Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC
Publish Date: April 21, 2010
Origins: From Author for Review
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Synopsis: Propelled by an insurmountable sense of desperation, Stevie Burke is recklessly abandoning home, husband, and outwardly contented life under cover of night; at last resigned to defeat in her long battle against the tortured memories of her past.
Days later, lost and floundering in a dreary motel room without plan or destination, it is a long ago song playing on the radio that gently tugs Stevie back through the dust of remembrance. 1957 - The last summer spent at the ancient house overlooking the North Atlantic. A season which had unfolded with abundant promise, but then spiraled horribly out of control - torn apart by a shattering tragedy that remains splintered in fragments upon her soul. And it is only now, when Stevie at last lifts her eyes to stare deep into the heart of her long sequestered memories, that the long held secrets of past and future are at last unveiled.
Review: In America, today is Thanksgiving. A holiday that has come to be a time to spend with family and friends. In The Secret of Lies, a family is torn apart by a scandalous secret. Stevie and her sister spent their summers with their aunt and uncle and everything was idyllic. Until there were undertones that Stevie, being the younger sister, struggled to figure out. She also had her own life going on and while observant, she didn't start worrying until it was, perhaps, too late for things to change. When the secret is uncovered, tragedy strikes and Stevie's family will never be the same. Stevie will never be the same. Stevie grows up and keeps everyone at arms' length until Ash, a hired hand on her parents' farm sneaks in and steals her heart. But even Ash's love isn't enough to quell the secret eating away at Stevie's soul. So she leaves him to go back to the summer house where everything was perfect...before it wasn't. But will running away from her present sooth her past?
The Secret of Lies is an emotionally striking novel which reaches into your core. It is hard holding on to destructive secrets and they usually find a way to worm themselves around your heart until it is stony and cold. I felt deeply for Stevie and her family as I watched their world fall down around their feet. The author has written a powerful and gripping novel of lies, secrets, and family.