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Sworn Secret Paperback – 16 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Canvas (16 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184901969X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849019699
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I've been meaning to read this book for a while, since I saw someone I follow on Twitter saying how great it was and I'm so glad that I did. The minute you start reading, you're immediately drawn into the story and want to keep reading more and more than you'd originally intended - I certainly stayed up reading later into the night than I usually do, simply because I just didn't want to leave without knowing what came next. The short chapters, which often switch between characters, makes you feel as though the story is moving along at a cracking pace which makes you just want to stay with it.

I loved the characters, they're all really well created, with believable flaws and personalities that make you care about them and what happens to each of them. Right from the beginning these carefully crafted people feel very real. Although I started having suspicions about characters or drawing conclusions of my own, I was often very wrong, such is the skill of the author in storytelling. There wasn't a single character that I didn't care about, in one way or another. By turn I wanted to protect, comfort, accuse, support and scream at them, such is the way they are drawn.

The language used is just perfect, I think. The conversations and situations are excellent, they're messy, unfinished, with language that people really use, which I think is such a skill - often flowery language gets in the way of a story because it just feels odd. But here, from the language used by the older generations right down to the teenager text messages, it just felt right. As did the behaviour of people and the various ways in which they responded to grief.
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I wasn't really sure about this book to begin with, the way the author referred to characters without explanation of who they were was something I initially found confusing. I would say that the first half of this story is quite slow to get going however once the story began to take shape half way through I very much enjoyed it. The characters are interesting, have depth and all link to one another well. I would recommend this book, just be prepared to wade through the first half!
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