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Secrets She Left Behind

Secrets She Left Behind


Secrets She Left Behind

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Oct 27, 2014
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9781494574710
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The sudden disappearance of Sara Weston is a mystery to her seventeen-year-old son, Keith. A survivor of an arson fire, Keith is still healing, and in Sara's absence, he must face a challenging situation alone: the release of his half-sister, Maggie, from prison. Maggie, who was partially responsible for the fire, is the handiest target for Keith's rage.


Reintegration into the outside world proves difficult for Maggie, even beyond dealing with Keith and her guilt. Somehow the two must find a way to overcome the past because Maggie and her family may be all Keith has left.
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Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at www.dianechamberlain.com and her blog at www.dianechamberlain.com/blog and her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diane.Chamberlain.Readers.Page.


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  • (3/5)
    It was a weird coincidence that I picked this book just after I had read Before The Storm. I had a lot of this author's books on my kindle but picked this , then to discover it was the sequel to the book I had just finished.
    As always with this authors books they are so silly really, so unrealistic. Both women have sex once and both got pregnant that one time, is just one example.
    Although I know this I keep on reading her ooks because they are an easy escape. quick to get into books.
  • (4/5)
    This is a wonderful sequel to "Before the Storm", which picks up that story a year later. Ms. Chamberlain is an excellent writer who can both tell a good story and create deep, realistic characters.I loved this book and couldn't wait to find out what happens to the Lockwood family. I am not sure, however, that this book would stand alone well. I think readers really need to know the "Before the Storm" story to fully appreciate this sequel.
  • (4/5)
    This author is such an excellent writer. Reading her books is such a great experience for those who love the twists and turns of a mystery. Her books deal with the challenges that face the characters in their everyday lives and the consequences that each must face when certain choices are made. This particular story deals with the intricate relationships within a particular family. Each of the characters must deal with certain revelations when they surface. By the end of the story the turmoil of the prominent characters seems to be resolved. I highly recommend this book.
  • (3/5)
    I was looking forward to reading the sequel to "Before the Storm", and although it was enjoyable, I don't think it was as good as the first book. This story was more plot driven. I can't say that I loved the characters this time around. But, I still could hardly put the book down. I HAD to find out how it ended,. I read so fast, even skimming some parts just to get to the end. This is actually why I did not give it a higher rating. The book was too long. Most of the core of the story is revealed in the first book, so in this book there was alot of rehashing and retelling from different points of view. The actual new twists were a bit obvious and took too long to be resolved. Where is Sara? Who is Jen? What will happen with Maggie? That being said, I think that the story is a good conclusion to what Ms. Chamberlain began in "Before the Storm". I would recommend reading this if you have already read the first one.
  • (3/5)
    A sequel to Before the storm that tells what happens when Maggie Lockwood is released from prison after having set {but not lit) the fire which killed several children and one adult . Keith's mother disappears on the day Maggies is released and her son Keith, badly injured in the fire, is not given the letter his mother left for him. A bit of an insight into what it was like for Maggie coming out of prison, and for Keith havinig to cope with his horrific injuries and the loss of his mother. The story is told from Sarah's point of view, and the point of view of other characters. Not a bad read, but not great.
  • (4/5)
    Let me start by saying that I really enjoyed this book; Chamberlain is an excellent storyteller. That said, there were a lot of points during the novel when I found myself feeling a little lost, and it wasn't until I was finished with the book that I realized the first half of the story was told in Before the Storm. As I hadn't read the first book, I definitely felt at a disadvantage during some of the action.This book is an unflinching look at the consequences from our actions however big or small. It is also a story of forgiveness and redemption as almost every character has something to atone for, something to be forgiven. Keith is catapulted into adulthood by the fire which almost claimed his life and by the sudden disappearance of his mother Sara. His half-sister Maggie (who started the fire that almost killed him) is wrestling with a community unwilling to forget and her own unwillingness to forgive.The structure of the story that bounces between diary entries that explain the complicated history these two families share and their present-day attempts to navigate through that history to find truthful answers. I did think the ending was a little contrived, and that ending, combined with the need to read Before the Storm first, dropped this from 5 stars to 4. All in all, a great read, especially I imagine if read as intended as a sequel.
  • (3/5)
    I didn’t find out that this book was a sequel to “Before the Storm” until I finished it and was flipping through the ads at the back. I open with that, because had I known that, and/or had I read the first book, my feelings about “Secrets She Left Behind” might be different.Maybe then I might have understood more about why the characters took the actions they did, or if not, maybe I would have been more emotionally invested in them so that it didn’t matter as much. This book is very soap opera like, but instead of having each plot point drawn out FAR too long (as in the soap operas I used to watch) major things like arson, rampant infidelity, fetal alcohol syndrome, etc just get skimmed over. It’s like the author drops them into the plot to shake it up but then never lets us know why the characters do these things. (Again, had I read the first book, things may have been explained there, but at some point, this book needs to be strong enough to stand on its own.)Maggie, one of the main characters, is released from prison in the beginning of the book. She served 12 months for arson, after setting (although not lighting) a fire in which several people died. The deepest explanation I have for why she did this is that her married boyfriend was a firefighter and she wanted him to succeed. The reader is not shown through any thoughts or flashbacks what type of relationship this was that led her to these actions. We are just told over and over that now she is sorry and now she is a good person. With a pretty healthy ego, I might add. When confronted by an angry group of adults during her community service, she thinks: “I brought out the mean side in them. How many of them knew me personally? Some did, I was sure of it. Some were probably the parents of my former friends – my friends before I flipped out. They’d probably wanted their kids to hang out with me back then, hoping a little of me would rub off on their own children. Now they thought I was crazy or dangerous. Maybe both.” Keep in mind that she served one year for a fire that killed and maimed children and adults.One of the most frustrating aspects of this book was the total lack of foreshadowing. Instead of carefully crafting a subtle arc of clues for a major reveal, at one point of the characters drops a bombshell that gives away the game for the reader, but then we are supposed to believe that Maggie doesn’t notice. It’s a spoken line that in the real world would have caused her to take a step back and she certainly would have started asking some serious questions, but the author expects us to believe that she just let the bombshell go by, and maybe, I don’t know, saw something shiny. That’s just lazy writing, and even worse, lazy editing.I think there might have been one real story here. One about what led a young girl to commit arson and/or how she deals with her life after prison, or maybe the story of a boy disfigured by that arson and his attempts to rebuild his life, or one about the mothers of either the girl or boy and how they deal with their children in those situations. But ALL of these stories are here, plus about five others. It’s too much, and as a result, there’s too little. Too little character development, too little craftsmanship, too few insights. Had the author kept a focus – maybe there would have been less soap opera and more moments like this:“Anyone could have been holding her at that moment, and she would have seemed just a peaceful. But it wasn’t just anyone. It was me. And I felt strangely lucky to be able to hold her in my arms that way. She’d felt light that last time I’d held her here in her room. Now she seemed to become lighter by the second, and it took me a moment to understand the reason: circled by my arms, she was already turning to dust.”In this one moment, the author stops moving the characters around, and instead, keeps them still. And by doing so, finally moves the reader.
  • (3/5)
    I started reading this book as a stand alone, but found that it actually is the sequel to Before the Storm. This one begins as Maggie Lockwood leaves prison after finishing her one-year sentence for an act of arson that killed several people and severely damaged Keith Weston. The story is told in chapters in the voices of the many characters involved. While this device can be effective in many novels, in this story I found I actually needed to look at the name and time frame at the start of each chapter. Maggie’s difficulties in trying to regain her life after prison gained my sympathies, as did Keith’s dealing with the pain of his injuries. However, I had little for the mother’s, Laurel and Sara, in way they chose to live their lives. This book was enough, I don’t feel the need to go back and read Before the Storm.
  • (4/5)
    In this sequel to Before The Storm, 19-year-old Maggie gets out of prison after serving a year-long sentence. She returns home but many of the people in the town are angry that she got such a light sentence after so many people died or were injured by the fire she was responsible for. Maggie is supposed to perform 300 hours of community service but no one wants her around. Then there's Keith -- her half brother who is still suffering from burns and injuries -- whose mother disappears. Plus a mysterious stranger . . . Although I didn't like this book quite as much as the first, it was a satisfying follow-up to the first book and with several new surprises.
  • (5/5)
    This is the sequel to Chamberlain's book [Before the Storm]. I loved that book and was very excited to hear about this one. I was not disappointed. This book picks up when Maggie is released from prison. Keith's mother Sara disappears on the day of Maggie's release. This book gives a lot of insight to Sara's feelings through the years in regards to the Lockwoods and her feelings about Jamie and the fire. There is a good mystery element to it in regard to Sara's sudden disappearance. What happened to her? What will happen to Keith? Just like the first book, the characters are well developed and you feel empathy for all of them. I couldn't put it down!