Sunday, June 20, 2010

Preview: Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala

Cari over at Cari's Book Blog was kind enough to pass along a two-chapter preview of the upcoming novel Tell Me a Secret by Holly Cupala! Thanks, Cari!

COMING JUNE 22, 2010!

Tell me a secret, and I'll tell you one…

In the five years since her bad-girl sister Xanda’s death, Miranda Mathison has wondered about the secret her sister took to the grave, and what really happened the night she died. Now, just as Miranda is on the cusp of her dreams—a best friend to unlock her sister’s world, a ticket to art school, and a boyfriend to fly her away from it all—Miranda has a secret all her own.

Then two lines on a pregnancy test confirm her worst fears. Stripped of her former life, Miranda must make a choice with tremendous consequences and finally face her sister’s demons and her own.

In this powerful debut novel, stunning new talent Holly Cupala illuminates the dark struggle of a girl who must let go of her past to find a way into her own future. 

The opening chapters of this novel were gripping. Mandy is a haunted girl, trying to outrun her own demons, as well as the ones her sister left behind. Even in such a brief passage, Mandy and her sister Xanda come to life (despite Xanda's untimely death). I'm already eager to find out the truth about Xanda's last days, as well as what mischief Mandy has gotten herself into since the tragedy. Holly Cupala has a unique and engaging writing style, giving her narrator and heroine a distinct voice. She is very descriptive and layers on the suspense in the opening pages. The flashback that starts the story is a great introduction; the memory paints a detailed portrait of each sister's personality, as well as their relationship to one another and their parents, allowing readers to draw their own inferences, rather than having it laboriously spelled out. I truly cannot wait to read the rest of this novel - my interest is piqued!

To pique your interest, here's a little teaser quote from the novel:

No one mentions my sister. If they do, it’s mentioning her by omission, relief that I am nothing like her. I am the good sister. Thank God.

To speak of my sister . . . there’s nothing more sacrilegious. Alexandra, Andra, Alex. Xanda—who was, and is, and is to come. To speak her name is my family’s purest form of blasphemy.

This novel is available for preorder now!

More about Tell Me a Secret:
Author Site
Virtual Tour


Chas @ LLL in the 808 said...

This one looks great!! and the cover is awesome!

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