This book does a magnificent job of weaving the stories of three women and their families together in ways that seem distant, but are more obvious than they appear. As the title suggests, secrets are a big part of this story, one of them involves a crime committed years ago, another a husband’s infidelity…all will affect the characters in this novel permanently.
Each of the secrets that are revealed in this book are ones that change lives in more of a negative way than positive. Marriages are put in jeopardy, children are separated from parents they love, and friends view their friendships differently. I was left wondering how I would feel if I had a side of someone revealed to me that I had never seen before. Would all of my trust be lost? Would love be able to prevail? I particularly enjoyed the epilogue of this book, where the author told what would have happened in the event that certain secrets were never discovered.
Language/Profanity: 2 religious exclamations; 10 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanities; 2 derogatory names; 7 F-word derivatives
Violence/Gore: A character is found dead, evidently by strangulation, this is referred to multiple time throughout the book; a character admits to committing a murder; a child is hit by a car while riding her bike, with no graphic detail.
Sex/Nudity: A married couple separates due to infidelity; a couple is mentioned to have sex, but nothing is elaborated on; adults kiss and hold hands; there is one scene between a husband and wife with explicit detail involving sex and nudity.
Mature Subject Matter:
Death of a child; loss of trust
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adult women drink at a party; adults drink at social gatherings.