Book Review: The Secret She Kept by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

Book Summary:
How far will you go to save someone you love and trust when they’ve kept a dangerous secret for years? That’s the question facing Lance Kingston, a successful Houston magazine executive whose recent marriage to beautiful, high-powered attorney Tia Jiles seemed to promise a bright future for both of them. But under the surface, a fierce and frightening storm was brewing. That’s because Tia never revealed to Lance what she and her family have known since Tia was seventeen—she has an illness that takes over her mind, transforming her into a raging, violent woman hell-bent on destruction. Bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia. Or crazy, as Lance’s grandmother continually reminds him. “Crazy leaves clues,” she told him point-blank, and perhaps Lance should have listened. Tia’s mother tries to pray the problem away . . . and Tia’s doctors can’t help her if she won’t do what they advise. Now there’s more than their marriage and Tia’s survival at stake: Tia is pregnant, and Lance will stop at nothing to keep his troubled wife and unborn daughter safe. But at what price?

My thoughts:
Mental illness affects everyone, some way or another. You may know some one who someone who has it, or you may be dealing with it yourself. This book by ReShonda Tate Billingsley is a very real portrayal of mental illness and how it can affect so many people, family and friends included. 

Tia's situation is very serious, she lashes out at anyone for almost no reason at all, including her husband. Things take a turn for the worse once she gets pregnant, and at this time, he husband still knows nothing about her illness. This girl is CRAZY and this drama filled book will interest you from the very beginning. I couldn't put it down and finished it in no time at all. It's much like a good soap opera, with some extra, edge of your seat situations!!

ReShonda recently spoke at my local public library! I am so lucky to have had a chance to meet this very talented and sweet woman! :)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!!

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