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Publisher's Summary

Out of love. Out of protection. Out of fear. Everyone has a reason to lie.

Everyone in Raleigh, North Carolina, is talking about Norah Ramsey, the single mother accused of being a suburban madam. But Norah's not the only one keeping secrets.

After her mother's arrest, Norah's teenage daughter, Violet, is devastated and alone. She has no one to turn to until her grandmother Polly arrives. Polly, long estranged from Norah, is running from her own troubles. Down the street, Bess, once Norah's best friend, desperately tries to hide secrets while Casey, Bess's daughter, flees college after a traumatic event, only to find that home isn't the safe haven she expected. And Nico, the detective who has doggedly pursued Norah Ramsey in hopes that she will lead him to his missing brother, is drawn further into these women's lives while facing his own domestic disturbance.

Scandal has brought each of them to a crossroads. Now, as they delve into Norah's secrets, they must come to terms with secrets of their own - ones that still have the power to hurt or to heal.

©2020 Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Julia Bienek
  • 25-10-2020

Annoying narrator

The nasally, little girl voice of the narrator was so irritating that I almost gave up on the whole book. I persevered only to learn what it was all about. I find it hard to give up simply because I love books. However I can’t recommend this one as being very good. It’s story is convoluted and somewhat confusing and ridiculous. I confess, I still haven’t put it all together because of my lack of interest. Read it only if you are truly searching for something to kill time and can’t find anything else to do.

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  • Rebecca Hambelton
  • 23-10-2020

very boring

I kept waiting for the story line to take off, and it never did... boring and dull. don't waste your time.

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  • Beatrice
  • 28-11-2020

Disappointing

This Secret Thing has a good premise but it's not developed very well. The characters and plot are lacking something that makes them whole. The narrator doesn't help. After investing 3 hours in this book, I skipped to the end and was still unsatisfied.

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  • Bobbi
  • 31-10-2020

A very enjoyable read

What a great story! well written, so full of secrets and enjoyable characters. The narrator did a wonderful job. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • J. M. Myers
  • 21-10-2020

potato chip through and through

Get ready for some fluff... this one is fun but it's dumb, even if it is trying to put independence out there as an ideal.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-10-2020

More Than 5 Stars?

Loved the story! Loved, Loved, LOVED the Narrator- definitely need more than just 5 Stars! Loved the story!!!! What a way to empower females. Thank you for this good story. It was a pleasure to listen to.

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