All Her Secrets
by Kate Avery Ellison
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 18 October 2016
Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too- distant future.
A GIRL WITH SECRETS
Eighteen-year- old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She’s been trying to forget the incident ever since.
When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped.
A GUY FROM THE WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS
Sam’s just a poor kid from Toivo, an experimental utopia gone wrong, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.
A DESPERATE PLAN TO SURVIVE
Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.
With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.
And secrets can be deadly.
“My family has secrets, Sam. I have secrets.”
“We all do,” he says quietly.
“Do you trust me?”
“Yes,” he says.
This book has quite a few surprises in store. I had initially thought that it was a contemporary romance (maybe with some drama or suspense), so the sci-fi elements were a pleasant surprise to me. Plus, that ending was one huge plot twist. It’s like “so you think you know everything by now? WELL YOU’RE WRONG.” I’m honestly giving one star to the ending alone.
The future is here, and it’s highly realistic fake cats
and too many humans without jobs.
Speaking of sci-fi elements, who doesn’t love a morbid vision of the future? All Her Secrets features a city called Toivo, which was supposed to be a symbol of hope for the working population, but has now been completely ruined by a corrupt leader and the introduction of robots. It was created to test a utopian idea for community and growth where residents would have everything they needed to live a simple healthy, happy life. But there was a new leader, who slashed the city’s budget and now it’s residents live on barely enough money to survive. This is hauntingly reflective of the world we live. How many times have you heard about projects that started with good intentions but went downhill due to corrupt leaders? However, this book focused more on the robots. I guess it’s easier to hate on something that isn’t human. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Future, Inc. is also responsible for dozens of other inventions that have shaped the country,
like the virtual realities that don’t require you to wear goggles,
or the space elevator that lets people vacation weightless above the curve of the planet,
but around here, they’re known mostly for the robots,
because that’s what destroyed the city.
Victoria and Sam were, well, okay characters. They aren’t annoying or dislikeable but I didn’t really care much for them either. The moment one reads the summary, it’s pretty obvious they would fall in love with each other, but their relationship was smooth sailing. Sam, despite living in Toivo and experiencing the effects of the robots’ introduction daily, does not hold any anonymity towards Victoria’s father and all who hold his last name. Basically, he doesn’t hate Victoria at all, and so he was willing to help Victoria escape when they were both trapped in the cabin. While it is important that they depend on each other during their time in the cabin, I would rather that there be some conflict between them at the start but they manage to work it out with time. Instead, we got bland scenes where they simply exchanged stories with each other.
I can’t sort out how long we’ve known each other anymore.
It has been days? Weeks? Months?
It feels like a lifetime in that darkness.
I never knew that the length of chapters in a book could ruin my enjoyment of it. Well, now I do.
When I get off work, I discover my bike has been vandalized. Tires slashed, handles hacked, spokes bent. I can’t ride it, so I walk the three miles home.
I have a pretty good idea who did this.
This, guys, is a legit chapter from the book. A full chapter. While reading this, I just felt really disjointed. It’s like “I really want to stick to this alternating POV thing but there’s nothing interesting going on with this character right now so here’s a short peek of what he/she’s currently doing.” I wouldn’t mind this as much if both POVs were two distinct voices, but I could barely tell the difference between Victoria’s POV and Sam’s POV.
Everybody has secrets, and I don’t know all of hers,
but do I know the ones I need to know?
Overall, this was a decent quick read that had enough mystery to keep my interest but could do better with longer chapters, more insight into the issues mentioned in it (i.e. corrupt leaders), and more conflict between Victoria and Sam.
Other stuff that didn’t make the cut due to my poor mastery of the English language… or me simply being lazy:
- As I was looking through the highlights made on my Kindle, the fragility of life was something that was mentioned quite a few times by Victoria
- Stockholm Syndrome was briefly brought up but quickly brushed away
Kate Avery Ellison decided she wanted to be an author when she was five years old, and with hard work, determination, and the support of loved ones along the way, her dreams of telling stories for a living came true in 2011 with her first novel, The Curse Girl, and continued with her Amazon bestselling series The Frost Chronicles and numerous other fantasy and science fiction novels. She loves putting a dash of mystery in everything she writes, an ode to her childhood spent reading Nancy Drew, Agatha Christie, and Sherlock Holmes, and she can’t resist adding a good twist in the story wherever she can.
Kate wishes she could live in a place where it’s always October, but until that’s possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, son, and two spoiled cats. When she isn’t dreaming up her next novel or holed up writing it down, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on Netflix, reading on her Kindle, building intricate train track configurations with her toddler, and playing board games with her husband and friends.
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