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Publisher's Summary

It was a summer of love and a summer of secrets.

She has built a good life: a husband who adores her, a daughter she is fiercely proud of, a home with warmth and love at its heart. But things were not always so good, and the truth is that she has done things she can never admit.

Then one evening a phone call comes out of the blue. It is a voice from long ago, a man from a past that she has tried so hard to hide. He knows who she really is and what she has done. Now he is dying, and he gives her an ultimatum: either she tells the truth, or he will.

And so we are taken back to that long, hot summer of 1976, to a house by the sea on the southern coast of England, where her story begins and where the truth will be revealed....

Told in dual narratives that jump back and forth in time, Elliot Wright has crafted a story with secrets that unfold through the very last minute. Compelling, immersive, and thoroughly surprising, The Secrets We Left Behind is a stunning follow-up to the author's acclaimed UK debut The Things We Never Said.

©2014 Susan Elliot Wright (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Loved this book!

I took a chance on this one because it was included in the audible membership. I absolutely loved it. I loved the character and will miss them. I recommend this book highly.

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mom's love

loved this book . its a little slow sometimes . the ending is worth your time . i could haved cried so many times for this mother. mothers love is always with her kids blood or not

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Slow and poor narration

I’m struggling to get through this story for a couple of reasons. Outside of the slow storyline- it’s really hard to get past the fake British accent. Why do publishers hire Americans to narrate an English narrative? It’s embarrassing. Especially when she can’t even pronounce her hometown correctly. Newquay is pronounced “Newkey” not “Newqway” . Very poorly produced and ruined the entire performance.

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A road to cultivating understanding and empathy

No "spoilers" here: the secrets are pretty extreme. This was an Audible Plus selection, and I appreciate it. It moved slowly at first, and I wasn't sure it could hold my interest, but it did. I consider the "payoff" worth the time invested.
I continued listening while on a long drive, and believe this book honestly expresses the emotions and experiences many parents and grandparents had as adolescents and YA's in the '60s - the "free love", traumas, fear and confusion we often can't or don't want to comprehend. Admittedly, many people don't have such terrible secrets, but I've been sincerely astonished by some of the facts I've learned from law-abiding senior citizens. Stories like this are true, and some are considerably stranger (some sadder and terrifying). It's worth listening to this book, if we're willing to gain better understanding of and compassion for our elders. The narration is quite good, imo.

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A real "downer"

I just couldn't finish this one. From the begining, there is a feeling of impending disaster, the sense that things are going to implode in the main character's life. Add to this the complete lack of suspense; anyone could figure out what was going to happen. I liked the narrator, but I just couldn't take the unrelenting feeling of misery in the story.

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Heartfelt read!

I gasped at the very end, surprised and saddened that the story was over. I love how each character is portrayed, what a beautiful story about truth and love. The only downside was that I can hear the narrator swallowing and it became quite unappealing towards the end. Who knew what would drive me nuts?!

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Great story

I was thoroughly engaged throughout the entire book!! Great Narrator!! Will listen from this author again 😁

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Great details, but it was lacking something

This book was extremely detailed and let the listener feeling as if they are part of the book. The storyline was intriguing and suspenseful, until the plot came out. After the main "secret" was revealed, it felt as if the book was missing something important.

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Has potential - disappointing plot

The “big news” you’re waiting for the whole book was not as big as the author built it up to be. I was disappointed. I did think the characters were very well played and described. 5/10

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Not great ending

I wanted to like this story, but so many hours in of not revealing what this big “secret” was, was very annoying. Then once they start revealing it, it’s totally predictable. Uneventful ending with strings still unresolved. Now even more annoyed.