Secrecy

Secrecy

3.76 (1,140 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?

Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas Not expected to be delivered to the United States by Christmas

Description

A compelling story filled with Belva Plain's signature storytelling genius, "Secrecy" is a novel about layers of hidden truths and an unspoken subject: rape. It focuses on three women: the mother of the teenage girl who was raped, the mother of the boy who committed the crime, and the girl herself, who becomes a brilliant architect. When her first major project is abruptly halted, exposing long-dormant secrets and deceptions, the lives of many people will be forever changed.With her extraordinary narrative abilities and her finger on the pulse of contemporary issues, Belva Plain once again has produced a provocative, powerful new novel.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 104.14 x 167.64 x 30.48mm | 226.8g
  • Dell Publishing Company
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0440225116
  • 9780440225119
  • 1,141,269

Flap copy

First came the sin. Then the lies. He was handsome, charming, irresistable, and an eighteen-year-old lady-killer, her uncle Cliff's stepson, Ted. But in one terrible night he would shatter the life of fourteen-year-old Charlotte Dawes and nearly destroy her family. Years afterward, Charlotte would remember that night with fear and loathing, with pain that could be banished only by her work as a gifted architect, building a new world for others as she conceals her own. For Charlotte's family, prime employers in New England mill town, what happened to Charlotte was the beginning of the end. Her father is left shattered by his daughter's pain. Her troubled mother is unable to cope. And her distinguished family has fallen from grace, plunged into debt. The only rock that sustains them in their darkest hours is a woman whose own guilty secret has given her the power to ruin--or resurrect--the family to whom she owes her life. Belva Plain's searing novel cuts to the heart of a family ravaged by secrecy. But it is ultimately a story of redemption, the kind that grows when one person dares to tell the truth.show more

About Belva Plain

Belva Plain captured readers' hearts with her first novel, Evergreen, which Delacorte published more than 30 years ago. It topped the New York Times best-seller list for 41 weeks and aired as an NBC-TV miniseries. In total, more than 20 of her books have been New York Times best sellers. Before becoming a novelist, Belva Plain wrote short stories for many major magazines, but taking care of a husband and three children did not give her the time to concentrate on the novel she had always wanted to write. When she looked back and said she didn't have the time, she felt as though she had been making excuses. In retrospect, she said, "I didn't make the time." But, she reminded us, during the era that she was raising her family, women were supposed to concentrate only on their children. Today 30 million copies of her books are in print. A Barnard College graduate who majored in history, Belva Plain enjoyed a wonderful marriage of more than 40 years to Irving Plain, an ophthalmologist. Widowed for more than 25 years, Ms. Plain continued to reside in New Jersey, where she and her husband had raised their family and which was still home to her nearby children and grandchildren until her death in October 2010.show more

Review quote

"Belva Plain writes with authority and integrity." --San Francisco Chronicle "Belva Plain is in a class by herself." --The New York Times "A superb storyteller... A talent worth remembering... Mrs. Plain's novels are good stories well told." --The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.)show more

Back cover copy

FIRST CAME THE SIN. THEN THE LIES.He was handsome, charming, irresistible, and an eighteen-year-old lady-killer, her uncle Cliff's stepson, Ted. But in one terrible afternoon he would shatter the life of fourteen-year-old Charlotte Dawes and nearly destroy her family. Years afterward, Charlotte would remember that day with fear and loathing, with pain that could be banished only by her work as a gifted architect, building a new world for others as she conceals her own.For Charlotte's family, prime employers in a New England mill town, what happened to Charlotte was the beginning of the cover-up, the beginning of the end. Her father is left shattered by his daughter's pain. Her troubled mother is unable to cope. And her distinguished family has fallen from grace, plunged into debt. The only rock that sustains them in their darkest hours is a woman whose own guilty secret has given her the power to ruin -- or resurrect -- the family to whom she owes her life.show more

Rating details

1,140 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 27% (311)
4 32% (364)
3 33% (377)
2 6% (63)
1 2% (25)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X