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The second silence
Goudge, Eileen.
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Rockland, MA : Wheeler Pub., [2000]

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544 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
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A mother's worst nightmare is brought to life in this searing, intricate new novel by the bestselling author. Romantic, suspenseful, and utterly compelling, The second silence takes us into the breaking heart of Noelle Van Doren, whose only child is snatched from her by her estranged husband, Robert, a powerful real estate developer.

Author Notes

Eileen Goudge was born July 4, 1950 and grew up in the San Francisco bay area. She began writing at the age of eight. At eighteen, she dropped out of college, ran off with a man dodging the draft, and got married. Two years later, she was divorced, with a baby, and had to go on welfare. She decided to become a professional writer, started writing non-stop and managed to sell a few articles. In the early eighties, she was chosen to help launch a new line of teen romances, which became the successful Sweet Valley High series. She now had enough money to end another bad marriage and move to New York City with her two children. She continued to write the Sweet Valley High titles while working on a novel. Her first novel, Garden of Lies, was sold in 1986 to Viking for nearly one million dollars. Since then, she has written over thirty novels for young adults and over ten works of women's fiction. Her other works include Thorns of Truth, The Diary, and Once in a Blue Moon. Her title The Diary is a New York Times bestseller.

(Bowker Author Biography) Eileen Goudge is the author of "The New York Times" bestseller "One Last Dance", & "The Second Silence" as well as "Garden of Lies", "Thorns of Truth", "Trail of Secrets", "Such Devoted Sisters", & "Blessing in Disguise". She lives in New York City.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In her seventh novel, best-selling Goudge (One Last Dance) delivers every modern cliche required to satisfy readers who like their fiction titillating and predictable. Recovering alcoholic Noelle Van Doren informs her domineering, philandering husband, Robert, that she wants a divorce. Robert is an unscrupulous real estate developer whose deals routinely destroy historical buildings and damage the environment, and he doesn't like rejection. He avenges himself on Noelle by inviting her to dinner at a popular restaurant where he slips a drug into her soda that makes her appear to be drunk. He then snatches their five-year-old daughter, Emma, and embarks on a campaign to discredit Noelle and gain sole custody. Meanwhile, Goudge interweaves the story of Mary and Charlie, Noelle's long-divorced parents. Mary conceived Noelle while still in high school. Though she and Charlie attempted to make a go of their marriage, they were thwarted by family interference. The pair are reunited in the quest to exonerate Noelle of Robert's unfair accusation that she is an unfit mother. The novel's central issues are noble but executed without imagination: power-hungry Robert is the perfect villain; Noelle the passive wife and mother finding the strength to take control of her life; and Mary and Charlie's reignited romance proves that first love is best. Peripheral characters include Noelle's teenage sister, Bronwyn, who is deflowered with care and sensitivity by wrong-side-of-the-tracks Dante, a misunderstood fellow with "a bad-boy smile and bedroom eyes" who's caught up in Robert's evil plan. The narrator's voice alternates between folksy and New Age therapy speak, yielding few surprises in this glorified Harlequin romance. 4-city author tour. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Fans will be elated to see the seventh novel in 11 years by Goudge (Thorns of Truth). In a small New York town, Noelle Van Doren struggles to separate from her powerful husband, Robert, and regain custody of the young daughter he's taken from her. Her parents, former schoolmates of Robert who divorced as teenagers, unite in their efforts to help her, as do other family members. New and old loves emerge from the deadly shadow cast by "Mr. Perfect" (i.e., Robert). Goudge delivers romance, a variety of relationships, and suspense in one appealing package. Public libraries of all sizes will need to get this title. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/00.]DRebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.