Swallowed by a Secret by Risa Nyman
198 pages ~ ISBN:1734386614 (ISBN13: 9781734386615)
Published January 21st 2020 by Immortal Works Press
After twelve-year-old Rocky overhears Mom admit her story about how his dad died is bogus, his trust in his one remaining parent unravels. The For-Sale sign appears on the front lawn right after the funeral, forcing Rocky to leave the house linked to so many memories of his dad.
Consumed by the secret and struggling to adjust to changing schools mid-year, Rocky is startled by the voice of his dead father inside his head offering advice on how he could learn the truth.
Rocky does find a live and lively partner in Olive, who offers to be his assistant sleuth to help crack the secret. The pair’s schemes go bust, but they embolden Rocky to embark on a journey of risks, eavesdropping and snooping to discover the truth about the father he thought he knew.
REVIEW By VICKIE:
Swallowed By A Secret - Risa Nyman
...Excellent story. There is a great deal of insight about mental health in this wonderful story. How we will do anything to protect our family. I lost a son the way Rocky lost his father. It effects so many lives in such a hard way.
The characters are all well-developed and it is easy to feel their emotions. I shed lots of tears reading this story.
I believe it would be beneficial for everyone to read this story, teens to adults. It tells a beautiful story about difficult circumstances and is a great reminder of some very helpful ideas.
I give this story a literary rating of 5/5
ABOUT the Author:
Born in Boston with the accent to prove it, Risa lived within ten miles of the city for decades until a recent move to the neighboring Ocean State.
For many years, Risa worked in a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting active participation in our democracy, with a special focus on voting and elections.
Risa’s deep dive into creative writing started with a strange event that involved finding three pennies in a neat stack in a completely empty apartment that belonged to her mother. It’s a long story.
Writing is now a priority and passion. At other times, Risa is reading, exercising or doing therapeutic ironing – unless the grandchildren are around.
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