Saturday, March 13, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway: The LANGUAGE of SECRETS by Emmy nominated screenwriter, Dianne Dixon. Can you say delicious?!

Title: The Language of Secrets
Author: Dianne Dixon
Publisher: Doubleday
Format: Bound Galley
ISBN: 978-0-385-53063-7
Price: 24.00(tentative), 272 pages
Release Date: March 23, 2010

I am so excited to let all of you know about this book! It is an absolute masterpiece. I can't wax poetic enough about it. Yes. I'm singing it's praises far and wide because I'm so blown away by it. Let's get right to the blurb on the book *smile*

Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family, When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all - next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three year old boy: a boy named Thomas Justin Fisher.


What follows is an extraordinary journey as Justin struggles with issues of his own identity and pieces together the complex and heartbreaking truth about his family.




 Yes. Heartbreaking is what it is. This is a poignant, unbelievably rich literary jewel. If I could compare this book to a cake, think of a fluffy, light Angel Food cake and then compare that to a rich, deep, multilayered chocolate cake. The Language of Secrets is the deep chocolate cake. I was fascinated right at the start by the cover art. It has a misty vintage feel. May I suggest that before you read the book, you  study that cover. It's going to hold a lot more meaning when you get to the heart of this story.

This is the first novel of Dianne Dixon who is a television writer and twice been nominated for an emmy. She can add awesome novelist to her repertoire. She grabs you by the neck with this story and you are at her mercy! You want to close you eyes and pray what you think is coming is not, but take you there she does. I believe I screamed reading the last page, because Dixon throws you a complete, awesome curve ball! Maybe some of you are savvy enough to figure it out, but she certainly got me. (And no peeking; you have to read it straight through, you'll ruin the pure joy of the book if you don't!)

Let me be clear. It's not a happy story, but it's a darn good one. It explores human frailties, vulnerabilities and the consequences of lies and deceit. I wish I could tell you more of the plot, but that would ruin the experience of the story for you. You have to read it yourself from beginning to end. It's a fairly short book at 272 pages and I found myself slowing down, because I was loath for it to end. It's lyrical,  the language beautifully written.

One of my wonderful followers will receive a bound galley of this story. If you are not a follower, please become one. Leave a comment and a way to contact you. If you're on Twitter, tweet about this giveaway and if you have a blog, please mention it. Tell me in your comment that you have.

If you don't win this giveaway, get the book anyway you can. You won't regret it. It's a keeper.

Thanks to Judy Jacoby of Doubleday for making the Galley available. 
Open to resident's of the US and Canada only.

Giveaway ends next Saturday, March 20, 2010

Toodles!

34 comments:

  1. I'm reading this one right now, too. Don't enter me, but I wanted to say It's wonderful!!!!!

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  7. What an intriguing sounding book. The twist of finding a grave with his name on it really draws you in. Great review.

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  32. I won a copy from Dianne's agent, and I will be interviewing Dianne on my blog soon. Thanks to you, now I'm even more excited!

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