The Safety of Secrets is about friends Fiona and Patricia and how they cope with a secret from their childhood. Working as successful actresses in Hollywood, their lives are filled with work and husbands and memories that they share. After Fiona learns that she is pregnant..she begins to evaluate the relationship she had with her own mother and tries to come to terms with things that happened to her as a child.
The author does a good job of describing adolescent angst, but as adults..the characters seemed a bit flat. Especially the character of Patricia. I wanted to see the adult relationships explored a bit more especially once we are told what the secret is. There just didn’t seem to be a lot of interaction between Fiona and Patricia once they were adults. I think it is assumed that because they were such good friends as children, that their friendship remains strong even without the interaction, but the actions of Patricia make me doubt that.
Although it was an easy read, I was left wanting more. I received this copy from the Harper Collins First Look program and it includes a reader’s guide. After reviewing some of the questions in the guide, I can see this as a good choice for a book group as there is a lot to discuss.
If you give it a whirl, let me know what you think of it.