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Publisher's Summary

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts deftly blends romance and suspense in this compelling novel of a woman whose career, marriage, and very life are threatened by the truth about her own past.

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her.

For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth. The other half is locked away in the last place she’d ever think to look: her own memories. It’s a mystery a handsome and relentlessly driven homicide detective needs to solve in a case that’s haunted him for years - and a secret someone will kill to keep.

©2014 Nora Roberts (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved..

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Good story, disappointing accents

Nice story set in the 60’s rock era, good plot development. I almost stopped listening because of the very bad English accents by the narrator - it made it very distracting to keep up with the story at times.

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Nope

Sorry. You can’t like them all I guess. This was a big miss for me. Didn’t even bother to finish it.

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Worst narrator ever

This is the first book of Nora Roberts I have listened to on Audio book. I usually buy her books to read and quite enjoy them. This book was the absolute worst narrator ever. The FAKE ENGLISH AND IRISH ACCENTS were enough to make me put the book away. It was really terrible and I struggled with trying to get into the story because she was so bad. I really hate this narration. If you are going to do an English or Irish accent please practise with someone who knows what they sound like before you narrate an audio book. I am so dissapointed with this book and I know it is just because of the reader.

A thumbs down from me for this book and not worth even 1 star.

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Terrible accents

could not get past early chapters. irritating and poor English accents...predictable story. I am a huge Nora Robert's fan but this was a no go!

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Great story

Great story however I almost had to stop listening in the beginning as the narrators voice for the character of the mother was terrible. I am glad I pushed through and kept listening.

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Great story but....

I loved the actual book but the narrator was very difficult to listen to. Her voice was just not right for audio books!

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a bit to long it should have been wrapped up sooner. story was good but a very predictable endinf

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Romantic with drama

This story gives you some romance, drama and a little suspense. Very good listen. Would recommend.

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so good, loved this book. finished in a few days, i could not put it down. Would make a great movie. Out of my last 80 recent audiobooks this one is top 5 for sure

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Just started this and oh the horrible accents!

I'm not sure how I'll make it through this book. How does the production company release this with such an awful attempt at the required accents??? It's one thing for the narrator to be awful and possibly not be self-aware enough to know it but isn't there a review process?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2014-08-14

Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing

Normally I love Nora Roberts' work, but there's boatloads I dislike about this book. I rarely write a review unless I really love or really can't stand a book, but when I do, I go into detail. I'm trying not to give away major plot twists below.

First, I REALLY hate it when the copyrights listed on Audible read "2014" for author and audio publisher, but in reality the book has a 1990 publication date. Audible/Amazon, let's have some truth in labelling and note when it's really a reissue of an old book.

Second. a good editor would have cut out at least one-third of this book. The first 30-40% DRAGS to the extent that I'd zone out for several minutes - something I very rarely do when listening to ANY book - and worse, when I'd rewind I'd find that I didn't miss anything I hadn't heard before. After the first couple zone-outs, I didn't care enough to rewind to catch what I'd missed! That almost NEVER is the case.

Third, if I wanted to read an ode to rock, drugs, other drugs, more drugs, drug abuse, overdoses (I'm not sure I've come across so many different references to drugs in any other fiction book), capricious sex, semi-incestuous sex, AIDS, child abuse, physical abuse, murder, attempted murder, long-term betrayal, etc., etc. I'd read a biography of a 60's/70's rock icon. It seems the author was living out her teenage fantasies about British/Irish rockers. I suspect that a good number of those highly positive reviews are written by folks who either came of age in the 60's or have deep nostalgia or identification with the era. If you don't already love the 60's, I doubt you'll love this book.

Fourth, I'd have rated the book higher if the central mystery had been engaging. Nope. Even most of the primary characters seem to have lost interest in finding out "whodunnit" after a couple years Few additional clues were dropped over time. And worse, my immediate suspects turned out (many) hours later to be the primary culprits. Yawn. If this crime was not a purely random act, who else had any motive?

Fifth, at one point, the original primary detective showed out-of-character stupidity. Then at a critical turning point, the heroine is distressingly stupid. And finally, neither the detectives (nor the other main characters) actually solve the crime. They didn't identify any of the perps who, luckily, were all identified in other ways. Such good luck for our heroine they were so stupid, too. Sigh, it's disappointing when an author can't move the plot forward without resorting to that "let's have someone do something stupid" tactic - but multiple times in a single book? Nora, you're so much better than that - usually!

Sixth, there were so many male characters in this book frequently lumped together in conversation with each other that it was nearly impossible to follow who said what to whom. I think I'd have had a problem keeping the male characters straight without a chart even in written text, but it was very difficult in audio where the various voices were unclear. However, I feel sorry for the narrator who may have been as bored as I was and found it hard to keep the many characters separate in her mind as well. At a later point in the book one character had a serious illness and until more details were given I honestly couldn't remember who he was or why I should care.

The only reason I give 2 stars instead of 1 is for the slightly more interesting last fourth of the book. But even that was a close call.

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  • Karli
  • 2019-02-24

Book should come with a warning

This was a very well written book, but I feel that it would not be a good book for anyone who has lost a child, who was abused as a child or abused as an adult.

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  • Liesl
  • 2014-10-22

Loved it

I enjoy books that are so long as it gives me time to really get to know the characters and you "live" them for a while. The story was excellent and once you make peace with the fact that not all the accents are accurate, the narrator is also pretty good. Well worth the credit!

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  • Njm
  • 2015-11-12

Worst accents ever heard on Audible?

I'm not sure anyone could listen to this book without being totally distracted by the reader's horrendous accents. Irish meets New Jersey or British meets standard American meets New Yorker? Yikes.

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  • Olivia
  • 2014-07-31

Long book, but worth every hour!!

Any additional comments?



Nora Roberts has crafted an absorbing tale of love, fame, wealth, and betrayal that is infused with Renee Raudman’s exceptional narration. Little Emma McAvoy spends the first three years of her life terrified by a drug addicted, abusive mother who readily gives Emma to her famous rock star father in exchange for money. Brian McAvoy adores his baby girl and raises her in a world of affluence, security, and celebrity, occasionally darkened by drugs and promiscuity. Emma slowly accepts that she is safe and surrounded by love from her “Da”, her caring stepmom, and the capricious members of her father’s band. When her stepbrother is born, four year-old Emma is overcome with love for the baby and devotes herself to his care and protection. As Emma matures into an educated, accomplished, and beautiful young lady, the story takes a dark turn of treachery that will have you on the edge of your seat. Two men enter her life, both declaring their love - only one, however, is to be trusted. Excellent story!

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  • Missy Vee Elle
  • 2017-06-18

Worst narration ever!

What was Brilliance Audio thinking, when they thought the narrators horrible attempt at accents was acceptable!
The story line was good but the attempt at the accents were so bad, I just couldn't listen to the story any longer. I had to return the book. To bad as I've always enjoyed Nora Roberts books. Not this one.

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  • Jennifer Lynn Nolan
  • 2014-08-06

Terrible accents

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narrator's performance was even half decent

Would you be willing to try another one of Renee Raudman’s performances?

Absolutely nothing that involves accents of any kind. Her voice is very nice and very pleasant to listen to... Until she tries to sound like a Cockney or an Irish woman.

What character would you cut from Public Secrets?

I don't know. I couldn't listen to the whole book

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  • carol
  • 2014-07-31

public secrets

Through the years I have listen to every nora roberts audio book I could afford. This is my favorite! What a great story. Nora thank you for the years of entertainment.

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  • Robbin Blackmon
  • 2015-09-05

Life

This was one of the best books I've read by Nora Roberts! It was excellent the characters and storyline fantastic. Life's twists and turns and survival. Such a talented writer!!!

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  • Chloe
  • 2014-08-07

Cringe-worthy narrator

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Renee Raudman?

I LOVED the narrator from the COLLECTOR. Please bring her back!

I could not stand Renee Raudman, especially when she faked an Irish/English accent. I went over the top when she tried to do a little child's voice which was akin to nails on a chaklboard. I'm not sure if I can listen to the rest of the book although I really do want to give it a chance.

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