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Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
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This is the first book that I've read by Chris Bohjlian and it won't be my last. This book grabbed me in the first few pages and kept my interest until the end. In order to prevent spoilers, this review will be very general. In essence the plot revolves around an abused woman who is killed by her husband in a murder-suicide. Slowly the story begins to unfold in a small town in Vermont and the culture of the town, the beliefs of the residents, and individual attitudes and prejudices are slowly revealed. The novel is narrated in four sections--by the local minister who loses his faith after the incident, by an assistant district attorney who suspects that there is more to the story, by a well-known author whose parents died under similar circumstances, and by the couple's teenaged daughter. I thought that each of the major characters were well-developed, except, perhaps, that of Heather Laurent, the popular author whose books on "angels among us" are best-sellers. I felt that her section of the book was the weakest. This novel not only deals with the topics of domestic abuse and alcoholism, but also personal responsibility and behavioral consequences. A well-written novel that keeps the reader's interest until the last page.
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Christine I think his other books are SO much better.


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