From the bestselling author of "The Double Bind," "Midwives, " and "Skeletons at the Feast" comes a novel of shattered faith, intimate secrets, and the delicate nature of sacrifice. "There," says Alice Hayward to Reverend Stephen Drew, just after her baptism, and just before going home to the husband who will kill her that evening and then shoot himself. Drew, tortured by the cryptic finality of that short utterance, feels his faith in God slipping away and is saved from despair only by a meeting with Heather Laurent, the author of wildly successful, inspirational books about . . . angels. Heather survived a childhood that culminated in her own parents' murder-suicide, so she identifies deeply with Alice's daughter, Katie, offering herself as a mentor to the girl and a shoulder for Stephen - who flees the pulpit to be with Heather and see if there is anything to be salvaged from the spiritual wreckage around him.But then the State's Attorney begins to suspect that Alice's husband may not have killed himself. . .and finds out that Alice had secrets only her minister knew. "Secrets of Eden" is both a haunting literary thriller and a deeply evocative testament to the inner complexities that mark all of our lives. Once again Chris Bohjalian has given us a riveting page-turner in which nothing is precisely what it seems. As one character remarks, "Believe no one. Trust no one. Assume all of our stories are suspect." "From the Hardcover edition."
CHRIS BOHJALIAN is the critically acclaimed author of twelve novels, including the "New York Times" bestsellers "Skeletons at the Feast," "The Double Bind, " and "Midwives." His novel, "Midwives," was a number one "New York Times" bestseller and a selection of Oprah's Book Club. His work has been translated into more than 25 languages and twice became movies ("Midwives" and "Past the Bleachers"). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Visit him at www.ChrisBohjalian.com or on Facebook. "From the Hardcover edition."