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Secrets of Eden

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

knocked my socks off! (and kept me up all night)

Chris Bohjalian's novels never let me down, and this is my favorite since Midwives. It's a great read, with characters I cared about and a twisty plot that kept me turning the pages. I couldn't put it down! And the story stayed with me long after I'd finished reading. L...
Chris Bohjalian's novels never let me down, and this is my favorite since Midwives. It's a great read, with characters I cared about and a twisty plot that kept me turning the pages. I couldn't put it down! And the story stayed with me long after I'd finished reading. Lots to talk about. Perfect for my book group!

posted by greedy_reader on January 7, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

HAD potential

The book "Secrets of Eden" is about two murders in a small town in Vermont, a traumatic story of domestic violence. The plot to the story is intriguing, and yet, the author seemed to fall from grace of delivering. The story begins with the pastor's voice, Stephen Drew. ...
The book "Secrets of Eden" is about two murders in a small town in Vermont, a traumatic story of domestic violence. The plot to the story is intriguing, and yet, the author seemed to fall from grace of delivering. The story begins with the pastor's voice, Stephen Drew. The facts from his perspective is so incredibly boring. The next person's view is that of the state's attorney, Catherine Benincasa. There was so much added in from her life that didn't give anything to the story. Throughout much of the novel, I find this. It's what I call filler, or added words to take up space. This is ypically seen in term papers from students that need to make up so many words. I wouldn't have expected it from a published author. Another thing I find really annoying about these chapters are the added characters without any introductions. I found myself looking back to see if I missed something...like a page. The next point of view comes from an author who suffered the same tragedy, Heather Laurent, who heard of the event and came to town to support the orphaned daughter. The last person to tell her tale is the orphaned daughter, Katie Hayward. Chris Bohjalian, the author, presented her character throughout the book as a stereotypical speaking teen, as in, her language "I, like totally this or that". Than I noticed her teen language fade in her chapters. That confused me a bit as to whose tale I was reading. I read to the end and Bohjalian waited until the last sentence to reveal "the big mystery". That would have been great in novel that would have been written with "edge of your seat" suspense, but in this case, I just wanted to know so I could stop reading this book. I read it to the end, because the plot had such great potential, I kept hoping for that magnitude. It just isn't here.

posted by DodieND on March 3, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Bored while reading ...

    I was less that impressed with this book. I knew what the ending was going to be right from the start. I came very close to putting it down and starting a different book ... now I wish I would have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    ridiculous

    the book was awesome but the price is stupid for the nook. I don't get why it costs more than the printed version.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2010

    not recommended

    I have pushed myself to read at least 100 pages of this book since I paid 10 bucks for the ebook. I just can't get into the plot, it just creeps along and stays horribly boring. I'm very disappointed. :(

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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