Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian

by Gwen

The last line blew me away. I wish that I could tell you what it was, but that would spoil it. If you are one of those people that reads the end first, then goes back and starts at the beginning, don’t do that with this book.
Told from the different voices/perspectives of the minister, the prosecuting attorney, an author that believes in actual angels, and finally the daughter of the victims of the murder suicide, Bohjalian kept me hanging on every word.
No outsider can really know what goes on in a marriage. What makes a woman stay when she is abused, what was it that first attracted them to each other in the first place, what makes one family tick and thrive when another goes down to the sound of gunshots? In the words of the minister,

“Believe no one. Trust no one. Assume no one really knows anything that matters at all. Because, alas, we don’t. All of our stories are suspect.”

It is suspenseful, yet a powerful weaving of all of the character’s perspectives on the events leading up to and after the murder. I was glued to the book like a fly on fly paper!


Chris Bohjalian’s Website

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Shaye Areheart Books February 2, 2010
ISBN-10: 0307394972
ISBN-13: 978-0307394972
Thanks goes to Read It Forward for sending the book.

Up tomorrow- 19th Century Russian Literature….

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