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How far will you go to save someone you love and trust when they’ve kept a dangerous secret for years?

That’s the question facing Lance Kingston, a successful Houston magazine executive whose recent marriage to beautiful, high-powered attorney Tia Jiles seemed to promise a bright future for both of them. But under the surface, a fierce and frightening storm was brewing. That’s because Tia never revealed to Lance what she and her family have known since Tia was 17 - she has an illness that takes over her mind, transforming her into a raging, violent woman hell-bent on destruction. Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Or crazy, as Lance’s grandmother continually reminds him.

“Crazy leaves clues,” she told him point-blank, and perhaps Lance should have listened. Tia’s mother tries to pray the problem away...and Tia’s doctors can’t help her if she won’t do what they advise. Now there’s more than their marriage and Tia’s survival at stake: Tia is pregnant, and Lance will stop at nothing to keep his troubled wife and unborn daughter safe. But at what price?

©2012 ReShonda Tate Billingsley (P)2013 Recorded Books

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  • JALAYNE
  • SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States
  • 10-31-13

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this book opens the door to some real life lessons, I know lots of black people who don't believe in depression and this is sad to say, but a lot of us are in a state of depression of some form or fashion and don't want to face the fact, til life gets to heavy to handle. We need to get with the program. Although the book was a bit on the young side for me, I think it could be a wake up call for a lot of younger women, I give this book an A

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real eye opener about a topic not talked about.

love the book! talks about mental illness and helps us see from the person that suffers with it day in and day out. really eye opening and informative.

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Amazing!!

Great narrator and captivating story! Simply outstanding. Great story on how mental illness can be controlled through love, faith and perseverance.

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Once Again; )

ReShonda you did your thing once again! I was drawn in from the very beginning and the story line hit home.I thank God for you and your talent! #greatread

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  • Sally
  • Clermont, FL United States
  • 12-19-17

Soooo disappointing

This story was so disappointing and lame. These were suppose to be intelligent people? I feel like this was a waste of time and money.

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  • Roxms2003
  • Olive Branch, MS, United States
  • 11-27-17

No! Unless you're a fan of this author

I'm trying to listen to the end but this book is crazy. I will never purchase another RTB book. Not to give too much away, but we have a prominent magazine owner who marries a lawyer. She has a mental illness. I applaud the author's attempts to bring mental health issues and the stigma attached within the black community to light, but can somebody do some research? We have a LAWYER in 2012 who is ashamed of her mental illness and keeps it from her new husband. She is ashamed of mentally ill relatives. She has run up about $20,000 in credit card debt from spending while manic and has bad credit, but she's a LAWYER, handling million dollar court cases, and got a promotion because of her work ethic-but she can't pay off that debt? Her new husband meets a homeless family member who is mentally ill and HAS NO CLUE what is going on with the family member, yet he publishes a magazine. The main character ran out of/stopped taking her medicine and was "fine" for 9 months but a week after she gets married she's out of control. She jeopardizes her new marriage and job. She then gets medicine and takes double the dose in order to become stable in a hurry, while psychiatric medicine may take weeks to get into one's system. She tells a co-worker and best friend about her illness and that "friend" calls her crazy and tells her of an incident where some "crazy person" killed their family and asks if she will kill anyone. AND stops being her friend. They work in A LAWYER'S OFFICE in 2012. And yes, I know that people can be uninformed (ignorant) in all walks of life, but really? There's more madness. I'm off my soap box. Never again.

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  • LaTania
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 03-09-16

Very well written boom.

The narrator is awesome! I love listening to her read. I read this book because I am a Mental Heath Therapist with clients dealing with bipolar depression. This book brings the disorder alive. It displayed the difficulties of living with bipolar and blue out affects the family and coworkers. This boom was great!

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  • Comeakco
  • Harper Woods, MI, United States
  • 01-18-15

A Must Listen!!!!!

Great story line that addresses mental illness in the African American Community. I love the depth she goes into regarding the views of African Americans regarding mental illness. Everyone can relate to this book.

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Excellent Story Line

Would you listen to The Secret She Kept again? Why?

Yes, because there are many learning examples you can glean from this book. It is amazing how the story line unfolded. Some may think that certain scenes are unreal, but when you listen to or read the news, you quickly realize that the story line in this book is right up there with the rest of the headlines.

What did you like best about this story?

I appreciated the depth of knowledge that the author explained about the illness of the character. I've never encountered anyone that had these type of issues, but to say the least it was quite educational.

Which scene was your favorite?

The chance encounter when Lance and Tia met after a First Friday event after Tia lost her shoe. This was probably the funniest part of the book. LOL

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others because it is a definite "eye-opener" and I enjoy reading books that are not only entertaining but educational.

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Awesome!!

I loves this book! I've never given mental illness a second thought until now!! My prayers go out to all that are affected by it.
Smooches!!!