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Posted June 1, 2009
The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris ***** Fiction. In present day Massachusetts, Nora lives a seemingly perfect life, editor of a small town newspaper owned by her husband, Ken, and his brother, two teenage well adjusted children, wonderful friends, including her best friend Robin, who along with Robin's husband Bob, have been Ken's best friends since childhood. But there is a secret in Nora's long ago past and there is an affair between Robin and Ken, and these two episodes cause a sequence of events that are seemingly endless, traumatic and surprising, and told in such a way that one cannot put the book down, and the reader, with one exception, cannot decide who is good and who is not. This one is not to be missed. It's the first book I have ready by Ms Morris and I cannot wait to read her other ones.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 26, 2009
This engaging family thriller is fast-paced
Seventeen year old Nora Trimble spends eight dangerous days with her psychotic boyfriend Eddie Hawkins that ends in violence. Nora moves on and marries wealthy Kendall "Ken" Hammond, whose family owns the Franklin Chronicle newspaper in Franklin, Massachusetts newspaper. They have two kids and their life together is near perfect.----------------Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Twenty-six years have passed since the horrifying incident and Nora has all but forgotten it. However, her idyllic world collapses when the two men in her life hammer at her psyche with revelations. Serial killing Eddie by simply returning to blackmail her and Ken by informing her he has had a four year old affair with his teen girlfriend sweetheart Robin Gendron, the wife of his best friend. Eddie finds an additional reason to hang around as he obsesses over Robin. ----------------
This engaging family thriller is fast-paced once Eddie returns and never slows down as secrets almost three decades old and present are revealed. The cast is fully developed to the point that the audience understands them and to a degree sympathizes with every one of the key players, even psycho Eddie. Though the events and people may have changed, Mary McGarry Morris makes a case that history repast itself if one fails to learn from the previous mistake. Fans will enjoy the aptly titled THE LAST SECRET as several beleaguered souls fight to regain some equilibrium while considering Paradise Lost will never become Paradise Regained.------------
Posted October 29, 2010
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