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Public Secrets [Hardcover]

Nora Roberts
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 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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Good understanding and a well covered, the dilemma facing battered women.
Wonderful details and descriptions of great cities with locals views.
Plus booze, drugs, and power so abused those days of Rock and Roll.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book!!! May 3 2007
By angela
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This story is great...theres not much else you can say, it has suspence, betrayal hope redemption and some really great romance. It is true Nora Roberts style. I picked it up on vacation and couldn't put it down, it is truely one of my fav Nora Roberts books, a defiante must have
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Nora Roberts Book! April 2 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Nora Roberts is constantly suprising me with her character variety. Almost every chapter introduces or resolves another mystery. Only during the first 50 or so pages was I struggling to stay entertained. This was only due to the character introductions. Then I couldn't stop reading! I highly recommend Public Secrets!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but a Little Long Feb. 16 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 scattered. I was able to connect to the characters, they all seemed quite real to me, and it was a good story although they were a few places where it seemed like a soap opera that was never going to end. There were parts of this book that were not necessary at all to the point of the story. Yet despite it all, I couldn't stop reading it, I was hooked from the moment I picked it up. Once the book finally got around to issue of Emma and Michael it was sweet book, but there but things that didn't belong. An enjoyable book, but it was just to long in parts that didn't belong
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I couldn't put it down. Jan. 5 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. It follows the McAvoys, through the eyes of Emma, from the time she is three years old, through childhood, the school years, marriage, and adulthood. All this against the background of the life of rock-and-roll legends. It is fascinating and compelling. I simply couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book surprised me......it's a great story Dec 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Dec 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book had two love stories in one. Brian and Bev and Brian's daughter Emma and Michael, the cop. Both love stories were very touching and you will fall in love with both Brian and Michael. Michael is an amazing hero. There is romance, suspense and a few surprises. You won't be able to put it down. One of Robert's best! Don't miss it.
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