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MAY 9, 2012
What skeletons are hiding in their closets?

Novels with family secrets intrigue me.  Here are some to consider if you also find this aspect appealing:

Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
After a chance encounter with a tarot card reader who predicts that Rose's violent husband will kill her, Rose grabs a gun, her dog named Fat Gretel and sets out on a cross-country escape.  She follows messages that her missing mother has left for her and is determined to unravel family secrets.



Blue Straggler: a Novelby Kathy Lynn Harris
Bailey Miller has never quite fit in with her rural Texas family. Now in her early thirties and fired from her job, Bailey decides this is the time to seek answers to secrets in her great-grandmother’s past.  Her path takes her to the mountains of Colorado and along the way she may even find love.



The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
Rakhee Singh recalls being taken to her mother's ancestral home in India as a ten-year-old.  She disobeyed the warning not to go into the jungle behind the house and what she discovered there has haunted her ever since.  Now a young woman on the eve of her marriage, she finds that she must confront the past web of deceit before she can move forward.


The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
One summer morning, two families from Iowa awaken to discover that their little girls have gone missing.  Calli’s mother of describes herself as a bad mother.  Petra’s father, desperate to find his daughter, is forced to confront a side of himself he didn’t know existed beneath his professional demeanor.  Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children and the answer may be trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

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posted by Judy, Belmar Library


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