Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon

Title: The Language of Secrets
Author: Dianne Dixon
ISBN: 9780385530637
Publisher: Doubleday/2010
Pages: 258

What does one do when one discovers that the life one is having shouldn't be happening as one has been dead for a long time now? How would you feel if you found out you had tombstone for youself? Justin faces it and doesn't know how it came about. He is very much alive, has a good job, a beautiful wife and a toddler son.

All his memories are somewhat disjointed and he only remembers an address in California. He has come back to it to find it being occupied by strangers. No one knows him at all. One of his sisters slams her door on his face. Now he has to find out about that tombstone of his. When he starts unravelling the past, he finds a betrayal unheard off. By a father, which in a way breaks apart a mother's heart. Not to forget the little boy.

The book goes back and forth from 2006 to the early 70s. From his point of view to his mother's. Told poignantly, it is a man's search for his identity and facing the painful past. Although Justin never gets to know his mother, the reader feels her pain, her sadness and the life she led without her son. It touches us at places that we can't fathom.

This novel breaks our heart at places. Justin might have had a very painful childhood but he managed to do good for himself. This books takes us on his journey to find himself, his family, his past and only then he can come back to his present.

I recommend this to everyone who wants to explore issues beyond the normal. I simply couldn't put it down.

Thanks to the author for the Bound Galley.


Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I've been seeing this one around, and it's on my list.

Here's mine:

Nise' said...

Sounds like an intense, emotional read.

Michelle said...

Sounds interesting.
I don't know what I would think if I saw my name on a tombstone.

My `L` is up

Mystica said...

Wonder how one would react to this. Strange feeling - must be a intense book to read.

Sherrie said...

This sounds like a great book. I'll have to check it out. Have a great day!

Just Books

fredamans said...

I have this book. I should read it soon.

Irene said...

I think it would be very strange to go this kind of ordeal. But interesting...

Anonymous said...

I have this on my TBR shelf. I can't wait to read it!

Thanks for playing!

Bryan R. Terry said...

I haven't seen this one before. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

My L book is HERE

JHS said...

This is the second good review I have read of this book. It's on my wish list!