I received a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Are some secrets worth dying for?
Sixteen-year-old Aimee doesn’t like to touch people. One touch and she sees their past. One graze over her skin and she can see all the good and bad deeds a person has ever done. It isn’t until a bomb explodes during lunch that she realizes exactly how many dirty secrets the students in her school harbor – or exactly how far one of them would go to keep his secrets safe.
In the aftermath of that fateful day of the bombing Aimee is brushed by a fellow student as they are caught in the mob running for their lives. Images of tortured and murdered young girls rise up to choke her. The problem is, Aimee doesn’t know who touched her. Somewhere in this school a fellow student is a killer, and Aimee is the only one that can find him before he murders again.
With the help of her friends Aimee must sift through her stolen memories to determine clues. The quest to find a killer unravels the very fabric of her carefully woven life. He won’t stop until he silences her- for only she knows all his secrets. She will have to summon all of her inner strength to decide what she must do: hunt or be hunted. Are some secrets worth dying for?
Genre(s): Young adult
Pages: 171 (estimated)
The world outside sees me as Goth. They see a quiet young girl; her bleach blonde hair dyed black, sporting a nose ring and no makeup; covered head to toe in clothing. I am never without gloves on my hands. They whisper behind my back, thinking up all kinds of crazy mysterious illnesses that could have possibly ravished my body. Everyone has a theory as to why I choose every day to wear clothes that cover ninety percent of my body, no matter what the temperature.
The book introduces you to 16-year-old Aimee. She doesn’t like to touch people as she automatically learns all about their past when this happens. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With The Haunting of Secrets, Shelley R. Pickens has created an intriguing story of a girl who tries to keep to herself. Her secret is only known to Mary who adopted her four years before and to her friend Dejana. When a bomb explodes at lunch time, life is getting harder. Some classmates are killed or hurt and when trying to get to safety, someone touches her arm. This boy knows that she now knows his secret. The Haunting of Secrets is a very gripping read with a three-dimensional main character; the more I learned about her, the more I liked her. Shelley R. Pickens develops the story in a great way – it gets more and more thrilling as the story proceeds. I was drawn into the story right away, was really close to Aimee and all events. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel! The Haunting of Secrets is a great read for young adults as well as fans of paranormal and mystery reads.
This a book to read again. Highly recommended.
About the author
Shelley Pickens has been in love with anything and everything on the dark side of paranormal since the time she learned to read. After 15 years of teaching Spanish to high schoolers, she decided to take her unique firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy. When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga. Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. In her spare time she is an avid reader of all types of genres. THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.
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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Haunting of Secrets? Or – if you did not yet read The Haunting of Secrets – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If The Haunting of Secrets was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂