Secrecy Author:Belva Plain They were beautiful, brilliant, accomplished -- a distinguished family that had been the New England town's chief benefactors, until a brutal crime ripped them apart and nearly destroyed them with shame. Belva Plain has created a passionate, riveting novel about an extraordinary family bound and torn by Secrecy.
When Charlotte Dawes is raped by her cousin-by-marriage, Ted at 14, her parents are furious. Charlotte becomes pregnant, and as she recovers from a ruptured tubal pregnancy both parents are at her bedside. Meanwhile, Ted continues assaulting women until he is caught and indicted. He then escapes from prison into the night.
Eight years later, Charlotte is working in Manhattan and despairs of forming a relationship with a man, until she meets Roger Heywood who coaxes her out of her traumatic fear of sex. Disaster follows when a flood happens, potentially revealing a terrible secret. It was a little farfetched but I notice with Belva Plain that you really learn to care about the characters. I give it an A+!