Stevie is haunted by memories of the past, specifically the last summer spent at her Aunt & Uncle's ancient house in Long Island. That last summer started off smooth and fun until a family tragedy occurred and spiraled out of anyone's control.
There are a lot of books with the centralized theme of family lies and secrets. However, the secrets in this book are unveiled strategically and not always predictable. Barbara Forte Abate has a talent for perfectly pacing a novel's events so the reader does not lose interest in the well-developed characters (Stevie, sister Eleanor, Uncle Cal, Aunt Smyrna, Jake, and Ash). Her descriptive sentences make you visualize every scene. In fact, I read it in two days. The Secret of Lies would be a good book club selection for members to discuss the story as it unfolds.
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Title: The Secret of Lies
Author: Barbara Forte Abate
Published: April 2010