Saturday, March 20, 2010

THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS: REVIEW AND BONUS GIVEAWAY ENTRIES!

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THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS

BY DIANNE DIXON

ABOUT THE BOOK:

From a fresh and exciting new voice in women's fiction, The Language of Secrets unflinchingly examines the lifelong repercussions of a father's betrayal.

Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all—next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three-year-old boy: a boy named Thomas Justin Fisher. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, FINISH READING "ABOUT THE BOOK" AT MY EARLIER POST TODAY HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

DIANNE DIXON is a screenwriter living in California who has twice been nominated for an Emmy, has won a Humanitas Prize for work done in television, and has been Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. My first question is to find out about where the idea for this book came from?

And as the old saying goes—write what you know—my own family experience, my friend’s story, and an article by a Cornell Medical School professor about Dissociative Identity Disorder (a psychopathology related to severe, early childhood abuse and trauma—whose symptoms can include disturbances in both identity and memory) dovetailed to give me a story I’d been waiting to write. IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, FINISH READING "AUTHOR INTERVIEW" AT MY EARLIER POST TODAY HERE.

MY REVIEW:

Dianne Dixon’s first novel, THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS, is a mesmerizing story that will surely keep you turning pages until the end of the story. Her background in screenwriting serves her well as she gives readers a story that would make a thrilling, as well as poignant, movie. In a book that deals with man’s imperfections and penalty for dishonesty, Justin Fisher learns all about this in a most shocking way. Returning to his hometown after being gone for years, he is traumatized to learn that his parents are dead, but it also seems, purportedly, so is he!

Upon learning of their death, Justin goes to his parents’ graves and finds a tombstone next to theirs bearing his name. It says that Justin Fisher died when he was three years old. How can this be? Justin soon finds that all he has known of his life is a lie. What was to be a short visit home to reunite with his parents and introduce his wife and son to them, turns out to be the start of a very unique, heartbreaking mystery to be solved. Dealing with only foggy memories of his young childhood, Justin has an almost impossible task ahead of him.

The story takes the reader back in time to find that Justin’s mother had relationships with three men when she was a college student. This liaison is one that sets in motion a course of events that will eventually be obviously life-altering for Justin. His father whose initial deception followed by his failure to deal with his wife’s betrayal leads to more shocking outcomes. Can Justin recover from these staggering revelations? Will he find a family he never knew existed and will they acknowledge him? How will he survive this and be able to rebuild his life when it has all been built on lies?

As one astonishing event after another comes to light, you dread what will happen next. Hoping that what you anticipate doesn’t happen, you read on only to be slammed by Dixon’s shocking conclusion! THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS is probably one of the most unusual, captivating first novels I have read in a long while, if not possibly, ever! Great read to generate much discussion. I strongly recommend it for book clubs!

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73 comments:

Mitzi H. said...

Great Interview!!! The story sounds soooo good. I can only imagine what it would be like to take my family home to meet my folks/kin and discover that I may never have existed???? I love reading mystery/suspense novels and this one looks like a winner...Please count me in!!!

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Mitzi H. said...

I've entered several drawings in the past...and won a couple...Thank you very much!!!

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Colleen Turner said...

Wonderful review! I am so ready to read this book now! I find this story particularly intriguing because my mom did not see her father after she was about ten years old, when she made the choice to live with her mother exclusively when her parents divorced. Her father came over, took everything he ever gave her and left for good. I have never met my grandfather, but always wondered what my mother would find if she went looking for him again. It just shows you that you have no idea what you are opening when you dig back into the past. Fascinating concept, I would love to win a copy!
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Amy said...

Your rewview is fantastic and mezmerizing! What a story! I have yet to read it but based on your review this book certainly sounds like the most unusual and captivating first novels! And based on your review I desperately want to read this book!

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ossmcalc said...

My goodness! What a horrible discovery to find a grave of a three year old boy with the same name buried next to what he thought were his parents. This really captures my interest, and I would love to read this book.

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Lisa R said...

I want to know why there is a tombstone next to his parent's stones that may have his name or maybe a son of his, that he didn't know about,on it.

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Francine said...

I thought it was great review it makes me want to read it and I like reading new books.

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wow-this sounds so good the shock at the gravesite and his mother's relationships-love to read this

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Awesome review! You didn't give away too much...and for that, I am left craving more! It sounds full of mystery/suspense. I must read this whether I win or not! :)

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