Game of Secrets

Game of Secrets

A Novel

Book - 2011
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In 1957, Jane Weld was eleven years old when her father, Luce, disappeared. His skiff was found drifting near a marsh, empty except for his hunting coat and a box of shotgun shells. No one in their small New England town knew for sure what happened until, three years later, Luce's skull rolled out of a gravel pit, a bullet hole in the temple. Rumors sprang up that he had been murdered by the jealous husband of his mistress, Ada Varick.

Now, half a century later, Jane is still searching for the truth of her father's death, a mystery made more urgent by the unexpected romance that her willful daughter, Marne, has struck up with one of Ada's sons. As the love affair intensifies, Jane and Ada meet for their weekly Friday game of Scrabble, a pastime that soon transforms into a cat-and-mouse game of words long left unspoken, and dark secrets best left untold.
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2011.
ISBN: 9781400061884
Branch Call Number: FICTION TRI
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 25 cm.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 21, 2019

Some interesting parts (I liked the Scrabble game), but bottom line: much ado about not much of anything. It felt pretty schizophrenic to me, like the author couldn't decide on a writing style or a theme. As my daughter Victoria would say, oh-so-succinctly: meh.

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artemishi
Aug 07, 2013

There is a thin line between literature that is florid and pretentious, and literature that is lyrically beautiful. This novel is definitely the latter. A compelling story of many people, told on two separate but related timelines, this story of loss, love, and finding oneself is utterly satisfying in every regard. The author clearly loves her wordplay, though it does not bog down the story. The characters are flawed and real, the setting achingly realistic (as anyone who grew up in a small coastal town can attest to), and the story poignant and moving. I highly recommend this one!

deda_roger Apr 05, 2013

I love this kind of writing - foggy, mysterious, disjointed and nonetheless beautiful.

mblib5 Mar 04, 2012

Beautifully written story.

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