Where do you draw the line? When is it okay not to tell your husband something, but perfectly fine for your best friend to know? Is it ever okay? How do you deal with the aftermath of a betrayal?
DeLauné Michel’s characters in “The Safety of Secrets” deal with these questions and a whole lot more with a aplomb that leaves you feeling like you made a friend. Some of the situations are heartbreaking, yet you grow to respect the characters and like them, not get mired in the horrible thing that happened almost 30 years ago. That is a skill that many writers do not have.
Fiona is 39, pregnant, and happily married to Neil. So why is the first person that she goes to when she finds out she is pregnant is her best friend since the first grade and not her husband? This is just the start of the story as you read The Safety of Secrets.
What happens to your friendships when you get married? They have to grow and change obviously, but that can be a bumpy road. How do you support a friend that is having a tough time while you are probably the happiest that you have ever been?
The setting contributes to the drama as well. When the ultimate secret is reveled, it isn’t like it is something that you can deal with privately, this is Hollywood and when it comes out, it is on national TV.
You know, I am having a hard time writing this review. Not because the book was bad, by no means. It is just such an intricately woven story and so well written that it seems like a sacrilege to just pull out bits and pieces. I will say this, I could relate so well to the inner dialogue of the main character, Fiona. She is constantly weighing her options, analyzing past conversations, and well, just making me laugh!
The Safety of Secrets
by Delaune Michel
List Price: $13.95 Amazon: $11.16
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Avon A; Reprint edition (May 27, 2008)
DeLauné Michel isn’t just an up and coming author, she is a really friendly person. She reaches out and touches you and I am glad to call her my friend on Gather.com. You can check out her page on Gather here.