Blurb (as on Goodreads):
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.
Sydney loses her dad-the only psychiatrist in a small Ohio town, and that pushes her into the world of depression and crazy pass times, including watching random people die again and again. But what makes it all suspicious is July Copeland’s sudden involvement in her life right after her father’s accident and creepy messages saying that her Dad’s death was in fact, a murder. Sydney, with the help of June, deals with her grief, but the messages won’t stop coming and no one is ready to believe Sydney until she meets Leo.
‘The Truth About Keeping Secrets’ is a look into the mind of a teenager who had lost her father and a child trying to connect with her mom so that they can share their pain. It is also about finding love in the craziest of situation. While the mystery unfolds very slowly, we get to see Sydney’s dynamics with her friends at school and at the support group she is forced to attend.
The story also brings out the dangerous consequences of a toxic relationship and that it is important to talk to people about it and get out of it as soon as possible. The book is essentially YA, the pace is fast and the writing is pretty simple. The plot feels like a drag sometimes, but that also helps us to get to know the very few characters well (and take our mind off the stalker).
*Thank you Netgalley and Penguin Books for the e-ARC. All opinions are my own*