Monday, August 15, 2011

Secret Obsession-Kimberla Lawson Roby

Secret Obsession
Kimberla Lawson Roby
Grand Central, Sep 6 2011, $19.99
ISBN: 9780446572422

Paige Donohue hides her disdain of her parents for extreme favoring of her sister Camille; in fact Paige believes they gave all their love to Camille the perfect chosen seed and none to her the anointed bad seed. She loathes her sibling even more as Camille has what she covets: a loving husband Pierce and two charming children living in a luxurious lifestyle. She obsesses over exceeding Camille the great. Her plan to make Camille envy her is to steal her sister’s family from her.

Paige fakes a rape, which leads to Camille and Pierce taking her into their home while she emotionally heals. She works on Pierce’s head with hints that Camille is cheating. However, her manipulative scheme to steal the perfect spouse from the perfect wife fails as Paige never quite grasped the trusting relationship between her targets. Undone and feeling ever more inferior to her sibling, Paige's mom tells her why she detests her. Camille still welcomes her sister with love.

Although the story line seems improbable to have gotten as far as it did and a late revelation detracts from an intriguing look at mental illness including the impact on others. OCD Paige loathes her family for what she perceives they did to her; her anger leads to her ignoring those who care deeply about her. Sub-genre fans will enjoy this entertaining family soap opera, just leave your plausibility meter in the draw.

Harriet Klausner

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