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Secrecy [Large Print] [Paperback]

Belva Plain
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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June 1997 Paragon Softcover Large Print Books
Filled with Plain's signature storytelling genius, this stunning new novel about the aftermath of teenage date rape focuses on three women: the mother of the victim; the mother of the boy who committed the crime; and the girl herself. With extraordinary narrative skill, bestselling author Belva Plain once again has produced a provocative, powerful novel.
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Plain, who has seemingly inflicted every trauma possible on the hard-luck but resilient subjects of her best-selling novels, here tells of a brilliant young woman who is haunted by the trauma of date rape.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Plain returns, this time with the story of a young rape victim struggling to overcome obstacles to intimacy and true love. There's also a clammy subplot having to do with a missing person and the infiltration by the mob of an industrial site belonging to an old New England family. Charlotte Dawes is raped at 14 by her cousin-by-marriage, the randy Ted, son of her uncle Cliff's new wife, Claudia, whose first husband was shot in--where else?--Chicago. When Charlotte becomes pregnant, then, her father and her romantic adventuress mother are wild with rage. Both are beside their daughter's bedside as she recovers from an operation for a ruptured tubal pregnancy. In the meantime, Ted continues to assault women and is finally arrested and indicted for rape and kidnapping. Home on bail, he escapes in the night. (Reports from abroad of Ted-sightings occur now and then.) Skip to Manhattan eight years later, where adult Charlotte works for an architectural firm. She loves her work but despairs of forming a firm relationship with a man, sex-shy as she is. She designs for her own pleasure a ``public square'' fit for the Dawes's now shuttered mill. Unfortunately, her family has inadvertently leased the mill to a polluting waste-disposal firm, to the anger of the town and the despair of the Daweses. Then Charlotte meets the dashing Roger Heywood, whose family deals in commercial real estate. Roger is not only able to come up with the ready cash to finance Charlotte's project, but (of course) coaxes her out of her trauma-related fear of sex. Finally, Claudia, trading on her late husband's mob connections, talks a boss out of retaining the mill. Looks like smooth sailing for the lovers, but disaster threatens again in the form of a flood and a potential terrible discovery. Plain Plain (Promises, 1986, etc.), but nonetheless name- anointed for success. (Literary Guild main selection; author tour) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing for Belva Plain April 10 2000
I have recently rediscovered Belva Plain and have been avidly reading her books. I have read about six in the past three months and found each of them, while not "can't put it down, stay up all night", thoroughly enjoyable and readable. Then I started on "Secrecy" and was totally disappointed. The plot, the characters, the ending...just didn't seem like the same author I had enjoyed so much. Won't stop me from continuing to read this author, but hope I don't run into any more like this one.
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I have just finished "Secrecy" and must admit it was one of those 'hard to put down' books. I could hardly wait to see what the next page would bring. There was a slight lull when Charlotte seemed to wander aimlessly after her attempted affair with Peter, but all-in-all, a definite all-nighter!! I particularly appreciated how the author did not give sordid details of the actual rapes, but rather left that to the assumed knowledge of the reader. While this is a sensitive subject I feel the author handled it quite sensitively and managed to not allow Charlotte to feel that she had done something to warrant this treatment from Ted. It was also quite refreshing to see how Claudia, Ted's mother, and Charlotte could put aside their obvious uncomfortable positions and remain close friends. Also, while Claudia displayed the feelings of a true mother, she also felt that Ted should be punished for the crimes he so apparently had violently committed. I felt the subject matter was handled in a delicate and appropriate manner. My sincere congratulations to Ms. Plain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb! July 27 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I truly enjoyed "Secrecy" and plan, now, to get my hands on every Belva Plain novel that I can. Maeve Binchy and Rosamund Pilcher lovers should find "Secrecy" immensely satisfying. Plain's writing style is flowing and enjoyable, and I found Charlotte to be a very brave but humanly likable character, and loved the sensitive Roger. The story took a very interesting twist near the end, when Charlotte and Roger's plans for Dawes Square were mysteriously vehemently opposed by Charlotte's father, himself hiding a shocking secret. The "mob" aspect of the story was a very minimal, peripheral part of the book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Something has gone awry with Belva Plain!!! July 2 1997
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Format:Audio Cassette
I have always thought that Belva Plain wrote good,
old-fashioned stories---nothing that would tax your
brain or make you stay up at night, but interesting
reads. This book's language is stilted and so are
all of the main characters. I am very disappointed.
I would not recommend buying this book. I know it is
on The Times bestseller list, but I don't know why.
Perhaps that is why it is titled "Secrecy."
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