Secrets and Lies (#Giveaway #Goodreads #SampleSunday)

If you’d like to win a copy of “Secrets and Lies: The Complete Trilogy”, which was a quarter-finalist at the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award’s 2013, head on over to Goodreads, where I’m running an international giveaway for the paperback edition. All you have to do to enter is click the link here. 

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Praise for “Secrets and Lies: The Complete Trilogy”

This is one of the first series that I had the privilege of reviewing and it still holds a dear spot in my heart. It is a great series that will bring forth a lot of emotions, some great some depressing.

We get to follow along with a tragedy and see how each person deals with it. The characters were very well written, they were detailed to the point where you could almost see them in front of you because they were described that well.

The storyline is one that will draw you in, because you will HAVE to find out what happens. Will everyone get their happy ending, or will their worlds fall apart as they know it? — Crystal Marie at Crystal’s Many Reviewers

 

Book Description

Secrets and Lies The Complete Trilogy comprises all three books in the trilogy: Secrets and Lies, Aftermath, and Redemption.

Kerry Darcy has loved Conor, her childhood sweetheart, for more than twenty years. They’ve built their dream home together, raised a happy family and are still madly in love.
Hope Kennedy seems to have it all; a fabulous job, a luxurious apartment and best of all she’s married to her soulmate, Niall.

Two very different women, two perfect husbands; but what happens when their lives horribly collide?
The terrible force of chaos ensues; a force that takes its fateful hold on time and place. It ruptures the present, warps the future, replacing order with confusion, confidence with trepidation and control with powerlessness. Lives are ended for some, changed forever for others and a most significant chain of events is about to unfold with catastrophic results.

 

Prologue

 Kerry Darcy’s life, as she knew it, ended just before three o’ clock on Friday, the eleventh of March 2011.

The Great East Japan earthquake was one of the most powerful earthquakes that the modern world had ever known. The earthquake battered coastal communities with waves of up to forty metres tall. It triggered a series of devastating tsunamis along the Japanese coast and the aftershock could be felt as far away as Russia, the west coast of America and even in the Antarctic where the tsunami destroyed icebergs that were the same size as Manhattan Island.

It killed more than fifteen thousand people and injured over twenty six thousand. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history and was the fifth largest earthquake ever measured, causing the entire planet to shift on its axis by up to twenty five centimetres. The energy released on the earth’s surface was equivalent to more than one thousand five hundred times that of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

Saoirse Darcy, a young student, had studied tsunamis in geography at school and recognised the telltale signs of the receding ocean and frothing bubbles. She warned the others on the beach about the impending killer wave and they were evacuated to safety just in time, before the tsunami struck its deadly blow, wreaking havoc on so many unsuspecting lives.

Giant forces that had been building up deep in the Earth for hundreds of years were explosively released on that fateful day in March, shaking the ground violently and unleashing a series of killer waves that raced across the Pacific Ocean at the speed of a jet airliner. Hours later, deadly waves radiating from the earthquake zone slammed into the coastline of Pacific countries; snatching people out to sea, drowning others in their homes or on beaches, and demolishing property from Japan to America and beyond.

Along a stretch of coastline equivalent to the distance from London to Edinburgh, a tower of water reaching up to twelve metres tall burst over reinforced sea barriers, destroying sixteen towns and ninety-five thousand buildings. It travelled six miles inland, in some areas, before dragging millions of homes, possessions and vehicles back into the open sea.

The earthquake had the largest duration of faulting ever observed, lasting between eight and ten minutes; the most devastating minutes of Kerry Darcy’s life. Kerry could hear the screaming and crying of the people all around her. Everyone was clinging to whatever piece of debris they could find, watching the waves spread out in vast tentacles as it reached further and further in all directions.

The killer wave had taken its fateful hold on time and place. It had ruptured the present, warped the future, replaced order with confusion, confidence with trepidation and control with powerlessness. Lives were ended for some, changed forever for others and a most significant chain of events was about to unfold with catastrophic results.

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