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The Truth about Keeping Secrets

The Truth about Keeping Secrets – Savannah Brown

Hey, you wanna hear a secret?
Come closer.
Closer.
Ok.*whispers* this is one of my most anticipated books of the year.

Wanna know another one? I got an early copy of this and now I want to convince you that it should be on your list of anticipated books of 2019 too. So, what is it all about?

Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.
He is also unexpectedly dead.
Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?
And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?
As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.
But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know? 
THE TRUTH ABOUT KEEPING SECRETS is a page-turning, voice led, high school thriller.

If like me, you’ve been on the internet forever, you’ll know of Savannah Brown, either for her YouTube content or her blog content. While this is her debut novel, it isn’t her first brush with publishing, she released a poetry collection a little while ago, which I haven’t read because poetry and I don’t really get on, I can, however, confirm that this does not suffer from the curse of an internet famous author. The Truth About Keeping Secrets is actually a decent debut and an even more engaging and compelling suspense novel that examines some incredibly tough issues without deviating from the plot. This is a book about grief and bereavement. Sydney’s loneliness is raw and very real and her grief combined with her growing paranoia and a series of threatening messages just serves to further isolate her from everyone she knows. That is until June appears at her father’s funeral, and at his grave and at the window of his office, which is all rather sketchy but what emerges is an interesting friendship dynamic and slowly, but surely, her secrets start unfolding. At its core, this is a fast-paced, engaging thriller with enough intrigue to keep you going and so much heart that all you really want is for Sydney to be ok and June to not be a dangerous murderer.

If all that wasn’t enough, The Truth About Keeping Secrets has some amazing LGBTQA+ representation and explores race relations in small town America, both of which were done, to me anyway, in a sensitive way. I haven’t come across an author who deals with their main character’s sexuality in quite the same way as it is here – it’s quite refreshing! We don’t have a come out scene and we don’t have anything highly sexualised, we just have a teenage girl that likes girls and sometimes gets a bit of stick for it. I am singing the praises of this a bit because I was so looking forward to it and I had such an enjoyable time reading it, but I do have another secret to share with you, there were moments, that did seem a bit far fetched to me in regards to the plot, but over all, The Truth About Keeping Secrets is a compelling, suspense novel which is thoughtful and well written.

Here’s a final secret for you, I am excited for whatever Savannah Brown has up her sleeve next because I have a feeling she’s going to be one to watch.

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