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Dead Secret

Dead Secret [Kindle Edition]

Deveney Catherine
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'Following up the acclaimed Ties That Bind and Kiss The Bullet with terrific aplomb, Deveney . . . keeps us intrigued at every stage, eager to keep reading and find out more, while building up a multi-layered portrait of Rebecca.'
Glasgow Herald

'Deveney grabs you at page one and then slowly, resolutely tightens her grip'

'I was driven to the ending . . . very good indeed'
Melvyn Bragg on Ties that Bind

'As engrossing a character study as it is a gripping tale of long-sought revenge'
Scotland on Sunday on Kiss the Bullet

'Terrific . . . goes to the heart of relationship, family, commitment and self'
Carl MacDougall on Ties that Bind --...

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‘Growing up wasn’t a process; it was a moment. It was the moment I watched Daddy die. Everything began to unravel then.’ When their father dies of a sudden heart attack, sisters Rebecca and Sarah Connaghan set aside their differences and return to the family home in Glasgow. Then Rebecca finds letters between her father and the mother she barely remembers that cast doubt on everything she’s been told about her family. Reeling from confusion and grief, she sets off alone for the remote Highlands village that may hold the key to the past. Above all, she is determined to prove the innocence of her father – the beloved, silent man she once thought she knew, now accused of a terrible crime.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Old Street Publishing (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DS4VM5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,897 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an absolute page-turner 24 July 2013
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I have never before written a review but, having read Deveney's first two novels and gobbled up this, her third, I felt compelled to do so. As with her earlier books, I was totally captivated from the first page and couldn't put it down. Deveney tackles the most difficult of subjects with the emotional depth and intelligence that marks out the work of a truly great writer, and gets better with every book.
Her characters are totally believable, her storylines always thought-provoking, and, long after I (grudgingly!) came to the end of this book, I found myself wondering just how I'd react in the same set of circumstances. Brilliant!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner - I couldn't put it down. 6 Aug. 2013
I loved this book. It kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Catherine Deveney creates wonderful characters which are credible and empathic, and unexpected. Unexpected is a word that could be used to describe the book, as I was never quite sure what to expect - right to the end.
A perfect summer holiday read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating 2 Oct. 2013
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Catherine Deveney's third novel is a great read. It is as emotionally absorbing as it is riveting. She has managed to touch upon so many core human feelings, and make them true to the individual reader, while telling a captivating murder-mystery. At times I felt myself staring off, reflecting at something poignant; other times hungrily reading the pages to see what happens next. Enjoy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 21 Aug. 2013
The novel "Dead Secret" restored my interest in contemporary storytelling. As in her two previous novels, Catherine Deveney has left me reflecting on the richly drawn cast of diverse characters and their lives, long after the story is told. From the outset, through the clarity, and at times ethereal nature, of the prose you are drawn deeper into this tale. The past and present seem to unfold in real time. Following her father's death Rebecca shares a raw emotional inner life which energizes her grief-charged search for the truth behind the dead secrets she has uncovered. The writing is able to convey the omnipresent sense of a daughter's unconditional love as she tries to unravel the mystery behind her parents' silent past. The plot tensions, human intrigue and shared memories free-fall onto the page. The complexities of human relationships described gives Rebecca's journey hidden depths. A novel you will want to read again.
I wait in hopeful anticipation that another novel from this gifted, insightful writer will reach the bookshelves soon.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story and brilliantly told 14 Aug. 2013
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Catherine Deveney's third book 'Dead Secret' is a beautiful, haunting story. She dedicates it to her own father, Peter Black Rafferty. She describes the book as 'a daughter's song'. My goodness it explodes with sound and melody. It tells of a daughter seeking something: the truth about her beloved father who has just died and whom she thought she knew so well, and a mother she hardly remembers.

There are tones of yearning blues and of crashing rock and roll in this tale. But above all else this daughter's song is operatic and majestic. Dead Secret is one of the few books that I have read where I had a shiver run up my spine at the end.

Buy it, read it and enjoy it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he the man she thought he was? 7 Aug. 2013
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A novel with heart and depth which examines what happens when a beloved father dies and how easy it is to come adrift from reality in the face of death.
Rebecca, the heroine of the novel, is stubborn, feisty and obsessive, constantly out of step with her own family. When her father dies she is forced to examine not only her own past life but his. Is he the man she thought he was? Does it matter?
Thoughtful and touching, this novel will make you think about your own relationships as well as Rebecca's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 19 Oct. 2013
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Was a good enough read throughout, but really disappointed with the ending. Liked how it began to get a bit sinister when the story headed north to Inverness but it never really came to anything. A bit weak.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 27 Oct. 2013
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I found this book rather dull almost boring and quite depressing, it felt to me like someone who was pouring their heart out to a counsellor, somewhat repetitive in parts and ended as expected. Not one I would ever want to read again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony
This is a captivating story that draws you in from the start, providing you with small pieces of information that slowly help you focus in and connect the dots. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ringwood Tony
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just the job
Published 4 months ago by christine
4.0 out of 5 stars a slow burner
It took me a while to get into this book but when I did I was hooked. It's very well written and I will read others by this author.
Published 6 months ago by Caro
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts well, gets better, but then doesn't end, it just stops
This starts off as a simple, honest study of grief and the emotions involved, and despite being a cynical grumpy old man, I found it rather engaging and it drew me in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by David P
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-aching
Although this was about a death, and a search to find out who was responsible, this is not a crime novel but an insight into the thoughts of a daughter in the week between her... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sandra Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars great read
Beautifully observed and believeable story, with fast pace and 3d characters: she has a deft touch as a writer, and the second of her books I have read
Published 9 months ago by DavidC
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This is possibly the best book I have read (and I have read many) the author draws you in, you are there living each step. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer sherbs Sheets
4.0 out of 5 stars very engaging
I like the pace of this book and the time scales. It very thoughtful and sad but kept me interested the whole way through.
Published 10 months ago by Rona Thomson
4.0 out of 5 stars a very different novel of love and family relationships
I liked the way the life of the family is exposed and the love that overrides the past very different worth reading
Published 10 months ago by Julie Simpson
2.0 out of 5 stars Dead Secret
Not my type of book. Find it uninteresting and not able to relate with the style of writing at all
Published 10 months ago by maddy
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