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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184901969X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849019699
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
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Sworn Secret pulses with real emotion - an intense, relentless story that leaves the reader sated with the author's imagination and distinct characterisation. She displays clear understanding and articulation of the most complicated - and simplest - of human emotions. (Dolly Jones Vogue.co.uk)

a page-turner which makes the reader ache to know the outcome. (Mystery People E-zine)

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A family's fight to remember what it means to love.

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By Sophie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jun. 2014
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Sworn Secret is a highly-emotive novel, enthralling and a stunning piece of writing. Amanda has written complex characters suffering from a devastating experience, but written with no fear, this is a wonderful, transfixing novel.

Kate and Jon, a year on from the death of their daughter Anna, are still destroyed with grief, struggling to accept the loss of their child. Lizzie, Anna’s sister, is broken too but as she tries to get on with her life with a new relationship, secrets are revealed and the family’s suffering continues.

The character development was brilliant. Regardless of the judgments you make on them all, each one has their own little story, their own issues and when they combine and things unfold, Sworn Secret was very emotional and an extraordinary novel. The characters weren’t blessed with making the best choices but I couldn’t help but feel for them. Losing a daughter or a sister, at the age Anna was, doesn’t bear thinking about and alongside Jon’s dad who has Alzheimer’s and Lizzie, hitting her rebellious age, nothing was easy for this family as they tried to stop themselves being torn apart any further.

A lot of the themes in the novel are serious and hard-hitting, but they weren’t just thrown in the story for the sake of it. Everything felt plausible despite how uncomfortable it might be to imagine. This is where the author’s intelligent writing excels because she makes a difficult, painful plot realistic yet readable. As tough as the scenes in the novel were, it’s so gripping and impossible to not need to read to the end.

The twists in Sworn Secret played out perfectly. The first one shocked me and then each further twist took me by surprise and changed my whole outlook on the story.
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This book caught my attention from the first few pages. The author's skill at enabling me to be drawn deep into the fabric of the story right from the beginning, is a true art form. Made even more captivating by allowing us to feel so deeply empathic with every character good or bad.

The struggles that family and friends have just getting through each day. Even a year after Anna falls from a roof and her young life is extinct. The guilt, the never ending questions still unanswered, blame, sadness, love and sheer heart wrenching emotion.

As the story unwinds pieces begin to fall into place. But can they all survive the new knowledge?

This book is unputdownable. Full credit to the author Amanda Jennings. I can't wait for her next novel.
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Bit boring
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Keeps you gripped from page to page. Emotional and heart-wrenching at times. Am absolutely loving it, would definitely recommend this book.
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Anna Thorne was a happy fifteen year old girl who loved life. She was adored by her parents and idolised by her younger sister. But one fateful night there was an accident and Anna's short life was snatched away after she stumbled from the school roof. A year later and the loved ones Anna left behind are struggling, the family barely holding itself together by a thread. The wounds her death caused her family are far from healed and will be torn deeper as secrets about Anna begin to surface. What really happened the night Anna died? Did she fall or was the so-called accident more sinister? Did she jump or was she pushed?

Anna's family are shocked to learn of the events leading up to her death and they begin to question whether they really knew her at all.

Sworn Secret is an emotional read, dealing with the devastation such a loss brings to a family as it is brought to its knees and struggles to rise again. The book was gripping, urging me to keep reading, not only to find out if the Thorne family could pull together once more but also to discover what really happened to Anna. When her shocking secrets began to surface, I wasn't sure whether they would unite the family as they battled to uncover the truth or whether they would deliver the final blow to crush them completely.

Sworn Secret is a brilliant, well-written and thrilling debut from Amanda Jennings and I can't wait to see what she writes next.
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Sworn Secret is a stunning debut, the kind of novel that will make you miss your stop on the way to work, and have you discussing it with all your friends.

It follows the Thorne family a year after the death of their eldest daughter, Anna, who fell from the roof of the school. Lizzie is struggling to find her own identity instead of just being `the dead girl's sister', while Jon and Kate's marriage is still reeling from the grief. They are coping - just. But then a secret emerges that shatters any illusion they had of moving on.

What makes this novel so remarkable is the way Amanda Jennings gets inside the head of not only Lizzie, but Jon and Kate as well. The difficult emotions and questions raised are not shied away from, and it is richly layered, with many different threads - there is the touching, tender story of Lizzie finding first love; the raw, unflinching view of a marriage crumbling; the shock of discovering that you may not have known your teenage daughter as well as you thought; and above all, the love that binds a family together despite all odds.

Jennings' prose is beautifully observed, with many tiny moments of stunning clarity that will stick with you. There's also humour, and warmth, and although I don't want to give too much away plot-wise, it would be the perfect novel for a book group, as it raises so many fascinating questions. I can't wait for her next novel.
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