Title: Public Secrets
Author: Nora Roberts
Paperback, 481 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Bantam Books
“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.”
One of the classic Nora Roberts books I’ve read and seemingly one of my favorites too. The life of a rockstar on the road and with his groupies, a little girl’s tormented childhood, a mother’s unbearable attitude towards her daughter, a crime of passion.
I think the book has so much plot and characters that is really hard to individually comment about each one of them. Nevertheless, Nora had carefully tackled the life of members of a rock band and his family through 20 years.
I think Emma McAvoy is a complex and traumatized character that would be impossible to describe, but I found that it was a good thing to see her grow, mature, dominate the monsters and ghosts that haunt her and find happiness with Michael Kesselring. Many would say that Michael is a typical hero in a Nora Roberts story, the kind who is not perfect but is the fair compensation for our heroine.
I really love Nora Roberts’ style in writing where her imagination eventually takes shape to a magical world with very real characters. Definitely, this book falls into the list of my NR favorites.