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The Secrets We Left Behind: A Novel
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It was a summer of love, and a summer of secrets.
She has built a good life: a husband who adores her, a daughter she is fiercely proud of, a home with warmth and love at its heart. But things were not always so good, and the truth is that she has done things she can never admit.
Then one evening a phone call comes out of the blue. It is a voice from long ago, a man from a past that she has tried so hard to hide. He knows who she really is and what she has done. Now he is dying and he gives her an ultimatum: either she tells the truth, or he will.
And so we are taken back to that long hot summer of 1976 to a house by the sea on the southern coast of England, where her story begins and where the truth will be revealed. . . .
Told in dual narratives that jump back and forth in time, Elliot Wright has crafted a story with secrets that unfold through the very last page. Compelling, immersive, and thoroughly surprising, The Secrets We Left Behind is a stunning follow up to the author's acclaimed UK debut The Things We Never Said.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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She has built a good life: a husband who adores her, a daughter she is fiercely proud of, a home with warmth and love at its heart. But things were not always so good, and the truth is that she has done things she can never admit.
Then one evening a phone call comes out of the blue. It is a voice from long ago, a man from a past that she has tried so hard to hide. He knows who she really is and what she has done. Now he is dying and he gives her an ultimatum: either she tells the truth, or he will.
And so we are taken back to that long hot summer of 1976 to a house by the sea on the southern coast of England, where her story begins and where the truth will be revealed. . . .
Told in dual narratives that jump back and forth in time, Elliot Wright has crafted a story with secrets that unfold through the very last page. Compelling, immersive, and thoroughly surprising, The Secrets We Left Behind is a stunning follow up to the author's acclaimed UK debut The Things We Never Said.
Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade, Yucca, and Good Books imprints, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction—novels, novellas, political and medical thrillers, comedy, satire, historical fiction, romance, erotic and love stories, mystery, classic literature, folklore and mythology, literary classics including Shakespeare, Dumas, Wilde, Cather, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
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      • content: "A riveting and vivid novel about a woman who is forced to examine her past. As the narration gracefully alternates between the contemporary and 1976, the reader is pulled deeper and deeper into the narrator's world, the increasing sense of doom making this a book impossible to put down. Elliot Wright spins a powerful and haunting story where love and loss collide, where impulsive decisions change lives, and where redemption is hard earned."
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        Wright's heroine has built a solid life with her husband, Duncan, and her grown daughter, Hannah. However, just as she starts to see that Hannah is sinking into postpartum depression, she receives a phone call from a man in her past. Scott is dying of cancer, and he wants to make amends for his former deeds. He also asks her to help. Wright (The Things We Never Said) effectively uses flashbacks to weave the two strands of the story. In 1976, the young protagonist lives in a squat with Scott and Eve, and one night, things go horribly wrong. Aware that she needs to explain her actions, she doesn't want to lose her tidy life. VERDICT This quiet, mournful book explores the ties between mothers and children and how the past reverberates into the present. Scott and Eve's characters never develop fully, but the heroine is a strong, sympathetic character. Wright competently shows the life her protagonist could lose by revealing the one she lived. Readers who relish literary novels with occasional twists will be absorbed by this story.--Jennifer Mills, Shorewood-Troy Lib., IL

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        When a dedicated wife and mother is contacted by a voice she recognizes from long ago, she is forced to make a difficult choice. Before the discomfiting phone call, she'd been completely content. She has a loving husband, a job that allows her to make a difference, and her beloved daughter has just given birth to her first grandchild. Decades earlier, though, things hadn't been so certain. Rescued from the streets of London by a couple who taught her about family and loyalty, she was forced by tragedy to do something for which she has sought neither forgiveness nor understanding, locking the secret safely behind her. Now, this man who knows her story has threatened to reveal her past to those who matter most. In dual narratives alternating between past and present, the truth emerges graduallythe death of her own mother, her years of being lost, and the mistake that both grounded her and gave her life. Equal parts mystery and philosophical exploration, Wright's second novel challenges readers with difficult questions about love and morality.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2015, American Library Association.)

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She has built a good life: a husband who adores her, a daughter she is fiercely proud of, a home with warmth and love at its heart. But things were not always so good, and the truth is that she has done things she can never admit.
Then one evening a phone call comes out of the blue. It is a voice from long ago, a man from a past that she has tried so hard to hide. He knows who she really is and what she has done. Now he is dying and he gives her an ultimatum: either she tells the truth, or he will.
And so we are taken back to that long hot summer of 1976 to a house by the sea on the southern coast of England, where her story begins and where the truth will be revealed. . . .
Told in dual narratives that jump back and forth in time, Elliot Wright has crafted a story with secrets that unfold through the very last page. Compelling, immersive, and thoroughly surprising, The Secrets We Left Behind is a stunning...
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