Part murder mystery, part family drama, this fast-paced read is the eighth novel by the creator of the now defunct TV series Joan of Arcadia. For her 16th birthday, Lynnie Russo assumed she'd receive a car, like all the girls at her snooty Los Angeles prep school. So when her father gives her one of her dead mother's charm bracelets along with a mysterious letter she had written to a man named "Noah" when she was 16 herself, Lynnie is shocked-and sorely disappointed. But she soon realizes that there is more to the gift-and to her family's history-than she could have imagined. Soon Lynnie discovers that "Noah" is really her father, and as she reads more of her mother's letter, she is confronted with a grotesque secret: "My grandfather was a murderer. He killed a girl with his bare hands. My mother saw it. She never told anyone. Except Noah." Hall's knack for spinning a suspenseful tale is evident; she ably uses both the letter and an extended flashback from Lynnie's father's perspective as tools to delve into Lynnie's psyche and showcase her vulnerability. A few scenes verge on the overly campy (including a dream sequence involving Lynnie and her deceased mother), but readers will gladly gloss over them to get to the good stuff. Ages 12-up. (May)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
The Noah Confessionsby Barbara Hall
At the age of 16, it's standard procedure for every girl at Lynnie Russo's posh Los Angeles prep school to get a car. So on her 16th birthday, Lynnie is startled when she opens the small gift box from her father—it doesn't contain the shiny new set of keys she was expecting. Instead she finds a worn-out bird charm bracelet. What can he be thinking? When she cuts school to go try surfing so as to have a special day, instead of grounding her, her father hands her a manuscript box and says, "Your mother wanted you to have this when it seemed you were losing perspective. I think now's the time."
Through "The Noah Confessions," Lynnie uncovers her family's secrets, loves, and tragedies, and comes to recognize that their past may not necessarily determine her future.
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Meet the Author
Barbara Hall is the author of seven novels and is currently Writer/Co Executive Producer of the television show, Homeland. She has written and produced numerous other television shows including Northern Exposure, Chicago Hope, and Judging Amy, and created the Emmy-nominated series Joan of Arcadia.
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Does the name Barbara Hall sound familiar? It does to me because she has written and produced a number of my favorite TV shows - Judging Amy, Chicago Hope, and Joan of Arcadia. I knew she had also written some books, but I hadn't read any. THE NOAH CONFESSIONS caught my eye at the bookstore, and then I saw her name and snatched it up pronto!
Lynnie Russo doesn't remember much about her mom, but she's about to learn way more than she ever thought there was to know. Her mom died in what everyone refers to as a "bad car wreck." Having a dead mom puts Lynnie in a special category at her private L.A. prep school. Everyone there is known for something, and this is Lynnie's "something."
A sixteenth birthday in Lynnie's neighborhood means a new car. Lynnie's expectations are not necessarily new, maybe a modest used VW, but definitely a car. Surprise! Her dad hands her a small box. Car keys? Nope, just a cheap looking charm bracelet with birds on it. You've got to be kidding. Where's the car? Dad says there isn't one.
There is something else though. Lynnie's dad also gives her a manuscript. It is a letter written by her mother back when she was fifteen, almost sixteen. It is supposed to explain her mother's life. All Lynnie knows as she begins to read the lengthy letter to some mysterious Noah person; it is not a car.
Barbara Hall takes readers on a journey with Lynnie as she discovers a huge secret about her mother's life. Imagine thinking you know the people who have surrounded you for your entire life only to discover a whole other world full of secrets. THE NOAH CONFESSIONS will suck you in before the end of the first chapter.