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Public Secrets

Public Secrets

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Renée Raudman


Public Secrets

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Renée Raudman

ratings:
4.5/5 (109 ratings)
Length:
20 hours
Released:
Aug 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781480587229
Format:
Audiobook

Description

New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts deftly blends romance and suspense in this compelling novel of a woman whose career, marriage, and very life are threatened by the truth about her own past.

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.

Released:
Aug 1, 2014
ISBN:
9781480587229
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

NORA ROBERTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 230 novels, including Legacy, The Awakening, Hideaway, Under Currents, The Chronicles of The One trilogy, and many more. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J.D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


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  • (5/5)
    Well well this is quite the ending that one could expect from all the painful memories.
  • (5/5)
    Wow this was a great story love it. Love Nora Roberts.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome! I love Nora Roberts books! The characters are a part of me . I always learned about myself each time I read her books! Emma took a lot and still standing . So happy Beth and dad got back together! Glad Pete died . I hope Blackburn stay in hospital. Sorry but I was totally involved with the entire book
  • (5/5)
    An absorbing story that kept me entertained for hours. Thankyou Nora.
  • (3/5)
    This story is about Emma McAvoy, her father brian, rock god, her junkie mother Jane who literally SOLD her at 3 years of age, & the tragedies in that family, one of which, the death of Emma's baby brother Darren, which takes over 20 years & 2 generations to finally solve. I have to admit, I didn't see the one coming. Not bad, & a relatively quick, easy, page turning read!
  • (3/5)

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    this story is quite dated, and lengthy - but it still is good - and interesting in that it gives a window into cultural times from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Stays suspenseful to the end. Several mini-books, each for the different characters or time periods. Unsure whether I actually recommend it - there is a slow beginning, so if unsure when reading or listening to the audio version, give it several chapters before giving up.

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  • (3/5)

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    The 1st half was a bit slow & dragging. But the second half was suspenseful & fast-paced. So it actually evens out. Inspite of that, Nora is really a good storyteller. She never fails w/ good plots, exciting & witty characters, & rmphasis on family relationships & friendships.

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  • (4/5)

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    Public Secrets by Nora RobertsEmma Parker, as a child she was told from her mom of her father, the rockstar and they lived in London.Jane drinks, heavily and threatens to kill the child and herself after telling the TV reporters why they were abandoned by the rockstar. was taken by her father as a child and lives with her father Brian and his pregnant girlfriend Bev. Her mom always hit her but she's happy to have money now to do what she wants.The rockstar band travels to America and the females join them as they tour around making it big.Story also follows Jane, a new apartment, lots of clothes, drugs, men and she thinks she sold her daughter for too low a price.The unthinkable happens: they attempted to give the boy a shot and then kidnap him but something went wrong and Emma alerted others of the events, she fell down the stairs and broke her arm. She's never been able to talk about that night but is still holding all the secrets inside.Bev leaves her husband and Emma and takes up with other band members but realizes it was she who had failed them. I felt the book was way too long but it does cover a lifetime of some in the book.Story follows Emma as she's now an adult along with members of the band. Surprised they were able to track down all the information about her toddler brothers death.I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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  • (3/5)

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    Parts of this book read just like any headline you would read about most rock-n-roll bands. An up and coming rock star discovers his former lover has hiding his love child (and abusing her). He rescues the child, Emma, and for a while he, his wife, and their new son are very happy together. But then a botched kidnapping ends in tragedy, the band members start to bicker and the drugs start to take their toll, and somehow Emma has to find a way out of it all into some kind of normalcy. Through it all is the underlying mystery of who was behind the kidnapping, and through it all for Emma is the son of the policman who is investigating the crime.The story seemed pretty predictable, the underlying mystery created some interest but it was pretty easy to figue out a lot of what was going to happen. Every cliche about a rock band and what their life is like was present, as well as every social issue of the time. The romantic thread was pretty satisfying. Fans of romance and celebrity gossip will like this one.

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  • (5/5)
    Love thisss. I couldnt put it down.
  • (4/5)
    I've been reading a lot of Nora Roberts lately and one thing I've noticed is that I like the full-length novels much better than the ones that are part of, say, trilogy collections (or maybe it's just the ones that were written for Harlequin or whichever series she started off writing for). There's much more character development, much more time for characters to actually do more than an immediate falling in love thing. Not that I mind that entirely, but perhaps I shouldn't read four 12-chapter books in a row in which the two characters see each other for the first time and are instantly smitten. I actually started off a bit uncomfortable with this as there was a clear interest between an older teenager and a 12-yr-old. (At least I think that was her age at the time. It's been about a month since I've read the book and I've read a lot of NR books since! I seem to remember that it was my daughter's age, though, which made it that much more unsettling.) However, I've since come to recognize one of the patterns NR uses, which is to have characters meet early on, but then skip ahead a few years at a time. In this case, it made the romance that much more believable; even though it was a little frustrating that (SPOILER ALERT) it took so long for the two leads to get together, I liked that Michael basically carried a torch for Emma his whole life, even if it did start when she was a little too young. In terms of the rest of the book, I have to admit that I skipped through a bunch of it as I simply can't deal with the particular event that created the whole suspense aspect of the book. And after spending the whole book thinking that there was a greater evil lurking in the background, the actual culprit was a bit of a letdown -- thus the 3.5. But I enjoyed all the rest of it enough to keep picking it up even when I didn't have any time to do so.
  • (4/5)
    When I purchased the book last year, it looked vaguely familiar. Let me be clear; I have read a LOT of Nora Roberts. Between haunting the library shelves in Germany for her books and purchasing almost all of the rest, I do believe that I have read most of her books. There are only a few I have not gotten around to reading. When I bought Public Secrets, I thought this was one of those that remained unread. After reading the first page, I remembered the story. It turns out I did read it more than ten years ago and just forgot that I had. Big time #michellefail, but I figured this was a good one for the Flashback Challenge. There is nothing wrong with re-read!The best part about this story is that it is not, in my opinion, a typical Nora Roberts novel. She breaks away from her formula and gives us something a bit different. Yes, there is a romantic lead and a murder mystery, but the romance and the mystery itself play as the backstory to the overarching plot of Emma's development and growth as a strong female character. Rather than flashing back to Emma's past in the first few chapters, the book actually starts out when Emma is three years old, and we follow her progression as she ages. In addition, Emma is not the sole focus. At times, the reader is able to get more insight into her father, at times the narrator focuses on her mother and stepmother. The reader watches Emma grow, make poor decisions, and face the consequences. It is a break from the formula, but it definitely works.If my daughter were to come to me, in future years, and ask me which one Nora Roberts book should she read, I would almost have to say Public Secrets. As a mother and a female, there are some very strong moral messages delivered in such a way that it is palatable to the reader. Throughout the novel, Ms. Roberts shows us the damage that sex, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse can wring on a person (no, not the same person). She shows us that to be popular, you can find ways to avoid drugs and alcohol when offered to you, that it is okay to wait, and more importantly, that you can and should stand up for yourself and your beliefs. The most important message of all that Ms. Roberts passes along is the idea that it is okay, and sometimes necessary, to admit mistakes and ask for help. These are ideas that some would argue need to be shared and discussed a bit more these days.I am and always will be a Nora Roberts fan. There may be books of hers which I would not call favorites, but I almost always enjoy her work. Public Secrets is no exception. Reading it again helped me understand just what a gem this book is, and reading it after having read so many of her other works made me realize how unique it is in the Roberts canon. Ms. Roberts is not one to shy away from interesting or controversial topics, but I believe she outdid herself with this one. Her tackling of domestic violence is spot on, from the emotional and mental abuse escalating to physical violence to the shame and guilt a person feels when in that situation. Emma McAvoy is a character every woman should come to respect and admire for battling her personal demons and winning. For those of you Nora Roberts fans who have not had the pleasure, I highly suggest picking up this selection as soon as possible so that you too can discover what a gem it is!
  • (3/5)
    Though I have long-since cried off Nora Roberts' novels, I have a soft spot for this book, it being one of the first romance novels I ever read. I still consider it one of Roberts' most developed stories, right up there with 'Honest Illusions' and 'Sweet Revenge.' If you're new to this author, skip her recent and perpetual trilogies -- head straight for these older, richer stories.
  • (5/5)
    I always forget which is which between Public Secrets and Private Scandals. This is the one with the daughter of a rock star. And boy, is that first part of the book painful to read if you know what's coming.I'm in awe of the depth of emotion in this book. Like the other single titles we've read recently, it seems to be more emotionally intense than Nora's newer single titles, though maybe that's just me.Anyway, though Public Secrets IS a romance, it's really more of a general fiction novel, IMO. Michael shows up here & there throughout the book, but the romance isn't the main point of the book. The main point is Emma, period. We follow her life without too many interruptions from the time she's almost 3 and meets her father to the HEA ending with Michael, another thing that's unusual about this one. Once again, Nora's genius with research shows. It's very convincing. I don't know how to explain it, but some books are obviously researched--you have laundry lists of details proving just how much research the author did, and that are a dead giveaway that the author really doesn't know the subject. Nora doesn't do that. She inserts the details in such a way that it's completely normal feeling, and you'd think that she'd either done a stint as a rock star herself or had one sitting next to her while she wrote it. Since this was a re-read, I already knew whodunit, but it was still painful. Hard to believe they could keep quiet, keep acting as if they were friends when all along... That's just really cold.Like I said earlier, this was Emma's story. Michael was a nice guy and all, but he was just there to be nice, to give Emma someone to fall in love with. For me, the members of Devastation were much more vivid characters than the hero in this story. Brian McAvoy and Johnno, especially.Oh, and the tough, tough subject matter---in addition to kidnapping and murder, there's drug addiction, the perils of fame, AIDS, abusive husband, grief.
  • (5/5)
    I have to say, when I was given this book, I was really hesitant to read it. I'm not a huge fan of romance novels, but since I read this for the first time about five years ago, the story has continued to stick with me. It's touching, exciting, and most of all, heartbreakingly addictive.
  • (3/5)
    Typically Nora Roberts, for whom I have a soft spot but make no pretence at her books being great literature, they're very readable but fairly typical romance.Emma is the main character in this book and it follows her life from being the unwanted child of a rock stars affair to being adopted by that rock star, a botched kidnapping that blights her childhood, through troubled times and finally love.Kinda spoilerish but it's a Nora Roberts Romance, the character HAS to find love in the end!