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Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby

The Book:

Source for ‘The Book’ section : From Goodreads
Paige Donahue has always lived in her sister Camille’s shadow. As children, Camille had the grades, the friends, and their parents’ love, while Paige was left with hand-me-downs and criticism. Now as adults, Camille lives an idyllic life with her husband, Pierce, and her two perfect children in a beautiful home, while Paige is stuck in a small condo with bills she can’t afford to pay. But no more. With seeds of doubt planted in both Camille’s and Pierce’s minds, Paige’s plan to steal her brother-in law starts to work. But when he reveals his decision to make his marriage work, a desperate Paige moves from envy to madness. What results from her dangerous scheme is something no one could have imagined.

The View:

I recently saw an Indian movie that is based on a similar plot and was taken aback by the storyline. ‘Secret Obsession’ is definitely better from the story telling aspect and the plot is intriguing.

The read is captivating and with each page I got more and more eager to know what Paige’s next scheme would be. The way she plotted against her sister by using Camille’s computer to send / receive emails was a little immature and a good computer sleuth would have easily cracked the case. Going through a staged rape, flying to Vegas so she could spend time with her brother-in-law, constantly lying to her sister and employing a homeless man to play her sister’s lover was all too cunning and only made me hate her more. The ending was predictable and boring and I wish there was a different perspective to her insane actions instead of mental illness.

Paige Donahue is a psycho to say the least and obsessive; in fact she takes obsession to a new level. Camille is sweet and I really liked her pale efforts to defend herself to her husband. Partly playing victim to the situation but also deciding to not go out of the marriage without a fight; Camille handles her role very well. Paige’s mother’s hatred for Paige surprised me. I had no clue and could not even guess what was coming up with regards to their relationship.

Rated a 4 on 5 for the enjoyable read though there are a few flaws that could have been avoided.



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