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Title: Secrets of Our House
Author: Rea Frey
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: February 8th 2022
Page Count: 328
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
A thrilling domestic drama set against the power of the wilderness, Rea Frey’s Secrets of Our House is a deeply-felt novel of long-held secrets and the strength of family.
Desi is the mastermind behind her dream getaway house. Nestled high into the mountains of North Carolina, it is a sleek place, a luxurious place, a dark place.
A place full of secrets.
Secrets about the man she longs for, a man who is not her husband. Secrets about the roots of her family that must never, ever, see the light of day. When Desi and her family arrive from Chicago to spend the summer in the mountains, the seeds for the tumultuous months to follow are planted—her marriage on the rocks, not knowing which way they’ll go. Her seventeen year-old daughter Jules, falling in love for the first time with a local boy—and forging a new path that will take her to uncharted places. And Carter—a man Desi knew long ago, before she expunged him from her life for good.
All hurtling toward events none of them can undo.
Engaging, propulsive, and with a dramatic, heart-pounding final act, Secrets of Our House is a dazzling novel, richly-drawn, that shows no matter how hard outside forces may shake you, the bonds of family are stronger than the harshest winds.
After reading three other books by Rea Frey and enjoying them I was very excited to read Secrets of Our House. Secrets of Our House is a domestic drama with an edge of suspense and is told by alternating the point of view between characters.
Desi has designed her dream getaway home in the mountains of North Carolina in River Falls where she and her husband and daughter plan to spend the summer away from their home in Chicago. With Desi and Peter at a rough place in the marriage they need the time to figure things out and Jules, their daughter, at seventeen is figuring out what she wants from her life and whether college is the next step or is there something else out there for her.
Secrets of Our House by Rea Frey is certainly aptly titled as that is exactly what you find in the novel, Secrets that all the members of the family hold. The past comes back to haunt the family and the future is uncertain so I couldn’t help but be swept up with this family and engaged in their lives from the start. There’s tension in the relationships then there’s tension in the actions that all combines to make an entertaining read yet again for me from author Rea Frey.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Rea Frey is the celebrated author of Not Her Daughter, Because You’re Mine, and Until I Find You. She also is the founder and CEO of Writeway, where aspiring writers become published authors. To learn more, please visit reafrey.com or writewayco.com.