The Book of Secrets Elizabeth Joy Arnold

The Book of Secrets by Elizabeth Joy Arnold – Book Review [UBC-Day 19]

Story Line

Chloe Sinclair comes home one day to find Nate, her husband of more than 20 years is gone. He has gone to his childhood home, a place Chloe is sure that Nate will not want to return by will. The cryptic note that Nate has left behind is even more mysterious.

Chloe finds a hidden notebook inside an old copy of a Chronicles of Narnia book in the book shop owned by them. There are things written inside the notebook which reminds Chloe of things she never wanted to be reminded of. But she is too pulled into the writings that she has to revisit her past, and she has to understand what made Nate go back there.

My Thoughts

This book is an absolute pleasure to read from the first page to the last page in its unique way of narration, story telling and of course the plot…I was totally blown away by the ending since I never saw it coming.

The Book of Secrets is all about the Sinclair family and the best thing that happened to this story is the author’s decision to keep the narration outside the family. Chloe can narrate only things she know and from her perspective and she tells them as and when she recalls the past.It kept me wondering about things that happened and I loved it when it was slowly revealed.

There are very few books which made me actually cry though many have made me sad…And this book was one of them…But this book is not for the faint hearted souls out there…not sure you can take all the grief, the source of which is slowly revealed, little by little..

This book makes you fall in love in books again. There are a lot of stories about books, references to book etc through the book. The whole story is written with a lot of bookworms in mind. I was just very much tempted to go and order ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ when I was reading about them. And of course the idea about starting an antique bookshop (Too ambitious right?) But that is what ‘The Book of Secrets’ makes you feel.

Verdict:  This one is very close to Rebecca for my best read of 2013. Highly Recommended.

Rating: 5/5
Publisher: Random House
First Release: July 2013 

Note: I received a review copy from the publisher through netgalley in return for a honest review.

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