The other day my daughter and her friend came inside very excited because a (HUGE) cat faced orb-weaver had taken up residence in our front bushes. I'll admit that its web is a work of art, but I am not one to get excited about spiders (especially any of a size that would make an audible squishing sound when eliminated-which I did not attempt. I did the smart thing and ran back inside).
So, what does a spider and its web have to do with Vickie Hall's new novel, Secrets of the Red Box? The main character, Bonnie, had a very troubled upbringing, and her defense mechanism is to lie. She is a master weaver, if you will. The more I read, the more I disliked the her. Oh, the tangled web she wove, and wove! I was somewhat nervous for her, knowing that she couldn't keep it up. The lying was enough to make me dislike her, but when her secret was finally revealed, I was blown away. How selfish, deceitful and . . . evil.
Thankfully, she eventually has a turning point, and the reader is given brief breaks from the lies when the POV switches to Glen. He's a soldier fighting in WWII Europe. He isn't perfect, but there was a much needed goodness in his chapters. I especially liked how much he cared for his friend and tried so hard to make sure he made it home to his wife.
I enjoyed the historical aspects of the story. It's eye opening to think about soldiers returning home after war and having to move on with their lives after they've seen and done so much. And life at home while so many were serving overseas was also interesting.
The resolution didn't play out how I thought it might, but it was strangely satisfying.
Content: There is some swearing, war violence, and some intimate scenes.
Praise for Secrets of the Red Box:
Author Vickie Hall
Vickie is a native of Utah, but growing up, lived in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, and Nebraska. When she's not writing, she's composing music, or shopping with her sister. She loves animals of all kinds and camping with her family. Her favorite pastime is watching old movies on TCM, and unashamedly has a crush on Cary Grant.
Praise for Secrets of the Red Box:
"Amazing book! Wow, it caught me from the first paragraph. What detail, mystery and suspense. Loved the main character, Bonnie, so relatable. Vicki is an amazing writer. I wish she would write more books!!!"
"Secrets of the Red Box is a great read! Whether you're looking for a book with an intriguing and unusual plot, or a story of how life's choices effect the rest of your life, you will love this book!"
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