I admit it. I’m a sucker for novels that are about family secrets. The theme has popped up in both my Christie Craig books and my C.C. Hunter ones. Remember the secret Kylie uncovered about her father and about her parent’s divorce in my YA Shadow Falls series? Remember the huge family secret Della uncovered about her father’s sister and brother and even about her dad? Now, that theme pops up in Two Feet Under, my latest YA C.C. Hunter book releasing Dec. 11th. To me there is just something about secrets that have been buried for a long time that intrigues me and calls for me to explore. I think it might be because as a teen, I discovered a real family secret.
It enthralled me when I was young and even as an adult. I was about seventeen when I discovered I had a half-brother I never knew about. One of Dad’s girlfriends got pregnant, but she didn’t tell him for a long time. In fact, he was married to my mom when he finally learned the truth. She lived thousands of miles away and other than sending one photograph of the boy, who did look my dad, he never heard from her again.
Recently, I got my DNA and my father’s DNA tested in hopes of finding this half sibling. But so far, we haven’t connected.
Now, Riley’s secret in Two Feet Under is completely different from mine. But that quest, the thirst to unearth long hidden truths, is the same. Riley’s mother passed away when she was four, and she has very few memories of her. But at seventeen, as Riley grows into a young woman, she starts wondering about her mom. What was she really like? How is Riley like her? How is she different? Recently, Riley found a diary written by her mom when she was younger, and Riley savors each and every word. Discovering who her mom really was becomes a serious goal.
This new information unlocks a few memories long hidden in the back of her mind. Like Riley, her mom loved art. She even recalls seeing her mom painting and Riley decides to try her hand at oil painting, too. As she strokes paint on the canvas she feels closer to her mom and even more curious.
But when she starts asking her dad questions about her mother, Riley senses it makes him very uncomfortable. Why? What is he hiding? As she digs deeper into the mystery, she discovers some possibilities that aren’t pretty. What if her mom turns out not be the woman Riley wants her to be?
Is there a secret looming in your family? Do you like books with the hidden family secret theme? This week, I’ll give away a One Foot in the Grave flash drive card to one person who posts a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must leave a comment on my blog in order to enter this giveaway.)
The winner of last week’s giveaway, an Amazon gift card is Deborah Elkins. Congratulations! Deborah, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your gift card.
Book Signing in Houston!
Want to meet me? I’d love to meet you? December 8, 2018, I’ll be at Murder by the Book, 2342 Bissonet, Houston, TX at 1:00 PM. I’ll be joined by Gerry Bartlett, author of Texas Lightning. Come join us. There will be cool giveaway! For more information go to: https://www.murderbooks.com/hours-and-location.