A Deep Dark Secret

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Harper Collins, Sep 29, 2009 - Fiction - 192 pages
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The New York Times bestselling author returns with the moving story of a family who learns to overcome betrayal and secrets with courage and love

On the outside, twelve-year-old Jillian Maxwell is the perfect child. She's helpful with chores around the house, gets straight As in school, has plans for college, and stays out of trouble. She seems to have everything a girl could want: a big, beautiful new home, an adoring little sister, a mother who cares about her, and an attentive stepfather.

But inside, Jillian harbors a terrible secret.

Too frightened to tell, convinced that her friends and loved ones, especially her mother, won't understand—and worse, will blame her—Jillian endures her pain in silence, believing that things will get better. However, as time passes and her dilemma intensifies, the bright, hardworking girl becomes sullen and disinterested in her studies. Then, just when it seems she's on the verge of losing everything, Jillian discovers she has more strength than she ever imagined…and the power to change her fate.

With sensitivity and grace, Kimberla Lawson Roby addresses a very real and serious issue, while delivering the inspiring tale of one family's mission to shed light into the darkest corner of their lives.

 

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sexual abuse, child abuse

User Review  - Vannessagrace - Borders

A Deep Dark Secret will be a challenging read for those who are survivors of sexual abuse but it’s a very important read. Kimberla Lawson Roby does a great job at delicately telling the story of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - scoutlee - LibraryThing

A Deep Dark Secret is a disturbing novel about a young girl who is being molested by her step-father. The molestation begins when she is seven on the night her baby sister is born. Now Jillian is ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
5
Section 3
14
Section 4
22
Section 5
27
Section 6
32
Section 7
40
Section 8
53
Section 14
100
Section 15
112
Section 16
118
Section 17
127
Section 18
133
Section 19
141
Section 20
152
Section 21
157

Section 9
59
Section 10
66
Section 11
72
Section 12
80
Section 13
88
Section 22
168
Section 23
176
Section 24
181
Section 25
184
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About the author (2009)

Kimberla Lawson Roby is the New York Times bestselling author of fourteen acclaimed novels, including Be Careful What You Pray For, The Best of Everything, and One in a Million. She lives with her husband in Illinois.

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