There are times in most families when siblings may not get along. There may be petty arguments and occasionally jealousies, but nothing quite like the emotions shown by Paige Donahue toward her sister Camille in Secret Obsession by Kimberla Lawson Roby.
Paige has been secretly jealous of her big sister Camille for most of her life. Now, as adults, Paige is not only envious of Camille and her good fortune and marriage. Paige has also decided that she is in love with her brother-in-law and will stop at nothing to break up their marriage. She blackmails a friend into beating her up and files a false claim of rape and battery as the first step in her diabolical plan. As part of her second step she plants fake email messages between her sister and a would-be lover. She then sends copies of these emails to her brother-in-law. When he moves out, she moves in. Through it all Camille has been nothing but supportive to Paige and expects the same when her marriage begins to fall apart. Of course Paige plays the part but exactly how far is too far?
Paige is not a likable character and saying she is diabolical is probably being too kind. However, Ms. Robson provides a nice, neat and simplistic epilogue proving that with God all things are possible. I wish I could provide more about the resolution but if I did, you wouldn't need to read this story. It may be a little too happy ever after for some, but it was actually quite nice to read about hope, faith and family. There are plenty of evil machinations in Secret Obsession, but there's also a lesson on love and forgiveness. This may not be for everyone but if you're into stories dealing with dysfunctional family life, sin and forgiveness, then this is a nice and quick read that may suit. Look for Secret Obsession to be released on 09/06/2011.
Disclaimer: I received this book free for review purposes from NetGalley. I was not paid, required or otherwise obligated to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."