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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.
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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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. Read morePublished on May 3 2007 by angela
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 morePublished on April 1 2004 by Susan H. Bachle
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 morePublished on Feb. 16 2004
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 morePublished on Jan. 4 2003 by A reader
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.
This book had two love stories in one. Brian and Bev and Brian's daughter Emma and Michael, the cop. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2002
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 morePublished on Oct. 11 2002