Secrets She Left Behind

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Today’s the big day! Secrets She Left Behind should be in stores this morning. It’s the story of a family–a complex, extended, messy, and wildly secretive family. It’s suspenseful and surprising, poignant and ultimately uplifting. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

 If you haven’t seen the book trailer for Secrets, you can check it out here.  And here are some snippets from a few reviews:

“(Chamberlain) explores the psychological complexity of a family pushed to its limits…the alternating narratives allow plenty of insights into the characters’ motives while creating intrigue and suspense.” 


“The plot is absolute genius . . . an intriguing page turner that is extremely difficult to put down.”

“Chamberlain is superb at creating characters we become involved with.”

“Totally absorbing and full of twists and turns.”


Would you like to receive a personalized bookplate for your copy of Secrets She Left Behind? I’ll pick five winners at random from those of you who comment on this post.  

Happy reading!


  1. ronnie on May 26, 2009 at 2:24 am

    Its 2:19 a.m. that means Secrets is officially available! I wonder if i can find a book store open now? I see it is not available on my kindle.
    Congratulations Diane!
    The day has finally arrived! What are you plans today, do you go to the book store to make sure they remembered to put it out? or do you go and smile and tell people “that’s mine”?

  2. Ann on May 26, 2009 at 7:40 am

    I received an e-mail that my book has been shipped!! I can hardly wait! I re-read Before the Storm last week so I am READY for the rest of the story. Thank you Diane.

  3. Margo on May 26, 2009 at 7:52 am

    Oh Diane, I’m so excited the day has finally arrived! I have a pre-reserved copy so I’ll be picking mine up at Border’s tomorrow. I’ve been furiously reading another book all weekend and trying to get it finished so I can start your new one. Yours is next and I can hardly wait!

  4. Lindsay on May 26, 2009 at 9:10 am

    I was waiting for you to post this entry so I could whine and complain about how it’s not released here ’til June 1st! I know that’s not that far away but I feel like I’ve been waiting forever why can’t us Canadians get it at the same time? πŸ™
    BUT I guess it’s okay because I haven’t exactly had a lot of time to read lately so the book I’m reading right now is one I’ve been reading for a while and still have a third left to go. Not because I don’t like it (the book is ‘if you could see me now’ by cecelia ahern), just lack of time to sit and read.

  5. Margo on May 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Finally the day is here! I’ll be picking up my copy tomorrow and start reading it as soon as I finish a novel I’m 3/4 of the way thru.
    Diane, I left a comment earlier but it didn’t post for some reason…hopefully this will go thru. (-O:

  6. Diane Chamberlain on May 26, 2009 at 9:20 am

    Oh, Ronnie, you’re such a card! My plans for today are to write, of course. Deadline looms.
    It will be available for Kindle. I’ll try to find out when.

  7. ronnie on May 26, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Diane it doesn’t matter when it is available on Kindle, this is one of those that I have to have a hard copy! I’m on my way to Borders now.

  8. Diane Chamberlain on May 26, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Just heard from my publisher that the Kindle edition will be available June 1.

  9. Lindsay on May 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I’m sooo excited!!! My usual bookstore (chapters/indigo) for whatever reason isn’t releasing the book til june 1st (i know because i double checked last night when i was in one)… BUT i wrong in my assumption that it was a Canadian thing. I went to run an errand at a drugstore and displayed on the front of the book shelves was Secrets She Left Behind! Shocked but delightfully so πŸ™‚ now i’m just torn between my current read and wanting to immediately read secrets….

  10. Diane Chamberlain on May 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Lindsay, it does seem to be haphazard. Some stores do the technically correct May 26th “laydown,” but others wait until June1. I can assure you they have the books hidden away in the back room somewhere, though.

  11. ronnie on May 26, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I was in Borders in Boca Raton, FL and I gave them a piece of my mind (albeit a very small piece its all I can afford). I had to ask for the book and it was on a cart and not out on the shelves yet. I told them it was after noon and should have been put out first thing!
    Back in the olden days when I was in retail management, if something was released on a Tuesday, when we closed the store Monday night it was brought out to be on the sales floor for when the store opened.
    I asked for the book, but there are some people who don’t ask, they don’t see it so they walk out. Can’t sell stuff in the back room ya know!

  12. Alexandra Sokoloff on May 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    What a pretty cover!
    Congratulations on the big day. Really can’t wait to read this one. XX

  13. Diane Chamberlain on May 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Thanks, Alex! By the way, everyone, this is my good friend Alex Sokoloff’s pub date, too. Her book THE UNSEEN, is out today and you can read about it on her website .
    She writes scary, and she writes scary good!
    Ronnie, thanks for giving Borders whatever part of your mind you could afford!

  14. brenda on May 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    My book is being shipped. After trying to no avail to get Barbara Delinsky’s latest one…I was afraid to chance not getting this one…so I ordered it. If it does not come before I go out of town, I won’t be happy…but I’ll just buy one in Florida or California=wherever I am and see one.
    I agree with Ronnie-I have gotten so frustrated with Borders through the years-they never put out the books for which I am looking…you have to beg them to get one. No so at Barnes and Noble…

  15. brenda on May 26, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    I am angry. First, I received an email that my book would ship on the 26th…now…it is backordered as of the 26th…how can that be–a brand new book??? This happens on Amazon and Overstock and Doubleday…they had better get their acts together…

  16. Diane Chamberlain on May 26, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I’m sorry that’s happened, Brenda. How frustrating. I’m the last person to understand the vagaries of the bookselling business. Where did you order it from? i hope it comes before you leave. πŸ™

  17. Lindsay on May 26, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Just a word about my experience with backorder- Last summer I went to my usual book store looking for Revolutionary Road. I had to order it and got a call the next day saying it was on backorder and it could be weeks. Being the impatient person I am, I went to a local small business bookstore and found it there. I purchased it and went up to the other store to cancel my order only to find out they’d shipped the book. So I guess it was on back order for a few hours? I had to cancel it anyway. It was silly, but i hope that’s the type of backorder you get brenda

  18. Gina on May 26, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    I picked up my copy today at Borders. Yippie! This day is finally here.

  19. Ashley on May 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    YAY! Picked up the book Sunday when I got back from camping (Lindsay- not ALL Canadian bookstores make us wait.. I know one of the ones I usually go to tries to stick as close to possible to the US date… on the other hand, another one i sometimes go to waits another whole week from the CDN date to release them :P).. and now, I have a day off work and just have to curl up on the couch and start/finish the book before my bf gets home from work– or else he’ll try and ‘prove his point’ that I am addicted to reading.
    Would that be such a bad thing??
    *clears throat* Hi, I’m Ashley, and I’m a book-aholic πŸ˜›

  20. Diane Chamberlain on May 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Bookaholics are my favorite people!

  21. Margo on May 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Ditto Ashley…I’m a bookaholic too!…and I just picked up my copy of the book, YEAH!!!!…now all I have to do is finish my other book (140 pages left to go) and I can start ‘SECRETS’…I CAN HARDLY WAIT!!!! (-o: (-o: (-o: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Diane Chamberlain on May 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Everybody, my dear friend and writing buddy, Emilie Richards, interviewed me on her blog today. You can see it here, so hop over there if you get the chance.
    Whenever someone asks me for suggestions of books to read when they run out of mine, I tell them to read Emilie–and not just because she’s my friend. She’s a wonderful writer and her stories are both heartfelt and “twisty”, just the way you like them!

  23. Ann on May 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    My book arrived in mail today YAAAAAAAAAY!!!

  24. brenda on May 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    I love love love E. Richards’ books…My book has shipped-supposedly…however, the grandchildren and my daughter will be here this weekend…if it comes…I’ll sneak a peek–you know me…this is the way I read Diane…
    I read it through very quickly…to find out the ending.
    I reread it slowly to savor it.
    I reread it yearly (all of her books-no kidding)
    That’s my Diane/destressing fix…

  25. Denise on May 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

    SECRETS was on the front New Release table at the Borders where I work before the store opened on Tuesday, thanks to our awesome merchandising supervisor. I’m sorry if anyone else had a problem!
    Borders has been reorganizing under new management in order to put the company in a better financial position. Employee hours were severely cut after Christmas in order to save money…we’ve been operating on a skeleton staff. So if anyone’s SECRETS was still on a cart to be shelved when you went to buy it, that simply means that your store’s merchandising staff hadn’t gotten all of the new releases out yet and may not have had enough people to help him/her with putting them out. Shelving is an unending process, as you can imagine, and Tuesdays are the busiest shelving day since most new book, CD and DVD releases come out on that day. Not only do the merchandising staff shelve but so do the ‘back room’ staff and booksellers when they’re not busy with customers; yesterday I shelved an entire cart of new romance and manga in between helping customers. So the bottom line is: if you don’t see something, ASK. We shelve as quickly as we can, but we’re only human…
    Lindsay, are you liking that Cecelia Ahern (If You Could See Me Now)? I thought it was really charming! I want to read her new book (can’t recall the title). If you like Cecelia Ahern, you might also like Cathy Kelly and Anna McPartlin who are also Irish authors.

  26. Margo on May 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Brenda, even tho you read Diane’s books fast the 1st time, I read them slowly like you do the 2nd time so I can savor and remember everything…and like you, I re-read my fav’s…KEEPER OF THE LIGHT I’ve read 4 or 5 times now!
    Denise, our Border’s had Diane’s book out yesterday so I think they’re on the ball…I was a little irritated that it was not on the front table and I found it in the literature section, spine out…I rearranged her books and placed it FACE OUT and decided if anyone asked me what I was doing I’d tell them this was the laydown date and IT SHOULD BE FACE OUT SINCE IT’S NEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (-O: (-O: (-O:

  27. Hope on May 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I’m watching for our mail lady and hoping she’ll bring my pre-ordered SECRETS today before we leave for our son’s home. I’d love to have it to read by the pool. Congratulations, Diane!

  28. Ashley on May 28, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Halfway through Secrets.. and LOVING it so far!
    Denise– the new Cecelia Ahern book; are you thinking “The Gift” (which was the Christmas issue) or “Thanks for the Memories” (which is newly issued in mass market paperback) or another one I haven’t heard of yet? πŸ˜› I’ve read all her books that I can find- interspersed with Diane and Emilie and Jodi about 17 other authors I have in my bookshelf. Enjoy!

  29. Diane Chamberlain on May 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I’ve picked the five bookplate winners and will announce them in the next blog post, so stay tuned!

  30. Lindsay on May 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Denise- I finished “If you could see me now” last night and I agree with your word choice ‘charming’. I think all of her books that i have read (IYCSMN, A place called here, The Gift, and where rainbows end) have been exactly that-charming. I definitely want to read P.S. I love you and Thanks for the Memories. I think ‘A place called here’ may be my favourite of hers, it was just such an interesting perspective re people who vanish without a trace.
    I have now begun Secrets! I’m on nights this weekend at work so guaranteed I’ll be reading it all this weekend πŸ™‚
    Oh and Diane, I want to mention this.. My favourite of book of yours is The Courage Tree. I encouraged my mom to go out and buy the new edition and she did. I asked her tonight over the phone how she was liking it “I love it!!” so passionately. I’m glad she agrees with me on that one πŸ™‚

  31. brenda on May 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Just finished Cathy Kelly’s newest-love her books…bought the first one in London.

  32. Jo on May 28, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    My copy is on order from amazon, I can’t wait. Should be here next week.
    Over the weekend I found a copy of “Fire & Rain” the *only* I haven’t read & the one I have long searched for…just finished it last night. Fantastic. So complex & layered, & characters with so much depth. Thank you!
    I’m very much looking forward to “Secrets.”

  33. Diane Chamberlain on May 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Wow, Jo, thanks for being such a loyal reader. I’m thrilled you’re enjoying my books so much.

  34. Denise on May 29, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Margo, if Borders (or any other book store) put every single new release in a conspicuous place, there simply would not be enough space. Lol The company typically tells the stores which new releases to put on the new release fixtures and tables. Our merchandising manager is able to use some discretion, though, and he was happy to place SECRETS on our front table when I asked him to do so.
    Like Diane’s books, Cecelia Ahern is one of those authors whose books often have different titles in different countries. I had a publisher advance copy of LOVE, ROSIE but the original title here was ROSIE DUNN.
    Lindsay, I loved A PLACE CALLED HERE! I loved her perspective on missing persons/things, too. It was so interesting! I need to get THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. πŸ™‚

  35. Diane Chamberlain on May 29, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Okay, I’m going to let you all in on a dirty little secret: publishers PAY to have books prominently displayed in bookstores. They’re called ‘incentives’. If a manager knows an author is local or particularly wants to push a book, he or she can sometimes make the call as Denise’s manager did, but generally the decision is made on a corporate level because the store/chain has received $$ from the publisher for doing so. So the reality is, if you see my book on an endcap, table or near the register in a particular chain, it’s because my publisher has made a deal with that chain. All those books you see prominently displayed? Deals were made. LOL. Even those Target bookclub selections, (which are legitimately selected by Target, I hasten to add) still would never make it to the special endcap shelves without the financial support of the publisher. Sad, but true. It’s business.

  36. Margo on May 30, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Diane, last year my fav Border’s displayed CEECEE on the front table! When the reissue of COURAGE TREE came out, it was displayed nicely on an endcap.
    When I went to Border’s this past Wed SECRETS was no where to be found…I found it back in literature with the spine out…I was irritated…it should have been in front!…I moved all the copies so they could be well seen…I’m thinking the publishers made a deal with Borders and they are suppose to be in front but an employee at the bookstore must have messed up some how…so I did the right thing and made it right!! (-O:

  37. Diane Chamberlain on May 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Margo, you’re so funny! I should hire you to travel the country and move all take care of all my spine-out books! I do not think my publisher has an incentives deal with Borders, unfortunately. Just one of many things the author has no control over.

  38. beth on May 30, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    I just discovered your books and am hooked! I’ve read 4 of your books in the last week and am just finishing “Secrets.” Do you have any plans to make this a trilogy? Can’t wait to read more. Thanks for all the great reads!

  39. Diane Chamberlain on May 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    I’m so glad you discovered me, Beth! I don’t have plans to write another book about the Lockwoods, but hopefully you’ll love the book I’m working on now. Thanks for commenting.

  40. Denise on May 30, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Margo, I did the same thing last year at K-Mart: moved Diane’s book up to an eye-level shelf. I still do it. Hehe And if there is room on the literature shelf at Borders, I make sure that Diane’s books are ‘face out.’
    Another dirty little secret is that Borders is paid incentives for all of the books placed on the ‘Buy One, Get One Half-Off’ table.

  41. Margo on May 31, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Denise, you and I think alike!…I go to Border’s every Wed and if I see Diane’s books in a bad spot again, I’M MOVING THEM SO THEY CAN BE SEEN!!!!!!!!!!
    Beth, you have SO much to look forward to with reading all Diane’s books!…you’ll absolutely love them and they’re all different from each other…wonderful, wonderful novels…HAPPY READING!!
    Diane, I’d love nothing more than promoting your books and making sure they were well seen in bookstores!! (-O: (-O: (-O:…I think I’d do a fine job!!

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