In the irresistible tradition of Eileen Goudge, Dark Secret is a compelling page-turner that tests the family bond between two very different sistersand exposes a lifetime of deception.
Karen Bradley has not seen her sister in years, not since Sharlene ran off to New York to escape the poverty and shame she felt living as a mixed race child in the slums of Detroit. Karen, a devoted daughter, is horrified to learn that her mother is dying of a rare illness and only Sharlene can save her.
Now calling herself "Camille" and passing as a white woman orphaned as a child Sharlene has remade her life and her past. Engaged to a rich and powerful Southern aristocrat who adores her, "Camille" has everything she wanted: money, prestige and a law career. All her hopes for the future and the wedding that will seal her new life depend on her hidden past remaining hidden. But will the price of her new life be her mother's early death?
Or will Karen expose her sister's Dark Secret?
|Publisher:||Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||4.22(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.05(d)|
About the Author
Elizabeth Atkins Bowman's first novel, White Chocolate, made the Detroit News bestseller list and was also described as "Recommended Reading" by Seventeen magazine. She lives in Detroit.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is in my top 5 favorites!!! I love this book and have read it like 3 times and plan on reading it again because I always catch something I missed or dont remember from before. I have recommended this book and also gave as a gift!! A real page turner I couldnt put it down!!!
The premise of this book is ambitious and the topic is worth exploring, but this story of the trials and tribulations of a bi-racial woman trying to bury her past is over the top. The main characters have a whole boatload of bad character traits but little to redeem them. They are either manipulative, despicable, immoral, unethical, deceptive or all of the above. In addition their motivation is inconsistent and their actions improbable. Among the main characters are wife beaters, rapists, and sexual harassers. There are wives who deceive their husbands, employees who lie to their bosses, friends who steal from friends, and employers who rape women on their staff. The only truly likeable characters are the heroine's parents. Her African-American mother realizes that she made some serious mistakes raising her too-white daughter and repents; and, the heroine's father, who once deserted his bi-racial family, returns and becomes a loving caregiver. In spite of all its flaws I couldn't put this book down! I just had to see what would happen to these horrible people.
This book was an absolute 5 stars!! I could not put it down once I started reading it! It is the best book I've read in 2002! I have recommended it to a lot of people! Makes a cool gift for a real book reader!!!!
Years ago, Sharlene Bradley left her family to flee the slums of Detroit and the problems of being a Zebra in a society where neither white nor black accepted her. Never looking back, she vanished in New York. Currently, she uses the name Camille Morgan, passes herself as a purebred Caucasian, and is engaged to Jeff Stone, son of a Virginia Senator and one of the last former segregationists still in Congress. Camille¿s life goals are within her fingertips until her sister Karen arrives begging for her help. Their mother needs a kidney transplant to live and none of the immediate family matches hers. Karen wants Sharlene to come home to save their mother¿s life. DARK SECRETS is an intriguing premise that showcases the problems society poses by buttonholing (even EEOC has ¿perfect¿ ribbon tied racial files) mixed racial children. The story line is filled with tensions and twists as each of the prime charcaters hide secrets from one another. However, the tale is overburdened with too many secrets turned into tiny subplots. The stereotyping of the Senator and his wife make them seem more like blithering idiots than a highly placed politician and his polished wife. Elizabeth Atkins Bowen writes an interesting family drama that fans of the sub-genre will enjoy but they will think this novel could have been a bit more focused. Harriet Klausner