Item description for The Secret Thief by Judith Jaeger...
Connie Grey's life has always been a balancing act between perfection and secret rebellion. Being the obedient and devoted daughter to her overbearing mother, a straight-A student and champion distance runner has taken its toll on her by way of a chronic ulcer and kleptomania. Newly graduated from college, Connie longs for a future she can claim as her own, one that holds a sense of normalcy and love. But in order to move forward, she must first face the startling facts about her life.
A summer with her grandmother in Green Hill, New Hampshire provides the perfect backdrop for Connie's ultimate encounter with her past. As she helps pack up the family homestead for a move, she uncovers a family secret long hidden away. As Connie uncovers shocking secrets about her relationship with her mother, she comes to a disquieting understanding that her future is at stake if she can't face the truth.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2006
Publisher Behler Publications
ISBN 1933016280 ISBN13 9781933016283
Reviews - What do customers think about The Secret Thief?
Disappointed In NYC !!! Aug 28, 2007
This book is really nowhere... though the entire premise is fascinating, the author leaves us wondering from beginning to end who the character truly is, why she is the way she is, and most importantly, why we would ever CARE less one way or another. It's a shame, really, since the topic of childhood abuse of this type, and familial reasoning and actions are of course worth exploring... but not in this vague and unclear manner...
very disappointing. as an avid reader of new women writers here in the USA, this author needs to think about the entire story, characters and arc of book.... it really wasnt a good read at all!
A haunting story May 5, 2007
Judy Jaeger's book, The Secret Thief, is a page turner. I couldn't put it down! It was easy to feel the main character's pain. I laughed and cried out loud while wishing for Connie to regain her self respect and finally realize the truth about her life. It's a beautiful story of relationships and redemption; a GREAT read!
about the secret thief from a man Aug 30, 2006
The Secret Thief from Judy Jaeger is a great book. It is a joy to read from cover to cover. The story is told in a simple easy to read manner that allows the reader to quickly read the book and enjoy the story as it unfolds. It was one of the best reads i have had in a long time. I think Ms Jaeger has done a wonderful job and i can't wait for her next book.
A compelling study of a young woman's reality check Aug 14, 2006
In the Secret Thief, Judith Jaeger has us follow the thoughts and behaviors of a young girl, cycling and recycling toward a gradual awakening to the reality of her life. Along with her, we come out of the state of deep sleep - life long denial that she has maintained through self-deprication and compulsion. The story is about coming to terms with a horrible truth, and having the courage to move on.
Complex people in a simple town Aug 11, 2006
Maybe being from small town New England makes me part of a small audience that will appreciate this book for it's portrayal of contemporary Yankee life across generations, but I think that Judith Jaeger has painted a complex picture that people who aren't from the region could relish. As much as I can appreciate Carson McCuller's portraits of southern small towns or Pyncheon's California, readers of "Secret Thief" who aren't from New England can taste something of the place while enjoying a really interesting dramatic story.
I wondered why there was a blurb from a psychologist on the book's back cover, but once I got into the story, it made perfect sense. Jaeger's storytelling does much more than most to explore the complexity of her characters, women of three generations of a Yankee family, and the ways they act our (or actively resist acting out) their relationships with others, especially the men in their pasts and presents. Her writing is compelling and emotionally deep, but hardly exaggerated or melodramatic. It certainly sticks in your brain and leaves you puzzling out the motivations and resolutions of the characters.
Nice first novel. I hope we see more from Jeager, especially more of her realistic, complicated, and puzzling people.