Secrets She Left Behind

Secrets She Left Behind One afternoon single mother Sara Weston says that she s going to the store and never returns In her absence she leaves her teenage son alone with his damaged past and a legacy of secrets Keith Westo

  • Title: Secrets She Left Behind
  • Author: Diane Chamberlain
  • ISBN: 9780778326151
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • One afternoon, single mother Sara Weston says that she s going to the store and never returns In her absence, she leaves her teenage son alone with his damaged past and a legacy of secrets.Keith Weston nearly lost his life in an act of arson He survived but with devastating physical and emotional scars Without his mother, he has no one to help him heal, no money, noOne afternoon, single mother Sara Weston says that she s going to the store and never returns In her absence, she leaves her teenage son alone with his damaged past and a legacy of secrets.Keith Weston nearly lost his life in an act of arson He survived but with devastating physical and emotional scars Without his mother, he has no one to help him heal, no money, nothing to live for but the medications that numb his pain Isolated and angry, his hatred has one tight focus his half sister, Maggie Lockwood.Nineteen year old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for the acts that led up to the fire Now she s back home But her release cannot free her from the burden of guilt she carries She grew up with Keith Weston, played with him as a child and recently learned they share the same father.Now the person Keith despises most is the closest thing he has to family until Sara returns If Sara returns.

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    1. Chamberlain has done a wonderful job in writing this follow-up, something which many authors struggle to do. This book can be read as a stand-alone, but is best enjoyed as a sequel to Before The Storm.It was interesting to hear the story from new perspectives, and although some parts are repeated as per the first book, the writing flows well and it kept my attention successfully. Like its predecessor, this is a relatively large book which makes the climax seem a long time coming. I felt this cou [...]

    2. I don't agree with any of the reviews I've read. Don't get me wrong - I love Diane Chamberlain's books, but this one didn't do it for me. It was way too long and while it gives a back story to some of the events of "Before the Storm", honestly, who cares? We knew of all of this from the first book. Two thirds into the book, I was so tired of all the whiny characters. Most of the book is boring filler and didn't move me at all. I also feel that Jen should also have been given a voice so that I co [...]

    3. As a bookseller, I was fortunate to get an advanced copy of this novel, the sequel to BEFORE THE STORM. With the exception of a few books (such as Marisa de los Santos' BELONG TO ME), I am usually a bit disappointed with sequels. SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND is one of the few exceptionsI loved it! SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND is full of new twists and secrets. I am afraid to write too much about the story for fear of giving something away. But I do highly recommend it to Diane Chamberlain fans. If you hav [...]

    4. I didn't enjoy this sequel as much as the first book. It was very repetitive. Once again I enjoyed Andy's chapters the best in this one too, but none of the others I'm afraid. I found many times that it was unbelievable. There were some events and conversations that were very unrealistic, especially those featuring Keith and his conversations, actions and response to the disappearance of Sara. Overall, I felt that the sequel was unnecessary and I really didn't see the point of it, the first book [...]

    5. Well this took literally forever to finish. Okay. This was actually a sequel to a previous book Diane Chamberlain wrote which I never read but it was fine because it wasn't necessary to have read that one for this one to make sense.This was about a hundred or so pages too long, nearly every character was difficult to like and I found myself rolling my eyes at how 'simple' they seemed. Nobody had any real depth. Reading Maggie's 'voice' was like one long timid apology and Keith's was like listeni [...]

    6. I loved this sequel for so many reasons, there are so many parts to it, each really pulling you in to the characters world. it made me feel so many emotions and I didn't want to put it down!

    7. Maggie is finally leaving prison. She had been behind bars for the last one year. Convicted for setting a fire that killed many children, and one that almost took her own brother’s life, she is in living hell. Her release from prison, sadly hasn’t released her from the prison of guilt.Keith Wes has had his life turned upside down in the last year. He almost lost his life, by an act of arson. He has been terribly disfigured, and now the person responsible for it all is coming back from prison [...]

    8. I have become an avid reader of Diane Chamberlain's books. After reading, "The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes," I was anxious to dive into another book and picked up a copy of, "Before the Storm" at the library. As a warning, this book is a sequel to "Before the Storm," and I would definitely skip reading the reviews if you haven't read the first novel yet. We rejoin the Lockwood family in this sequel following Maggie's prison sentence for the arson that she committed to a community church. She re [...]

    9. 4.5 starsOh, what a tangled web we weave. Us humans are such complex characters and I think Secrets She Left Behind really shows that. This is the sequel to Before the Storm and although it mostly tells the same story this book looks into each characters thoughts and behaviours much more than Before The Storm does. I really enjoyed reading it and learning more about each characters and why they felt and did what they did. I found Maggie to be quite a righteous person who was very self centred. A [...]

    10. This is a wonderful followup to the characters and stories introduced in BEFORE THE STORM. It left me a bit puzzled on some of the plotlines, though, considering that we are in the times of cell phones and the Internet. With that being said, this is a wonderful story of hope and redemption. The author grabs you from page one and doesn't let go until the final word! I loved these characters so much that I am hoping for a third book about the Lockwoods! The author creates such a realistic portraya [...]

    11. I always enjoy Diane Chamberlain and this didn't disappoint. This is the follow on from 'Before the Storm' which I loved. I always seem to read her books reasonably quickly. She writes such gripping storylines and great characters. It could probably be read on its own, but I think reading the first would help, understanding the plot and how the characters link.There are lots of truths and family relationships brought unexpectedly to the fore.I like when these kind of things pop up, and you go 'o [...]

    12. Nothing is more annoying than when you are reading a book and you begin to suspect it is a sequel. You can always tell when the past histories of the side character's are a bit too complicated and keep getting thrown in as an aside. "Julie's cousin, whose husband had been murdered the previous year when she found out her three children were actually aliens, came over for super". I don't know why they don't just write on the cover that it is a sequel. As soon as you find out, it ruins the current [...]

    13. This is a sequel to Before The Storm, which I read about a year ago. I couldn't remember all the family details, so I think it is better if you read both books together. This book deals with Maggie, a teenager who went to prison for 1 year after setting a fire where 3 people were killed and one seriously scarred. The people she has to face and the hatred from the small community make this an interesting book to read. Jen's character was not very well developed and I had a lot of questions regard [...]

    14. It started out good but to me it lost something. Maybe I was too wrapped up in the title or something. I just felt like the book had a lot of filler in it that could have been taken out and it would have been a better book.I gave it a C or 2 stars.

    15. (Storm #2 series) This was an excellent follow up to the Before the Storm. Diane is a brilliant writer, as she gives you just enough general overview in her first book and then explains in more detail in her second books, to complete the story. I was dying to hear more about the letter Sara left during the entire book, as Diane has a way to keep the twists and turns going throughout the book with the suspense building throughout. I also like the way she allows each character to speak, unfolding [...]

    16. Since I read another of Diane chamberlain's books earlier this year I am eager to read them all. I had read a couple of hers previously and while I also enjoyed them a lot my tbr piles had so many other books there and I hadn't read some of them until this year. This one also did not disappoint. The author writes these novels with stories that are so emotional and thought provoking and reading them you become so involved with the characters. I read the last half of book in one sitting. This stor [...]

    17. A good sequel that has plenty to offer and doesn't just go over the old ground of the first book. Although many people have stated that this is a stand alone book, I think to really appreciate the evolution of the characters you need to read the first book Before the Storm I don't want to spoil the plot of this or the first book - so I will try to generalise: The main plot of this book is how the culprit who caused the tragic fire in the first book, deals with the fallout of what they have done [...]

    18. Secrets She Left Behind was a real page-turner. I've been wanting to read a Diane Chamberlain novel for quite some time and this book did not disappoint! I just learned it's a sequel, but this book stands on its own. Now it's time for me to find and read the first book, Before the Storm.The story begins with Maggie being released from prison for acts that led up to a fire that killed three people and seriously injured several others. The characters were very well developed and it was interesting [...]

    19. I read this book immediately after reading "Before the Storm" and it didn't disappoint. "Before the Storm" was one of those books that draws you in so deeply that you actually grieve at the loss of the characters when you close the book for the last time. I was thrilled, of course, to pick up the this book and have the opportunity to join up again and travel down the rocky, worn, rugged, tried and tested path that is the Lockwood Family. I was initially apprehensive that the background given to [...]

    20. A series of bad decisions leads one family down a rabbit hole they can't seem to escape. The Secrets She Left Behind is second in a series, but I received it in an author giveaway at a book fair and read it as a stand-alone novel. I think you can read it on its own, since the author is meticulous about sharing key facts that were probably detailed in the first book of the series. I never felt lost or confused - or at least not any more than you are meant to with the number of secrets all the cha [...]

    21. Ahhhhh… it feels so good to be back to a really GOOD Diane Chamberlain book! I discovered her in late 2013 and the first few books I read were really outstanding - she quickly became the kind of author whose books I would pick up just because she wrote them without reading the synopsis or knowing anything about the plot. Sadly, the love affair didn’t last. The next few I read were less than stellar and my admiration for her began to fade; the last one I tried I flat out abandoned!I bought th [...]

    22. Another good summer reading book; perhaps because it takes place near the ocean. "Secrets She Left Behind" captured my interest from the opening page. This novel is about several dysfunctional but loving families whose lives are painfully interwoven. The love each family has for their own children, inspite of the children's problems (one was in prison for a year, one was born wih fetal alcoholism, one was burned in a fire - all revealed early on in the story) there is more love in the families t [...]

    23. Her writing is likened to Jodi Picoult and I can see why. This book follows the characters introduced in Before the Storm. I hadn't read Before the Storm before reading this one and don't think it mattered once I had worked out the characters. I'm not sure whether it will affect my reading of Before the Storm as I know who started the fire and why and the effects on other people etc.This story is written from 4 main viewpoints- Maggie who is being let out of prison, Andy-her brother, Keith who s [...]

    24. Secrets She Left Behind is the sequel to Before the Storm.After Keith Weston becomes a burn victim due to an act of arson, he must deal with his scars - both physical and emotional. To make matters worse, his mother has disappeared and no one has any idea where she may be.Keith has no choice but to ask the Lockwood family for help. Laurel was his mother's best friendd her husband Jamie was Keith's father. Unfortunately, Laurel's daughter - and Keith's half-sister - is the person who committed th [...]

    25. Honestly, I wish I could give this book 10 stars. It was one that kept me wanting more and more, and I never wanted to put it down. Diane Chamberlain is an amazing author and I hope to read more of her books. Secrets She Left Behind was a novel full of heart, family, and suspense. Each chapter from a different person's point of view, reminding me a lot of The Poisonwood Bible in that sense, gave the book character, and it kept you on your toes. Though it's a little confusing at first, before you [...]

    26. This book was very sad and had lots of interesting twists and turns. I felt bad for Keith not knowing what happened to his mom. As you piece together Sara story you feel bad for her as well. I feel bad for Sara because she was so sad and lonely and I felt that Jamie took advantage of that. I was never quite sure if I felt bad for Laurel or not; because she wasted so many years after Maggie was born to get help. I think that with the messed up adults that were in life that was why Maggie was the [...]

    27. This was the first book I read by Chamberlain. I saw this book reviewed somewhere and the storyline sounded interesting. I didn't realize that there was a book prior to this that would have given some background to the plot, but it isn't necessary to read it. This book has a very realistic plot and got me thinking. As a parent I can't imagine my child suffering the way all the kids int his book do and then watching the pain they have to go through due to an action taken by them. But, the plot wa [...]

    28. I love, love, LOVE this book. I just finished it and I feel a deep loss at having to leave the characters behind (as melodramatic as that sounds). I love books told by multiple characters and I really enjoyed the first book of this series, Before the Storm. I think its a genius idea to tell a story from one viewpoint (Laurel's in the first book) and then to go over the same events from another viewpoint (Sara;s in Secrets She Left Behind). It brought the story to life and flushed out the charact [...]

    29. I started out really liking this book alot and I could hardly put it down. However last night I got to the ending and it really kind of put a damper on the book for me. I felt like the ending wasn't very well developed at all. I had many questions about Sara's accident. Also the character of Jen should have been given more of a voice, perhaps some of the chapters should have been told from her perspective nas they were from the other characters in the book. I just felt she was flat. Overall it w [...]

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