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):
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.
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.
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.