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Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain
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Jul 06, 10

bookshelves: psychological-drama
Read in July, 2010

Recently re-released as an ebook, this early title is a fantastic suspense gem. A can't-put-it-down story of a famous actress who returns home to research a bio-pic on her late mother, a well-loved children's author who suffered from agoraphobia. Meanwhile her Uncle, an archeologist, has hired a man with a past to dig at an archeological site very close to home.

This story has everything - mother issues, daughter issues, father-daughter issues, sibling issues, love, romance, lies, trust, betrayal. The characters are real - flawed and struggling. And the plot moves and twists as the characters react to various revelations.

The mother's story is revealed through a series of journals - her description of her disability from her own perspective is masterfully told. The story is not so much a mystery as the "secrets" can be guessed at long before they are fully exposed. The story's strength lies in the suspense and watching it all play out. So glad to have found this old title as a re-release.
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