THIS SECRET THING by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – Review & Giveaway CLOSED *

I always love it when a new novel by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is published. In her book, THIS SECRET THING (LakeUnionPublishing) readers are once again voyeurs looking behind and inside the doors and windows of a neighborhood. THIS SECRET THING is once again filled with secrets and lies between friends and neighbors.

Norah Ramsey is a single mother and arrested and accused of being a suburban Madam. She’s the talk of town, heck the country, but as neighbors begin sharing gossip about the case, they started revealing their own secret tales and scandals.

Norah’s 15-year old daughter, Violet has no one to take care of her, until her once secret grandmother, Polly comes into town bringing her own baggage. Norah’s once BFF down the street, Bess starts trying to hide some of her own clandestine activities while her daughter returns from college tramatized. There are secret stories unraveling all across the neighborhood. Each person hast determine if their secret has the power to hurt or heal.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Marybeth. She has a uncanny talent of finding the dirt in the most inane stories. Her characters are compelling and well developed. Her many plot lines are well created and come together at the end seamlessly.

THIS SECRET THING will have you looking up and down your block wondering what’s really going on. THIS SECRET THING is published today.

Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of Only Ever HerWhen We Were WorthyThe Things We Wish Were True, and five previous novels. She enjoys speaking to women’s groups around the US, sharing how the power of story informs our own lives. Marybeth and her husband, Curt, have been married for a very long time and are the parents of six children, ranging from elementary age to young adult. Marybeth divides her time between the shores of Sunset Beach and the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina. She is always at work on her next novel. 

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing we have one copy to giveaway. Just share with us the most salacious event in your neighborhood. We’ll choose a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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27 thoughts on “THIS SECRET THING by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen – Review & Giveaway CLOSED *

  1. Not much salacious going out in our neighborhood but someone was painting the outside of their house at 3 am. LOL Thanks for the chance.


  2. We had a woman die (suspicious in the neighborhood opinion) and the husband began buying drugs and this brought unsavory people to his home. The police would park in my driveway during the nighttime hours and observe his house. One time, a swat team went into his home. He has since moved away. Our neighborhood is in the suburbs and in a very desirable area to live. Our neighbors are quiet, friendly and help each other whenever needed.


  3. Things are very quiet at the moment. But once, my husband was walking the dog and found a wallet in the street. He returned it to a young man down the street we had never met before who was very nice and grateful. The next day, another neighbor told my husband the man was found dead in his house of an overdose.


  4. We also have a quiet neighborhood. When I lived at my parent’s house before I got married, there was an older Scottish gentlemen who would come out in the morning to get his newspaper. He was always in his robe and when he bent over to get hisbpaper, he wouldn’t have any underwear on!!!


  5. We live in a small town in ohio 5600 people.Quiet so problems usually schook activities and that is all. We have no movie theaters or walmarts or anything like that.we have to drive about 25 min.for those things.So I ordera lot of things especially books.


  6. We haven’t lived here long. We’ve heard there are some unsavory people in the neighborhood, but we haven’t seen anything yet.


  7. Our neighborhood isn’t too bad, but we don’t know everyone who lives around us, so you never know. This book sounds like a great read, Thank you for sharing about this book! . Have a Great weekend and stay safe.


  8. I’m not sure of anything salacious in the neighborhood but I do know of a lady that became pregnant by someone other than her significant other, who had had a vasectomy unbeknownst to her. Uh-oh.


  9. Nothing really…pretty quiet here. But at one time we did have someone on America’s Most Wanted found to be hiding out in our small little town. Guess you never really know your neighbors!


  10. We had a woman on our street who was seeing her pastor for marriage counseling and ended up having an affair with this pastor.


  11. Oh man, I live in a really small town of 1,000 people. It’s pretty hard to think of anything that salacious, but there’s always plenty of small-town gossip and rumors. Maybe the one I can think of is a sheriff deputy’s wife divorced him and married a woman.


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