Excluded from her late husband’s family life, Bridget Baldacci travels to see them after his funeral.
Arriving in Seattle, the frosty welcome is exacerbated only by a new situation, in which she finds herself fearing for her life.
About The Author:
Rose Doyle still lives in her native Dublin, where she was born and brought up.
By day, she still works as a journalist, which she cannot be persuaded to give up.
She earned a BA Mod. in English Literature and Language, from Trinity College, Dublin.
Other awards heading her way were; A Hennesy New Irish Writing Literary award, for one of her short stories; and a Bisto Book of the Year award, for Goodbye Summer, Goodbye (Bright Sparks), a novel for teenagers.
As well as her novels and short stories, she has also written plays for radio, TV documentaries and short film scripts.
She has also made a diversion into non-fiction book authorship, with ‘Heroes of Jadotville: The Soldier’s Story‘, a study dear to her heart, as her uncle was Commandant Patrick Quinlan, leader of the Irish UN troops, on that fateful mission.
My reveiw of:- ‘In Secret Sin’
I have taken the plunge and listed this book under both, mystery/thriller and romance/saga, categories. Only because the story is quite complex and contains all those elements within it’s pages. Maybe a category romantic/mystery, would have summed it up more succinctly.
Victor and Bridget Baldacci have had a long marriage. It has defined Bridget’s life and after Victor’s untimely, sudden death, Bridget decides that it is time for her to find out the secrets he has always obsessively hidden from her.
She needs to know details of Victor’s past, before she can begin closure and acceptance of his death and move on.
She knows nothing of his childhood or family, in his homeland America, but plucks up the courage to travel there alone, to confront the demons, whatever they might be.
She is totally unprepared for the reality of the situation, on her arrival at the family home.
The characters have been given very individual personalities, which I could immediately empathise with. The family, en masse, emerge as a diverse, dysfunctional group of people, living in their own very insular world, presided over by the strongest member, matriarch Veronica Baldacci, Bridget’s mother-in-law.
None of the family members trust one another, all are driven by their own individual demons and each of them has their own secrets to divulge, as they are forced down the road of revealing the truth, to their English relative.
Bridget’s anxiety and growing fear for her safety and that of her children back in England, is palpable, before she finally discovers the truth surrounding her husband’s childhood and hence the reasons for his reluctance to have any communication with, or have any further part in his birth family.
Far from being the healing balm that Bridget had hoped for, the truth, when it is revealed, has far reaching consequences and such a high price to pay, that Bridget is left reeling…..
Rose Doyle has done a fantastic job, by taking the reader right inside her character’s personalities. The feelings of hatred, suspicion and betrayal, emanating from each of them, is frightening.
It keeps you on the edge of you seat, wondering what the next revelation will be, whilst not really wanting to know, for fear that it will be worse than the last.
A great read, well worth 4 out of 5 stars