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Legacy of Lies (Dark Secrets Series #1)
     

Legacy of Lies (Dark Secrets Series #1)

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by Elizabeth Chandler
 

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Something is haunting Megan...

She had seen Scarborough House only in her dreams. Now Megan was here, visiting the grandmother she'd never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear. Grandmother was so cold, so distant. Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years? And why was Matt so determined to call

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Something is haunting Megan...

She had seen Scarborough House only in her dreams. Now Megan was here, visiting the grandmother she'd never met, and her newfound cousin Matt, too handsome by far, who wanted her to disappear. Grandmother was so cold, so distant. Why did she finally reach out to Megan after all these years? And why was Matt so determined to call her his "almost" cousin? For all her prophetic dreams, nothing could have prepared Megan for Matt's astonishment when he first saw her...or the reaction of perfect strangers who looked at her with fascination—and fear...

Megan thought she knew who she was. Until she came to Grandmother's house. Until she met Matt, who angered and attracted her as no boy had ever done before. Then she began having dreams again, of a life she never lived, a love she never knew...a secret that threatened to drive her to the grave.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Launching the author's Dark Secrets series, this perkily paced if predictable tale centers on 16-year-old Megan, summoned to visit her grandmother in the sprawling Maryland house the family has owned for generations. Years before, the woman had disowned her daughter, Megan's adoptive mother, and this visit will be Megan's first meeting with her. Megan is shocked when she first drives up to the family home--she recognizes it from recurring dreams. Within, Grandmother is ill-tempered and unwelcoming, as is Matt, Megan's cousin, who has lived with Grandmother since his parents' difficult divorce. Chandler (At First Sight) lays on the plot's supernatural elements with a heavy hand: Megan hears that her grandmother's house is haunted, learns that she is the exact age at which Grandmother's sister and rival, Avril, mysteriously died and--one night after hearing a voice introducing itself as Avril--sees an apparition of a girl in a mirror and then a vision of herself (or is it Avril?) lying in her bed, dead. The resolution of the plot, which involves reincarnation, may be sufficiently far-flung to put off some readers, but most are likely to find Chandler's easygoing yet tight writing style worth the journey out there. Ages 11-14. (Oct.) FYI: Elizabeth Chandler is the pen name of picture book author M.C. Helldorfer. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
Megan is invited to spend her school vacation with her grandmother, whom she has never met, at Scarborough House. When Megan arrives she discovers that she has seen this same house in her dreams. She also discovers that her handsome cousin Matt also lives at Scarborough House. But both Matt and her grandmother treat Megan coldly, like she does not belong to their family. Her grandmother constantly tells her what she can and cannot do and Matt refuses to befriend her in any way. Being at Scarborough House becomes difficult, but Megan is determined to get some answers to the strange happenings there before she packs up and goes home. Why does she wake up in her grandmother's dead sister's bedroom? Why does she see a shadow of a ghost in her room? And why does she get blamed when some of her grandmother's possessions are missing? Megan's vacation only gets stranger and stranger as she tries to piece together what is happening at Scarborough House and the truth about the strange death of her grandmother's sister. Chandler has created a story line thick with intriguing characters. Readers will feel energized by Megan's feistiness and unwillingness to give in to the people around her. Chandler also entwines elements of the paranormal to draw in the reader. This is a great book to help teach elements of suspense and how to build a story through rising action and climax. Readers who liked Kathryn Reiss' Time Windows will love this! (Dark Secrets). KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2000, Pocket Books/Archway, 182p, 18cm, $4.99. Ages 13 to 18. Reviewer: Shaunna S. Silva; Teacher, St. James Sch., Biddeford, ME January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Megan isn't looking forward to visiting her mother's mother, who has summoned her. Helen Barnes's coolness toward her granddaughter goes beyond the fact that Megan was adopted. As the days pass, strange dreams haunt the teen and give way to uncanny placements of household objects that had been removed or abandoned years ago. Megan struggles with many things: her physical attraction to her cousin; the feeling that she had lived in this forbidding house before; and the fact that her grandmother grows more hostile with each day. The girl's uneasiness bursts into fear as she discovers that she is destined to repeat the tragic incident that killed her grandmother's younger sister many years before. The author blends reality and the supernatural into an engaging suspense novel. Each character, both primary and supporting, continues to develop throughout the story, and the true murderer is not revealed until the end. Carefully drawn chapters bring readers into Megan's mystery and leave them satisfied at the end. A good choice for teens who enjoy a blend of mystery, suspense, romance, and the supernatural.-Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743400282
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Series:
Dark Secrets Series , #1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
HL640L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Chandler is a pseudonym for Mary Claire Helldorfer. She is the author of the Kissed by an Angel and Dark Secrets series. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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Legacy of Lies (Dark Secrets Series #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
Klutzy_Saxophone_Player More than 1 year ago
I can't tell you how exciting this book was. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. One day it took me to read. I actually found it here randomly searching books in the genre. I wanted a good read. It wasn't very challenging because my reading level is higher than others i have read. I felt like I was, or was with Megan when she got off the plane, found Avril's grave, drank Mrs. Riley's 'special' tea. It was indeed one of my favorite books. You could reread it over and over again and still be caught up in it. Sometimes I mix music and reading, but I got so caught up I would stop for a sec and find out that I was five or six songs ahead of the one I last heard. It mixes a great mystery, and a little romance. None of those 'hard-boiled detectives' but the great type of suspense that makes you jump when someone taps you on the shoulder while reading. I loved it. I was so happy when Megan and Matt finally realized that they were going through the same thing. I'm a spaz when it comes to reading so I had to stop near the end and jump up and down for five minutes. Just read the book already! Don't just sit here listening to me ramble click the 'add item to cart' button or whatever it says already and get yourself lost in Wisteria, Maryland! :D --Elsie: Book Reading Nerd from the 8th Grade! XD
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The book was ok, but to many errors. And what's with her and having so manys number 1 in place for the letter I.
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Great book!
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Frienship-Lover More than 1 year ago
omg! this is so good you have to get this, dont hesitate to get this.
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Elisabeth Corona More than 1 year ago
That is one awsome book!
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laurobnat More than 1 year ago
I love a good murder mystery and if you do too, READ THESE
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JJ52 More than 1 year ago
i have this book and it is awesome
Chessirious More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful and endearing. It kept me up all night, reading it. chandler did a wonderful job of adding mystery with a twist. the romance just completed the whole book! It makes you really want a sequel.
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