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Publisher's Summary

Out of love. Out of protection. Out of fear. Everyone has a reason to lie.

Everyone in Raleigh, North Carolina, is talking about Norah Ramsey, the single mother accused of being a suburban madam. But Norah's not the only one keeping secrets.

After her mother's arrest, Norah's teenage daughter, Violet, is devastated and alone. She has no one to turn to until her grandmother Polly arrives. Polly, long estranged from Norah, is running from her own troubles. Down the street, Bess, once Norah's best friend, desperately tries to hide secrets while Casey, Bess's daughter, flees college after a traumatic event, only to find that home isn't the safe haven she expected. And Nico, the detective who has doggedly pursued Norah Ramsey in hopes that she will lead him to his missing brother, is drawn further into these women's lives while facing his own domestic disturbance.

Scandal has brought each of them to a crossroads. Now, as they delve into Norah's secrets, they must come to terms with secrets of their own - ones that still have the power to hurt or to heal.

©2020 Marybeth Mayhew Whalen (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Julia Bienek
  • 2020-10-25

Annoying narrator

The nasally, little girl voice of the narrator was so irritating that I almost gave up on the whole book. I persevered only to learn what it was all about. I find it hard to give up simply because I love books. However I can’t recommend this one as being very good. It’s story is convoluted and somewhat confusing and ridiculous. I confess, I still haven’t put it all together because of my lack of interest. Read it only if you are truly searching for something to kill time and can’t find anything else to do.

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  • Megan M.
  • 2020-12-18

What a mess

Too many characters and storylines that never got developed or concluded properly.

Girl assaulted
Women arrested as madam
Girlfriend dead
Missing brother
Friendships falling apart
Women in love with homeless man
Woman running away from a gold digger
Mother/daughter issues
Men cheating
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  • Rebecca Hambelton
  • 2020-10-23

very boring

I kept waiting for the story line to take off, and it never did... boring and dull. don't waste your time.

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  • Beatrice
  • 2020-11-28

Disappointing

This Secret Thing has a good premise but it's not developed very well. The characters and plot are lacking something that makes them whole. The narrator doesn't help. After investing 3 hours in this book, I skipped to the end and was still unsatisfied.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-10-19

More Than 5 Stars?

Loved the story!
Loved, Loved, LOVED the Narrator- definitely need more than just 5 Stars!
Loved the story!!!!
What a way to empower females.
Thank you for this good story. It was a pleasure to listen to.

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  • escoocoo
  • 2021-08-24

Author + Narrator = Great Combination!

I think these two are a good combination. I loved listening to Joshilyn Jackson’s performance. Thought she was great! A very talented performer AND writer as well, who narrates her own work. Always a real treat! ☺️

The story itself was good, but seemed to be missing the mark somewhere along the way. It became somewhat tiring at some point. The ending did wrap up well, though, clearing up all the loose ends with some fun “aha” surprises.

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  • 2021-05-19

This Secret Thing

I loved this book! Characters came alive by Narrator Joshilyn Jackson.
The captured the spirit of them.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-04-09

Interesting story

I got really involved in the story but found it distracting when the narrator announced the name of the person the story was now about. Lots of characters! I did get used to it & enjoyed the book.

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  • Bobbi
  • 2020-10-31

A very enjoyable read

What a great story! well written, so full of secrets and enjoyable characters. The narrator did a wonderful job. I definitely recommend this book.

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  • J. M. Myers
  • 2020-10-21

potato chip through and through

Get ready for some fluff... this one is fun but it's dumb, even if it is trying to put independence out there as an ideal.