Secret Lives Paperback – Nov 28 1991
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From Publishers Weekly
Actress Eden Riley discovers her true relationship to the "uncle" who raised her and embarks on a steamy affair with an archeologist after she returns home to film her deceased mother's life story. "Although one significant secret in this many-layered novel will fail to surprise readers, the brisk, atmospherically evocative narrative is absorbing reading," said PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
"The brisk, atmospherically evocative narrative is absorbing [listening]." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the MP3 CD edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Yes, the storyline of the bored, famous actress looking for a 'real' life has been done, but this was done much differently than others I have read.
I liked that there were different storylines that intertwined.
Many of the 'surprises' could be predicted, but there were enough twists to keep me reading.
It was also nice that since this was an old book, it had a few punctuation errors, but not nearly as bad as many of the newer books.
Thanks Diane, we can feel your love in each of your books and I am always looking for more. So never stop !
A french reader from Canada who loves to read in English.
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Eden comes to discover that things are not what they appear to be, as she discovers her mother for the first time. Secrets are revealed, truths uncovered, not only about herself, but about her entire "family" as well. While seeking the truth, Eden comes to trust and rely on her uncle's colleague, Ben Alexander, and eventually realizes the love that has been missing in her life. Yet, Ben is also hiding a secret, which could eventually be disastrous to Eden, to her career and to her child as well.
Chamberlain weaves suspense, mystery, adventure, and romance all into one page-turner! As always, her ending will surprise the reader and have one asking where one missed the clues!! The story line is intense, yet the characters are powerful, can stand on their own and are able to draw the reader into their lives.
Another great story by Chamberlain!
I have read many novels dealing with agoraphobics, but none in which the sufferer took up residence in a cave. Diane Chamberlain makes you understand Katherine's feelings of terror and panic when away from the cave, you can almost experience Katherine's emotions and wish that the story would hurry up and move back to the cave. I have read all of Diane Chamberlain's books and this is by far her best work. If you're new to her writing, this is one book that you can not miss!
A women's fiction novel about revealing a big secret will fall apart if the secret is not good, and the secret here (which you can pretty much guess early on) is sort of "squick." I did not like the characters involved more after I figured out the secret. The romantic leading man in the present day is also someone who would not be an attractive character in most books, nor in real life for that matter. He also needed a better lawyer.
What really irked me, though, was this: Chamberlain explained that she couldn't update the story (it was written in 1991) because she did all this research into life in 1940s Virginia mountain culture. I will tell you that I was shocked at what 1940s VA mountain culture was like. I had believed a lot of stereotypes: that they would speak in dialect, perhaps follow a preacher or go to an evangelical church, maybe work in a mine, play some bluegrass or country music, go to a square dance or two. . .
Nope. They are exactly the same as upper-middle class suburbanites in 1991. They masturbated, practiced safe sex with condoms, went to parties where they had apparently unsafe sex in back rooms, tried to seduce visiting photographers--and that's pretty much it. The children's book author seemed to have little writing talent. We never see a snippet of any of her stories in her diary, just details of her self-love and some descriptions of her social phobia. The lower class, small-town characters also seemed to have no problem getting college educated dream jobs, either.
In other words, there was hardly any research done at all, or included as far as I could tell, which makes these characters seem very unrealistic. Chamberlain is a good writer, but this is far from her finest work.