Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dark Secrets 1

Well my friend definitely has good taste in books because she let me borrow another book that I ended up finishing in two days.  The book is Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler.  This book actually contains two stories, Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell.  Different characters in both books but based out of the same location.  I read this over Christmas and since I have no internet at home (yeah I know, I'm stuck in medieval times) I had to wait until today to blog about the book.  So please don't mind me if I forget to mention certain events.

Legacy of Lies begins with a young girl (Megan) traveling to visit her grandmother.  She has never met her grandmother even though she is sixteen years old.  She is also adopted.  Her mother (Caucasian) left her home town to marry her love (African American).  They were never able to have kids of their own so they adopted Megan and her two brothers.  The grandmother has always been upset at her daughter for running off with someone below her status.  So Megan is confused as to why her grandmother is so adamant on her coming to visit.  Megan doesn't want to but her parents push her to make the trip.  Not only does she meet her totally stuffed up grandmother, but she also meets her cousin, Matt, who is living with their grandmother.  After arriving, weird things start happening to Megan.  She realizes things she has dreamed of since she was a little girl are coming true.  For example, she has always dreamed of a house.  When she gets to her grandmother's she realizes the house in her dreams is her grandmother's house.  How is that possible when she has never been there before?  There is also the strange girl she keeps seeing, a ghost of the house.  Things are also moved with no one touching them.  Helen (the grandmother) is quick to put the blame on Megan.  Eventually Megan learns that Helen had a sister who died when she was sixteen, and Megan looks just like her.  Will she be next?

The second story in the book, Don't Tell, begins with a very young Lauren.  She is at her godmother's (Jule) house with her mom and her godmother's daughters (Holly and Nora).  Lauren used to spend every summer at Jule's, but this last summer her mom insisted on going.  The wife of a politician, Lauren's mother was paranoid and constantly told Lauren someone was watching her.  Her mother would also complain of finding her things in knots and things moving without anyone touching them.  Lauren blamed the alcohol.  However, one night Lauren's mother is found dead and floating in the river.  After seven years Lauren finally works up the courage to return to her godmother's house, the location of her mother's death.  Instantly Lauren begins to understand how her mother was feeling.  She feels as if she is being watched and she begins to find knots in everything.  Will she follow in her mother's footsteps and be next?

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