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Sudden Secrets Paperback – December 27, 2014
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She lives across the street from an eerie house with flickering lights—from a ghost, from a hermit, from someone who also has a secret in her past? Someone in Cleo’s circle desires to torment whoever is in that mysterious house, but Cleo wants to prevent that. There’s someone in there who can possibly help her heal, and maybe Cleo can do something in return.
The thread of secrecy throughout the book was quite intriguing. The novel is serious with a mournful tone, although there’s a light of hope in these pages. Cleo, her family, and the new people in her life can all get better, even when it seems like they’ve been through the worst. This is a satisfying YA read and a great addition to the author’s body of work.
SUDDEN SECRETS, Author C. Lee McKenzie’s latest novel for YA readers, is a story the reader won’t forget for a while, at least this reader won’t forget. It’s the tender story of a family falling apart. High school junior Cleopatra Brown, her mother and grandfather, along with Tut, a Great Dane, Nefertiti, a cat, and Clyde, Grandpa’s pet boa, move into a dilapidated old house in a new town. They hope to put the past behind them. Cleo’s father is in Afghanistan “saving pieces of history” rather than being with his family that needs him, especially Cleo. Cleo is supposed to go to a new school and live, like everything is normal. But her life isn’t normal. It never will be again because of the secret she carries with her. Even handsome hunk Ethan, funny Rudy and gorgeous Stacy, her new friends, cannot help Cleo forgive herself. My favorite character is Rudy, with his mostly positive attitude that brightens the darker scenes. Then there’s the house across the street that appears to be empty, except for the occasional light Cleo sees through the window and the van that arrived every Saturday morning.
C. Lee McKenzie has woven a tale of mystery and suspense in SUDDEN SECRETS. The effect of the tragedy on the family is believable, and I was hoping they’d resolve their problems and be a family again. Then the author threw in an unexpected surprise, at least to me. And I’m not saying what. Looking back I can see the subtle hints Ms. McKenzie planted along the way. Very nice.
SUDDEN SECRETS may bring tears to your eyes. It did mine. I felt the pain of the family, especially Cleo, as they struggled to survive the past. An enjoyable read that I highly recommend.
As soon as the mysteries started to unfold with the protagonist's past and present, I was hooked. Cleo, the main character, is curious, emotional and mildly outgoing. Since we spent a lot of time getting to know her, she is easy to relate to. I suffered as she suffered through her little sister's death and abandonment by both her mother and father and even her grandfather at times.
When Cleo's curiosity about the house across the street starts to take over her life, she becomes more like a detective, opening secrets left and right. As the relationship grows with the strange woman who lives across the street, Cleo opens up more about her own devastating past. It is truly intriguing.
Throughout the book, Cleo has three friends from school; Ethan, Stacy and Rudy. It was nice to see how they all bonded, even though they had their differences. Ethan ended up being a jerk so when Cleo finally came to her senses and went for the good guy, Rudy, it made the book even more enjoyable.
All in all, I loved every character in this story and felt the pain most of them endured. When Cleo's dad finally returns home, I even cried! Now that is good writing!
Its a very well written book, has absolutely lots going for it.
Cleo's life was torn apart years ago when your sister died. The family moved house to try to come to terms with things and move forward, however, for some this just couldn't happen.
The other thing I was waiting to get to was the creepy house. The house next door to them that they had moved to. There doesn't seem to be anyone living there, but Cleo is convinced that there is.
Cleo is right, she does discover someone living there, but its all not as it seems. Now this is where is captured my attention. I was well into giving it 3 stars, then suddenly, without warning it fired up the heat was on and away it went.
I'm really glad now that I requested this to read from Evernight Teen via Net galley on a read to review basis. Its a YA book at its very very best.
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