The Shadow's Secrets

Fiction - Womens
174 Pages
Reviewed on 01/20/2020
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Author Biography

Anna Casamento Arrigo was born in Sorrentini, Sicily and came to America with her family and settled in New Jersey.

After suffering a stroke, she turned to writing as a means of expressing her innermost thoughts through visionary prose. Inspired by music, poetry, and the classics of literature, Casamento Arrigo truly encompasses the breadth and scope of the written word.

Having taught inner-city students prior to her stroke, Casamento Arrigo understands full well what it means to need inspiration. Between the success found at her hands, and the successful impartation of love, creativity, and understanding, on to her five children and her 12 grandchildren, Casamento- Arrigo has accomplished a great deal.

She has penned several books, including a memoir, an electrifying romance, collections of poetry and art, as well as several children’s books.

Casamento-Arrigo continues to make great progress toward complete recovery .She is, presently,working on several additional children’s books,as well as, another memoir ,a collection of short stories,and,, two more collections of poetry!

    Book Review

Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite

The Shadow's Secrets by Anna Casamento Arrigo explores the conflicting human emotions that often leave us at a crossroads. Each action determines our final destination in life. Father Nunzio Aragona had taken an oath to serve God but, when he laid eyes on Mariella, he felt a magnetic pull like no other. Although the thought of breaking his pledge of celibacy lay heavily on him, he could not ignore the depth of his emotions. Unbeknownst to him, Mariella's husband, Paolo, was an abusive man. Mariella endured severe lashings by him, and the scars ran deep in her body, soul, and mind. Night after night, she cried herself to sleep until she found love in the arms of Nunzio. But, is an escape even possible for the priest and his beloved?

Anna Casamento Arrigo has not shied away from describing any human emotion; Nunzio's longing for Mariella, Paolo's cruelty, Mariella's bleeding heart are just a few examples of those feelings. The sincerity of the author is evident in the narration of each scene. The slow pace of the story is in harmony with the sensitive plot. Nunzio and Mariella's conversations range from religious interpretations to historical discussions. With just the right amount of twists, this book is sure to entertain readers. The Shadow's Secrets by Anna Casamento Arrigo will gradually grip you and leave you empathetic toward the characters. I would recommend it to those readers who enjoy a slow-paced drama filled with intriguing twists, contrasting emotions, an intriguing plot, and deep conversations.

Laura Imaz

The story of Mariella and Nunzio's forbidden love is told in The Shadow's Secrets by Anna Casamento Arrigo. It is a narrative of passion, desperation, and strength that fully captivates you. Mariella always seeks seclusion under a lone apple tree to escape her terrible spouse, but one day Nunzio's appearance throws her pattern off. Both of them will first make an effort to keep their distance, the wife out of dread of her husband's fury and the other unwilling to challenge his holy vows. However, as several wounded bodies begin to appear throughout the area, the duo will eventually give in to each other and begin the most difficult but rewarding trip of their life. You'll experience an emotional rollercoaster while reading this heartbreaking narrative, but you'll undoubtedly appreciate it.

The Shadow's Secrets dives into the turbulent depths of an abusive marriage while also demonstrating the resilience and beauty of love. This narrative tells a story with many intricacies. With a collection of poetry, fables, and biblical passages that give her novel an almost poetic prose quality, Anna Casamento Arrigo enchants her audience. The historical details that are deftly included in the story also greatly enhance the reading. The author does a fantastic job of portraying the characters, notably showing Paolo's abusive mentality. I felt a deep connection with Mariella because, despite facing unfathomably difficult challenges, she never loses faith in herself and triumphs over her unfortunate circumstances by battling for the freedom she so desperately wants.

K.C. Finn

The Shadow's Secrets is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, historical mystery, and interpersonal drama subgenres. It is best suited to the mature reading audience and was penned by Anna Casamento Arrigo. In this fascinating European romantic drama, we follow the tumultuous lives of Nunzio and Mariella. As a priest, Nunzio has always treated romance in an idyllic and pure manner, but when he meets the already-married Mariella, a scandal looms on the horizon. Her abusive husband Paolo is quick to target Nunzio because of his attentiveness to Mariella, so when children of the neighboring areas go missing, Paolo points the finger of blame squarely in the priest’s direction.

Anna Casamento Arrigo works wonders to deliver such a huge amount of story, content, character, and charm in such a succinct and highly readable short novel. This would make an ideal holiday read, especially for those traveling in Italy or similar climates at the time, and the recent historical setting of the 1950s gives the work a charming nostalgic feel. But there’s also a great balance between light and dark in the work, for the central mystery and the missing children pose a real danger to our romantic heroes and their future. The author brings the different strands of the plot together with effortless grace, weaving a story that is easy to follow yet impossible to put down until you know how it ends. The Shadow's Secrets cannot come highly recommended enough for mystery and romantic drama fans everywhere.

Maria Victoria Beltran

The Shadow's Secrets by Anna Casamento Arrigo is a riveting love story set in a coastal town near Palermo, Italy. As a priest in the community, Nunzio struggles for full acceptance by his parishioners. Mariella is a mysterious and beautiful woman married to an abusive husband. The two manage to spend some time together talking about classical literature, scripture lessons, poetry, nature's resilience, and the meaning of life. When their relationship turns into passionate love, it places both of them at the crossroads of their lives. Next, Nunzio is under suspicion when several children go missing and are found dead and mutilated. This is a heart-wrenching story of forbidden love that will haunt you even after you turn its last page.

Anna Casamento Arrigo's The Shadow's Secrets is a passionate love story that will make you a romantic at heart. The obstacles that keep the lovers apart are insurmountable and immediately unravel at the beginning of the novel, making it a gripping read. The author's style when writing about the attraction between Nunzio and Mariella is delicate with a hint of the spiritual. As we continue reading the narrative, we can't help but feel hatred and contempt for Mariella's husband. This roller coaster ride of emotions is perhaps what makes this book unforgettable. The storyline flows smoothly, seemingly at a leisurely pace, to give readers the time to immerse themselves in the unfolding events. Through it all, the book is a tribute to the strength that is in every woman.

Pikasho Deka

The Shadow's Secrets is a crime drama romance novel by Anna Casamento Arrigo. Raised in Palermo, Sicily, Nunzio Aragona grew up learning to cherish everything beautiful in the world. Now a priest at a small church in a countryside village in Italy, Nunzio feels compelled to break his vows of celibacy after being mesmerized by the beauty of Mariella, a young woman trapped in an abusive marriage with a man prone to violence. When her husband, Paolo, discovers their affair, Mariella ends up dying a cruel death that is blamed on Nunzio, along with the deaths of a few missing children whose bodies were brutally ravaged. Sitting in a prison cell, Nunzio is haunted by the memories of Mariella. His freedom now depends on the secrets held by a woman desperate for forgiveness.

A heartbreaking and tragic tale of love, loss, regret, and savagery, The Shadow's Secrets doesn't have a single dull page. Author Anna Casamento Arrigo uses a lot of symbolic and allegorical elements to signify the themes, which when combined with the prose, brings a sense of poeticism to the narrative that is delicious to consume. The characters are conflicted, and their inner turmoil and struggles make them riveting to read. Mariella's character arc is almost relentlessly bleak. She finds solace from her abusive marriage in the arms of her lover, only to meet a fateful end. Nunzio, on the other hand, can only go on remembering his times with Mariella. If you're a fan of tragic romance, The Shadow's Secrets is just the book for you.

Miche Arendse

The Shadow's Secrets by Anna Casamento Arrigo follows the tale of Nunzio, a cultured young man who becomes a priest in a small village in the countryside of Italy. It is there that he meets a beautiful woman named Mariella and becomes entangled in forbidden love. While the two struggle with their feelings for one another, children in the village start going missing, eventually turning up brutally mutilated. The villagers suspect Nunzio as he is the only outsider; now he must clear up the suspicions and resolve the relationship between himself and Mariella.

The Shadow's Secrets by Anna Casamento Arrigo is a beautifully written story that touches on themes of forbidden love, tested faith, and dark secrets. We are met with brilliant and well-rounded characters who display a range of depth and character development. I found myself so enthralled and engaged with this story that I actually became emotional several times throughout the book. It is truly a testament to become so emotionally involved in a story and it shows the skill and capacity of Ariggo to write such an engaging piece. The relationship between Nunzio and Mariella is one you cannot help but encourage in hopes that these characters find the happiness they deserve despite the moral grey area. All of this coupled with the murder mystery element made for such an amazing book. I would highly recommend giving The Shadow’s Secret a try. However, this book is definitely suited to mature audiences only.

Anna Casamento Arrigo

An absolutely wonderfully detailed review! The reviewer touches upon each aspect and,, most especially, the the reason why the book is/would be a great read! Well done!