The Secrets She Kept

The Secrets She Kept

Fairham Island

Release Date: July 26, 2016
Mass Market Release Date: March 27, 2018

Daphne Finalist 2016

The rich and powerful Josephine Lazarow, matriarch of Fairham Island, is dead. The police say it’s suicide, but Keith, her estranged son, doesn’t believe it.

Keith bears scars—both physical and emotional—from his childhood, but he’s worked hard to overcome the past. After walking away from his mother and her controlling ways five years ago, he’s built a new life in LA. He’s also accumulated a fortune of his own. But as soon as he learns of his mother’s death, he returns to Fairham. He feels he owes it to his grandfather to put the family empire together again—and he’s determined to find his mother’s killer.

Problem is…coming home to Fairham puts him back in contact with Nancy Dellinger, the woman he hurt so badly when he left before. And digging that deep into his mother’s final days and hours entails a very real risk.

Because the person who killed her could be someone he loves…

Reader Questions

  1. One of the main themes of this novel is forgiveness. What would you say each character has to forgive? And do you feel that being able to forgive will improve their lives? In what ways?

  2. Some people handle adversity better than others. Why do you think that’s the case? What makes the difference? How can one person thrive in spite of their difficulties while others get crushed beneath them?

  3. At times, we suffer from the bad decisions of those we love. It often doesn’t seem fair and can cause quite a bit of resentment. What are the dangers of harboring resentment? What’s one way you believe we can overcome resentment?

  4. Most people believe that, to a greater or lesser degree, forgiveness should be part of everyone’s life experience. But is there a line beyond which we are justified in holding a grudge? Do you feel that certain characters in this story crossed that line? If so, which one(s)? Would you be able to forgive that person if you were in the same situation?

  5. After reading THE SECRETS SHE KEPT do you feel any empathy for the person Josephine was? Why or why not?

  6. Which character in this story did you empathize with most? Why?

  7. Keith possesses some spectacular character traits—but those same traits can often become a stumbling block for him. Which traits would you say serve him well in some applications but trip him up in others?

  8. They say, “Time heals all wounds.” Arguably, the same could be said for love. Do you believe that’s true? Why?