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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (501 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dianne Dixon Narrator: Rebecca Lowman Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2010 ISBN: 9780307704382
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Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away. And a visit to the cemetery brings the greatest shock of all—next to the graves of his father and mother sits a smaller tombstone for a three-year-old boy: a boy named Thomas Justin Fisher.

What follows is an extraordinary journey as Justin struggles with issues of his own identity and pieces together the complex and heartbreaking truth about his family. With great skill and care, Dianne Dixon explores the toll that misunderstandings, blame, and resentment can take on a family. But it is the intimate details of family life—a mother's lullaby for her son, a father's tragic error in judgment—that make this novel so exceptional and an absolute must for reading groups everywhere.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/19/2014

    " A short read about a marriage gone sour. Had a surprise ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheila | 2/16/2014

    " Improbable story of a man who goes home only to find his own grave which suggests that he died as a toddler. He can't remember most of his childhood and with the help of a psychiatrist and private investigator he puts some pieces of his past together. But the book just ends there without resolving the family secrets or reuniting him with his father and sisters. Very unsatisfying! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 2/15/2014

    " I liked this fast-paced story & just know our book club will have a great discussion. The ending seemed a little tiresome, hence the 3-star rating. That said, I'd definitely read another book by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Greenman | 1/29/2014

    " Dixon weaves a story that is unexpected and complex. I did not expect the ending but was satisfied with the path the author chose. The nature of secrets and how they can impact others was brilliantly illustrated in the lives of her characters. A good read but not a light hearted one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cryan Ryan | 1/24/2014

    " Had such a promising start...disappointing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Kittelson | 1/14/2014

    " Pretty good but the ending was a little off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexis | 12/29/2013

    " Plot driven but not that well written. That said, I stayed up late finishing it (skimming it) just to see what happened. I think i heard the author was a screenplay writer and that makes sense, this would make a good movie with some tweaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doubleday Books | 12/1/2013

    " Family drama at its best! If you thought your family had some skeletons in the closet, meet the Fishers. Dianne Dixon is great with dialogue--this is a totally engrossing read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denice | 11/15/2013

    " So much heartache could be avoided if we chose to be honest with those around us. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammina | 10/9/2013

    " the book was about the dark hurtful secrets that people hold on to in order to preserve the way people see them. it was such a sad story of lives intertwined both by love and hate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Carnahan | 8/19/2013

    " Love the story of how secrets can twist into themselves distorting perceptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Archer | 8/6/2013

    " Well written, but I think I need to take a break from books that deal with how assumptions totally screw up your life...But the part where the main character totally disconnects from his life is a pretty cool story... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 5/26/2013

    " Good development of the characters and their relationships. A lot of life lessons. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 2/27/2013

    " Prose wasn't particularly beautiful, descriptions very bland, characters very predictable. An easy read to pass the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 10/16/2012

    " I read this book in two days. I simply had to know what the whole story was even though I was pretty sure I had figured it out early on in the book. Even though I had in fact figured out what was going on the book still held my interest, and I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynette | 7/27/2012

    " Very Good! How we think we are punishing the other person, only to find we are punishing ourselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Missy | 6/29/2012

    " One of the best books I've read this year! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 3/17/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. I was a little worried becuase I had seen so not so great reviews but I thought it was well written and believable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Caroline | 2/25/2012

    " This was one of those books I just randomly grabbed from the library. The story line was okay but a little too much language for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 12/31/2011

    " Interesting story of many wounded souls, some with self-inflicted wounds, and others not just wounded. Not something that changed the way I think or feel, but a reasonably good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhonda | 11/13/2011

    " good mystery... a little predictable but interesting story about a kid who was put up for adoption and lost his memory of his childhood due to the trauma... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandy | 7/11/2011

    " I enjoyed the story somewhat, but the events of the book and the way in which the characters react to them are pretty hard to believe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cryan | 6/24/2011

    " Had such a promising start...disappointing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 6/15/2011

    " This book evoked so many emotions! So good!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassidy | 6/9/2011

    " I really liked this book a lot. I couldn't put it down. It was so strange and different and every time I thought I had it figured out, something else would happen. Left me thinking about it after... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leesa | 6/3/2011

    " Very good mystery with lots of twists and turns. An amazing story of a guy just married and so successful and yet his idenity and person is falling apart. He is not who he thought he was and this is his story of the search to find out who he is as well as how he copes. Well written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jamie | 5/18/2011

    " This book was a complete disappointment. It was in my opinion unrealistic and completely stupid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 5/16/2011

    " Well written, but I think I need to take a break from books that deal with how assumptions totally screw up your life...But the part where the main character totally disconnects from his life is a pretty cool story... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret | 5/7/2011

    " Quick, page-turning read, though the conclusion was somewhat unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/15/2011

    " Pretty good but the ending was a little off. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi | 1/20/2011

    " I enjoyed this book-- but a bit of a soap opera. I just now read many of the reviews that use the description 'mystery.' Although there are many twists to the plot and putting the pieces of Justin's life together, I wouldn't exactly call it a mystery. Will look for other books by this author... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 1/17/2011

    " I read this book in two days. I simply had to know what the whole story was even though I was pretty sure I had figured it out early on in the book. Even though I had in fact figured out what was going on the book still held my interest, and I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah | 12/16/2010

    " Really glad my daughter recommended this one. Very good story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 12/15/2010

    " A decent story with an interesting character. Some parts were a bit on the "soap opera" side. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 12/2/2010

    " Jaw dropping plot over and over, gripping storyline. You really feel for these characters. Really enjoyed this book. "

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About the Author
Author Dianne DixonDIANNE DIXON is a screenwriter living in California who has twice been nominated for an Emmy, has won a Humanitas Prize for work done in television, and has been Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont Colleges.
About the Narrator

Rebecca Lowman is an actress and audiobook narrator who has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards. She has starred in numerous television shows, including Law & Order, Big Love, NCIS, and Grey’s Anatomy, among many others. She earned her MFA from Columbia University.