A Secret Kept

13 Nov

Just finished reading a free preview of the book A Secret Kept  by Tatiana de Rosnay. I finally figured out how to work the eNook again. Okay so maybe I didn’t really figure it out, I signed in and signed out and tadaaa! It worked. YAY! So now I have 10 books on my list to read and review. Some of them are short stories, some not so short. I am reading the short ones while I am continuing to read Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner. So back to the book! Here’s the overview on Barnes and Noble.

This stunning new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestseller Sarah’s Key, plumbs the depths of complex family relationships and the power of a past secret to change everything in the present.

It all began with a simple seaside vacation, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood.  Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island, where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach.  It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased.  But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer.  When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Recovering from the accident in a nearby hospital, Mélanie tries to recall what caused her to crash.  Antoine encounters an unexpected ally: sexy, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will teach him new meanings for the words life, love and death.  Suddenly, however, the past comes swinging back at both siblings, burdened with a dark truth about their mother, Clarisse.  

Trapped in the wake of a shocking family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children.  How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself?  Suddenly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will learn the truth about his family and himself the hard way. By turns thrilling, seductive and destructive, with a lingering effect that is bittersweet and redeeming, A Secret Kept is the story of a modern family, the invisible ties that hold it together, and the impact it has throughout life. 

I must say that even though I have only read the preview of this book that it is addicting. Tatiana has a way of catching not only your attention by incorporating all of your senses. Her words give you every detail so you can put a picture in your head and play it out like a movie. She makes you feel at home and a part of the family just by the first few paragraphs. I have without a doubt that this book could catch anyones attention and hold it. It’s about family relationships and every reader has those memories and secrets of their own family that keep you tied to this character and the rest of his family.

This book will be on my list to read without a doubt. I am excited to see where this family takes me and interested in hearing more from this author. Five stars!

Love Always,

J

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