Game of Secrets: A Novel

Game of Secrets: A Novel

by Dawn Tripp
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Game of Secrets: A Novel by Dawn Tripp

Jane Weld was eleven years old when her father, Luce, disappeared in 1957. His skiff was found drifting near a marsh, empty except for his hunting coat and a box of shotgun shells. No one in their small New England town knew for sure what happened until, three years later, Luce’s skull rolled out of a gravel pit, a bullet hole in the temple. Rumors sprang up that he had been murdered by the jealous husband of his mistress, Ada Varick.
Now, half a century later, Jane is still searching for the truth of her father’s death, a mystery made more urgent by the unexpected romance that her willful daughter, Marne, has struck up with one of Ada’s sons. As the love affair intensifies, Jane and Ada meet for their weekly Friday game of Scrabble, a pastime that soon transforms into a cat-and-mouse game of words long left unspoken, and dark secrets best left untold.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679604952
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/05/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 550,000
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dawn Tripp graduated from Harvard and lives in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. She is the author of the novels Moon Tide and The Season of Open Water, which won the Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction.

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Game of Secrets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Planelaw More than 1 year ago
A lyrical, sometimes exciting read (in the sense of what are the characters going to say or do next), it is also a mystery, and a love story. Dawn Tripp has managed to write about a very real town, and peopled it with a wonderful kind of distillation of characters. Intense and almost recognizable, the people in Game of Secrets are the soul and rhythm of the book, but genuinely fictional. Literary, without being obscure, Game of Secrets was fun to read and difficult to put down. I await your next book with anticipation.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Game of Secrets is the story of two families that are twisted together by a budding romance, an affair, and a murder. In 1957, Luce Weld was murdered by a gunshot to the head. At the time of his murder he was having an affair with Ada Varick. It is widely believed that Ada’s husband, Silas, is the one who put the bullet in Luce. Jump ahead to 2004, Jane age 60, Luce’s daughter, plays Scrabble weekly with Ada, 80, in hope of learning more about Luce’s romance and eventual murder. Marne, Jane’s daughter , has moved back to New England from California and begins a relationship with her childhood crush Ray, Ada and Silas’ son. I found this book easy to read, but for some reason it didn’t flow well for me. There were many times I had to go back and re-read part of the story. It seemed at times there were run on sentences and too much description and carrying on. I am still not sure what really happen to Luce, did Silas shoot him? That said, the story between Jane and Ada playing Scrabble and the tales they told were by far my favorite parts of the book. The reminiscing is exactly how I believe my grandma and her friends spend their time. Those are the stories every daughter or granddaughter should want to know and keep re-telling.
autumnbluesreviews More than 1 year ago
As you partake in Game of Secrets you awaken your senses to a place and time that feels familiar as if you yourself have been there before. The characters in this novel feel frozen in time as emotions ripple through with every turned of the page. The main characters have so much in common yet they keep those emotions encased within themselves as if waiting for someone to come along and crack their shells. As the story unfolds it weaves back and forth between not only different characters but also the past and present, as different characters are place into the limelight. The main character' consist of three women Jane, Marne her daughter and Ada Varick the former mistress of Jane's father. Jane meets weekly with Ada for a game of scrabble as the past unravels between them. While Marne, Jane's daughter who is in her 30's and now back living at home with mom and dad has given in to old feelings for Ray the son of Ada. This prose is quite unique and not like I have ever come across before in a book. At first I was not even sure if I even liked this story as it took a few chapters for me to get used to the authors style. This is one book one needs to read slowly, if not you will surely miss the clues within the story and the meanings of the secrets brought together between past and present. It reinforced for me that sense that we are all somehow connected, each and every thought, emotion, word spoken has meaning no matter how insignificant each one may feel. Like a word on a scrabble board we are all woven in between place, time and others.
jlking More than 1 year ago
Dawn Tripp's Game of Secrets plays itself out through luminous accounts of vastly different characters and through an afternoon's routine game of Scrabble between friends. The setting becomes vivid as Richard Russo's Empire Falls, and the characters as richly painted as well. A subtle tale of scathing secrets, and families who keep those secrets tucked away to protect their small town life and the people they love. Highly recommended for fans of Richard Russo and readers of literary fiction.
JerseyShoreGirlLG More than 1 year ago
Based on the title and description, I thought that there would be a Oh, my God." moment regarding the history and putting pieces of the puzzle together. It is definitely worth the read however, as it keeps the reader engaged.
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