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Told in two interwoven timelines—the summer when everything changed, and the summer that changes everything—Where Secrets Lie is a seductive thriller as dark as it is enthralling. Amy Larsen has spent every summer with her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy in River Run, Kentucky, loving country life and welcoming the break from her intensive ambitions and overbearing Told in two interwoven timelines—the summer when everything changed, and the summer that changes everything—Where Secrets Lie is a seductive thriller as dark as it is enthralling. Amy Larsen has spent every summer with her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy in River Run, Kentucky, loving country life and welcoming the break from her intensive ambitions and overbearing mother—until the summer she and Teddy confront the changing feelings and simmering sexual tension growing between them, destroying the threesome's friendship in a dramatic face-off. One year later, Amy returns to River Run dreading what she might find. But when Teddy's sister disappears, Amy, Ben and Teddy agree to put aside their differences to search for her. As they dig deeper into the dark history of their small town, all three friends must unearth the truths that tie their families to tragedy, cope with their own toxic upbringings and beliefs, and atone for the damage done to each other and themselves.


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Told in two interwoven timelines—the summer when everything changed, and the summer that changes everything—Where Secrets Lie is a seductive thriller as dark as it is enthralling. Amy Larsen has spent every summer with her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy in River Run, Kentucky, loving country life and welcoming the break from her intensive ambitions and overbearing Told in two interwoven timelines—the summer when everything changed, and the summer that changes everything—Where Secrets Lie is a seductive thriller as dark as it is enthralling. Amy Larsen has spent every summer with her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy in River Run, Kentucky, loving country life and welcoming the break from her intensive ambitions and overbearing mother—until the summer she and Teddy confront the changing feelings and simmering sexual tension growing between them, destroying the threesome's friendship in a dramatic face-off. One year later, Amy returns to River Run dreading what she might find. But when Teddy's sister disappears, Amy, Ben and Teddy agree to put aside their differences to search for her. As they dig deeper into the dark history of their small town, all three friends must unearth the truths that tie their families to tragedy, cope with their own toxic upbringings and beliefs, and atone for the damage done to each other and themselves.

30 review for Where Secrets Lie

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chloe Gong

    If you like angst, mystery-solving, and generational secrets wrapped up with dark and beautiful writing, you will LOVE this book. *chefs kiss*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    I heat blaring Switzerland a theme: here comes another let’s meet in the middle: it’s okay but not great reading experience. Solid, twisty, thrilling young adult story including trigger warning, sensitive topics! Ms. Gibson told a complex, heart pounding, action packed story via interwoven timelines: so we can gather the puzzle pieces about friendship trio’s relationship dynamics, their estrangement, their teaming up to solve the mystery behind the kidnapping of Teddy’s sister. The heroine Am I heat blaring Switzerland a theme: here comes another let’s meet in the middle: it’s okay but not great reading experience. Solid, twisty, thrilling young adult story including trigger warning, sensitive topics! Ms. Gibson told a complex, heart pounding, action packed story via interwoven timelines: so we can gather the puzzle pieces about friendship trio’s relationship dynamics, their estrangement, their teaming up to solve the mystery behind the kidnapping of Teddy’s sister. The heroine Amy Larsen spends her summer with River boys ( people call them with this name including her mother) : her cousin Ben and Ben’s best friend Teddy! Teddy and Amy’s sexual awakening, blooming intimacy ruined the untold rules of their threesome friendship. Now their life changes with tragedy. Teddy’s sister is missing and the ex best friends come together to find her whereabouts even though it drags them into chaos because by digging up the mystery behind missing girl brings out the townies’ skeletons perfectly hidden in their closets. As the secrets come out, three of them finally realize they crossed the lines and put their lives in danger. We are bombarded with so many triggering subjects during our read which may be a little compelling and exhausting. There are enough sensitive subject material in this book can be used for at least 3 books including mental health, child neglect, physical abuse, serial killer, domestic violence, homophobia , serial killer etc. It could a little time for me to get into the story. I think the first %15 of the book was a little slow paced, you need to be patient enough not give up on this journey! The characters are one dimensional and a little annoying to empathize with. Especially Amy acted like whining toddler/ spoiled brat : I want to scream at her face to shut the hell up too many times. River boys were okay. Neither I liked them nor I hated them. Overall: after getting through first bump at the beginning, the book’s pacing gets better. The author dealt with so many sensitive topics at the same time which affected the credibility of the story a little bit but conclusion was well wrapped. I would give more stars if I feel a little sympathy for heroine. It’s definitely solid three starred reading for me. I couldn’t connect with characters but mystery part of the story presented well and it was engaging. I still want to read more works of the author. Special thanks to Netgalley and Simon&Schuster’s Children Publishing for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amber (The Book Bratz)

    I’m ready to have my heart broke again

  4. 4 out of 5

    Carlene Inspired

    Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. A young-adult mystery thriller that feels almost a touch too real for comfort. Three best friends held together by familial bonds and summers spent running wild and free. The summer of 16 pushed them apart, putting a school year's worth of space and silence between them, but the summer of 17 holds promise of connecting again. Amy, Ben, and Teddy feel the pull to be together, even when they're mad at one another. The summer pulls them together again Find this review and others at Carlene Inspired. A young-adult mystery thriller that feels almost a touch too real for comfort. Three best friends held together by familial bonds and summers spent running wild and free. The summer of 16 pushed them apart, putting a school year's worth of space and silence between them, but the summer of 17 holds promise of connecting again. Amy, Ben, and Teddy feel the pull to be together, even when they're mad at one another. The summer pulls them together again, breaking the silence, allowing the silent looks and hushed connections to start once again. Then, the unthinkable happens, Teddy's sister disappears and the friends must fully set aside their differences. I did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. I was just not into it at first, Amy is so surface level, but as I kept reading I realized she is meant to be this way. She's straight up an onion character, the kind you have to peel back to understand, and only Teddy and Ben have the ability to do it. Eva V. Gibson, you're a genius writer. Learning about Amy, her past, her family's past, all of it, it just was incredibly well done. Then, you mix in a missing girl? Three friends becoming detectives on the most horrific crime? I was hooked. Where Secrets Lie is so much more than a missing child thriller, that missing child highlights the differences in society. From class differences, family secrets, money, and first love, Where Secrets Lie has a bit of it all. The secrets these kids and their parents and the community are secret? Holy SH! It's an unputdownable young adult romance thriller, the kind I think teens and younger readers will enjoy the most, but is worth picking up for any well-written novel fan. ARC provided.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Takaoka

    Family secrets, class differences and first love collide in this twisty, atmospheric thriller set in a small town in Kentucky. Amy, Ben and Teddy’s longtime summer friendship is already on shaky ground at the outset, the balance of their trio thrown off kilter by deeper feelings simmering under the surface. When an unthinkable tragedy changes everything, the story that unfolds will catch you up in its spell and leave you turning pages as fast as possible to find out what happens next. Don’t expe Family secrets, class differences and first love collide in this twisty, atmospheric thriller set in a small town in Kentucky. Amy, Ben and Teddy’s longtime summer friendship is already on shaky ground at the outset, the balance of their trio thrown off kilter by deeper feelings simmering under the surface. When an unthinkable tragedy changes everything, the story that unfolds will catch you up in its spell and leave you turning pages as fast as possible to find out what happens next. Don’t expect to get to bed early after you start reading this book!

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Reading Raccoon

    Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson is a young adult romance wrapped around a mystery that follows a trio of teens over the course of two summers. Amy returns to her mother's hometown of River Run, Kentucky every summer to spend time with her spoiled and charismatic cousin (Ben) and his best friend, the broodingly handsome Teddy. As Teddy and Amy try to figure out their feelings for each other the trio is thrown headlong into a tragedy that has drastic consequences to all three of their lives. Th Where Secrets Lie by Eva V. Gibson is a young adult romance wrapped around a mystery that follows a trio of teens over the course of two summers. Amy returns to her mother's hometown of River Run, Kentucky every summer to spend time with her spoiled and charismatic cousin (Ben) and his best friend, the broodingly handsome Teddy. As Teddy and Amy try to figure out their feelings for each other the trio is thrown headlong into a tragedy that has drastic consequences to all three of their lives. This novel is very melodramatic in both language and plot. The teenagers are emotionally volatile and the romance is super angsty. All of the parents are unreliable, selfish and possibly psychotic and the secrets within the family are twisted and sad. When something terrible occurs the three turn to each other to do their own investigation and the close contact makes it impossible for Teddy and Amy to keep a lid on their feelings for each other. But, neither of their families nor Ben wants to see them together which means a lot of push/pull and will they/won't they for most of the novel. I found Amy's character the most inconsistent of the three. In the first chapter she portrayed herself as some sort of Ice Queen using all the lessons her parents ever taught her freeze people in self-protection. I was looking forward to her coldly icing everyone out but that doesn't hold when she sees Ben and Teddy for the first time since their huge fight the summer before. Despite everything she quickly drops the entire act and never picks it up again. I never really bought her disenfranchised act in regards to her parents. When compared to what Teddy and Ben go through she comes across petty and spoiled with little to complain about except that her mom expects to her draw...really well . As for "her boys" Teddy is your typical hot brooding bad boy with a heart of gold (from the wrong side of the tracks) and Ben hides a lot of pain and secrets behind a cocky smile and a few choice words. For most of the book I found this trio and their relationship wildly unrealistic and over the top dramatic with their declarations of being together in a "world without end" and then spending most of the book angry at each other and unable to communicate. But, on the flip side it did keep me sucked in wondering what would happen next. I, personally felt that the characters and the story would be better served if they were aged up a few years. Due to their attitudes and the way they spoke they struck me as much older than the 15/16 of summer 2018 and 16/17 of summer 2019. I thought the addition of the mystery done quite well. It is a painful loss for everyone and they all handle it in different ways. Ben's obsession with solving it himself throws the characters into the action instead of what could have just been another teen romance novel with make out sessions, cigarettes and underage drinking. The police detective Darrow was probably my favorite character and he gets to be one of the few adults that isn't a total worthless P.O.S. and actually takes the kid's efforts seriously. There are a lot of red herrings and twists but a few things are pretty obvious to the reader and but sadly not the characters. Despite some of the flaws this was a juicy, immersive read that kept my interest and curious about what was going to happen next. The author is careful to point out the possible subject matter that readers may find uncomfortable and listed the names of help organizations in the back of the book. The language is pretty frank and spicy and might not be for every reader. I could definitely see this as a movie and hope some studio snatches up the rights to it! 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 My copy of Where Secrets Lie by Eva V Gibson was provided by Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for my unbiased review

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex Richards

    I have been looking forward to this book ever since reading Gibson's debut, Together We Caught Fire. She has such a stunning way with words, so much passion and angst wrapped up in each sentence. And, of course, Where Secrets Lie did not disappoint! This contemporary YA is a sharp, poignant exploration of the messy truths within class privilege, trauma, and survival. I was riveted by the intergenerational aspect and how this truly twisty story unfolded. You do not want to miss this haunting, eng I have been looking forward to this book ever since reading Gibson's debut, Together We Caught Fire. She has such a stunning way with words, so much passion and angst wrapped up in each sentence. And, of course, Where Secrets Lie did not disappoint! This contemporary YA is a sharp, poignant exploration of the messy truths within class privilege, trauma, and survival. I was riveted by the intergenerational aspect and how this truly twisty story unfolded. You do not want to miss this haunting, engrossing mystery. Highly recommend!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. While I had some issues with it, I remember enjoying Eva V. Gibson’s angsty debut, Together we Caught Fire and I was really looking forward to her follow up. Unfortunately, this one did not work for me. My biggest issue was that I was pretty incompatible with the writing style. I don’t like a lot of description or imagery and this book is over the top with the imagery and metaphors. It didn’t work for me at all and honest I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review. While I had some issues with it, I remember enjoying Eva V. Gibson’s angsty debut, Together we Caught Fire and I was really looking forward to her follow up. Unfortunately, this one did not work for me. My biggest issue was that I was pretty incompatible with the writing style. I don’t like a lot of description or imagery and this book is over the top with the imagery and metaphors. It didn’t work for me at all and honestly just really annoyed me. I’m sure there will be readers that will love this aspect of the writing, but I have very little patience for it. I thought all the relationships in this book were toxic. Amy and her whole extended family are obviously dysfunctional, but I thought the friendship between her, her cousin Ben, and her friend Teddy was pretty awful, as well. Honestly, I thought they were abusive towards each other and the way they kept coming back together over and over again was like a beaten spouse that can’t leave a marriage. Even if there were a couple of sweet or funny moments thrown in, I never stopped wanting these kids to get therapy and less-toxic friends. The whole mystery aspect of the story didn’t really work for me, either. I felt like it made the story just drag on and on, as nothing they investigated brought about the resolution. Also, my very first suspect early on in the story ended up being the villain. There were a couple of other big “secrets” that I thought were super obvious long before they were revealed. I also thought that with the heavy and serious subject matter, throwing in pages upon pages of Amy being mad at Teddy for not returning her romantic feelings in the way she wanted him to was ridiculously petty and childish. Overall, Where Secrets Lie was not for me. I didn’t connect with the writing style and could never really get on board with either the mystery or the romance. The one bright spot in the book was Ben, who I actually really disliked about half the time, but still found pretty compelling. Overall Rating (out of 5): 2 Stars

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Where Secrets Lie has a lot going on in a small novel. It just has too much side story going on to focus on what the author's message is for this book. It will find an audience, it was just too busy for me. The relationships are jumble and the missing person story should be more focused in on. Where Secrets Lie has a lot going on in a small novel. It just has too much side story going on to focus on what the author's message is for this book. It will find an audience, it was just too busy for me. The relationships are jumble and the missing person story should be more focused in on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Content warning provided by the author (gosh I love when people do this!): "This story contains content that might be troubling to some readers, including, but not limited to, depictions of and references to death, kidnapping, serial murder and forensic evidence, child abuse, domestic violence, poverty, homophobia, mental health conditions, and childhood trauma." Whew, so that is a lo You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Content warning provided by the author (gosh I love when people do this!): "This story contains content that might be troubling to some readers, including, but not limited to, depictions of and references to death, kidnapping, serial murder and forensic evidence, child abuse, domestic violence, poverty, homophobia, mental health conditions, and childhood trauma." Whew, so that is a lot, and I will say, this book was rough at times, to my emotions. Knowing the author's last book, I wasn't particularly surprised, but the missing sister really did a number on me. I think because she was not just a child, but such a well-written, delightful child at that, made it so much more difficult. It did, however, also make the characters' responses seem all the more authentic. Anyway, the book is told in two timelines- last summer, and the current summer. And last summer, things got pretty messy with Amy, her cousin Ben, and her bestie/crush Teddy (the brother of the aforementioned missing sister). So when they first meet back up in the current summer, things are awkward from whatever happened last summer. Only, that all gets pushed to the back burner when Teddy's sister goes missing. So not only do we need to figure out what went on there, we need to understand what led up to it. I will say this: I figured out what had happened fairly early in the book. I don't necessarily think it was super obvious, so I was pretty proud of myself. (And if you figure it out early too, let's just pretend we're both really really smart people, and not that it's obvious, okay? Great.) But I still was eager to learn some other things, and ultimately to see the characters figure out what was happening. Because wow. Amy is kind of clueless and very spoiled. Her mom is kind of the worst, so I get it to some extent, but I felt like her cousin and friend were kind of dealing with more here? To be fair, I don't think Amy tried to compare her struggles to theirs, and tried to be cognizant of the fact that she needed to not make these things about her. Which shows growth to me, at least. Her family in general is a whole yikes. And most of the town. I guess what I am saying is there is a lot going on in this book, and most of it spoilery, so I'll leave it at that. But if you are here for the drama, you've found it! Bottom Line: It's definitely quite an emotional story, and I was absolutely pulled in to the mystery and what would become of Amy and her loved ones.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    I read Where Secrets Lie in one sitting. Much like getting swept away by a current, I was swept right into the world of River Run. Every summer, Amy Larsen lives with her grandparents in River Run, Kentucky. She loves her annual escape and the time she gets to spend with "her boys," cousin Ben and neighbor Teddy. The summer of 2018 ended with a dramatic falling out between the friends and summer 2019 is off to a rocky start, but the drama is cut short when tragedy strikes. Teddy's younger sister, I read Where Secrets Lie in one sitting. Much like getting swept away by a current, I was swept right into the world of River Run. Every summer, Amy Larsen lives with her grandparents in River Run, Kentucky. She loves her annual escape and the time she gets to spend with "her boys," cousin Ben and neighbor Teddy. The summer of 2018 ended with a dramatic falling out between the friends and summer 2019 is off to a rocky start, but the drama is cut short when tragedy strikes. Teddy's younger sister, 10-year-old Nat, goes missing, and the friends are unified in their search for the truth of Nat's disappearance. As the plot progresses, the reader learns exactly what went down last summer, as well as everything the trio uncovers while playing detective. I enjoyed this fast paced mystery/thriller. While some of the twists were predictable, they weren't SO obvious that I wasn't excited when it turned out my prediction was correct. I thought the characters were well-developed and the alternating timeline was helpful both in building their backstories as well as keeping me invested in Nat. I liked that each chapter had the date at the top--I never had to ask myself which timeline I was in while reading. Given all the challenging topics in this novel, I really appreciate the inclusion of a content warning in the beginning and the resources at the end of the book. From an educator standpoint, I would (and will!) comfortably recommend this book to students in 11th and 12th grade with the requirement that they read the content warning at the beginning of the book to help decide if they're up for it. I think mature 9th and 10th graders could handle this book with parental approval, but I wouldn't actively promote it in those grades due to the content and language. Gibson, if you read this, I would definitely read a spin-off/prequel about Amy's and Ben's moms, Sam/Peter/June, and Noah! Finally, thank you so much to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for the opportunity to read this ARC in return for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    April

    Where Secrets Lie constructs a then and now story of Amy and her cousin Benny and their best friend Teddy. Spending summer in River Run, Kentucky has been the only joy in Amy's life, mainly because of her best friends. However, in the summer of 2019, Teddy's little sister Natalie goes missing, and when her body is found it's ruled an accidental drowning. However, the trio suspects foul play and dives into the mystery while sorting out new romantic dynamics in the group. I think this book was tryi Where Secrets Lie constructs a then and now story of Amy and her cousin Benny and their best friend Teddy. Spending summer in River Run, Kentucky has been the only joy in Amy's life, mainly because of her best friends. However, in the summer of 2019, Teddy's little sister Natalie goes missing, and when her body is found it's ruled an accidental drowning. However, the trio suspects foul play and dives into the mystery while sorting out new romantic dynamics in the group. I think this book was trying way too hard to be like a Karen M. McManus book but couldn't stay away from the dramatics. The romantic push-and-pull between Teddy and Amy was exhausting and took away from the mystery, the real interesting part of the story. I didn't really understand why there were 2018 flashbacks because it didn't set up much other than a blow-out "fight" which consisted of them shouting profanity at one another, which happened almost every chapter anyways. All of the main characters were crappy people, so it was hard to root for them or want them to succeed. The number of rude jokes and language was so over the top to the point of being annoying. I liked following the mystery but the romance really dragged the plot down. I also liked the genuine discussions of economic disparity and Amy's complacency with her economic privilege compared to Teddy and Natalie. I guessed some of the twists but the big reveal was a little bit of a shock. There were too many failures in this novel for me to give it a stellar review, but I can understand why some people really enjoyed it. I would recommend a Karen M. McManus book instead or something by Jennifer Lynn Barnes to satisfy a mystery reader. This was too bogged down in romantic dramatics and plot meandering for it to be a success in my eyes. 2/5 I received this title courtesy of Netgalley and Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    Where Secrets Lie, by Eva V. Gibson, combines mystery, romance, thriller, and family drama all into one intense read. Every year Amy looks forward to spending her summers in River Run, Kentucky. There she spends her days with her cousin Ben and a friend named Teddy. That is, until the summer, she and Teddy change the dynamics. By exploring the tension that has been building between the two. She was worried that she had ruined everything and dreaded returning the following year. Only, other even Where Secrets Lie, by Eva V. Gibson, combines mystery, romance, thriller, and family drama all into one intense read. Every year Amy looks forward to spending her summers in River Run, Kentucky. There she spends her days with her cousin Ben and a friend named Teddy. That is, until the summer, she and Teddy change the dynamics. By exploring the tension that has been building between the two. She was worried that she had ruined everything and dreaded returning the following year. Only, other events have swamped any fear she could have had on that front. Teddy's sister has gone missing, and that is the start of something much darker. Where Secrets Lie is a roller coaster of a read. It's dark and intense and has more than one surprise lying in wait. This is by far one of the more descriptive thrillers I've read this year, and I hope that is saying something. Honestly, this is a perfect book for a quick and fun thriller read, if that is what you're looking for. However, I should probably mention that it does actually deal with several complicated and sensitive subjects (kidnapping, child abuse, homophobia, and mental health issues, just to name a few). There were times where I had trouble genuinely appreciating the narrative, especially in the earlier parts of the book. It just felt like Amy, and her situation was a little...forced? I'm not sure if that is the best description, but it is the first one that comes to mind for me. Still, I enjoyed the experience of reading Where Secrets Lie, and I'm going to look forward to seeing what Eva V. Gibson writes next. Thanks to Simon Pulse and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own. Check out more reviews over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Campbell

    Amy Larson spends her summers in River Run, KY with her cousin (Ben) and friend (Teddy). This summer is different for oh so many reasons. Amy and Teddy's failed romance of last summer is hanging in the air with unresolved emotions and when Teddy's little sister comes up missing the three make a pact to get to the bottom of things. Putting their differences aside, they join together to retrace Nat's footsteps to uncover the killer. Pros: twisty turny plot I wanted to find out what secrets the town w Amy Larson spends her summers in River Run, KY with her cousin (Ben) and friend (Teddy). This summer is different for oh so many reasons. Amy and Teddy's failed romance of last summer is hanging in the air with unresolved emotions and when Teddy's little sister comes up missing the three make a pact to get to the bottom of things. Putting their differences aside, they join together to retrace Nat's footsteps to uncover the killer. Pros: twisty turny plot I wanted to find out what secrets the town was covering up I was invested in Nat's fate and finding out who her killer was I liked the story arch of finding the murder trinkets in the house and what that might mean The adults were compelling. I wish we would have gotten more of a sneak peak into what was going on with them and how it translated into the relationships of the main characters. Cons: There was too much emphasis on the flashback of the year before and Amy and Teddy's romance I dislike it when there are years given for chapters. This is 2018/2019. It's already old in the minds of HS students. I wish it was just labeled this summer and last summer. I wanted to know more about the secrets that the adults were hiding. I figured Nat was a love child. Maybe there were too many secrets - they did not flesh them out like I would have hoped Ben was a character that was rough for me. He was an arrogant prick with very little empathy. I just cringed at times when he was the focus. Overall - I enjoyed the book. I was invested in the plot and characters. I wanted less flashback and more current time, but I really appreciated that it was told from one POV. Thank you Netgalley for the Advanced Readers Copy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Despite having a bad experience with Ms. Gibson's debut novel, I decided to give Where Secrets Lie a try because the premise looked interesting. Unfortunately, the most positive thing I can say about this book is that Ms. Gibson writes beautifully (even if her characters do sound quite mature for their age). A list of things I didn't like: -As with Together We Caught Fire, I had major issues with the underage smoking (both cigarettes and pot) and drinking as well as the pervasive strong profanity. Despite having a bad experience with Ms. Gibson's debut novel, I decided to give Where Secrets Lie a try because the premise looked interesting. Unfortunately, the most positive thing I can say about this book is that Ms. Gibson writes beautifully (even if her characters do sound quite mature for their age). A list of things I didn't like: -As with Together We Caught Fire, I had major issues with the underage smoking (both cigarettes and pot) and drinking as well as the pervasive strong profanity. -Also as with Together We Caught Fire, this felt very much like a soap opera. It's not the dark gritty themes - I can handle those - it's that once again, there was simply too much drama and dysfunction for one story. -This was billed as a mystery/thriller but is really more of a messy family drama. The mystery isn't much of a mystery at all (mostly just a trio of teens playing at detective) and most of the major plot points were predictable. What mystery there was in the story essentially suffocated under the weight of the aforementioned family drama. -Most of the characters were completely unlikeable and they said and did horrible things to each other (even the ones that were supposed to be friends). I just really did NOT like the way these kids talked to each other AT ALL. -Although there were bits and pieces of the resolution that warmed my heart, there were too many things that happened that I wasn't okay with. Bottom line: I'm afraid this author's books just aren't my cup of tea. Content notes: Pervasive strong profanity and sexual innuendo. Underage drinking and drug use. Sexual situations. Multiple mature themes and shocking imagery that is not appropriate for younger or sensitive readers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynndell

    A wonderful friendship has been injured and the three friends are holding grudges against each other. The grudges are put on hold when Nat, Teddy’s younger sister, comes up missing. I love the character development! The author does a great job bringing her characters to life. Ben’s colorful personality has grown from his dysfunctional family life full of contradictions and hypocrisy, but he’s loyal to his best friends, who are his cousin Amy and their mutual friend Teddy. Nat is precious and pre A wonderful friendship has been injured and the three friends are holding grudges against each other. The grudges are put on hold when Nat, Teddy’s younger sister, comes up missing. I love the character development! The author does a great job bringing her characters to life. Ben’s colorful personality has grown from his dysfunctional family life full of contradictions and hypocrisy, but he’s loyal to his best friends, who are his cousin Amy and their mutual friend Teddy. Nat is precious and precocious and adorable. Amy is hounded by her mother and her extreme expectations and Teddy and Nat live with their single mother in a trailer on Ben and Amy’s grandparents’ property. The three friends work together to try to figure out what happened to Nat. The timeline alternates between two summers and the changes that occurred in their relationships. The police believe that Nat drowned but the three friends know she would have never gone into the water alone. Nat was terrified of swimming after she almost drowned years earlier. As Ben, Teddy and Amy search for clues, they stumble across a trophy box from a possible serial killer. Intensity and suspense amid a large amount of dysfunction kept me reading into the wee hours of the night, 5 stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Courtney

    I can't believe I am saying this but I actually wish the author had written this as an adult novel. I would have loved for it to be a back and forth between the adults of these teens lives perspectives (then and now) and the teens perspectives of what was happening. As it is, I did not find any of the teens to be great characters. There was the female teen, shallow, rich, selfish. There was male love interest, typical "dude bro" who did not treat either of the other characters that well at any p I can't believe I am saying this but I actually wish the author had written this as an adult novel. I would have loved for it to be a back and forth between the adults of these teens lives perspectives (then and now) and the teens perspectives of what was happening. As it is, I did not find any of the teens to be great characters. There was the female teen, shallow, rich, selfish. There was male love interest, typical "dude bro" who did not treat either of the other characters that well at any point in the book. There was the gay cousin (I am not using a spoiler alert on this one because it is obvious to the reader if not to the self-centered people around him) who was the most interesting but that's probably because he was the most broken, which seems an unfair reason to like him. Yes, everybody has faults and no one should be perfect but these teens do most of their living in this book in their faults. Doesn't really make any of them likeable.

  18. 5 out of 5

    PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    WHERE SECRETS LIE is the story of three teens, Amy, her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy who meet up every summer. In 2018, after Amy declares her love for Teddy, the friendship fractures. Then, in 2019, Teddy’s little sister goes missing reuniting the trio. Narrator Amy takes herself and her relationships Very Seriously, of epic proportion like nothing ever experience in the history or the world. Though we’re all a little self-involved during adolescence, I’ve never felt that sense of life WHERE SECRETS LIE is the story of three teens, Amy, her cousin Ben and their best friend Teddy who meet up every summer. In 2018, after Amy declares her love for Teddy, the friendship fractures. Then, in 2019, Teddy’s little sister goes missing reuniting the trio. Narrator Amy takes herself and her relationships Very Seriously, of epic proportion like nothing ever experience in the history or the world. Though we’re all a little self-involved during adolescence, I’ve never felt that sense of life’s grandiosity than in WHERE SECRETS LIE. I loved Amy’s relationship with Nat, half hero-worship, half big sister though I wasn’t crazy about any of the characters. Eva Gibson strings together gorgeous words to form beautiful sentences. Word-building is the strongest component of WHERE SECRETS LIE. She certainly had talent. WHERE SECRETS LIE is an okay book, it wasn’t an particularly fun read for me. The whole wasn’t greater than the sum of the parts for me in this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caitie

    I wanted to like this, I really did, but it just wasn't for me. This was really a me issue instead of the book's issue--the writing was there, it was just a little too flowery for my taste. Too many descriptions that didn't really move the plot along. I couldn't even read a lot of it, because nothing was happening! Despite the fact that this was a mystery, I didn't feel like the stakes were very high. I didn't really care about any of our main characters. This reminded me of We Were Liars by E. I wanted to like this, I really did, but it just wasn't for me. This was really a me issue instead of the book's issue--the writing was there, it was just a little too flowery for my taste. Too many descriptions that didn't really move the plot along. I couldn't even read a lot of it, because nothing was happening! Despite the fact that this was a mystery, I didn't feel like the stakes were very high. I didn't really care about any of our main characters. This reminded me of We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, much in the same vein that you kind of knew what was going to happen but just wanted the story to actually get there. I liked the trigger warnings at the beginning, I think it was helpful as a reader to kind of know what we (as the reader) were getting into. However, I feel like this should've been a family drama or a mystery, doing both seemed like a lot for the plot to take on.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I loved how this book was written - so beautiful. It’s pretty heavy going though, and there’s a lot of stuff to wade through. Told in dual timelines - last summer and this summer - the romance between Teddy and Amy unfolds, friendships sour, Teddy’s sister goes missing, and family secrets are exposed. I picked one of the twists almost as soon as I opened the book, but it was interesting reading how it would come out. The characters weren’t super likeable - Teddy was so stuck in his ways even at I loved how this book was written - so beautiful. It’s pretty heavy going though, and there’s a lot of stuff to wade through. Told in dual timelines - last summer and this summer - the romance between Teddy and Amy unfolds, friendships sour, Teddy’s sister goes missing, and family secrets are exposed. I picked one of the twists almost as soon as I opened the book, but it was interesting reading how it would come out. The characters weren’t super likeable - Teddy was so stuck in his ways even at such a young age, and the cousins were spoilt and secure in their little dysfunctional bubbles - but you still kinda hoped they’d get a happy ever after. CW: child abuse

  21. 5 out of 5

    K

    Gorgeous and devastating, the writing here is as powerful as the story. Eva’s characters are utterly, foolishly human — so distinctive and flawed in a very real way. This book is messy, ugly, and SO well told. If you love atmospheric southern settings, arresting metaphors, and characters being absolute raging dicks to each other in a way that’s both lovable and infuriating in the best possible way, I highly recommend. I pretty much only like to read things that will make me 1) suffer and 2) obse Gorgeous and devastating, the writing here is as powerful as the story. Eva’s characters are utterly, foolishly human — so distinctive and flawed in a very real way. This book is messy, ugly, and SO well told. If you love atmospheric southern settings, arresting metaphors, and characters being absolute raging dicks to each other in a way that’s both lovable and infuriating in the best possible way, I highly recommend. I pretty much only like to read things that will make me 1) suffer and 2) obsessively re-read beautiful sentences, and this book really did the job.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shana

    A great YA mystery for anytime of year that you want that to immerse yourself in a lush landscape, a small town full of secrets, and the terror of falling for an old childhood friend. Beautiful descriptions and full characters, the protagonist Amy returns for what might be her final summer with Grandparents but tragedy strikes the small town where they live. Told in suspenseful flashbacks to the summer before and the dark present moment the book will keep you reading late into the night--though A great YA mystery for anytime of year that you want that to immerse yourself in a lush landscape, a small town full of secrets, and the terror of falling for an old childhood friend. Beautiful descriptions and full characters, the protagonist Amy returns for what might be her final summer with Grandparents but tragedy strikes the small town where they live. Told in suspenseful flashbacks to the summer before and the dark present moment the book will keep you reading late into the night--though it stands up to a slow down too! Perfect for teens and adults alike.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Angie Jenkins

    This is a story about how terrible things can pull us together I want to start by saying that the pros is beautiful, and I’ll absolutely read other works by this author. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t conned to the protagonist- she’s self absorbed to a level that would be impressive if she wasn’t so insufferable. I was very interested in the central mystery, but there were too many plot elements for it to be the focused on that. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ .💫/5 Thank you NetGalley & Simon & Schuster for this eArc

  24. 5 out of 5

    r.bookish

    this might just be a personal problem, but i literally could not get into this story. it was so boring and Amy was so dramatic and such a baby about everything that happened to her. which, honestly just got annoying after awhile. trigger warning- talk and description of death, child abuse, serial murder, kidnapping, domestic violence, poverty, homophobia, mental health issues, childhood trauma.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Moffett

    As the complications of first love and friendship unfold amid unspeakable trauma, a small-town family scrambles to preserve their image. Gibson’s stunning prose and true-to-life characters make Where Secrets Lie a riveting thriller that pulls you under and keeps you guessing until the very end. This book reveals how sparkling surfaces often conceal the darkest secrets buried underneath. An addictive page-turner perfect for fans of Karen M. McManus and Gillian Flynn.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    This book left me feeling gross. After thinking about it a bit I realized that it is because the book is just several hundred pages of pain porn. Every moment is hyper charged and intense covering incredible domestic abuse, child death, child serial killer, co-dependent love triangle drama, betrayals from every single character and serious PTSD. But nothing is handled well. It's just mined for entertainment and ultimately is super gross. Not recommended at all! This book left me feeling gross. After thinking about it a bit I realized that it is because the book is just several hundred pages of pain porn. Every moment is hyper charged and intense covering incredible domestic abuse, child death, child serial killer, co-dependent love triangle drama, betrayals from every single character and serious PTSD. But nothing is handled well. It's just mined for entertainment and ultimately is super gross. Not recommended at all!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bickering Book Reviews

    For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoICa... A slow-moving mystery that may appeal to some readers with its writing style but other readers may find it difficult to get past the dense writing. We received eARCs of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. For a more in-depth review watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoICa... A slow-moving mystery that may appeal to some readers with its writing style but other readers may find it difficult to get past the dense writing. We received eARCs of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jill Corddry

    This dark, sultry book is a stunning addition to Eva's catalogue of books. Her characters, though flawed and troubled, jump realistically off the page. Told via alternating timelines, the story weaves together a picture of two summers and the unfolding tale will have you turning the page waiting to see how both play out. This dark, sultry book is a stunning addition to Eva's catalogue of books. Her characters, though flawed and troubled, jump realistically off the page. Told via alternating timelines, the story weaves together a picture of two summers and the unfolding tale will have you turning the page waiting to see how both play out.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Ivey

    “It all came down to us, gathered once more in the place that had borne quiet witness to our history- to the beginning and end of everything. The night belonged to the flames and the trees and the call of the rapids. To Nat’s memory, woven through it all. To the three of us, huddled together beneath a dark, indifferent sky.”

  30. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Such a good book the story really sucks you into it. I loved getting to know the characters and the switching between the two summers. Teddy was a bit of an asshole but he truly cared about his sister and just wanted justice. The twist in the end with Benny liking teddy was insane and I didn't See it coming. I never wanted to put this book Down Such a good book the story really sucks you into it. I loved getting to know the characters and the switching between the two summers. Teddy was a bit of an asshole but he truly cared about his sister and just wanted justice. The twist in the end with Benny liking teddy was insane and I didn't See it coming. I never wanted to put this book Down

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