Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Game of Secrets; Dawn Tripp

Author: Dawn Tripp
Publication Year: 2011 
Publisher: Random House
Edition: Hardcover
Source: sent by publisher
Date Completed: 7/4/2011 
Setting: New England
Rating: 5/5
Recommend: yes

In Game of Secrets, the lives of two women, two families are tied forever by a unsolved crime and secrets of the past.  In 1957, Luce Weld, father to (12) year old Jane disappeared.  Luce was a womanizer who had been having an affair with Ada Varick. Ada was married to Silas at that time, but left her husband the year her son Ray was born.  What exactly happened to Luce, is unknown, however in the 1960's a skull with bullet hole in it was found, and it townspeople suspected it could have been Luce.

Now in 2004, Jane still has never really gotten over the disappearance of her father.  Her relationship with her own adult daughter, Marne, who has just returned back to New England from California, has suffered as well.  Marne, soon begins a relationship with Asa's son Ray.  Jane, now 60, and Asa, 80, meet for weekly Scrabble games. Initially, not much is discussed about the past, or the affair between Asa and Jane's father, but little by little a power play with words over a weekly board game brings the details of the past to the forefront.

This novel has it all, a mystery with an addictive plot and plot twists, complex characters, a scandalous affair, complete with details of clandestine meetings. Literary thriller fans will enjoy this creative work.  I was hooked from the very beginning, and I was able to read this book in just one afternoon. It is certainly one of the best literary thrillers, that I've read in a while.

36 comments:

  1. I love literary thrillers and good ones can be hard to find. You've certainly piqued my interest with your great review!

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  2. Sounds like a wonderful read to me and it is going on my wishlist for sure!!

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  3. Literary thrillers are right up my alley. I enjoy books with lots of twists and complex characters. Thanks for the review!

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  4. This does sound quite thrilling, Diane. Terrific review!

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  5. I second what Kathy said! I also love literary thrillers and this one sounds so good!

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  6. This sounds intense and captivating. Glad you enjoyed it. Strangely enough, I now want to play Scrabble...

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  7. You always have unusual books! this sounds so very intriguing.

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  8. I'm adding this to my list after reading: literary thriller, and that you read it in just one day!

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  9. This is a new one to me. I'm putting it on my list and I thank you for telling about it. :-)

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  10. Definitely another for my wish list... there are days when nothing but a good thriller will do!

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  11. I will definitely check this one out, sounds like one I would enjoy

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  12. I probably would have passed by this book at the library or bookstore because of the cover. I would never have guessed that there's such an intriguing story hiding inside. Thanks for reminding me not to judge a book by it's cover.

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  13. This sounds wonderful! I'm adding this on my fall TBR list.

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  14. Thank you so much for such a glowing review of Game of Secrets. What a gift! Thank you.

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  15. This sounds really good. On my list now.

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  16. I haven't read a literary thriller in awhile, and this one sounds like it would definitely be worth my time. I am glad to hear that you loved it, and will be looking out for my own copy. Thanks for the excellent review!

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  17. I love literary thrillers and books set in New England, so this one sounds perfect. Thanks for bringing it to my attention; I don't recall seeing it anywhere else!

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  18. This sounds absolutely wonderful - mystery, history and a 'power play with words'.

    I've added Game of Secrets to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the recommendation.

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  19. This is a new to me title. I don't read many thrillers but this one is definitely going on my tbr list. It must be really good of you read it in one afternoon!

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  20. Great review! I'm not normally into literary thrillers and this one sounds good to me.

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  21. I love a good literary thriller. I haven't read one in a long while. It's hard to find a good one without it teetering over into mystery (which I don't care for too much).

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  22. 5 out of 5 and set in New England...oh, I am tempted!

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  23. WOW, it does reallyu sound good!

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  24. This one sounds excellent! I'm on vacation visiting my daughter and little grandson while trying to read "Woman in White" (and not succeeding much) but this is definitely going on the list for this summer! Thanks!

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  25. Sounds like an excellent book. Will add it to my list.

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  26. Absolutely wonderful!
    Thanks, I truly enjoyed the visit. :)

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  27. This looks great! Definitely on my list! Thanks ~karen

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  28. Sounds great to me and onto the list it goes! Thank you!

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  29. This sounds really great. I've added it to my TBR! Thanks.

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  30. I'm not much of a thriller reader, but this does sound pretty good. I will have to keep it mind should the mood strike.

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  31. This sounds absolutely fascinating! I loved the line in your review "...a power play with words over a weekly board game...". That alone is enticement enough but this book has so much more to draw us in.
    Thank you for a great review, Diane. I'm putting this on my list!

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  32. Wow! You make it sound so good. I really want to read this one.

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  33. Just for the fact that the scrabble game helped unravel the past makes this one sound really good! Thanks.

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  34. Sounds good and your rating convinced me :)

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  35. A one afternoon book - must be good! I do enjoy literary thrillers quite a bit so I'll have to add this one to my list.

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  36. Thanks for introducing me to this book. It sounds excellent. I'm putting it on my TBR list right now!

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