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Public Secrets [Hardcover]

Nora Roberts
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Aug. 29 1991
Emma is a pop star's illegitimate daughter, overprotected and hounded by the Press until one day she discovers her own artistic talent and the secret fire that roars for her in the arms of a man. But the darkest secret of all may be buried in her mind, and someone might kill her to keep it.

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From Publishers Weekly

Complex relationships among a believable ensemble of characters give Roberts's ( Sweet Revenge ) new romantic thriller much of its appeal. Emma McAvoy, daughter of a British rock star, is only six years old when her infant half-brother Darren is murdered in a bungled kidnapping attempt. Emma, the only witness, remembers little of that night, and while investigators determine that someone close to the family was involved, the case is never solved. Nagged by fears for her safety, Emma's father has her trailed by a bodyguard whenever she is not closed away in a private school. But as she grows up, neither guards nor a loving father can protect her from the nightmares and feelings of guilt that torment her. Nor can they shield her from Darren's murderers. Although it concludes with a satisfyingly gripping finale, the mystery is more a recurring element than a driving force, as the story explores the members of McAvoy's rock group, Emma's devotion to her father (who bought custody of Emma from her abusive, alcoholic mother), her destructive marriage and the father-son detective team whose dedication to the McAvoys and this case lasts more than 20 years.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Set to go hardcover?thanks to the success of last year's Sweet Revenge, which was originally released as a paperback?this 1990 romance features the illegitimate daughter of a music icon who discovers she has talents of her own.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Great. (Sorry!) March 7 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There aren't many books by NR that I don't like, as she is so talented and writes on a variety of informed topics, i.e. ballet, horse racing, Irish history, among just a few.
But this one wasn't rich in its story and the characters failed to ring true, especially to their professions. For instance, I never could accept Brian in the role of lead singer for a band, he just didn't fit this profile at all. And I wanted to feel his music, his singing, but that never happened. We readers should have felt the music as if we were in the audience, or at least off stage.
In most of NR's books, the reader truly comes to know the characters, but not so in this one. Brian and the rest were dull, and I really didn't like the way this story unfolded.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! Feb. 22 2002
By Sophie
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Public Secrets" is one of Nora Roberts' truly great novels, and is full of insight, romance and all the ups and downs of life. The writing is first-rate and Roberts deals with some delicate issues with great skill and sensitivity.
Emma McAvoy lived the first years of her life in poverty and fear, until the day her father Brian McAvoy, pop music's newest and brightest superstar, discovered that Emma existed and swept the frightened and abused toddler away into a world of glamour and comfort. With Brian, his bandmates, and his new wife Bev, Emma was finally safe. Young Emma loved her new life, and was overjoyed at the arrival of her baby brother, Darren. Everything seemed to be going right, until the night that a botched kidnapping destroyed their happiness and shattered their lives.
Now, all grown-up, Emma has rebuilt her life, though she is still haunted by memories of that fateful night so many years ago when she lost her brother. Emma's new life includes an exciting career and a fiancé who she is madly in love with. However, the man she is about to marry is not at all what he appears to be, and Emma soon finds herself caught in an abusive and unhappy marriage.
In the wake of her disastrous marriage, Emma awakens to the disturbing knowledge that there is a deep, dark secret buried in her mind. A secret that is the key to finding those responsible for Darren's death. And a secret so sinister that someone out there is willing to kill to keep it!
"Public Secrets" is an emotionally charged and wonderfully satisfying read. Emma's romance with the son of the detective who investigated Darren's case, Michael, is touching and beautifully written. Nora Roberts has created a cast of characters who readers will come to really care for. The character development is believable and perceptive, and the plot will keep readers captivated. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book made me a Nora Roberts fan May 8 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A friend loaned me "Public Secrets" a couple of years back, and it took me a few months to get around to reading it -- and only then because I'd run out of all my "usual" authors. Suffice it to say, since then I've been running out and getting my hands on as many NR novels as possible, and it all started because of this page-turning mystery.
Emma McAvoy gets whisked out of poverty and into the glamour of rock-music at the age of 3, but those early years never quite fade away from her memory. She loves and idolizes her rock-star father and also quickly loves her step-mother and her new baby brother. When he is tragically kidnapped, Emma's new world changes again, and she must live with the guilt and the uneasy sense that she knows more than she remembers, and she must force herself to remember to save her own life.
This is a wonderful, "un-put-downable" book, which I subsequently passed on to all MY friends because I liked it so much. Now that I have it back I'm looking forward to reading it again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was too good! May 6 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I only read scattered parts of this book because I read it out loud to my 17 year-old cousin over my sprong break. I asked her what she was reading and she told me it was a book by Nora Roberts. I asked her if I could read it aloud to her and I loved every part of it. Ever since then, I've been reading my mom's Nora Roberts books. Public Secrets was hard to put down and I couldn't wait to read more of it out loud to my cousin. The book is about the life of Emma McAvoy. As a toddler she was beaten by her heroine addict mother until she meets her biological father, Devestation rock star Brian McAvoy. Brian takes Emma to live with him, his wife Bev, and their baby son, Darren. Emma is genuinely happy until the shocking death of her brother to which she was the only witness. As a six year old child only remembering monsters and scary men, it is hard for her to recall the face of Darren's killer. The murder seperates the McAvoy family. This book goes all throughout Emma's life. She is used and beaten because of who her father is and she doubts if anyone will love her just for her and not think of her as a connection to a superstar. With a twist of mystery, romance, and drama, Nora Roberts has written an excellent book and I can't wait to read the conclusion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars can't keep this good a book a secret March 23 2000
By A. Ford
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Emma only three knowing only poverty and a drunk and druggie mom and a stuffed dog,charlie,who would love her no matter what,transformed by one meeting into a princess that found a prince in her dad and her new life,Big sister emma determined to make sure her brother darren did not know the other world that she had known and vowed to keep him oath that would haunt her forever when a tragedy happened and she witnessed...the detective hired was a dedicated sort who had a son whose life over the years always entertwined with emma...Love was meant for these two but instead she hooks up with a man who uses her fears against her and beats her..with no one to protect her she becomes a survivor and learns that the dirty nasty girl from under the sink is a worthwhile lovable person with a passion for photography.meanwhile setting her inner child free the part that lived in the moment far too long remembers and a happy ending for all....i loved the story even though the mystery thin...i guessed when it happened,but emma was engaging,johnno being gay and having a lover that emma was exposed to was also a rich a reality based story and her and her dad made me weep with how she put him on a pedestal and finally realizes he is not perfect....good book so much to say so little room...five stars explains it all...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a good one of Nora's . Gripping from start to finish.
Published 3 months ago by Juleza
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling and anxious, heroines strength with justice prevailing
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!!!
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Published on May 3 2007 by angela
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Nora Roberts Book!
This is one of the best books I have read in a long time and the BEST book I have read by Nora Roberts. This story was not at all what I was expecting. Read more
Published on April 1 2004 by Susan H. Bachle
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a Little Long
I enjoyed this book although there were some times when I couldn'd read it anymore, because it was just depressing with the drugs, child abuse, and the only family Emma ever had... Read more
Published on Feb. 16 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I couldn't put it down.
Nora outdid herself with this story. Public Secrets is more of a family saga than a traditional romantic suspense novel, although there is romance and there is plenty of suspense. Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2003 by A reader
4.0 out of 5 stars This book surprised's a great story
I don't know what I thought it would be about, old rock stars...aging hippies maybe? I was wrong. It's a great
romantic story. Quite a few surprises too.
Published on Dec 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
This book had two love stories in one. Brian and Bev and Brian's daughter Emma and Michael, the cop. Read more
Published on Dec 14 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Nora Roberts books, but then again...
it was also the first Nora Roberts book I read, I guess it holds the standard of what I expect from Roberts- GREATNESS. I love this book! Read more
Published on Oct. 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but such a good read
This is the third Bantam books of Nora that I have picked up and read (the others were Carnal Innocence and Sacred Sins). Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2002 by amie
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