Friday, December 9, 2011
Book Review: The Secret of Lies
Today's Review is on The Secret of Lies by Barbara Forte Abate
The Secret of Lies is an absolutely fantastic book! An impressive and detailed story of love, loss, and betrayal. From the very beginning I felt my heart reach out to Stephanie, and it stayed there wrapped in her life story even hours after I had finished reading.
Every summer Stephanie "Stevie" Burke and her sister Eleanor travel to Long Island and the summer home of their Aunt Smyrna and Uncle Cal. Nothing is out of the ordinary until one summer when there is a noticeable difference in the relationship of Smyrna and Cal and the relationship between Cal and Eleanor. Everything comes to a head the night Stevie and Jake come upon Eleanor and her uncle locked in a naked and compromising position.
Then Eleanor goes missing only to be found floating among the rocks by Stevie. Stevie is not the only one that knows about the relationship between Cal and Eleanore though. Stevie's aunt Smyrna has also known. With her parents so grief stricken, Stevie agrees with her aunt to keep the truth about the relationship between her husband and Eleanor a secret.
As time goes on and Stevie suffers the loss of her father, the loss of her aunt, and the loss of her mother. The one thing she can not seem to loose the guilt that she has carried from that horrible night. She is even unable to open herself to the love she feels for Ash and his love in return, even after they are married.
The Secret of Lies was an intense story for me. An amazingly accurate account of how many lives can be affected by one single moment in time, and how long the repercussions can last.
My only complaints are 1. That there were some grammatical errors; for which I have to lower my rating, 2. I felt that poor Jake wasn't given a proper good-bye, and 3. I just hate how the book ended, but then again I hopeful for a sequel.
4.5 of 5 stars