by Carol Smith Time Warner Books
Category: Fiction / Autobiography
0 pages; ISBN: 0316726346
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Anne K. Edwards
A riveting read! From beginning to end, you will not want to put this book aside for any reason. Two children are callously drowned in a car allowed to roll into the Mississippi River and the mother, artist Susan Lockhart, stands accused before a New Orleans court. She offers no defense and her husband is in shock. Old school friends are stunned and find it hard to accept that their quiet and unassuming friend could do such a thing. They were sure the marriage had been happy and the children loved by both parents, but the fact that a quarrel occurred worked against their friend. Could she have done it? The story is told by the skillful weaving of the past into the present with gradual unfolding of their lifelong connections with each other. Tragedies that occurred during their young years drew their bonds even tighter, the strange death of one of their number and the suicide of Susan's brother as he was on the verge of career advancement. Hidden Agenda will surprise and please the reader with the depth of the characters and how real they all seem. This is a tale that could have come from the news with interviews of old friends of the accused instead of being a work of fiction so well is it written. Highly recommended as a book you will thoroughly enjoy.