A Deep Dark Secret

A Deep Dark Secret

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by Kimberla Lawson Roby
     
 

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With sensitivity and grace, New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby addresses a very real and serious issue in an inspiring tale of one family’s mission to shed light into the darkest corner of their lives.

On the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child—astraight-A student, helpful and cooperative, never

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With sensitivity and grace, New York Times bestselling author Kimberla Lawson Roby addresses a very real and serious issue in an inspiring tale of one family’s mission to shed light into the darkest corner of their lives.

On the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child—astraight-A student, helpful and cooperative, never getting into trouble. She seems to have everything a girl could want: a big, beautiful new home, an adoring little sister, a mother who cares about her, and an attentive stepfather.

But inside, Jillian harbors a terrible secret.

Too frightened to tell, convinced that her friends and loved ones, especially her mother, won’t understand—and worse, will blame her—Jillian endures her pain in silence. When her dilemma only intensifies with time, the bright, hardworking girl turns sullen, becoming increasingly disinterested in her studies. But on theverge of losing everything, Jillian will discover she has more strength than she ever imagined . . . and the power to change her fate.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Sexually abused for five years, studious 12-year-old Jillian Maxwell lives in terror of her pedophile stepfather, Byron James, in Roby's (The Best of Everything) powerful short novel. The nightmare begins with her stepfather's inappropriate fondling shortly after the birth of her half-sister, Layla, and gradually escalates. Byron warns her that Roxanne, Jillian's mom, won't believe her if she tells and later says he'll start abusing Layla if Jillian doesn't cooperate. When revelations about Byron's abuse of another underage girl surfaces, Roxanne kicks him out, but then takes him back. Meanwhile, Nikki, Jillian's BFF, is obsessed with promiscuous Marcus, who sees nothing wrong in “running a train” (gangbanging) on Nikki with two of his pals during a school dance. Nikki becomes a laughingstock and almost kills herself, which is the turning point for Jillian, who learns that Nikki is an abuse survivor. A heart-wrenching confrontation leads to a resolution with hopeful repercussions. An intense gem in an authentic voice. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Jillian Maxwell was only seven when her stepfather began coming to her room while her mother was out. Now, at age 12, Jillian is afraid to refuse her stepfather for fear he'll move on to her little sister. Narrated from Jillian's perspective, Roby's (Love and Lies) brief novel holds a chilling implication: it's so easy to hide sexual abuse. The author veers a little into the didactic getting the backstory out and setting up the scene, but the story picks up as Jillian shows interest in a boy from school, her stepfather's demands escalate, and her best friend gets sexually involved with the wrong boy. Readers will be cheered when the villain finally gets his comeuppance. VERDICT Adult and teen readers of Jacquelin Thomas and Victoria Christopher Murray will enjoy this African American family drama with its clear message about the insidiousness of sexual abuse and about God helping those who help themselves.—Laurie Cavanaugh, Brockton P.L., MA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061443107
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/12/2010
Pages:
179
Sales rank:
534,251
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Kimberla Lawson Robyis the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She lives with her husband in Rockford, Illinois.

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A Deep Dark Secret 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
RhondaMcKnight More than 1 year ago
Kim Roby tells a poignant story of Jillian Matthews, a young girl struggling to survive sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather. The character is at the heart of this novel, and the intensity of her emotions drives the story. Readers will weep with Jillian and bear the burden of the pain right along with her. Roby does an excellent job focusing on all the areas of this problem including the development of shame, guilt and depression; the loss of self-esteem. Through subplots we learn how sexual abuse leads to domestic violence, promiscuity, and other psycho-social behavioral issues. A Deep Dark Secret is an insightful, timely and necessary look at a growing problem that hides under the veil of manipulation and secrecy. I hope women and teens everywhere will read this story and begin discussions that will uncover the darkness. Review by Rhonda McKnight See more of my reviews at www.urbanchristianfictiontoday.com
DarleneGinn-Hargrove More than 1 year ago
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. IT IS SO WELL WRITTEN. IT CATCHES YOUR ATTENTION FROM THE FIRST PAGE, AND KEEPS DRAWING YOU IN UNTIL THE BOOK IS FINISH. TWO THUMBS UP TO MRS. ROBY FOR A JOB WELL DONE. HOW MANY YOUNG GIRLS COULD THIS BE HAPPENING TO RIGHT NOW WAS ALL I KEPT THINKING ABOUT. COULD IT BE HAPPENING TO SOMEONE IN MY FAMILY???? I KNOW THE NUMBERS ARE FRIGHTENING, BUT WE HAVE TO KEEP LETTING OUR BABIES KNOW THAT IT IS NOT THEIR FAULT, AND THAT THEY MUST SPEAK OUT IN ORDER TO STOP THE ABUSE AND GET HELP. THIS IS ONE SECRET THAT MUST BE TOLD EVERY TIME.
GingerAle More than 1 year ago
This book takes at look at a problem that is often heard about but details it from the point of view of the victim. It is so sad but written beautifully. I could barely put the book down and read it in a couple of hours. It is definitely a collection keeper if your a Roby fan like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I read it in one day. This was one of her best books I have read.
Writer9706 More than 1 year ago
I sat down and finished this book last night. When I first started reading the book, I found parts of it difficult. I'm glad I forced myself to stay with the story. Was well worth it. The author tackles a difficult and sensitive topic by telling a compelling story from the child's point of view. This book makes you think about the people you allow into your children's lives.
YOLANDAY19 More than 1 year ago
FAST READ, GOOD BOOK, PAGE TURNER..
OOSABookClub More than 1 year ago
Kimberla Lawson Roby's "A Deep Dark Secret" is about Jillian Maxwell, a young girl who is excited as she's finally getting a (step)father and a baby sister. Jillian's life changes. Her smile and happiness are all a facade as she's forced to keep this deep dark secret for fear that no one will believe her. Sadly, "A Deep Dark Secret" is a reality that too many children are living. This story made me both sad and angry. Despite the turmoil, I couldn't wait to turn the pages to see if Jillian would finally reveal her secret. "A Deep Dark Secret," while very heart-wrenching, should be mandatory reading. More children need to understand what should and shouldn't be kept private. Reviewed by: Lauren 4.5
Cherisse Collins More than 1 year ago
I read all Kimberlys books, I feel like Im apart of her bloodline. She keeps it real with whats going on this world today. Thats why she is one my favorite authors.
katieoscarlet More than 1 year ago
This is a short novella about a terrible secret a young girl must keep about molestation. A terrible problem in today's world and it takes you on a journey through her young life and problems. I believe all young adult women should read this book and hopefully will help some dealing with the same infliction. The author voiced this story in a very intelligent way insuring the reader would be very interested in the outcome rather than focusing on the twisted villian.
BlueRoses More than 1 year ago
This was my very first time reading one of her books and I must say it will not be my last!! Very good read!! Very emotional topic! I believe everyone should read!!!!!
EyEz More than 1 year ago
This is one of her best books. It's sad to think that so many young children are going through the same thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i found this to be a very good reader. The author did a great job with this book. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. i read the entire in a couple of days. The book is very easy to read and it kept me interested. It's a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great writer
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I just completed reading this book and I felt like it was well written. The author does an exceptional job at helping us to see the feelings and emotions of a young person who is dealing with childhood sexual abuse. I definitely recommend it to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book...my heart ached for this child but in the end she was my hero....love it
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Prolific More than 1 year ago
Great book!!! I hated what this little girl had to endure.  And to think this is going on in our world today is so sad. More people need to speak up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was great. It delt with an issue that's going on all over america today, so in my opinion this book is a must read.
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