The Art of Keeping Secrets

The Art of Keeping Secrets

by Patti Callahan Henry


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New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry transports readers to the Lowcountry of South Carolina, where a tragedy unites two women—and forces them to face the dark secrets of their past…
Since a solo plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives the news that the wreckage of the plane has been discovered—and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.
Sofie Milstead knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sofie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sofie’s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts—and find the courage they need to face the truth...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451223951
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/03/2008
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 288,830
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The House at Water's End, The Idea of Love, The Stories We Tell, And Then I Found You, Coming Up for Air, The Perfect Love Song, Driftwood Summer, The Art of Keeping Secrets, Between the Tides, When Light Breaks, Where the River Runs, and Losing the Moon. Short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated multiple times for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Fiction, Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs, and women’s groups. She lives with her husband and three children in Mountain Brook, Alabama, and is working on her next novel.

What People are Saying About This

Mary Alice Monroe

"Henry's writing is as lush and magical as the Lowcountry she loves."--(Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of Swimming Lessons)

Dorothea Benton Frank

"A triumph!"--(New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank)

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Art of Keeping Secrets 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Irish_Nights More than 1 year ago
Patti Callahan Henry did not disappoint me with this book. I wasn't too sure if this would be an excellent read when I read the back of the book in Barnes & Noble, but in the first chapter, the author's writing style completely drew me in. This is a touching story perfect for book clubs or for someone looking to read a book with a realistic story and a writing style that makes you feel as if you're in the pages yourself. Patti Callahan proves one thing to me here: she possesses the art of writing a good book. I highly reccommend this book to anyone who loves Patti Callahan Henry and is looking for a page-turner with unraveling secrets in every chapter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! There is never a slow moment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's not to love? Great character development and a story that entertained and was at one point quite suspenseful. I liked it because it was different than most plots.
GinaPelz More than 1 year ago
This was my first Patty Callahan Henry book, it was chosen by our book club. As I wasnt to keen on the choice because it seemed like a typical topic, when I started reading it I found I couldnt put it down. I was captured by the well written and quite different story line that I'd originally expected. It was definately a quick page turner that had me quite interested to the last page. Will definately read more of this authirs writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Art of Keeping Secrets has the same mood as all of Patti C. Henri's books but the characters are loveable and the story has it's own characteristics. Although, it was predictable and a bit lacking.
BANCHEE_READS More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading, I couldn't put it down. It reminded me a little of Adriana Trigiani's books (I've read them all). Since the previous reviewer doesn't think this is her best work, I can't wait to buy another one!
TallTina More than 1 year ago
ellengryphon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An indulgence to my infatuation with stories about widows. Breezy read with mildly suspenseful plot...widow discovers things about her dead spouse that cause her to question their entire relationship (naughty corpse!); everything is tidily put in place by the end. No surprises. A shallow diversion.
caroren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Spellbinding look at how no one really ever knows all there is to know about another person.

bookczuk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(There is a moderate spoiler after the 3rd paragraph. Not enough to hide the whole review, but enough, that if you are serious about reading the book, you might not want to know ahead of time, though I will try and be vague as possible.)I feel really bad that I just don't like this author's premises that much, but obviously it doesn't keep me from trying again when a book of hers comes my way. She loves the low country. I love the low country. We have that meeting ground. But honestly, I think we sometimes inhabit two different worlds.I understand all the angst and drama that surfaced for Belle who lost her beloved husband in a small plane crash two years before this story starts. What I can't understand is the immediate conclusion that this man who shared her heart and life was unfaithful since, when the plane was found, there was also found the body of a woman passenger. I could construct a number of other reasons that would have been plausible. My sympathy while reading the novel was for Knox, and for him to be vindicated. But Knox was dead, and I had to deal with his wife and two kids, and Sophie, the daughter of the dead woman in the plane. I must say that I think PCH's writing is getting stronger, better defined and more evocative. I'm just not so crazy about some of the characters/stories she creates. I also don't think the occasional secret regarding the past is necessarily a bad thing. It's not everyone's style, but for some people, it's probably better not to let the nightmares out of the closet, or the stuff out of the box. Not all boxes are like Pandora's, with hope at the bottom. spoiler alert: Do not read beyond this if you don't want a moderate spoiler.Stop! Spoiler ahead!I really disliked the treatment of Hurricane Hugo in Sophie's telling of her mom's tale. I lived through that storm, and remember the gratitude that a storm that big was not the killer it could have been here in Charleston. To throw away a life, even fictitiously as an escape from an abusive marriage really irked me.
nyiper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was totally caught up in reading this book and wondering just where it was going to wind up---it really does sort of keep you going right to the end as to what can possibly be "the secret." I particularly appreciated the author's comments at the end of the book. Her explanations for why and how some things happened in the book were interesting and helpful in understanding what she was trying to accomplish with the characters.
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