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Seven Dirty Secrets

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Definitely a fun, dark, twisty, delicious thrill ride!  Well written, with great amazing character development made ur easy to be captivated and glued to the pages.  Definitely can tell it’s a ya book, gut still quite enjoyable for myself, whom I would consider a veteran in thrills!  Would highly recommend, especially to those whom like the YA thrills best!  

Will buzz around  and use Top Amazon reviewer number on release!
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Seven Dirty Secrets is yet another thrilling YA suspense novel by Natalie D. Richards. Having read all of her previous books, I am familiar with the author's style of writing- once again this is another hit! With a cast of characters that all could find motive for murder, this is a great mystery that saves the best for last. Seven Dirty Secrets finds the main character, Cleo, who was abused by her boyfriend, Declan, dealing with his death and trying to move on with life. The mystery unfolds as Cleo and her friends uncover clues on a scavenger hunt designed by someone out for revenge. The story casts both doubt and suspect on all of the characters. It also gives a nod to Agatha Christie with the clever rhymes that continue throughout the story. Although it had more cursing than most of her previous books, it was a believable tale and most YA readers will take it in stride. This is face-paced and twisty tale of death, deception and mystery.
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Thank you netgalley for this free arc in exchange for my review.

One caused the fall.
One did nothing.
One saw it all.
One didn’t care.
One used their head.
One played the hero.
One was left for dead.

It's Cleo's birthday. She should be having fun, instead she stumbles across a cryptic white box wrapped in a green ribbon that has been left in her bathroom while she was showering. This little box kicks off a scavenger hunt of a life time. It has to be one of her friends right? So what can possibly go wrong...?

This book easily took me a day to get through and I was vested in what happened but not necessarily the characters. I like the cryptic scavenger hunt vibes. The end felt a little rushed to me and I wasn't really satisfied with it. It was an okay read.
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First off...DISCLAIMER: I requested this title on NetGalley. Thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for providing a temporary ecopy. This didn't influence my review in any way. Also, fun fact: as of today, the Goodreads synopsis identifies Cleo's boyfriend as "Cyrus" instead of "Declan". I assume that it was his name in a previous draft.


In theory, I love mysteries, but I rarely request or buy one (whether YA or adult), because having been raised on a diet of Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen and the likes (not to mention, being a Christopher Pike fan) it's difficult for me to read a blurb and get the feeling that the book in question might tell me something new - or be a fresh take on an old trope. And even when I cave in and request/buy the book, it's difficult for me to be impressed. So, take my review with a grain of salt, because I'm a seasoned reader of classic and semi-classic mysteries, and I might be looking for a thrill that is difficult to replicate.
Seven Dirty Secrets isn't a bad book by any means, though I wish it had been MORE. There's a scavenger hunt (who doesn't love those?) with high stakes involved; a (racially diverse) sibling relationship that's central to the plot; and a protagonist with an interest in forensics and a history of abuse at the hands of her boyfriend, still scarred (in more than a way) by her past, and now forced by an unknown stalker to confront it once and for all. The pacing is all right, steady without being too frantic, with lots of tense scenes, the right amount of flashbacks and a nice side of clues or supposed ones. I must admit that until the end I wasn't sure about the culprit, though some of the clues sounded too much like false flags, and some of the characters, despite the author's setting them up as suspects, didn't really have a motive that I could fathom.


I can't talk more specifically about the mystery itself and some of the relationships, because that would spoil certain aspects of the story; but I can give you my two cents about other things not directly related to the whodunnit:

- Cleo is a likeable lead, ultimately stronger than her past would suggest, and her interest in forensics is an intriguing trait - but either than mentioning it multiple times, she doesn't seem to put it to much use (also, it's actually her best friends who does most of the internet scouting);

- some of the characters aren't particularly well-developed (or even have much page time or agency, for that matter), and that results in their sounding either like improbable suspects, or only probable if the author went for shock value (I can't tell you if one of those things does happen though, or I'll spoil the whole book);

- SDS reprises the old, convenient tradition of having the parents out of the picture, and that might work better if Cleo had to actively lie to them on the phone while pursuing her potentially deadly scavenger hunt. It turns out instead that they're the epitome of neglectful, especially considering that their daughter (or, well, the mum's daughter, but still) was abused and almost killed by her boyfriend more than once...I don't thing that any parent in their right mind could treat such a thing so nonchalantly, not to mention, still keep the dead boyfriend's room (because he used to rent at their house!) the way it was when he got missing, with all his old stuff inside...It's just not believable.

Now, as I said above, I'm a seasoned mystery aficionado, so I'm sure that most readers (especially the younger ones) won't get particularly fazed by some of the issues I had with this story. If you're looking for a fast-paced thriller and a cat-and-mouse game in reverse with a side of diversity, Seven Dirty Secrets delivers, and you'll probably have more fun than I had (mind you, not that I regret the time I spent on it) both following Cleo's adventures and formulating hypotheses about her stalker 🙂.
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This was dark & twisty and I loved it!  It was so easy to get hooked into the story - wanting to know what happened on that rafting trip & who was toying with Cleo.  I loved the misdirection that kept me guessing right to the end!
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A nice, little YA mystery. I think all ages will enjoy this book. It had a nice twist and it flows nicely.
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TW: domestic/emotional abuse, death, alcohol and drug abuse

On her 18th birthday Cleo receives a scavenger hunt but neither her brother Connor or best friend Hope confesses to giving it to her. As she and Hope begin the quest Cleo begins to realise every clue is leading her to places she visited with her now dead boyfriend Declan. Who died in a rafting accident the year before. It's clear someone knows what happened and wants Cleo and her friends to pay but how far are they really willing to go? 

This was a good YA mystery/thriller this is my first Natalie D. Richards but it certainly won't be my last. I managed to read this in less than 24 hours as it kept me gripped wanting to know if my theories were right. 

The characters were well written and it was a very fast paced read with many red herrings thrown in to keep you guessing. There was a lot about domestic abuse but there wasn't much about what someone should do in that situation or how it should be handled which I feel could have been dealt with and Aidens drug addiction and grief I felt could've been dealt with differently too. 

This was overall a good read I didnt know much going into this and I think that's the best way with any mystery/thriller. Overall a very enjoyable read.
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Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book! I had such a fun time reading this. I have read one other book by this author previously (Five Total Strangers) which I really enjoyed. Even though it was a bit predictable, the ride  was still so enjoyable. The same can be said for Seven Dirty Secrets. The story follows our main character Cleo who was in an abusive relationship with the deceased.  On her birthday she receives a box with instructions inside and thus begins the mystery/scavenger hunt of the book.  I thought the cast of characters was really interesting--not very relatable as I'm about 6 years removed from Highschool, but I had fun nontheless.  I thought that, just like Five Total Strangers, it became evident quite quickly how the story was going to pan out/what the ultimate twist was, but it was still fun to read. I don't want to dive too deeply into the mystery because I think, given that this book is pretty fast paced and predictable, saying too much will spoil it. However! I do highly recommend this book if you're just looking for something fun and quick! Will definitely be recommending this to the library I work as an a purchase!
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One of my favorite YA thriller writers is Natalie D. Richards, I find she is this generation's Christopher Pike and Lois Duncan. All three of these authors are famous for their slasher-type stories and revenge-filled thrillers. Think along the lines of movies like "I Know What You Did Last Summer" or "Valentine". The late 90's/ early to mid-2000's slasher films. In Seven Dirty Secrets, we meet seven friends who each are hiding a dark secret of their own as the seven of them a year ago went on a rafting wilderness trip, but only six returned home safe and sound. The seventh is said to have died. Seven Dirty Secrets takes place one year after the rafting trip and it is our main female character Cleo's birthday. Cleo is obsessed with forensics and mysteries and is hoping to get a scholarship to study forensics and she is hoping that no one will find out what happened a year ago as that could ruin her chances. On the day of her birthday, she wakes up and goes to have a shower and sees a white present box. Inside it is a clue to start a scavenger hunt, Cleo initially thinks it is a prank from her friends. But what will happen when she realizes that it is something more sinister as each clue is something that she used to do with her ex-boyfriend Declan and only she and he knew about it or so she thought. Someone out there is determined to make Cleo and her friends suffer and face the consequences of what went down on the rafting trip. If you love YA thrillers, then Natalie D. Richards is an author you need to add to your reading lists as you will not be disappointed.
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Genre: YA Suspense, YA Mystery Rating: ⭐⭐⭐1/2

I was so excited to see that I was approved to read an ARC of Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richards on NetGalley! I have all of Richards’ books, and have thoroughly enjoyed most of them. Thrillers are not really my favorite types of books, but Natalie D. Richards never fails to wrap me up in a story I can’t put down, and Seven Dirty Secrets was no different.

Basically, the book is about Cleo, who starts receiving strange clues in a scavenger hunt on her birthday. She quickly realizes that the scavenger hunt is related to her ex-boyfriend’s drowning, which happened a year prior on a floating trip for Cleo’s birthday. Not only does this scavenger hunt bring up painful memories and uncomfortable tension between Cleo and her friends who were also on the trip, whoever is sending these clues also seems to be putting Cleo’s future at risk, maybe even her life.

Probably my favorite thing about Natalie D. Richards’ books is that they are very quick reads because the suspense won’t allow me to put the book down! While a lot of the “big reveals” were pretty obvious, I still couldn’t help but to keep reading.

Furthermore, I really enjoyed the scavenger hunt aspect of the novel. I haven’t read a thriller like this before, so it was fun to read with the unique plot.

Overall, nothing necessarily stands out about this book, but it is an enjoyable and easy read. If you enjoy thrillers, or if you’ve liked Richards’ previous books, you will certainly like this one too!
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I loved the suspense built in this book and the red herrings thrown in as well as the not so red red herrings! An excellent mystery suspense book for middle schoolers!
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Cleo’s abusive boyfriend hurt her one time too many. Trying to escape his choking grip, she shoves him hard! Right into a raging river. Now on her 18th birthday she gets a mysterious pkg and the start of a nightmare of bad memories. Declan drowned, but all the clues seem like maybe he is alive and back for revenge..
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Wow this is such a great immersive book. I really loved the characters, and it’s the kind of book that I wanted to keep on reading. I highly recommend checking out this book if you want to be kept at the edge of your seat!
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Cleo gets done showering and sees a gift- wrapped package on the bathroom sink that wasn’t there before she got in the shower. She assumes it’s from a family member or friend but when she asks about it, no one has any idea about the package. This freaks Cleo out so she calls the police and the cop is respectful and helps her realize that she did the right thing by calling. No victim shaming. Her best friend Hope shows up in the meantime. The officer finds a few windows unlocked in her house but nothing else. After the officer leaves, the two friends find another box containing a scavenger hunt clue like the first package. The hunt grows creepier as the clues dredge up memories that Cleo would like to forget. This mystery gets more interesting as the creep factor cranks up! A fun, fantastic horror story, 5 stars!
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Seven Dirty Secerts was an awesome YA mystery.  I think that it is a book that can easily be recommended to students, and they will enjoy reading it.  many of them will be guessing until the very end.
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I don't usually read a lot of YA but I absolutely love Natalie D. Richards. Her thrillers are so well written and this one did not disappoint. Thank you so much for letting me read Seven Dirty Secrets!
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Thank you Sourcebooks Fire, NetGalley and Author for this advance ebook copy in return for an honest review!
@Sourcebooks Fire I would kiss you if I could 😘 so this will have to do! LoL

I loved Richards other books Five Total Strangers and Gone Too Far! Like obsessed with them so I had to try and get her newest one Seven Dirty Secrets.... 
Well because 
1. Does this cover not look amazing?! 
2. The description hooked me right on the spot!. Anddddd
3. Her books before have been beyond amazing! 
And I'm here to say this did not disappoint either! 
She is my new favorite YA thriller author! 😍
 Natalie D. Richards knows how to grab her readers attention right off rip and keeps you sucked into her writing till the wild ass end! 

The book never stopped with the twists, turns, and drama!
This tense, taut thriller will pull you along with it right to the last page.
A creepy, tense and pacy read to get your heart racing. Richards test the characters, and takes the readers on a roller coaster ride that will leave them on the edge of their seats.
Not only does the plot keep you guessing, the characters are interesting and well-drawn and there’s a real sense of menace!
Such an outstanding story! And I bet readers will be going nuts over this one!.

Thanks again NetGalley, Publisher and Author for the chance to read and review this amazing book!
I'll post to my Social media platforms closer to pub date!
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Cleo and her best friend Hope love mysteries, escape rooms and scavenger hunts.

So when a mysterious package containing a criptic clue appears on her 18th birthday, Cleo is convinced that Hope has arranged a scavenger hunt for her a birthday surprise.

But the clues become more and more sinister and contain information that only Declan, Cleo's ex-boyfriend who died on a group rafting trip a year ago could know.

But what Cleo hasn't told anyone is the abuse and violence that she suffered during her relationship with Declan, and just what happened during that last fateful encounter before Declan fell into the river and drowned.

But it turns out that Cleo isn't the only one that has secrets about that trip, and someone is planning to make them pay.

Just who is sending all these clues? Can it really be Declan, out for revenge? Could he have actually survived falling into the river? No body was ever found. Who else could possibly know all their secrets?

This is a story about abusive relationships and a story about revenge. It is a thriller that will keep you on edge until the end. 

Thanks to Netgalley and Sourcebooksfire for the advance copy to read and review.
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"I know seven secrets:
One caused the fall. One did nothing. One saw it all.
One didn’t care. One used their head. One played the hero.
One was left for dead."

How does this make you feel when you read that? I know I had instant chills. 


Seven Dirty Secrets, is intense to say the least. I picked this book up around 10pm last night and I was just looking to read a few chapters until my eyes got heavy. My mistake. I ended up concluding the book around 230am. My work day will suffer but it is definitely justified! 

I absolutely loved Seven Dirty Secrets! The narration was done with perfection. The character development made you feel like you knew the characters personally. The story line was exquisite and the plot twist???? OH YEAH! Did not see that coming ! 

Seven Dirty Secrets will top the charts this year in both a YA genre and Thriller genre . If you have not already pre-ordered this book, you need to do so now! You will not be disappointed !
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How creepy would it be for while you are in the shower, alone in the house someone leaves a clue for a scavenger hunt in the restroom and you never notice anyone else in the bathroom? 
Cleo receives this clue on her 18th birthday, and while she originally thought that it was her best friend Hope leaving the messages she soon comes to the realization that it's something way more sinister than she originally thought. This scavenger hunt has something to do with a deep secret that she tried to leave in the past, a secret where she was on a trip with her friends and her then-boyfriend attacked her and she pushed him off the bridge. His body was never recovered, and now almost a year later she is having a very sinister scavager hunt with clues that has everything to do with their relationship. She has to get to the end of her life and the lives of her close ones are all in danger, the futures that they have all worked so hard for are ALL on the line of her solving this scavenger hunt. 
I enjoyed all the twists and turns along with the mystery of the whole ordeal. The love she has for her brother and friends is amazing and her determination to finish this is crazy! I loved it! 
If you love creepy twists and turns then this is the book for you! Thank you Netgalley, Sourcebooks Fire and the author for the opportunity to read and review this one!
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