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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Anna Reinhard’s world changed when she received a voicemail message from an attorney in Germany stating her grandmother had died a few hours earlier. The problem was Anna had been told an apparent lie about this grandmother when she and her family left their German hometown and moved to Los Angeles when she was a little girl. Per her grandmother’s instructions, Anna was to fly immediately to Germany, meet with the attorney and attend the funeral. She left her young daughter under her father’s care to seek some answers. What Anna discovered during this trip evolved into an uncovering of one family secret after another. And, reconnecting with a childhood friend, Peter, brought joys and challenges during this trip. Where Sleeping Lies Lie, written by M. Naidoo, is an engaging story about family and how choices made can have a long lasting impact.
This book is a captivating read from the first page to the last. Some chapters are written in the present day, while others contain writings from earlier decades. There are continual revelations, adding to Anna’s understanding of the family secrets. The author writes in an easy to read, smooth style. Each main character including Anna, Peter, her grandmother and other relatives, is well developed. Likewise, many people from the German town are introduced, sharing their memories and insights. As Anna shifts into an acceptance of the writings, understanding her own life choices grows, adding an interesting aspect to the story. Author M. Naidoo has crafted a compelling novel in Where Sleeping Lies Lie. It is an intriguing story!