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The Art of Keeping Secrets

by Patti Callahan Henry

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The author tried to hard to have you believe that Annabell's pilot husband Knox was having an affair with the woman found with him in the plane crash, only to have a twist as to the identity of the woman in the end. ( )
  nancynova | Dec 2, 2017 |
"Patti Callahan Henry is the master of storytelling - renowned for her beautifully written stories, she goes back to the Lowcounty of SC where a tragedy unites two woman and forces them to face the dark secrets of their past - things are not always as they seem. Great book - you will want to read all her works - as they never disappoint! " ( )
  JudithDCollins | Nov 27, 2014 |
(There is a moderate spoiler after the 3rd paragraph. Not enough to hide the whole review, but enough, that if you are serious about reading the book, you might not want to know ahead of time, though I will try and be vague as possible.)

I feel really bad that I just don't like this author's premises that much, but obviously it doesn't keep me from trying again when a book of hers comes my way. She loves the low country. I love the low country. We have that meeting ground. But honestly, I think we sometimes inhabit two different worlds.

I understand all the angst and drama that surfaced for Belle who lost her beloved husband in a small plane crash two years before this story starts. What I can't understand is the immediate conclusion that this man who shared her heart and life was unfaithful since, when the plane was found, there was also found the body of a woman passenger. I could construct a number of other reasons that would have been plausible. My sympathy while reading the novel was for Knox, and for him to be vindicated. But Knox was dead, and I had to deal with his wife and two kids, and Sophie, the daughter of the dead woman in the plane.

I must say that I think PCH's writing is getting stronger, better defined and more evocative. I'm just not so crazy about some of the characters/stories she creates. I also don't think the occasional secret regarding the past is necessarily a bad thing. It's not everyone's style, but for some people, it's probably better not to let the nightmares out of the closet, or the stuff out of the box. Not all boxes are like Pandora's, with hope at the bottom.

spoiler alert: Do not read beyond this if you don't want a moderate spoiler.

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I really disliked the treatment of Hurricane Hugo in Sophie's telling of her mom's tale. I lived through that storm, and remember the gratitude that a storm that big was not the killer it could have been here in Charleston. To throw away a life, even fictitiously as an escape from an abusive marriage really irked me. ( )
  bookczuk | Feb 7, 2011 |
Spellbinding look at how no one really ever knows all there is to know about another person. ( )
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  caroren | Feb 6, 2010 |
An indulgence to my infatuation with stories about widows. Breezy read with mildly suspenseful plot...widow discovers things about her dead spouse that cause her to question their entire relationship (naughty corpse!); everything is tidily put in place by the end. No surprises. A shallow diversion. ( )
  ellengryphon | Jan 21, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451223950, Paperback)

Annabelle has finally made peace with the loss of her beloved husband. Until she finds out he wasn?t alone when he died?

Since a plane crash killed her husband two years ago, Annabelle Murphy has found solace in raising her two children. Just when she thinks the grief is behind her, she receives the news that the wreckage of the small plane has been discovered?and that her husband did not die alone. He was with another woman. Suddenly, Annabelle is forced to question everything she once held true.

Sophie Parker knows the woman who was on that plane. A dolphin researcher who has lived a quiet life, Sophie has never let anyone get too close. But when Annabelle shows up on Sophie?s doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts?and find the courage to face the truth.

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Annabelle has finally made peace with the loss of her beloved husband. Until she finds out he wasn't alone when he died. When she shows up on Sophie Parker's doorstep full of painful questions, both women must confront their intertwining pasts and find the courage to face the truth.… (more)

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