Monday, June 1, 2015

Sudden Secrets by C. Lee McKenzie


Sudden Secrets by C. Lee McKenzie

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from author; all opinions are my own


Official Summary (Feel free to just read the first couple paragraphs):  

One Secret 

Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks. 

One Mystery 

Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see. Everyone says the house is deserted, but Cleo is sure it isn’t, and she’s sure whoever is inside is watching her. 

Another Secret

In one night, Belleza’s life changes forever. So famous, her only choice is to hide her secret from the world so she can silence small town bigotry. Then Cleo happens.

Review: As I stated before the summary above, you can get by with just reading the first couple paragraphs and letting the book surprise you with the rest. I read the entire summary but I didn’t give it much thought until near the end of the book when I realized it might include a bit of a spoiler. Regardless, this book is definitely full of secrets and the suspense that goes along with that. 

Cleo has moved to a new house with her mom and grandfather after the death of her little sister. They are all grieving and trying to adjust in their own way. Cleo doesn’t feel like she has anyone to talk to and she’s obviously holding on to a lot of grief and guilt concerning her sister. Not helping matters, her father has taken himself out of the country to work in an obvious means of trying to leave the pain behind. This only adds to what the family is already going through.

Eventually, Cleo does make some new friends, but when she mentions the fact that she thinks someone is in the house across from her, which is supposed to be empty, she finds herself in a quest for more information. It doesn’t take long for Cleo to find some answers, but when she does, she’s desperate for her friends to leave the house alone. This book is full of interesting, eclectic characters that all seem to have a story of their own. Secrets abound, and not just those that Cleo hides. 

Sudden Secrets is a book about love and family, heartbreak and grief. It’s also about finding your way in life and making new beginnings.


16 comments:

Melliane said...

I didn't know about this one but it sounds interesting, quite intense and full of mystery. thanks for sharing.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I just hate it when summaries are spoilerish, even when it's just for the previous book. Or, even worse, when they pretty much recap the whole thing. But other than that, this sounds intense and really heartbreaking, which I'm sometimes in the mood for.

Kirsty-Marie Jones said...

Okay, I read the whole summary, and you're right, it's best to not read that last one because if it goes where I think it was going to go, definitely spoilery. Sounds like it's relate-able though, and has a bit of everything.:)

Erika Sorocco said...

Sounds like it has such an ominous feel to it - due to the mystery and secrets. I think I would like this one!

xx

Kindlemom said...

I love that this was full of secrets and suspense! Wonderful review. I'll have to keep this in mind, I always love a good mystery in the summer time. :D

Brandi Kosiner said...

Love books with a focus on family

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

Sounds like a lovely, emotional journey. I haven't seen this one, but I am curious now.

Jasprit said...

This book sounds like it has a lot going on for it! So I'm really glad that you were able to enjoy it! Great review! :)

Joyous Reads said...

The book cover definitely gives it an air of mystery and danger, though, doesn't it? But I love that it's so much more than what the summary gives us.

Jennifer Humphries said...

You find the best books! I am totally intrigued and want to know what secrets the house across the way holds!

Claudia Arroyo said...

I'm actually reading a book right now that sounds strangely familiar to this one (it's called Nightbird). I do enjoy narratives that entail secrets and mysteries :)

Tracy Terry said...

Sounds like tissues will be required with this one. Great review, thank you.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Sounds kind of spooky!

Jillian Lopez said...

OMGS FEWFJ now I want to read this soon! It sounds mysterious, and I love the plotline. I have a feeling Cleo develops well in this book! :) This is my first time hearing of the book, and now I want to read it. Thanks so much for the review! I'll look it up in GR. <3

Jillian @ Jillian's Books

Sharons Book Nook! said...

I haven't heard of this one before but I do like the sound of it. Great review.

cleemckenzie said...

Hi and thanks so much for reading and reviewing Sudden Secrets. I've been hiding in my writing cave and taking a break from social media, so I'm late to the party. I always enjoy my visits here to read your reviews, but today was special. :-)