Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  16 March  2021

Format: E-Arc

Pages: 336

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Source: NetGalley

Blurb

Four days…
Trapped in a well, surrounded by dirt, scratching at the walls trying to find a way out.
Four days of a thirst so strong, that when it finally rains, I drink as much as possible from the dripping walls, not even caring how much dirt comes with it.

Six months…
Since my escape. Since no one believed I was taken to begin with – from my own bed, after a party, when no one else was home…
Six months of trying to find answers and being told instead that I made the whole incident up.

One month…
Since I logged on to the Jane Anonymous site for the first time and found a community of survivors who listen without judgment, provide advice, and console each other when needed.
A month of chatting with a survivor whose story eerily mirrors my own: a girl who’s been receiving triggering clues, just like me, and who could help me find the answers I’m searching for.

Three days…
Since she mysteriously disappears, and since I’m forced to ask the questions: will my chance to find out what happened to me vanish with her? And will I be next?

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Review

Thank you so much to St Martin’s Press for providing me with a copy of The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!

Terra says she was kidnapped and kept in a well until she escaped, covered in dirt. The only problem is, no-one can find this well, and there’s no evidence anyone ever broke into her Aunt’s house to take her. Even the book she says the kidnapper left for her – a fairytale about a girl and a well – doesn’t exist. The reception from Terra’s town goes from sympathetic to scornful in the blink of an eye. With no-one to believe her, including her aunt and her therapist, Terra turns to an online forum for victims of crime, where she finally feels at home. Can the people online help her figure out what really happened to her and track down the kidnapper? Or will she end up helping them instead.

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep was an interesting concept, but it didn’t keep me as engaged as I hoped it would. I really enjoyed a lot of the lead up and the ‘did it really happen?’ mystery, but I wanted the ending to blow my mind and it…didn’t. Unfortunately, I can’t actually say what it was that disappointed me about the conclusion to the mystery, without spoiling the ending, but it was something that took the story from an intriguing thriller into a confusing and lackluster end. However, I think the story up to that point was good enough on its own to make it an enjoyable and quite unique read

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