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Preview — Public Secrets by Nora Roberts. From Nora Roberts, the incomparable New York Times bestselling author of Sanctuary and Montana Sky, comes a mesmerizing story of a woman trapped by a dangerous desire and threatened by a murderous secret, one of Nora Roberts’s most popular novels.
Beautiful, intelligent, radiantly talented, she lives in a star-studded world of wealth and privilege. But she is about t From Nora Roberts, the incomparable New York Times bestselling author of Sanctuary and Montana Sky, comes a mesmerizing story of a woman trapped by a dangerous desire and threatened by a murderous secret, one of Nora Roberts’s most popular novels.
But she is about to discover that fame is no protection at all when someone wants you dead All she has to do is close her eyes and she remembers the magical day her father came into her life. She was a frightened, lonely toddler, hiding, always hiding, from her mother’s wrath, when Brian McAvoy swept in and took her away. She didn’t know then that she was his illegitimate daughter or that she had just been rescued by pop music’s rising new star.
All she knew was that suddenly she felt safe. And there wasn’t only Brian Then just when everything seemed perfect, a horrifying event shattered all their lives: Yet now, after so many years of pain and guilt, of being overprotected and hounded by the press, Emma finally feels as if she’s put the tragedy behind her.
A determined, self-sufficient young woman, she has carved out a thrilling career, and even dared to fall rapturously in love. But the man who will become her husband isn’t all that he seems. And Emma is about to awaken to the chilling knowledge that the darkest secret of all is the one buried inher mind–a secret that someone may kill to keep. With Public Secrets, Nora Roberts has woven an absorbing tale of a woman you can’t help but care for, trapped in a terrifying web of suspense that will keep you reading long into the night.
Paperbackpages. Published March 27th by Bantam Books first published Emma McAvoyMichael Kesselring. United States of America.
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To ask other readers questions about Public Secretsplease sign up. Janice Not that I know of. See 1 question about Public Secrets…. Lists with This Book. Public Secrets isn’t one of Robeets Roberts most popular books. It’s not one that gets mentioned much and I know a lot of her readers don’t particularly care for it. But there’s something about this book that thoroughly captures me. It’s one of my all-time favorite books.
I think I’ve read it about 6 times now. It’s a roherts atypical romance novel semi-romantic suspense because the romance doesn’t really come into roberys seriously until the last pages.
This book is more about the heroine, Emma, Public Secrets isn’t one of Nora Roberts most popular books. This book is more about the heroine, Emma, and her life.
It’s one of NR’s “time progression” stories like Honest IllusionsRiver’s End and Blue Smoke where the book starts out when Emma is almost 3 years old, living with her neglectful, abusive mother and then rescued by her rising-star father, Brian McAvoy, lead singer for the band Devastation. It moves through csamento of her life – adjusting to her new family, a little brother she adored, her brother’s death when she was 6, the destruction that followed, growing up in the spotlight, being exposed to the rock and roll lifestyle, an abusive marriage, and finally love.
The story goes through it all, the good, the bad, and the in between. And scattered throughout she robeets several encounters with Michael Kesselring, the son of the detective who albim her brother’s death. But it isn’t until she’s 26 that they finally have a chance.
So this book is rather different. It’s not one to read if you’re looking for pure romance. This is a story about people and triumph and tragedy, and then finally about love and peace. A lot of the book deals with how Emma’s life is affected by being the daughter of a hugely popular rock band – the things she saw, the isolation, the media, the excesses.
And it’s about how those experiences shaped her and the needs that led her into robertz abusive marriage. It’s fascinating to read. Whenever I read it, I’m always aalbum sucked into the story. The characters are so real. I loved how Roberts wrote all the relationships between the characters.
They’re so fitting to the story. And the romance is fantastic. Even though it’s a relatively small part of the story, I absolutely loved it. Emma and Michael have a hit and miss relationship, first meeting when she was 6, he Then again when she was 12, he 17, where the first seeds of romance are planted.
They have several more encounters, but fate keeps them apart. Then finally they get to be together. It’s touching to read. And when I finished the book, I felt completely satisfied and like they were in it for the long haul. I’ve read some comments about this book that it’s cliched and reliant on rockstar stereotypes and that its a copy of other rockstar fiction. Which is true, to a certain extent.
But I think several things should be taken into consideration when thinking that. For one, it’s not like the situations in the book were exaggerations or anything.
That’s what things were often like with bands – the parties, the drugs, the sex and all that. If Roberts had written a wholesome band, people would have been complaining that the book was completely unrealistic.
I just don’t see any other way she could have written the band. Two – the book was published in Written before then, before a lot of the big movies, biopics, tv specials, true confessionsetc. If you read it in for the first time, it does seem like a lot of what’s already out there.
But back inthat storyline wasn’t nearly as played out. And lastly, the book isn’t really about the band and all they did, exactly. It’s about a little girl dropped into the bands lifestyle and how it affected her life.
Which is a very valid and interesting storyline. It’s that part that sucks me into the story.
Half the time Emma comes across as this really strong woman who is in control of her life, and the other half the time, she’s the scared little girl, afraid of the monsters in the dark and blaming herself for not protecting her little brother. The way Roberts wrote the storyline – how Emma’s past continually affected her life – was really well done.
She drags every emotion out of you at some point during the book – happiness, anger, despair, pity. I got a little teary-eyed a couple of times. Whatever it is about this book, it’s one that I just really, really enjoyed. It’s a story that stuck with me. But like I said, it’s not really for someone who wants all romance because it’s a long time coming in this book.
If you like to read a good dramatic story, though, with a solid dose of romance, then I highly recommend this one. View all 7 comments. When I purchased the book last year, it looked vaguely familiar. Between haunting the library shelves in Germany for her books and purchasing almost all of the rest, I do believe that I have read most of her books. There are only a few I have not gotten around to reading.
When I bought Public Secrets, I thought this was one of those that remained unread. After reading the first page, I remembered the story. It turns out I did read it more than When I purchased the book last year, it looked vaguely familiar. It turns out I did read it more than ten years ago and just forgot that I had. Big time michellefail, but I figured this was a good one for the Flashback Challenge. There is nothing wrong with re-read!
The best part about this story is that it is not, in my opinion, a typical Nora Roberts novel. She breaks away from her formula and gives us something a bit different.
Yes, there is a romantic lead and a murder norra, but the romance and the mystery itself play as the backstory to the overarching plot of Emma’s development and growth as a strong female character.