All her life, Connie Grey has been the perfect daughter. She is obedient and devoted to her controlling mother, a straight-A student and a champion distance runner. She also has a chronic stomach ulcer, a good sense of humor and kleptomania. Just out of college in the mid-1990s, Connie longs for a future to call her own, but must first face some startling facts about her life and let the truth set her free.
Connie is spending the summer with her grandmother in Green Hill, New Hampshire, helping to pack up the family homestead for a move. She is certain about two things: Her grandmother is her enemy, and her mother is her ally. But a family secret, revealed through the objects Connie finds in her grandmother's attic, proves that things aren't always what they seem. As Connie also uncovers horrible secrets about her relationship with her mother, she comes to a chilling understanding of what's at stake if she can't face the truth.
Reviews and Accolades
As Connie collects her secrets, readers grow to care about this agile
Secret Thief as she tries to solve the puzzle of her own place in her
I was thoroughly impressed by the depth and honesty in this story.the
female version of the story, A Child Called It by Dave Peltzer.well worth
the read. I recommend it to readers who want to enter the mind of a victim.
There is no sugarcoating in this story. Just the gut wrenching truth in
the young woman's messed up mind.
"Judith Jaeger (is) a powerful and exciting new voice in fiction. utterly
compelling and psychologically astute. I found myself diving into the
book as I would a dish of my favorite ice cream."
"The Secret Thief is a work that successfully walks the tightrope
between humor and pathos. The voices of all of her characters are rich
and distinctive. Ms. Jaeger has written a multi-layered, emotionally complex,
riveting coming-of-age saga."
".moving and entertaining, and the tone of Jaeger's writing hits the
right note all through...The humor was wonderful, alternately light-hearted
and caustic at the right moment.Connie's voice is so complete that she
succeeds in inviting the reader along with her into a grim situation.
We go willingly, because the writing is multi-faceted-smart, well-modulated,
agile, creating indelible scenes without a lot of fanfare or overworked
"With skillful precision, Judith Jaeger weaves us into the mind
and body of a young woman on the verge of exploding with pent-up rage
and denial. This sustained, unsparing journey to the core of the narrator's
self-loathing and out the other side makes an utterly compelling read.
The Secret Thief announces the arrival of an important new novelist."
"Kudos to Judith Jaeger on a first novel that's part mystery, part coming-of-age
and all in all a page turner."
About the Author
JUDITH JAEGER is a writer and editor in Central Massachusetts, where she also teaches undergraduate fiction and creative writing. She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She is currently working on her second novel.
You may view Judith's website here.