Secrets and Lies by Jacqueline Green

Challenge 23 ~ “The next book in a series you are reading.”


★ ★ ★ ★ ★

After a phenomenal first book, I was more than eager to start on Secrets and Lies. From Truth or Dare, I knew there was either going to be a further exploration into the happenings in Echo Bay, or it was just going to be a novel designed to exploit as much as they could from a successful first novel. Luckily, it was definitely the former, offering a serious advancing of the plotline, characters and setting first explored in Truth or Dare.

Once again, Green presents a highly engaging read that is both well-written and realistic. She continues the strong alternating perspectives from the first novel, replacing Caitlin with one of the background characters from the previous novel – Emerson. This not only offered a greater insight into Emerson as a character, but also alternative perspectives on other foreground and background characters in the universe, further deepening and twisting the mystery. Granted, this time around, some of Green’s clues were a little too obvious, and only having Guinness as a failed suspect gave the plot a slight dragged-out feel, but neither of these proved too distracting to the reader.

My favourite part of the novel by far has to be the ending – what a cliffhanger! I cannot express how eager I am to uncover the third and final novel in this exciting trilogy. Secrets and Lies, whilst not quite shaping up to the first novel, was an incredible read and well worth a reader’s time. It offers suspense, excitement and strong writing. Green’s trilogy is shaping up to be one of those YA gems that may not be widely acclaimed in the booklr world, but certainly has all the elements to be one.

Recommended for fans of:

  • Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepherd
  • Undone by Cat Clarke
  • Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

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