Because of the Secretby Published 17 May 2018
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Brimming with expectation and anticipation, Because of the Secret will take you on a journey with six young people whose lives are changed forever after one unexpected night.
The implications of the incident they all played a part in and the outcomes of the event will engulf them, plague them, and mould them into people they never thought they would be. The events of that night rip them to shreds, and in trying to hide the truth, they are pulled apart from the inside out.
Sebastian, Charlotte, Tarni, Kyle, Rebecca, and Zoe are living normal teenage lives when their whole world is turned upside down and they struggle to cope with the secret they keep. You will get to know them, see aspects of yourself in them, and care for their wounds and tragedy. Their journey will become yours as you join in their joy, love as they love, and grieve for their dreadful losses.
This story is filled with passion of all kinds: anger and remorse, fear and hatred, love and regret, and lives torn apart at the seams. You will be drawn in and touched as these teenagers try to survive the next ten years of their lives, keeping a secret that will unravel them to the depths of their souls.
Fear and worry will consume them, death and sadness will destroy them, and life and love will envelope them on the path to the final outcome: the playing out of lives derailed Because of the Secret.
"Because of the Secret" Reviews
I received this book as a First Reads winner and I'm so glad that I did. I will try not to give away too many spoilers if you are reading this review.
I was this close to giving it 5 stars instead of 4 mainly because I had wished for a totally happy ending. I realize for a book to truly touch you, sometimes the ending will surprise you and even pull on your heartstrings; which this one did. It was a fun journey to get to know the characters, and I really liked the way they were presented by chapters designated to each of them.
To see their struggles with "The Secret" and how over the years it almost destroyed each of them (with some of them it did) really makes one think about Karma and accountability. Would their lives have been destroyed if they had revealed what happened from the very beginning? It was a wonderful read and a book you don't want to put down. It was very well written and I was able to visualize it as though it was a movie in my head. I really look forward to reading Ashlee North's other books. She is a wonderful author and I can't wait to see what other stories she has created. Thank you to Goodreads for allowing me to experience this great book.
Don’t let it be so, let it be a dream,
Maybe we should go back to bed.
Maybe when we wake up it might not have happened,
Our lives continue and no-one is dead.
We need to turn back the hands of time,
To erase it, the terrible truth.
Is there hope for tomorrow, can we dream of a future?
Did we break it all in the passion of youth?
If you say nothing and I do it to,
Will this secret eat us up from inside?
Will we ever taste freedom, will we never love again,
Or will it always cause us to hide?
Is everything broken, shattered and gone?
Did we have our fate sealed from the outset?
Maybe if we hide it, ignore the truth inside us,
We can outlive the effects of the secret.
(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I toyed a bit with how many stars to give this book, but in the end, although it was quite well written, it did leave me feeling a bit down after it finished.
All in all, I think this book did a good job of showing the kind of devastating consequences a negative secret can have on people. Choosing to do something wrong is going to weigh heavily on people who are generally good - no matter what their reasons.
I did think a lot of the book was summarised when it didn't need to be. Instead of the impact of characters' conversations being shown, I felt I was just told about them.
The characters were, on the whole, fairly interesting - and likable, up to a point. Certain things that impacted on their lives were heavy and hard-hitting and I found myself grieving along with the characters when bad things happened.
The writing was fairly good, but I did notice a few errors. There was one instance where a sentence wasn't completed before the second one began - and that caused me a few moments of confusion.
I did feel for Tarni fairly early on and I also felt sorry for Zoe. I did think that Charlotte came across as a bit two-dimensional and I wasn't sure I fully believed in her and Sebastian's relationship at first. It seemed to only be focused on the physical.
I think I'd probably be interested in reading more books by this author, depending on the subject matter.