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The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris
Apr 07, 2009 | ISBN 9780307451286

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“THE LAST SECRET would be another (!) depressing story of a woman discovering her husband’s betrayal, but Morris pumps that old tale full of adrenaline by running a wicked psychological thriller in the background…What follows is a painfully insightful depiction of the disorienting effects of such betrayal while husband and wife attempt to preserve the theater of a successful marriage….It all leads to a propulsive climax that makes this sensitive work of literary fiction incredibly exciting.”
Ron Charles, The Washington Post

"A classic tale of love gone wrong – with a chilling psychological twist."

"Acclaimed author McGarry Morris, whose novel Songs in Ordinary Time was blessed by Oprah, delivers a dark tale of a woman with a haunted past and a tortured present….McGarry Morris manages to make every page ominous yet mesmerizing, delving into issues of betrayal, fidelity and passion. It’s an engrossing page-turner for those who enjoy psychological thrillers."
–Wisconsin State Journal

"Morris approaches her characters with a deft, careful pen, never allowing the unusual situations or emotional tension to be anything but heartfelt and realistic…in this story, perfection fades into reality with a shocking series of twists and turns you can’t help but devour quickly."
–Feminist Review

"Morris, whose previous novels include the National Book Award finalist Vanished and the Oprah’s Book Club selection
Songs in Ordinary Time, excels at delving into the interior lives of her characters."

"Nora Hammond is a well-to-do New England wife who appears to have the perfect life. But her world unravels after she learns of her husband’s affair and realizes that an indiscretion from her own past isn’t as well hidden as she thought."
–All You

“Morris, a PEN/Faulkner finalist (Vanished) and Oprah Book Club author (Songs in Ordinary Time), here offers a melodramatic plotline that develops into a memorable, cinematic novel through strong portrayals of complex personalities….As suspense builds, Morris adds context and depth by carefully revealing inner lives dominated by deception and loneliness, creating empathy for a variety of flawed characters, including even monstrous Eddie.”
–Library Journal

“Keeping secrets leads to calamitous consequences in Morris’s disturbing domestic thriller. Morris (The Lost Mother) knocks over a domino chain of events that…confirm the importance of comprehending past mistakes to avoid future ones.”
—Publishers Weekly

Praise for Mary McGarry Morris

The Lost Mother
“[The] subtlest novel that ever kept me up into the small hours of the night, unable to look away.”
Washington Post

A Hole in the Universe
“Welcome to the world of Mary McGarry Morris–and what a world it is. Richly atmospheric, bristling with dialogue, so tightened with suspense it threatens to snap. Morris is a master at sympathetic portraits of those clinging to the peripheries of society. And nowhere is her talent more evident than in her extraordinary new novel, A Hole in the Universe.”
Washington Post

Fiona Range
“Morris is a master storyteller. . . . Fiona Range is a wealth of passion and heartbreak.”
USA Today

Songs in Ordinary Time
“A gritty, beautifully crafted novel rich in wisdom and suspense . . .secures Morris’s status as one of our finest American writers.”
Miami Herald

A Dangerous Woman
“At once thrilling and deeply affecting . . . Should burnish Ms. Morris’s reputation as one of the most skillful writers at work in America today.”
—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

“Astonishing. Morris’s book should be judged on its own merits, and against the work of our most highly practiced and accomplished novelists.”

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