KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF by Tom Ryan
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KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF

Age Range: 14 - 18
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A year after his friend’s murder, a boy finds a clue that propels him to start his own investigation.

Mac lives in Camera Cove, once famous only for its picturesque scenery. That was before the serial killer who murdered four people struck, leaving a clipping from an old catalog on each victim. The police found evidence of a drifter’s involvement, but the culprit was never identified. One victim was Connor, Mac’s close friend, for whom he harbored secret feelings. Now, the summer after graduation, Mac and his friend group have scattered, most hoping to move on. But without closure, Mac feels stuck until he discovers a note Connor left him the night of his murder. Riddled with guilt, Mac makes it his mission to find out what happened. Under the guise of collecting donations for a rummage sale, he visits the families of each victim, seeking clues. Quill, one victim’s cousin, becomes a partner in his investigation—and maybe something more. As Mac works out theories, he uncovers far more than he ever could have imagined, and he’s forced to rewrite everything he thought he knew. When the truth finally reveals itself, it’s breathtakingly chilling. Set across the lush backdrop of an oceanside vacation town, the mystery unfurls like a thick fog, eerie and wholly immersive. Most characters are assumed white; Quill is biracial (black/white).

A tightly plotted mystery with an unforgettably unnerving reveal. (Mystery. 14-18)

Pub Date: May 7th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-8075-4151-7
Page count: 368pp
Publisher: Whitman
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2019




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