Secrets of Eden

Secrets of Eden

A Novel

Book - 2010
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From the bestselling author of The Double Bind, Midwives, and Skeletons at the Feast comes a novel of shattered faith, intimate secrets, and the delicate nature of sacrifice. "There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about...angels. Heather survived a childhood that culminated in her own parents' murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice's daughter, Katie, offering herself as a mentor to the girl and a shoulder for Stephen -- who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and see if there is anything to be salvaged from the spiritual wreckage around him. But then the State's Attorney begins to suspect that Alice's husband may not have killed himself...and finds out that Alice had secrets only her minister knew. Secrets of Eden is both a haunting literary thriller and a deeply evocative testament to the inner complexities that mark all of our lives. Once again Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner in which nothing is precisely what it seems. As one character remarks, "Believe no one. Trust no one. Assume all of our stories are suspect."
Publisher: New York : Shaye Areheart Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780307394972
Branch Call Number: BOHJA
Characteristics: 370 p

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21221018293347
Jul 19, 2015

Some of Chris Bohjalian's books really speak to me and others I just can't connect with. This is one of the one's I couldn't connect with.

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retrouth
Jun 21, 2015

I've read three of his books now, and am looking forward to working my way through the rest. Interesting themes.

sharonb122 Feb 13, 2014

"Sandcastle Girls" got me reading Bohjalian again--yay! This was a "can't put it down" novel! very suspenseful in plot and characters. Certainly, the pastor was very interesting...in the end his personality comes together. I was not sure about the woman who believed in angels (not thinking of her name now) but she did perform excellent function in the novel. The ending was so fabulous it was jaw dropping!

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lpreston214
Oct 24, 2011

Just like Judypoo I would say the end was easy to figure out. Good book nevertheless, my first by this author. I'll try another. Only thing I found weird was how he kept telling what would happen in the future as he went along. It would say: two weeks later they would see... etc. Sort of like turning ahead a few pages for a sneak peek at what was coming.

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.

carrilis May 08, 2011

Good, but predictable. Bohjalian has a particular writing style that I enjoy, but his twists are becoming easier to anticipate, much like Jodi Picolt. This was an enjoyable read, but not one of his best.

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toby65
Mar 25, 2011

Well written as are all of Bohjalian's novels, but nothing really interesting here. The characters seem out of sync, the ending not much of a surprise.

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TheSponge
Feb 10, 2011

Is this really the same author who wrote “Midwives”, “The Double Bind”, and “Skeletons at the Feast?” You wouldn’t know it by reading “Secrets of Eden.” I was incredibly disappointed with this latest book. Poorly written, poorly developed characters and a skinny plot, at best. I have followed Chris Bohjalian avidly for quite some time and I must say, this book does not hold a candle to any of his previous works.

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lightbytheway
Oct 24, 2010

Secrets of Eden
Chris Bohjalian

Family violence, alcohol, religious crisis, friendship, guilt, compassion are some of the themes touched in this novel by Bohjalian. Enjoyable reading but the characters may lack certain authenticity.

LMOH Apr 25, 2010

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

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