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Posted May 12, 2012
I received a free copy of this e-book in exchange for reading and reviewing it.
Donna Lanheady’s Where Secrets Lie has a title very indicative of the subject of the story – while the secrets may lie hidden, that doesn’t mean they’re going to stay buried.
The story centers on Lee and her two adult daughters, Sara and Katie, all of whom are keeping certain secrets from at least one of the others. Over time, the tension and guilt begin to affect all of them, particularly the girls, whose significant others are not happy with the secrets either.
Lanheady’s technique of switching between Lee’s, Sara’s and Katie’s perspectives to develop the story worked both for and against the book. On the positive side, it was easy to get a solid feel for each person’s story and become absorbed in it. On the other hand, however, when the story switched to another person, it almost seemed disconnected from what went before.
Additionally, the resolution at the end, while satisfying, was somewhat rushed, leaving me surprised that the book had ended already. This book is a sort of prequel to the author’s forthcoming novel, so maybe there will be more detail there. I’d probably give it a try.