All Your Twisted Secrets
There are five other people surround you at the table.
You don't know why you're all here but you know two things: there is a bomb hidden somewhere and there is a syringe filled with poison in the middle of the table.
You must all choose who will die.
The syringe will be the death of one but will mean the life of one. It is just a tantalizing arms length away and taking it would mean ensuring your own survival. Between all the shadowed expressions and haunted eyes how can you be sure of anyone if anyone is telling the truth....much the less guess their twisted little secrets.
In her debut work, Diana Urban takes All Your Twisted Secrets and lays out a steadily woven narrative laced with a high sense of anticipation that envelops you into the story as the countdown decreases chapter by chapter. This was a well thought out contemporary read that incorporates themes of self harm and suicidal thoughts, PTSD, and bullying and how the effects of these elements can have a profound effect on people. These aren't easy things to overcome and by the end of the book, you can see how the individual who orchestrated the gathering turned into a 'villian' of sorts and tried to get a form of closure and redemption by making Sasha, Diego, Robbie, Priya, Scott, and Amber come face to face with each other to unravel this game of their own making.
Altogether, I'd say this was a strong debut that peels back characters to their core and gives you an escape room tension that will build up in your chest until All Your Twisted Secrets are laid out in front of you.
All Your Twisted Secrets
by Diana Urban Publisher: HarperTeen Release Date: March 17th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary
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.
Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.
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?
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.
Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of
ALL YOUR TWISTED SECRETS by Diana Urban (US Only)
Starts: 17th March 2020
Ends: 31th March 2020