- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: 48fourteen (March 31, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937546659
- ISBN-13: 978-1937546656
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grave Little Secrets Paperback – March 31, 2017
About the Author
Stacy was born and raised in the small town of Clinton, South Carolina, where everyone knows everybody, and you learn to always allow fifteen extra minutes for the thirty trains that come through town every day. Stacy has always had a love for reading and writing. As a young child she would write stories and poems to share with her friends. As an adult, she would write short stories for, and with her children. It wasn’t until this year that she fully embraced her creative side and wrote her first novel. Stacy is a wife, mother of four, and works full-time as a medical assistant. Despite her busy schedule, she always makes time to write, whether it’s in between patients at work, or snuggled up on the couch with her babies.
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The story follows teen Alex Spurlock as she battles her inner demons about keeping a horrible secret from her family, a secret about something horrible she has done. A secret that landed her father in prison, her family name smeared in controversy and left her mother with no alternative but to pack up the family and move to a new town for a new beginning. As the rest of her family tries to move forward, Alex is thrust into a spiral of guilt and distances herself from her mother, sister, and brother. Life appears to continue, but someone knows Alex’s secret. They use the information to harass and threaten her entire existence. As Alex races to discover who is behind the threats, she finds herself in a deadly situation. It is only then she realizes what “keeping secrets” really means.
Collins delivers a strong debut with multi-dimensional characters and narrative depth. She has a strong grasp of the written language and her writing is easily accessible to both the young adult and adult crowd. The pacing of the story is just right—not too slow and not too quick. Collins uses dialogue to move the story along and conversation between characters is realistic and relatable.
All the elements of a thriller are present, with definite twists and turns along the way, and the storyline holds the suspense throughout the duration. I would definitely buy another book by this author. Perfect for a beach read or to add to your summer reading list!
Grave Little Secrets (48fourteen, 2017) is the first novel of YA author, Stacy R. Collins. We meet Alex Spurlock early one summer morning, and immediately learn three things about her: she has a twin sister, their family has recently moved to a new town, and Alex is hiding a terrible secret. The once-popular Alex punishes herself by quarantining herself to her home and not associating with anybody in New Hope, Rhode Island. But soon, she begins to receive threatening notes, packages, and text messages from someone who knows what she did.
Getting to the heart of what Alex’s devastating secret is, where her father has gone and why, and who’s stalking her will keep readers eagerly turning the pages. Even when we discover the answers to these gripping questions, there are more twists to come. The third act takes on a darker and more tragic tone than expected; although, despite the serious subject matter, readers will find a certain charm and authenticity in Alex’s brusque humor. This is an edgy, contemporary new YA thriller told with honesty and grit. As a general advisory for this genre, I should note that it contains some explicit language. Congratulations, Mrs. Collins, on your debut!