Review for “Public Secrets”

Review for “Public Secrets”

Synopsis:  This is a story about a rock-star’s daughter and her turbulent life.

Author: Nora Roberts

Living in a glass house?  Life in the fish-bowl?  That would be pretty suffocating, wouldn’t it?  Ask Emma McAvoy, daughter of Brian McAvoy, the lead singer of Devastation.  Every move is watched by the paparazzi, the gossip magazines and the public.  But few people know the true Emma.  The ‘inside story’ that made her who and what she is.  It’s an interesting ride.  So sit back, relax and enjoy.

Emma was certainly one of the best characters I’ve ever read.  She’s intelligent, strong and certainly a survivor. She’s never had an easy life. Brian rescued Emma from her abusive mother. He gave her a better life, but tragedy seems to follow Emma just when life starts to go well for her.  Emma goes thru a number of sad occasions in her life–abuse, death of loved ones, many different homes, a destructive marriage, constant nightmares etc.  Whoa! Emma has gone thru a lot. And I feel a lot of sympathy for her. She handles all of this very well.  Adding the ‘celebrity’ angle was a very interesting touch, making a good story even better.  There were many times where I thought, “Please.  She’s been thru enough.  Stop it!”  The character of Emma was very well-written.  So were the people who were her support system.  The characters–Brian, Bev, Johnno, P.M., Stevie, Michael, and even little Darren–were all fleshed out and felt like real people.  The villains were also well-written and creepy.   But of course, the best character was Emma herself because this was her story.

The story takes place in many different places over a 20-year period.  Sometimes, I hate it when a book, movie or TV show is too long.  Because then you’ve lost interest, and have a rather uncomfortable pillow.  In this case, however, the length was perfect.  I would be hard to tell the story in 200-300 pages.  It was like looking into someone’s else life.  No. Better.  It was like being a part of several people’s lives.  You never feel bored for a second.  Certain characters, you grow to like more and more with each turn of the page.  Nora Roberts did a fantastic job here.  But the novel tends to get a little too dark and depressing sometimes.  For a second, you wanna stop reading.  You can’t however.  You have to know what happens next.

“Public Secrets” was published in 1990.  But the stories are relevant for any time period.  It goes into dark, saddening territory sometimes.  It can be hard to read.  But if you’re fine with that, you may like this book.  Ultimately, almost everyone gets what they deserve in the end–good and bad.  I highly recommend this book, and give it a 8 out of 10.  You can find it at amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores.  Contains graphic material.

 

 

HTGAWM: Those Ungrateful Brats

HTGAWM: Those Ungrateful Brats

Yes, I’m talking about the Keating Five.

Annalise isn’t a nice person.  She isn’t necessarily a good person.  But she’s always been honest about that.  She never pretends to be something she’s not.  Despite constantly switching between love and hate for her, I’ve always found that admirable.

Unlike these twits who seem intent on blaming her for every little thing, whether it’s her fault or not.  For instance, Michaela.  Nobody told her to screw Caleb or fall in love with him.  Those were her choices.  Vulnerable about Aiden?  How? She didn’t even love him!  All she wanted was to be a trophy wife, part of a power couple.  She was using him, and he was using her.  There was no real love there.  Not for each other, anyway.
Or what about Connor?  Out of all the ridiculous things he said, the most was that Annalise ‘kept us from going to the cops’.  Shouldn’t he be blaming Laurel for that?  She’s the one who manipulated Wes and Annalise that night.  Used them as her puppets.  How long has it been since Sam’s murder?  A year?  That means they had countless opportunities to go to the cops and confess.  How many times have the Keating 5 sat in police chairs and lied?  They could have told the truth right then and there.  During the first murder night, there was a security guard (?) in front of the house. Sam’s body was technically still inside.  All any of them had to do that night was calm down, call 911 and tell them what really happened.  It was a simple, open-and-shut case of self-defense.  They all made it worse.

Even when Annalise tried to help, still didn’t listen.  Well, to Wes thru Annalise.

Same with Asher.  Sinclair wasn’t wrong about Judge Millstone.  He was a bad man. An innocent man spend 21 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit.  Another woman will never get justice because her attackers happened to be friends with Asher.  She didn’t pick the best time to say it, but it was true.

No matter what, in their eyes, they are wounded birds and Annalise is the cold, vile bitch who’s ruining all of their lives *sarcasm*.

They should be kissing her big rings.  They’d be in orange jumpsuits if it weren’t for her.  She’s risking everything to save her ‘children’s’ spoiled, ungrateful butts.  Her career, her reputation, her health, sanity etc. They should be grateful, but they treat her like a villain instead! They should just grow up and learn some responsibility. They’re the ones who ruined their lives, not her.

 

But then we wouldn’t have a show to watch, would we?  Okay, rant over.