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The Children's Secret

Nina Monroe

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

THE SLAP meets BIG LITTLE LIES - secrets are uncovered and lives unraveled in this superbly suspenseful, beautifully told novel about the fallout in a small town after a gun is fired at a children's party.

THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS ASKING.
BUT THEY'RE NOT TELLING . . .
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.

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