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Six Little Secrets by Katlyn Duncan



Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…
Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.
But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…
…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.


*Synopsis and photo from Goodreads


*Thank you HQ Digital and NetGalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the synopsis of Six Little Secrets, there’s only one thing that comes to my mind. One of Us is Lying. They sound so much alike and I guess it’s because of that, I got curious about this book. Six students were put in detention one Saturday. It may not come as a surprise to have students be held for detention, but what’s surprising is most of them are not the type to do something that will put them in that situation in the first place. Like the brainy Teddy who’s the last person you’ll expect to see in detention. There are also the rich and beautiful Cece, Jackie, the cheerleader and Holly, the new girl. The other two are Quentin, a notorious rebel, and Zoe, the loner. A strange group for sure. They may have known each other because they share same classes but they are not in any way hangs out together. But nothing is random with the setup. Someone made sure that the six of them will be at one place at that exact time. Someone who claimed to know the secrets each of them is hiding and who will not bat an eye to expose them if they didn’t follow his or her wishes. Questions started firing, doubts spring between the students but it quickly turned to fear when they realize the person who at first seems to be playing with them is very serious. And the only thing they can do is complete the tasks being thrown at them else risk being exposed.

A few pages in this book and I know it will not be as good as One of Us is Lying and so I immediately put my expectation down a notch or two. It took me a while to get into the story despite the interesting start as none of the characters are likeable enough. Most of them seem one dimensional and sadly wasn’t given the time to at least redeem themselves. Good thing it was a short one, more like a novella. But I think it is because of that the story suffers. There is not much depth to it and it also lacks character development. Which is a disappointment because it is really promising. I believe if it’s a full-length novel, it could’ve delved deeper into the characters lives and at least would give an insight about them.

The secrets are really what keeps me reading. I wanted to know what those teens are hiding and what are the challenges and punishments given to them. Some secrets are pretty scandalous and some punishments are kinda drastic and dangerous compared to others which defeat the purpose of the whole thing come revelation. As for the mystery of who the person trying to punish them or why they are doing it, there are not a lot to go to to even try to guess. Which is why the reveal may surprise some, or not because of the lack of build-up. And quite honestly, some parts about that reveal just don’t make sense to me. I feel like the person responsible for all the trouble is just looking for someone to blame although there is really that one person who’s undeniably guilty. I just don’t think it’s fair to blame the others and punish them, despite the outcome.

All things considered, I still think it’s an okay read. It had a lot of potentials that it failed to explore. Definitely could be better. Had it come out before One of Us Is Lying, maybe I’ll give it a higher rating. But with exactly the same premise, the comparison is inevitable and one will surely come on top of the other.




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