Title: All Your Twisted Secrets
Author: Diana Urban
Date of publication: March 17th 2020
Print length: Hardcover, 400 pages
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Thriller
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Writing Quality 5/5, Character Development 4/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 3/5, Intellectual Depth 5/5, Originality 3/5, Overall 4/5.
I came by mistake to this book, and when I saw its cover I knew I have to read it! I know it might be foolish of me to judge a book by the cover, so I cast an eye over the description, and I was convinced; I knew what I had to do! I went immediately on Amazon and bought the ebook version so I can start reading right away.
Six teenagers have been chosen to take part in a dinner party with the mayor to honour their performances and the scholarships they all gained. In no time, they discovered they have been caught in a trap. Somebody has locked them into the dining room with a syringe filled with poison, a bomb and a note. The note loaded them with fear by saying they have to kill somebody or everyone else dies within an hour. They all tried to retrace the events from last year to see who might have wanted to hurt them. Soon enough, it becomes crystal clear that everyone has secrets to hide.
With the clock ticking and the fear rising, who is going to snap first and who is going to get killed?
At first, the book can be a bit tedious, but after the first two chapters it grabs you like a shark, and it doesn’t let you go until you finish it. Knowing this is Diana Urban’s first book, we can turn a blind eye, can’t we? Were you to ask me, this book is quite a marvellous debut. It is action-packed and I just couldn’t put it down. Just like Kaira Rouda says: ‘It keeps you guessing until the very end’. The plot is cleverly made and makes you question the clues and assumptions most of us are looking for while reading a mystery book.
The characters are fascinating. Right when you think you know how their mind works and the reasons why they are doing what they’re doing, your whole world falls apart because you realize you actually don’t know anything. As you might have already realized, they are round characters. The action somehow floats around Amber, the story being told from her perspective. She manages with a lot of bravery to keep the situation under control. But after all, is she actually that brave or is there something behind that bravery of hers…
Last but not least, the way it is written. All the chapters are just the right length and each of them ends powerfully by keeping you at the edge of your seat. The words used are mainly from the most common ones, but it still has some rare and unique ones(‘abhorrent’, ‘blotchy’). I am not a native English speaker and it didn’t find it difficult to read.
Just like every good book, this one has a moral too. Even if you try your best to hide something, it will eventually see the light. And the worst part, you won’t see it coming. The best way to avoid all of these is not to lie.
Another thing is that it doesn’t matter how hard you think something through, there will always be the element of surprise. Our brains are unpredictable and some things can’t be seen from afar.
And now, one more reason to make you read this stellar book; If you were a fan of ‘One of Us Is Lying’ by Karen M. MacManus and ‘The Midnight Lie’ by Marie Ruthkoski, you will definitely love this one!
Overall, while reading I felt like crying for some characters, slap others, and hug the rest. It keeps you breathless and without a doubt it is epic! I definitely recommend this new and exciting novel!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.