Secrecy Author:Belva Plain They were beautiful, brilliant, accomplished -- a distinguished family that had been the New Englan town's chief benefactors, until a brutal crime ripped them apart and nearly destroyed them with shame. With unerring candor and insight, New York Times bestselling author Belva Plain has created a passionate, riveting novel about an extraordinary... more » family bound - and torn - by secrecy. Charlotte Dawes was only fourteen when it happened. The terrifying ordeal would rob her of her childhood innocence and haunt her for the rest of her life. Years afterward, she would remember it with fear and loathing, with pain that could be banished only by her work - as a gifted architect building a new world for others as she conceals her own.
For the Dawes family, once factory owners and prime employers in the New England mill town, what happened to Charlotte was the beginning of the cover-up, the beginning of the end. Now a father is left shattered by his daughter's pain. A troubled mother is unable to cope. And a family in plunged into debt and disgrace as they try to bury secrets that refuse to die. The only rock that sustains them in their darkest hours is a woman whose own guilty secret has given her the power to ruin - or resurrect - the family to whom she owes her life.
Belva Plain's searing novel cuts to the heart of a family nearly destroyed by secrecy. But it is ultimately a story of redemption, the kind the grows when one person dares to tell the truth.« less