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.
TITLE: The Truth About Keeping Secrets
AUTHOR: Savannah Brown
PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire
PUBLISH DATE: April 7, 2020
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I heard the universe laugh. One tragedy doesn't disqualify you, it said. There’s still a lifetime of mild irritation to look forward to.”
The Truth About Keeping Secrets is a stellar debut from Savannah Brown. It’s centered on Sydney who just recently lost her father in a car accident. Her father, the psychiatrist in a small town, knew everyone’s secrets and Sydney is finding it difficult to accept his death as accidental. When the beautiful and popular June Copeland shows up to her father’s funeral, Sydney needs to know why.
There are a lot of issues addressed in The Truth About Keeping Secrets, grief and all its many emotions is what hit me the strongest but it also explores sexuality and social pressures. Interestingly, I thought this was going to be more of a thriller/mystery and I have to say, I like it all the more for what it wasn’t.
The writing is absolutely beautiful and flawless. I loved the way Ms. Brown wrote Sydney – deeply flawed, she has this dry sarcastic sense of humor she uses as a way to cope with all the craziness that life is throwing at her.
Fantastic debut by a gifted new writer! I’m looking forward to what Ms. Brown does next. A big thank you to Sourcebooks Fire for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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