The Secret Thief
Judith Jaeger

Reader's comments.

I was hooked on the first page of The Secret Thief. It was poignant, bittersweet, and so well written that I found myself sorry to read the end...Judith Jaeger's writing is so exceptional that I could find myself inside the character, forgetting for a while that I was reading a book, and experiencing everything Connie did.

Judy Yerka, Massachusetts

Just a quick note to tell you I am a little over halfway through The Secret Thief. I am really having trouble putting it down! You are an excellent writer and I am more than enjoying your book. I love your writing style. Let me know when you finish your next book.

—Lynda Harvey, Massachusetts

I just finished your book and loved every page. I was into it from the very beginning and just could not rest at night without reading at least a few chapters. I think that it needs a sequel already. I actually thought that the ending would be different but was not disappointed. Keep up the good works.

—Eleanor Grace Thiel, New York

" With the publication of The Secret Thief, Judith Jaeger emerges as a powerful and exciting new voice in fiction ...utterly compelling and psychologically astute."

—Marc D. Feldman, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
University of Alabama; author of Playing Sick?


We all lie to ourselves.

There are small lies, big lies and dangerous lies, like the one 
Connie Grey tells herself. Just out of college in the mid-1990s, Connie is convinced that her mother loves her, even as she endures constant emotional abuse and manipulation. This lie masks a much more sinister abuse that threatens Connie's life. The Secret Thief is Connie's journey to truth and, ultimately, her freedom and independence.

Read excerpts of The Secret Thief.

The Secret Thief is published by Behler Publications.

Connie Grey is a champion distance runner with a chronic stomach ulcer, a wry sense of humor and kleptomania. She is spending the summer with her grandmother in the fictional town of Green Hill, New Hampshire, helping to pack up the family homestead for a move. Connie 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 what they seem. As Connie reveals 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.



May 6, 6:30 p.m. Merriam-Gilbert Public Library, West Brookfield, Mass.
I’m teaming up with my friend and fellow author M.P. Barker (a.k.a. Michele Barker) for a reading and signing featuring The Secret Thief and Michele’s debut novel A Difficult Boy. While our stories are quite different, they both focus on coming of age and learning about relationships—how to be friends instead of enemies. And both books are great reading for adults and young adults alike.

May 8, 6:30 p.m. Charlton Public Library, Charlton, Mass.
I’ll be discussing my road to publication at a gathering sponsored by the Friends of the Charlton Public Library.

May 20, time TBA (around 6-6:30 p.m.) Ames Free Library, North East, Mass.
I’ll be joining M.P. Barker and fellow author Marissa Doyle (author of Bewitching Season) for a reading and signing.

May 28, 7 p.m., East Longmeadow Public Library, East Longmeadow, Mass.
You get to hear four authors at this reading and signing! M.P. Barker and I will be joined by D. Dina Friedman, author of Escaping into the Night and Playing Dad’s Song and Michelle D. Kwansey, author of Baby Blue and Itch. Don’t miss this one!