009 Bobbi Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teenagers
Recommended to Bobbi Jo by: myself!
I loved this book... It was short, and to the point, with a very good plot. A couple twists and turns to keep you interested... with a very nice ending! (I've always been the one for happy endings.. well most of the time)... I love Elizabeth Chandlers writing this is now the second book I've read of hers... along with "Kissed By an Angel" Which was just as good... maybe better. I'm off now to read "Don't tell".. and I believe in a few months "Dark secrets 2" Will be released.. Featuring her two ...more
Jessica Lewis
This story I really enjoyed. it has a twist so profound that made you believe that your true love will never be lost. I recommend you read this book and you will understand just what I mean. Loved it.
3.5 me gusto pero no se la historia va muy rápido tal vez o se me hace muy sacado de la nada todo
Alise  (Readers in Wonderland)
I really loved this, it wasn't at all predictable.
"Versteinerte Seelen", der erste Band der "Dark Secrets"-Reihe von Elizabeth Chandler, stand schon viel zu lange ungelesen in meinem Bücherregal, sodass ich das Buch schon fast vergessen hätte. Da ich mich dann aber durch Zufall wieder an die Reihe erinnert habe, musste ich diese unbedingt lesen und hatte hohe Erwartungen, die zum Glück erfüllt wurden.

Obwohl "Versteinerte Seelen" zu einer Reihe gehört, kann die Reihe in unterschiedlicher Reihenfolge und unabhängig voneinander gelesen werden, da
Ingrid Fasquelle
"La nuit dernière, j'ai revu la maison. Je n'y suis pourtant jamais allée. Dans mon rêve, je pousse la porte et j'entre. Toujours. La nuit dernière, elle était fermée à clé. Quelqu'un voulait m'empêcher d'y accéder. Aujourd'hui, je descends lentement de la voiture, les yeux rivés sur la maison. C'est celle de mon rêve. Pour la seconde fois en vingt-quatre heure, je monte les marches. Cette fois, la porte s'ouvre en grand. Le cauchemar commence."

Deuxième série d'Elizabeth Chandler, Les Secrets de
Ich habe von dieser Autorin Ihre Engel-Trlogie gelesen und die fand ich richtig gut und fesselnd. In dieser Trilogie findet man ein wenig Fantasie, nun hat die Autorin wieitere Bücher rausgebracht und natürlich musste ich "Versteinerte Seelen" haben und lesen. Hier geht es diesmal nicht um Engel, sondern um ein Geheimnis das Megan aufdecken will und auch muss um endlich wieder Frieden zufinden. Sie fährt zur ihrer Großmutter, die in einem sehr großem Haus lebt, aber kaum Kontakt zu Megan und ihr ...more
Amanda Peterson
Megan is just like any other girl; she goes to school, is boy crazy, and loves her family. The only difference is that she sees crazy things in her dreams, that she has ever seen before. She didn't quite know this until the day she arrived at her Grandmother's house, on a strange visit. Megan's Grandmother has pretty much disowned her since she was adopted and rarely, rarely sees her, let alone is invited to her house for a weeks stay. From the moment Megan stepped into her Grandmother's wide an ...more
Kayla Brock
This was the first book i read of Elizabeth Chandler's and was what drew me to read her other books. I really liked this book it was not predictable and was different from most books today.I liked how the town was described, it really set the tone of the book. I couldn't help loving Megan,she is exactly how I like my book heroines,
She is independent. Check.
Daring. Check.
Has a sharp tongue and is witty. Check.
intelligent. Check.
She wants answers even when confused. Check.
Does't let anyone intimid
This is the first Elizabeth Chandler book I read.

The story is about Megan, Her Grandmother and Cousin.

I dont want to spoil this book for you guys.But It was one hell of a read.
I couldn't put the book down. Such a terrific book with all the elements to make it
a successful mystery book .. The book is also a YA book .. and anyone who loves YA genre .. will LOVE this book .. Give it a try .. you wont regret it.
It didn't have a slow plot ., it was a perfect page turner. With good amount of witty re
So I just finish reading Legacy of Lies. I must say I really enjoyed it. All the characters were really great. The book had a really great storyline. I like the main character Mergan. I really like the fact that she spoke her mind and didn't hold anything back. She was very funny and sarcastic. I love the little witty remark she would say throughout the book. The grandmother was really stuck up and I didn't like her all that much. Well I guess that's old people for you their stuck in their ways. ...more
Love the heroine! She's so fierce and straight-forward :D it's nice to meet such a head strong girl who doesn't need much help to figure things out. Please don't misunderstand, Megan is a nice and sweet girl, but she knows how to toughen herself when needed.

The true is that I'm getting tired of silly heroine who's scared to speak her mind and doesn't stand up for herself... Megan, she knows how to speak up to bullies, knows when to give her respect when the same is given, and especially, she do
Beginning was promising, ending - not quite satisfied with it.
The weird history between grandmother, her grandson, and ex-husband; the coincidence of being adopted in that exact family; main character's "special" looks, and "the trip" in which she met the "old friends" made me lose credibility.
Also, I'm not a fan of supernatural but I ignored that fact while reading.
Despite that, I liked it. This story has many good twists and turns which I enjoyed. It's unique. A quick reading. I wanted for it
Kori Palmer
Mrs. Almquist
English 9 Honors period _4_
September 22, 2014
Book Review #1 (First Quarter)

Remember, in this book review the first paragraph elaborates on a viewpoint about the main character of the story, using methods of characterization to analyze him/her. The second paragraph is your recommendation or condemnation of the book to others.

Cite the Novel: Chandler, Elizabeth. Dark secrets, Legacy of lies. New York: Pocket books, 2000.print.

Fiction or Nonfiction?: Fiction
Write Here: In th
This was the first Elizabeth Chandler book I ever read; and I was, of course, hooked after this one.
After reading Legacy of Lies, I quickly continued to read the rest of the Dark Secrets series, and from then on would read anything written by Elizabeth Chandler.
While Legacy of Lies was not my favorite from the Dark Secrets series, It still made its way on to my list of favorites along with the rest of the series. This book is unique and unpredictable- two of the things I loved about it. I was
I first read this book by chance back in the summer of 2004. At the time, I was a teenager working a boring job that consisted of long hours and minimal socializing. I remember being completely enthralled and romanticized by the notion of this captivating story. For years I have referenced its ideal plot twists and fun take on a YA paranormal/thriller. Sometime between 04' and 06' I lost my copy and forgot the title. Since that time I've spent hours roaming the internet typing in what informatio ...more
Grace K.
This book was very good. It got a little confusing but it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Legacy of Lies is scaresly a novel - it's lenght felt to me quite like a novella would. This is not nessecerily bad though, because the story was a great deal more than interesting this way and it was not tiring at all - I would happily re-read it. The characters had no exceptionary depth, but this is something easily forgiven as they still held my interest. There were small doses of romance, mystery and paranormal - focusing on the subject of reincarnation.


16 year old Megan, daughter of "
Myra Khan
Elizabeth Chandler redeemed herself in my eyes with this book. The first thing I'd read from her was the "Love Stories" series, and I thought those were blah. I was reluctant to start this one because I feared she would do the same thing she did with those, but as it turned out, this book was pleasantly entertaining.

Her choppy, quick, style of writing is something to get used to, but after ploughing through books filled with descriptive, tedious dialogue, this was a breath of fresh air. I though
Zoe Tribley
I got the joint book where it had Legacy of Lies in it along with Don't Tell and after I read the whole handful of it- it was like I'd entered a plague movement where I just had to read the rest of the Dark Secret novels. And I did. And then I begun to worship the theoretical ground that Elizabeth Chandler walked on.

Legacy of Lies is my favourite out of all the Dark Secret novels, (then No Time to Die, The Back Door of Midnight, Don't Tell, and The Deep End of Fear)

> first off, let me just
Als Megan von ihrer Großmutter die Aufforderung erhält, in den Ferien einige Zeit lang bei ihr zu wohnen, ist sie erst einmal abgeneigt, denn eigentlich kennt sie ihre Großmutter garnicht und ihre Familie hat auch nur wenig Kontakt zu ihr. Trotzdem lässt sie sich von ihren Eltern überreden hinzufahren und macht sich auf zum Landsitz ihrer Oma: Scarborough House. Dort angekommen trifft sie nicht gerade auf Zustimmung, weder bei ihrer eigenen Großmutter, noch bei ihrem Cousin Matt, der lan
En fait, c'est 4,75/5 ( oui oui, j'aime embêter le monde ! )

Seconde série de l'auteur Elizabeth Chandler, Les Secrets De Wisteria se révèle être une lecture très divertissante et prenante, alors que personnellement, je ne m'y attendais pas.
Je vous assure qu'au début, je me disais que ce roman serait tout simplement une lecture "passe temps", sympathique, mais sans plus... Je m'étais lourdement trompé ! Ce livre est très agréable à lire, et une fois que l'on a pénétré dans son univers, il est dif
Gabbi  Calabrese
**This is my review of Dark Secrets 1--a bind up of Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell!

Both of these books were extremely quick reads. They were fast-paced, mysterious, and actually quite creepy!

Legacy of Lies, the first book in this bind-up, was originally published in 2000, and Don't Tell, the second book, was published in 2001. Keeping that in mind, the writing was different than what I'm used to. However, I will be reviewing it as normal.

Both of the plots we
Katelin Campbell
Review of Don't Tell (Dark Secrets #2)

Legacy of Lies focuses on Megan. She was adopted by her parents and she has younger brothers. Her maternal grandmother, Helen, basically disowned Megan's mom because of the choices she made when she was younger, mainly marrying a black man. Talk about major racism. Helen had very high expectations and Megan's mother disappointed her.

Out of no where, her grandmother invites her to Wisteria and stresses that it is important. Right about this time Megan is havi
Lauren Gillis
Lauren Gillis
English,Period 5
16 June 2013
I chose to read the novel, “Legacy of Lies” by Elizabeth Chandler for this terms reading assignment. The main character Megan is invited to stay at her grandmother’s house in Maryland. However, her grandmother is bitter towards her, as is her cousin Matt who lives with the grandmother, for a reason unknown to Megan. It is unraveled as the novel progresses that in a past life there was a love triangle between Matt, Megan and the grandmother. Throu
Yani Daniele
Muy buen libro, historia dinámica con muchos misterios e interrogantes que al principio no parecen importantes. Un libro que te mantiene atrapado en su lectura, queriendo saber que es lo que pasa. Si tuviera una abuela como esa no hubiera aguantado ni dos minutos y me hubiera ido dando un portazo, un personaje bastante odiable. Me daban ganas de ser yo quien le respondiera mandandola a freir churros. Me encanta cuando un personaje me genera emociones así de fuertes. Lo que no me gustó tanto en s ...more
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Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary-Claire Helldorfer. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Dark Secrets (5 books)
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