IT WAS ONLY A GAME.
WE NEVER MEANT TO HURT ANYONE.
At a children's party . . .
Nothing ever happens in a sleepy American town like Middlebrook. Until the shocking events of one hot Saturday afternoon when, at a back-to-school party, nine children sneak off to a barn. And one child is shot by another.
In the media storm that sweeps the nation . . .
The press are asking questions. About the type of parents who let their children play unsupervised in a house with guns. About how damaged a child must be to commit this kind of atrocity.
In the ensuing police investigation . . .
Two questions are the most urgent, and the most baffling. Of the nine children who were present in that barn, which one actually pulled the trigger?
And why are the others staying silent?
Incredibly gripping and gorgeously written, this is a spellbinding novel that asks how much we ever know what our children are capable of, and how far we will go to protect them.
Nina Monroe moved recently from England to New Hampshire with her husband and two daughters.
The Children's Secret is her first book writing as Nina Monroe. She has also written four adult and two young adult novels as Virginia Macgregor.
A dark, taut, and increasingly tense page-turner, The Children's Secret is the best kind of suspense story, one that makes the reader think as well as feel -- DJ Palmer, USA Today bestselling author Monroe stokes the fires so effectively as racism, snobbery, and old grudges fly around decorous Middlebrook with the fury of the woes released from Pandora's box * Kirkus * As the story unfolds through multiple points of view, Monroe holds a magnifying glass to gun ownership, the claustrophobia of a close-knit community, and deep-seated cultural biases. Timely and thought-provoking -- Paula Treick DeBoard, author of The Drowning Girls The Children's Secret has it all: part mystery and part thriller and completely engrossing. It peels back the layers of a tragedy showcasing how powerful secrets can be. This is not an ordinary whodunit - it's gripping and relevant and thought-provoking - and you won't be able to put it down -- Alexandra Burt, author of 'Remember Mia'
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