Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Secret of Lies

The Secret of Lies
Barbara Forte Abate

This book begins with a young girl named Stephanie. She and her sister spend every summer with their aunt and uncle at a beach house. But one summer everything goes wrong and they never return. Stephanie feels guilty for what she feels is her part in the wrong that happened. The story ends with her as an adult and how she resolves the issues of guilt and the memories of the past.

I really enjoyed this book. It actually surprised me. This book would probably be considered an indy book, so I'm sorry to say, I wasn't expecting much. But I was very pleasantly surprised. Although not a book I would have picked for myself, I found it very griping right from the beginning. The author has a way of writing that feels like poetry, drawing you into the story with the beautiful descriptions and a feeling of belonging that all good authors have.

My only complaint would have been with how the story ended. I'm a sucker for a neat and wrapped up ending and this left me with some questions. But if it had been wrapped up neatly it wouldn't have felt true to the book and how it was written.  So it's only for my own sense of curiosity and not a flaw of the book.

I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

Heather Cashman said...

I think wishing books would end is partially why I began writing, although I have always been a storyteller (to myself). Once I began writing, I discovered that often characters dictate what happens more than I do.
Thanks for the review!