The Compulsive Reader: Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Dark Secrets 1 by Elizabeth Chandler

I read this series when I was much younger, not long after the books initially came out, and it was a lot of fun to revisit the stories.

Dark Secrets 1 is comprised of two novels by Elizabeth Chandler, “Legacy of Lies” and “Don't Tell”. In “Legacy of Lies”, Megan is unceremoniously summoned to visit the grandmother she's never met, who cut her mother out of her life when she married a man of a different race and then adopted children. Megan's welcome is rather cool, from both her grandmother and her cousin Alex. When Grandmother starts behaving oddly and things turn up missing, Megan suspects that there are dark secrets that her grandmother is trying to cover up...but bringing them to light could prove to be fatal.

This story, while short, packs in a lot of suspense. Though it is slow at times, the unanswered questions and mild supernatural elements will keep readers hooked. There are a lot of paranormal mysteries in Legacy of Lies; ideas of ghosts and hauntings are intertwined with the concept of reincarnation that makes for an interesting plot. However, many characters' motivations sometimes don't make much sense, or aren't explained at all, and the ending is a bit rushed. Despite these facts, a satisfactory ending with some romantic elements will please readers.

“Don't Tell” tells the story of Lauren Brandt, whose childhood summers passed in bliss at her godmother's riverside home with her and her daughters until her mother drowns in the river the summer she's ten. She returns seven years later, ready to confront the past and reconnect with her old friends Holly and Nora. But she shocked to find that Nora is mentally ill and almost intimidating, and that many of the same things that happened to her mother that summer she died are happening to her, and Lauren fears that her mother might not have drowned by accident, and that she could be next.

“Don't Tell” is better developed than the previous story in that the mystery is more extensive and more surprising. Once again, supernatural elements are present in this story, making for a spooky, thrilling read as Lauren struggles to decipher their meaning and discover who is behind them, all the while finding herself stuck in a confusing love triangle. Like “Legacy of Lies”, some characters seemed distant and a little flat, but Don't Tell possesses a more dramatic ending that will satisfy readers.

Overall, these stories are entertaining if you are looking for a quick, engaging supernatural read with some light romance, and the two for one deal can't be beat!

Cover Comments: I like the simplicity of the cover, and the black with the multi-colored key is a neat, striking look. Though I'm not too crazy about the font, this cover works well.


Kate said...

This sounds really good. I have "Kissed by an Angel" by Elizabeth Chandler that I need to read.

Kath said...

I saw this at Borders the other day and was drawn to the cover. Sounds good, I'll have to give it a try.

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Patricia said...

I read Kissed By an Angel. This sounds like a good fun read. Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

Kissed by an Angel the was the absolute best book ive ever read. it is so engaging and leaves you thinking til the very end. i love the author and her new books are great too! READ THEM!! Youll loooooooove them (:

Trish said...

Just to clarify, Megan's cousin in Legacy of Lies is Matt, not Alex. Good read so far! ;)