Ana's Magic by Aida McKenzieWhere Secrets Lie
by Mahogany Star
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
August 2009


In her debut novel, Where Secrets Lie, author Mahogany Star pens the story of Giselle and her 3 childhood friends Shelby, Monique and Simone.  By junior high school the girls had formed a tight bond with alternating sleepovers at each other’s houses every weekend. The girls are not only pretty but they also manage to be the flyest girls in the neighborhood.  Initially the foursome was just content with upstaging their peers but a tragedy forces them to re-evaluate their lifestyles and come up with individual game plans to elevate them from the cruel Brooklyn streets.

Giselle’s path leads her to Penn State where after getting over her initial culture shock she begins to assimilate. So much so that by her sophomore year she had traded her Guess and Gucci themed gear for Abercrombie & Fitch outfits. Trips back to Brooklyn and visits from her home girls prevent Giselle from completely losing herself. However when she begins dating Darren Davenport Giselle can’t help but to lose herself. Not only is Darren a sexy, Morris Chestnut look-a-like but he’s also legitimately wealthy.

Once Darren and Giselle get married and move to a mini mansion in the suburbs of Long Island Giselle’s only worries are concerning her snobby mother-in-law, Susan. Or so she thought until she finds proof of Darren’s infidelity and lowers herself to his level when she decides that two can play that game. But in order for the game to end Giselle is going to need the assistance of not only her girls but a good criminal defense attorney because way more than her marriage is going to be at stake.

What did you like best about the book?
The story was engaging and moved quickly. There were no dull lulls. The author managed to tell the story, develop the characters without ever allowing the story to lose its entertainment value.

What did you dislike about the book?
The main characters were fresh to death and to prove so the author detailed their complete outfits from head to toe whenever they stepped out which got to be a bit of an annoyance.

How could the author improve the book?
With less clothing descriptions the book would have easily garnered 5 stars. The author definitely has an art for storytelling and made what could have easily been an okay read an engrossing one.


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