The Fifth Secret

The Fifth Secret

by Joanna Hines
     
 

Through timeless summer days in the cottage by the river, five children amuse themselves with games of secrecy and murder. Years later, one of them is dead, another has been mysteriously attacked, and a third has vanished. A fourth, Jane Baer, is struggling to cope with an ailing business and her impossibly nice husband. Then there's a phone call in the middle of the…  See more details below

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Through timeless summer days in the cottage by the river, five children amuse themselves with games of secrecy and murder. Years later, one of them is dead, another has been mysteriously attacked, and a third has vanished. A fourth, Jane Baer, is struggling to cope with an ailing business and her impossibly nice husband. Then there's a phone call in the middle of the night ... an urgent whisper, an old summons for help. Curiosity and an unwelcome sense of loyalty send Jane off on a search into the past which will bring danger and heartache. A search in which she will finally discover the truth behind the adult whisperings that plagued her childhood, and the secrets that haunt her still.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this melodramatic tale, a young wife and mother afflicted with 30-something angst meets the Lord of the Flies somewhere near the Hundred-Acre Wood. Hines (Dora's Room) writes of a circle of childhood friends forced to come to terms with secrets from their past. The charismatic and tormented Lucien and his younger sister, Jane, the narrator, spent their childhood summers outside London at the idyllic Glory Cottage, where they fell in with three other children, all misfits for various reasons. Lucien's magnetism was such that the others revealed their most important secrets to him without demanding that he do the same. Years later, Lucien dies in an accident, having never achieved his early promise nor revealed his secret, the fifth of the title. The others have paired off and the couples gone separate ways until Jane receives a desperate call for help from one of the others. In coming to the rescue of one of the circle, she inadvertently brings to light all that had been hidden. Hines creates a magical setting and credibly portrays that strange state of mind where adult knowledge and childhood memory intersect. The complex and pivotal Lucien, however, never comes fully to life, robbing the story of much of its potential. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786702459
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Edition description:
1ST CARROL
Pages:
256

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