Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim. But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all. Now nobody—friends, neighbors, or even the sexy stranger with his own connection to the case—is beyond suspicion. Sensing that someone is following his every move, Mac struggles to come to terms with his true feelings towards Connor while scrambling to uncover the truth.
I was in the mood for a mystery that really made me think, and Keep This To Yourself checked off that box, and more.
The setting is perfect – a small beach town full of secrets, where everyone knows everybody’s business. I immediately connected with Mac, and his determination to hold onto strained childhood friendships in the wake of a tragedy. He’s fiercely loyal to his murdered friend, Connor, and the fluctuating emotions he feels are genuine and portrayed well. Mac’s budding romance with Quill is quick, but totally sweet, and they share the goal of finding the serial killer.
Tension-filled scenes had me reading late into the night, and I finished over half of this book in one sitting. At some point, I suspected nearly everyone, and the twist at the end is part of something that occurred to me, but I convinced myself I was wrong.
Keep This To Yourself is a clever YA mystery full of red herrings, an endearing narrator (and he works in a library!), shocking twists, and touch of romance. I enjoyed it from beginning to end, and I’m looking forward to this author’s next book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.