Book Tour/Review: The Secrets We Conceal by S.R. Fabrico

Book Details

Format: Paperback, 358 pages
Publication: March 15th 2022 by S.R. Fabrico
Synopsis: A riveting coming of age story, that will make you laugh, cry and root for Laura to find happiness.
Laura Shirk is a normal, happy, go-lucky, little girl playing with Cabbage Patch dolls and Legos. Until she isn’t. Set in the late 1980s-early 90s, a visit to her aunt and uncle’s house changes everything.
What follows is a nerve-racking story shedding light on child sexual abuse. As the tragedy unfolds, Laura mutters through life concealing her secret from everyone. Feeling alone and isolated, she struggles to navigate her younger years wondering if she can or will ever find happiness.
Then, Laura meets ‘the perfect man’ for her. Can he heal her heart and break down her steel walls?
The Secrets We Conceal, S.R. Fabrico’s debut novel is a riveting coming of age story that beautifully conveys how love and strength can heal all wounds.

My Thoughts

Rating: ★★★★☆
I’m gonna be honest, this book is a lot. Child sexual abuse isn’t one of the things that personally trigger me, but I needed multiple breaks while reading this book. It was good, don’t get me wrong, it was just an extremely heavy book.
The writing style put me off at first, but it’s actually perfect for this specific story. It genuinely felt like I was experiencing the whole thing through the eyes of a child (even in 3rd person). This did make it harder to read, but it had the impact I’m sure the author was going for. It was a wonderfully written novel, though! The characters were so well written that I went through a range of emotions with each of them throughout the entire book.
I did love that we got to watch Laura grow up. I adored her, and it was nice to watch her grow as a person. She’s the type of character you can’t help but love, which again, makes this a more emotional read. I became so attached to her and wanted her to be protected.
While I loved this book, I cannot stress enough that you should be careful while reading it. Child sexual assault is written in detail on multiple occasions throughout the book, which is very triggering. It’s a heartfelt, raw, and beautifully written novel, but caution needs to be used with each individual that picks it up. With that being said, I do recommend this to anyone who thinks they can handle the topic. It’s such an important book.
I received a gifted copy of this book from iRead Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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Meet the Author

Born a raised a yankee who loves NY-style pizza and Philly cheesesteaks. She was introduced to the amazing world of Southern BBQ after moving to Tennessee where she lives with her husband and two children. She considers her family her main priority, everything she does is for them. She attended college in the ’90s and received her degree in mathematics with a minor in secondary education, she went on to coach cheerleading and dance for 20 years winning a World Championship. She loves anything and everything creative, so writing has always been a hobby. When she isn’t writing, she likes to wife hard, mom hard, paint, read good books and watch good movies.
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