Secrets of Eden

Secrets of Eden

A Novel

Book - 2010
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After the murder of Alice Hayward and the suicide of her husband, Reverend Stephen Drew flees the pulpit and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about angels. Heather, identifying deeply with Alice's daughter, Katie, mentors the young girl but soon suspects that Alice's husband may not have killed himself ... and that Alice had secrets only her minister knew.
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307394972
Branch Call Number: BOH
Characteristics: 370 p. ; 24 cm

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KevinELPL Aug 15, 2018

A fascinating read - part literary fiction, part mystery novel. A woman and her husband are dead, and their story is told from four different points of view. Every one of the four characters knows something about what happened that night, but none know the whole story. Each section is almost a novel by itself; Bohjalian fully fleshes out four realistic characters, each of them with their own story to tell. Despite the four points of view, the reader gets a satisfying conclusion to the story. Bohjalian takes a lot of chances with his novels, and can be hit or miss; this one is definitely a winner.

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 02, 2011

Chris Bohjalian, author of Oprah-pick Midwives, has written another spellbinding novel set in a small town in Vermont. Told by four different narrators, Secrets of Eden explores the mystery surrounding the murder-suicide of huband and wife, George and Alice. The seemingly clear-cut case begins to draw suspicion, and through the eyes of the four narrators, we are taken into the past of these two characters and those who surround them—their pastor, Stephen Drew, daughter Katie, a visiting author who writes about angels, and the district attorney who is trying to determine what really happened that Sunday night that George and Alice lost their lives. This is a rich character study, rife with religious imagery, and a plot that keeps you turning pages. The theme of domestic abuse is chilling, but there is also hope for the survivors.

LMOH Apr 25, 2010

Disappointing. I enjoyed his earlier books much more. He's too "Jodi Picoult"-ish!

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