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I always feel conflicted when choosing my Amazon First read for the month - yet this month it was easy. There was something about ‘Someone Else's Secret’ -Julia Spiro's debut novel that just grabbed me. Fun and thought provoking, there is something timeless about the tale with it’s themes of ambition, friendship and a coming-of-age read.
Lindsey is going nowhere after graduating college with an Art major and no job on the horizon when a professor sets her up with a nannying job for the summer for the rich and prominent Decker family. With strong connections to the art world, it’s not the job she wants but an offer she can’t refuse...
Georgie is the Decker's fourteen year old daughter who is moody, hormonal and doesn't want to have to answer to Lindsey. Georgie is experiencing all of the normal teenage angst and doesn't have any friends as well as being jealous of Lindsey.
Things move along as expected and then something happens one night to shake her and Georgie to the core... Ten years go by when things finally are revealed and Lindsey has to make a major decision that could change her life...
This book is a must read. I could not put it down, literally read it in one day. The story has lots of teenage angst, jealousy and a brutal incident that changes lives forever. The suspenseful storyline will keep you eager to find out what happens next... 5 stars.
This was an enjoyable and well- written book that held my attention all the way. However, I have two points of criticism. One is that the title, the blurb and the prologue led me to believe the book was mainly about the secret, but I had to read more than half the book before I finally came to it. The first 60% was simply a story about two girls spending a summer at Martha’s Vineyard. The balance didn’t seem quite right. My other criticism Is that the prologue doesn’t quite fit the rest of the book. The style is much more dramatic, as if it was originally an exercise in powerful writing and the rest of the novel came later. The horror of the incident does not quite fulfil the foreshadowing of the prologue.
it's been some time since I reviewed a book and could honestly give one five stars. This book is very well written with realistic storyline. I just wish there were another couple of chapters added at the end. The ending left me wanting more. I am looking forward to reading more books from this amazing author.