I received this book for free (hey, thanks!) in exchange for an honest review. I promise that this does NOT affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For real.All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban
Genres: Young Adult, Mystery/Thriller
Published by Harper Collins on March 17th 2020
Format: eARC (400 pages) • Source: Publisher
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This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.
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What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill … or else everyone dies.
Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead. As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something. And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?
Honestly I’d been stuck in a reading rut for a couple of months when this tour was coming around. Luckily, I had two bookish friends buddy read this book and discuss how addicting it was for the less-than-a-day it took them both to read it. I decided this would be the perfect thing to read to break myself from my reading problems!
I’m a huge sucker for books with the kind of “Breakfast Club” setup, especially if it involves some murder mystery elements. I’d been burned by this kind of book before though so I was cautiously optimistic for ALL OUR TWISTED SECRETS. There’s a fine line between successfully using those “stereotypes” in a logical and realistic way, and relying on them to much to create the characters. I don’t like when the “mean girl” trope is too much because I just think it paints the wrong picture. Plus, I hope and think we’ve gone a bit beyond the traditional cliques in high school. I know they still exist but acting like they’re the end-all, be-all doesn’t seem to be true anymore.
This book was EXTREMELY well-plotted, alternating perfectly between the past and the present. Something would be said in the room in the present and then the next chapter set in the past would provide background and context to that piece of information. I found myself racing through the pages, constantly wondering what might happen next to advance the connections between these characters.
I have to admit – most of the ending really surprised me! I think I figured *something* out around the 80% mark but was surprised to learn a few more things. No spoilers, but wow – this was a great debut. I will definitely be reading whatever else Urban writes!
About the Author
I’m Diana Urban, and I write dark, twisty thrillers for teens including All Your Twisted Secrets (HarperTeen, March 17th 2020). When I’m not torturing fictional characters, I’m a marketing manager at BookBub, a leading book discovery platform. Outside the bookish world, I live with my husband and cat in Boston, and enjoy reading, video games, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance.