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SECRETS SHE LEFT BEHIND
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
Chamberlain's follow-up to Before the Storm has some solid characters and affecting scenes, but it covers a lot of the same ground -- albeit from a different perspective. Alternating chapters feature the first-person points of view of Keith, Maggie and her brother Andy, as well as fill in the tangled history of their family in journal entries by Keith's missing mother, Sara.
The sudden disappearance of Sara Weston is a mystery to her 17-year-old son, Keith. A survivor of an arson fire, Keith is still healing, and in Sara's absence, he must face a challenging situation alone: the release of his half-sister Maggie from prison. Maggie, who was partially responsible for the fire, is the handiest target for Keith's rage.
Reintegration into the outside world proves difficult for Maggie, even beyond dealing with Keith and her guilt. Somehow the two must find a way to overcome the past, because Maggie and her family may be all Keith has left. (MIRA, Jun., 496 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed By: Catherine Witmer
Published: June 2009