Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous life, returns to the childhood home of the mother she barely knew. She moves in with her uncle, archaeologist Kyle Swift and his wife, Louise.
Eden gets more than she bargained for when Kyle gives her the journal her mother had kept from the age of 13 until her death. Eden is spellbound by the powerfully written, intimate diary that chronicles a life of hardship, madness, and tragedy. But her fascination turns to horror when she discovers the shocking truth about her mother's life.
Eden turns for comfort to Ben Alexander, Kyle's colleague, not knowing that Ben has a secret of his own that could ruin Eden and her career. Now Eden must make a heartbreaking decision as she struggles to lay the ghosts of the past to rest and come to terms with her own future.
Shifting gracefully between Eden's world and Katherine's, Secret Lives seduces with the power of its images and the lyricism of its prose.
©1992 Diane Chamberlain (P)2013 Tantor
This is the fourth audiobook of Chamberlain’s that I have listened to this year. The performer does a wonderful job of bringing all of the characters - young, old, male, female, Southern and Northern - to life. And Chamberlain takes a family drama with the darkest of elements - child molestation, incest and yet somehow makes her audience genuinely care about each of these characters, even while being repulsed at times by their actions. It’s an engrossing story and though it does feel on the predictable side, it is one of of those audiobooks that I found myself listening to as much as possible. I will definitely continue to both read and listen to her work!
I got into listening to audio books while traveling and now have found them a source of comfort day & night! Robyn Carr is my Fav
Don't give up on it in the first few chapters. Once your in your in deep. Emotionally distraught, confused, happy, relieved, and then it seems those feelings start all over again
I didn't care for the narrator. She was very versatile in her voicing of the different characters, but her voice was grating.
I don't consider myself a prude, but the themes in this book were unexpected and surprising. Not my cup of tea.
I am going to give the author another try. There are a few of her books that I really like, just not this one!
A number of twists and turns and a good story generally. The accents, I found, were sometimes trying, I'm hoping the next book I get by this author doesn't include any form of child molestation
Less descriptive sex.
Well, I don't think so. I had read Diane chamberlains' silent sister and enjoyed it so much that I got another by her... NOT the same caliber of writing!
Yes, she did. She helped you form a picture in your mind of who was speaking.
The story was okay, interesting, but I was disappointed in some of the unnecessary descriptions of sex scenes.
I think I'll wait for the follow up to Silent Sister to read anymore of ms chamberlains books.
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Lord I am exhausted!
Diane Chamberlain is one of those authors whose books I read because she is the author. So far it’s been a steady way to go but this book makes me leery about reading others.
It was a preposterous drama-onion, with seemingly never ending layers of emotional twists and turns that just left me rolling my eyes in the end.
Did not care at all for the story teller. At least the story was good enough to endure the voice telling it. It was always whiney. Once again Diane did a great story!
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