Secrets, Lies & Scandals [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]

Secrets, Lies & Scandals [Book Review, Tour & Giveaway!]
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Title: Secrets, Lies & Scandals
Author: Amanda K. Morgan
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Published Date: 5th July 2016
Rating: 3 Stars
*Thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club for the review
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Synopsis: In the tradition of I Know What You Did Last Summer and How to Get Away with Murder, five teens must overcome their
paranoia in order to keep their teacher’s death a secret in this fast-paced
suspense thriller.

Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret…especially
when it involves a dead teacher.

Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until
her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only
if the rest of the group can keep quiet.

Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s
been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose
everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.

Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect,
though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is
nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include
murder charges.

Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t
looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a
murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his
life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.

Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about
the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to
be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.

With the police hot on the case, they don’t have
much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead,
you have to be first in line…and that’s the quickest way to get stabbed in the
back.


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Review: Secrets, Lies and Scandals was a book I
wanted to pick up because it reminded me a bit of The Secret History by Donna Tartt when I read the synopsis. Sadly,
I wasn’t able to love that book so I was hoping I could read this one and enjoy
it even more than that one! Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be… Although I did
really like this book at the beginning, it fell kind of flat for me at the end.
I just want to clarify that although this book does share
the same premise as The Secret History, it’s
also noticeably different. For starters, it’s a YA book and that’s already a
pretty big difference. As well as that, this one is a group of five students
who aren’t friends being involved in a murder, instead of a number of friends
who are. And I think it’s just that much harder to trust people who aren’t your
friends to not turn you in.
This book deals with multiple points of view – all five
of the friends. I wasn’t too worried about this because you managed to get a
good taste for each of the characters and the way in which they acted. I never
felt a lack of depth due to the switching of points of views.
There’s Ivy, the popular girl who has fell from her
pedestal. Mattie who is gay and has a long distance boyfriend he feels he can’t
trust when he isn’t there. Kinley is a confident, goody-two-shoes with a big
family reputation to live up to. Tyler is a juvenile delinquent and Cade is the
rich kid.
All of them are very different and have different
attitudes. But more importantly, each of them has a secret they are protecting
or worried about protecting that is separate from the murder. I found those
secrets to be incredibly interesting and I love how the author dragged out the
suspense in those cases. And quite a lot of the discoveries were pretty
scandalous, actually. And I was impressed.
The blame game going on, when they all agreed to keep the
murder the secret but then were going crazy from paranoia was so interesting!
It made things all the more suspenseful and the anticipation built as I wondered
who would take the fall.
But I have to be honest. This book was building up to be
a strong four stars, which was watered down to a three stars because of the
flop of an ending. It’s not terrible, but for the level of suspense the book
was arousing – it was pretty disappointing. I wish it could have ended in
another way. What a shame >.>
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Quotes: “Delinquency…
is an art. It’s all about the things you do wrong versus the things you’re
caught doing wrong.”
“There was actually a certain freedom in total
destruction.”
Olivia’s Question: Are you good at keeping secrets?

Olivia-Savannah x


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