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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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ISBN : 9780778326151
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Number of Pages : 490 Pages
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Secrets She Left Behind Reviews

  • Laura
    2019-02-22 10:44

    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 could have happened a little sooner, and the author dedicate more to 'after.' However do not let this deter you, because it's still a very good read.As a loyal Chamberlain fan, this is a firm recommendation for lovers of fiction.

  • Vivian
    2019-02-26 11:02

    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 could have better understood her actions at the end. Why the tower? and why Andy? Most readers think that the author will revisit the Lockwoods in another book. I can't understand why and I'd likely pass.

  • Denise
    2019-03-01 06:57

    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 exceptions...I 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 have not already read BEFORE THE STORM, please read it first and then read SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND. You will not be disappointed. I could barely put either of them down!

  • Noeleen
    2019-03-18 08:52

    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 was enough.

  • Kayleigh
    2019-03-10 09:40

    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 listening to a grumpy teenager rabbit on about how edgy and angry life makes him. What also bothered me was how shockingly 'white' these people were. And this is a theme for Diane Chamberlain and her novels, there's never anybody of colour or any kind of real diversity and everyone's overly polite and boring. There was a part where Maggie found herself developing a friendship with another female character and there was this piece of pure idiocy about her freaking out about the other girl maybe being a lesbian even though there had been no suggestion of such a thing...and the girl wasn't a lesbian. But oh, God forbid she was. God forbid Diane write someone who isn't white and heterosexual. It just smacks of ignorance and I really don't enjoy fiction to be so one-dimensional and non-inclusive to the point where it's noticeable and almost uncomfortable. I may well be one of those politically correct, internet-based SJWs but I'm okay with that, it certainly makes for a more interesting reading experience and indeed a more interesting world if we're not subjected to thousands of caucasian characters called Rebecca or Emerson or Sarah or whatever. So it's not great when you spend the majority of a book rolling your eyes to the heavens but I never, ever, ever give up on a book I've started reading. Perhaps I should! I finally managed to finish this and I was glad to. I guess if this book had anything going for it I would say the plot in itself was interesting and the setting (the island) seemed to be a character of it's own...one of the more likeable ones. The only other one being Jen who was one of the few interesting things about this book. Everyone else was a bit spineless and wet. Annoying. I was beginning to wish they'd all perished in that bloody fire. Oh well. I will move on slightly more reluctant to give Diane Chamberlain another chance but perhaps I just haven't come across her better books yet.

  • Jenny Mandeville
    2019-03-10 08:50

    Great sequel to Before the Storm. I only wish this was a longer series.

  • Becca
    2019-03-02 04:34

    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!

  • Smitha
    2019-02-21 04:55

    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. He feels that Maggie had it easy. The fact that Maggie and he are half siblings has not helped, given the fact that he and his mother Sara live in half poverty, while Maggie and her family live in comparative opulence.The day that Maggie is release, is already one full of tension for Keith and to add to that, his mother, goes out to the shops and doesn’t come back. Keith, is left alone, without any money or help, at a time when he needs it the most. His mother, a devoted mother would have never done something like this, so what exactly went wrong, is something Keith and others around him need to find out.Meanwhile Maggie discovers how much people in her town hate her. Nothing prepares her for the hostility she faces. Nothing she does can ever make up for what she did, and she knows it better than anybody else. Life as she knew it has come to an end. Only the support she has from her family, her mother, uncle and brother keeps her going. But she can’t hide inside her house, she has to make an effort to build a life for herself.Full of twists and turns, Secrets She Left Behind is a page turner. Family secrets that come tumbling out, secrets that made people behave in ways they might not have, unexpected twists that change the course of the story. What made Sara walk out and not return? Who is Jen, the mysterious girl who befriends both Keith and Maggie. I couldn’t put it down. Narrated by each of the characters, it gives an insight into each of their thoughts. Maggie’s remorse and guilt, Keith’s torment, the rest of Maggie’s family’s lives and experiences and how each of them add interesting facets to the story. A sequel to Before the Storm, I think I enjoyed it even more than the first book. Or is it that I can’t remember it as clearly, I don’t know. What I can say for sure, is that this book was a wonderful read. A quick, exciting page turner, it was un-put-downable.

  • Amy
    2019-02-21 05:35

    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 rejoins society only to be welcomed with great anger from the families of those that were lost or injured and finds it is more difficult to return to society than she could ever imagine. Even simple things like volunteering her time to charity becomes difficult because no one wants to be associated with her. She deals with the guilt for the wrong she has done and is faced with learning to try and love herself again. She is happily surprised when she meets a new girl in town who befriends her and seems to look past her faults. Will this friendship help Maggie love herself again?In the meantime, Keith, Sara's son, discovers that his mother has disappeared without a trace. He is now left alone with the burns from the fire, the emotional and physical pain that he now has to endure alone, and his anger towards Maggie for what she has done. Abandoned by his mother, he is forced to get help from the Lockwood family to help him survive the day-to-day expenses. Luckily, he meets a girl who makes him feel somewhat whole again and can look past his scars to the person he is.The plot thickens as Sara's past is told through her eyes, Keith and Maggie finally see each other after her time in jail, Maggie tries to find a way to forgive herself, Keith deals with the abandonment of his mom, and a surprising twist occurs at the end that will take the reader by surprise.I found this to be a really satisfying read especially since I was so disappointed with the abrupt ending of the first book. I was able to read this in just a few nights and would love for the story of the Lockwoods to continue!While some sequels can be read without reading the first book, this is one that you really need to read the first book to really get all of the family drama. It is a twisted family tree and reading the first book will provide reference to just how tangled those branches are!

  • Rachel
    2019-02-25 04:51

    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. Although she had a lot of guilt to contend with and I suppose ultimately I can understand her behaviour. I liked Keiths character a lot more in the book and really found myself feeling for him and wanting him to be happy again. I do wish there was more of a scandal around Jen; I knew something was up with her and I kept coming up with scenarios whilst I was reading and although I do think her ending worked I did find myself wanting it to all be a bit more dramatic. This book just goes to show that even the closest families and communities can be flawed and that those people you look at and think have a charmed life could be paddling a lot harder than you would think under the surface.

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-19 07:56

    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 portrayal of each character that I was envisioning this book as a movie or tv show as I read it! Although it probably isn't necessary, I do recommend reading the first book, BEFORE THE STORM, before reading this one. You will get a better sense of the entire family and delve a bit deeper into the characters presented in the first book. Some of the major plotlines are told from a different perspective in this book, which I loved! It was a really intriguing way of telling the story and it worked really well in these books. Recommended!

  • Diane Will
    2019-03-01 04:41

    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 'omg...wasn't expecting that'.This was a worthy follow on read and recommend it. Each chapter is narrated by one of the characters. Sometimes this can be annoying but never so with Diane Chamberlain's writing I find. There have been lots of mixed reviews for this book, but I think you just have to go ahead and read it and make up your own mind...especially if you have read the 'Before the Storm.And thank you Hayley again for sending this on to me... :)

  • Sarah
    2019-03-14 04:40

    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 book because you realize you don't know the full story, and it also ruins the prequel because now you know the ending. Diane Chamberlain is a great author, but if you're going to read this one, find the first one (still not sure what the title is) and read it first.

  • Glenda
    2019-03-16 06:50

    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 regarding her actions. Also Sara's accident--what caused it? Was it truly an accident? I don't want to give too much away, because it really is a book worth reading. There was some crude language that I didn't think was necessary.

  • Bonnie
    2019-03-04 05:54

    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.

  • Judy Collins
    2019-03-23 10:51

    (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 their true, raw feelings and character.There were so many characters you grow to love during the book. (this series is definitely movie worthy as in your mind you picture the main characters and the setting)! As usual, Chamberlain grabs you from page one until the end. I would love to see a third book (as follow up with Maggie, Andy, and Keith). Sara was my favorite character –a woman who gives so much of herself and to her son and deeply in love with Jamie who no longer lives and the life she could not attain. Maggie who learns how to forgive herself and grow in love and maturity. Andy (loved author’s dialogue with this character – which was very realistic and always put a smile on your face with his funny thoughts. Keith, a wonderful character who suffered so much and met so many challenges – learning to love his family and finally depend on them. Marcus – (you have to love)another one who grew so much since book one, taking care of his family and his love for Andy, Sara, and Maggie, and the special bond with Keith, his brother’s son-taking him under his wing. Also the added character of Jen was excellent and the mystery she created. A book of love, joy, forgiveness, pain, and acceptance! Another winner!!! I have read most of Diane’s new books and going back to her older books which I missed. As with all my favorite authors – start with new ones and then you want to read everything the writer has written – you will not be disappointed! Be sure and read the Before the Storm first as it will make it more enjoyable to know the history of the characters.

  • Maggie61
    2019-03-04 06:48

    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 story began in Before the Storm. I think this is one of the only books the author has continued with the same characters. In the earlier book we are introduced to most of the characters of the second. Keith is severely burned in a fire that wouldnt have happened if not for his half sister Maggie and initially her half brother Andy is blamed for setting the fire. In the second book Maggie is released from prison and is not welcomed back by the town she grew up in as many people were affected by the fire; some with the death of a family member. Maggie made a huge mistake; one that was made with a young romantic heart and while all of us have likely done something stupid in the name of love, most dont have the same consequences as Maggie's. You cannot help but feel for her. She returns from prison and is trying to atone but people are having none of it and are openly hating her. In amidst all that, Keith's mother disappears and in the revealing of her journals and different viewpoints of others in the book more understanding comes to light. With her writing you can't help but put yourself in the place of the various characters and really understand them. Diane chamberlain has become one of my favourite authors. I suggest to anyone who hasn't read any to do so.

  • Kirsty
    2019-03-09 11:49

    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 in the local community and with their personal self loathing. We also get to see the emotional and physical pain of one of the burn victims and how this affects the way they feel about themselves, which emphasis the unhealthy pressure to look perfect in current society. We also get a much deeper insight into the character Sara Weston in this book, with a memoir of her sad past relationship and her difficulties in moving forward from it. DC shows how a tragedy can cause not just instant grief and horror, but can have a devastating, long lasting impact on the lives of both victims and perpetrator. The story itself sounds quite depressing, but there is an optimistic vein running through the book, showing that we can get through almost anything if we learn to forgive and in turn seek forgiveness. Overall, another good book from DC. Interesting, thought provoking, and showing the strength of family ties.

  • Carole
    2019-02-25 07:59

    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 to read about the aftermath of the fire from the various points of view. Maggie cannot forgive herself and must deal with not only the fury of the community when she's released after a year in prison, but the prison of her own self-loathing. Keith, one of the burn victims, deals with the physical pain from his burns and also the emotional scarring, particularly painful for a formerly handsome teen with many girlfriends. Keith is unable to accept his own new personal appearance and assumes everyone around him is repulsed as well.Secrets She Left Behind shows how a tragedy can be life-altering, not ending with the horror of the event, but having a devastating, persistent impact on the lives of all involved. Forgiveness is an important theme of this novel. When one unintentionally commits an act that has tragic consequences, how does one forgive oneself or at least find a way to carry on? How does not forgiving someone keep us stuck in a resentful, bitter prison of our own? This novel was suspenseful and thought-provoking. I highly recommend it!

  • Charity
    2019-02-25 10:42

    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 the reader would bore me because I had, after all, just digested all the family history in the last book. But, Chamberlain is a master at revealing enough to a new reader that he or she can pick up right where this book starts without a sense of missing something but not too much that the reader who is already familiar with the characters tire of the text. This book deals with betrayal, loss, life-changing accidents, people living (and thriving) with special needs, relationships (both budding and well-tested) and the pasts of the characters in a way that they are woven so tightly there is little hope of unwinding themselves from one another. The characters must embrace the truths (both long hidden and newly revealed) that surround them and make them family; the reader is fortunate enough to be taken along in such an intricate way. Undoubtedly, this book will be on the reader's mind for days and weeks to come.

  • Tania
    2019-03-18 10:57

    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 characters are keeping.After a terrible fire, the person responsible is coming out of prison while the people who were affected are still reeling from the destruction it wrought. Maggie has come home, and her family is happy to have her, but most of the community is not. Now the healing must begin - families must find a way to deal with their new reality, and Maggie's family must finally rid themselves of the secrets they've been keeping for years.The book is split up so that we hear pieces of the story from different points of view. There were too many love triangles for me to rate this 5 stars, but each character was brought to life with both flaws and redeeming qualities. It was very engrossing, and in the end there were people I cared for and whose futures I hoped would turn out ok.

  • Simone
    2019-03-19 06:43

    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 this book ages ago because it was on sale, but since it was book 2 in a series I let it linger on my “to read” list until I would eventually (who knows when) read book 1. I got fed up seeing there for so long that I finally decided to get on with it …. WOW. I was absorbed from the start and did not want to put it down! It was terrific - back to the D.C. I loved with heartfelt stories that are so compelling, they really pull you in to another world.Now I am in a hurry to read book 1!

  • Alison
    2019-03-21 11:59

    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 than you find in most. The other side of the coin, is the terrible event that keeps the families bound together and tears them apart at the same time. With each page the reader gets drawn further and further into the lives of the main characters. Reading the novel it becomes painfully accurate everyone (in real life) has a story to tell; that bad things do happen to very good people; and that when you do something wrong, don't spend all your energy beating yourself up, if you do, you'll have less every for others.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-14 12:54

    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 she has just learned is her half brother and was badly scarred in the fire and Sara, Keith's mum. The latter's chapters are written as a journal rather than narrative and cover the time from Maggie being born to present.The story encompasses Sara's disappearance, Maggie's return home from prison and attempts to be accepted by society, as well as issues of complex family relationships, fetal alcohol syndrome, guilt and surviving and is a gripping read.

  • Erin
    2019-03-05 12:52

    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 friend...and her husband Jamie was Keith's father. Unfortunately, Laurel's daughter - and Keith's half-sister - is the person who committed the acts leading up to the fire.Secrets She Left Behind is just as compelling, if not moreso, as Before the Storm. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Diane Chamberlain.

  • Monicaaa
    2019-03-17 13:01

    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 get to know each character, it soon becomes a real life story of tragedy, forgiveness and hope. I felt like I was there. I was angry, sad, happy, hoping and confused. I loved this book, I definitely recommend it, definitely.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-23 04:34

    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 way she was; unsure and needy. I was a little disappointed that more detail was not eventually given on what happened on the boat when Jamie died.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-14 08:49

    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 was a good one and I found myself wanting to know more about the characters. I enjoyed her style of writing so much I went and bought another book by her to read.

  • Ashley
    2019-03-22 10:36

    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 characters that much more. I felt like all of the characters were realistic and relatable. I wish there were a 3rd book in this series!

  • Kelly Keefe
    2019-03-20 11:58

    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 was a good book and I am looking forward to reading more books by Diane Chambrlin.