All the Dirty Secrets
by Aggie Blum Thompson
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Pub Date 12 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 12 Jul 2022
Macmillan-Tor/Forge, Forge Books
Set in the upscale DC private school scene, where silence can easily be bought, Aggie Blum Thompson's All the Dirty Secrets asks how far you would go to protect your status and your family, and if some secrets should ever be revealed.
One warm summer night twenty-five years ago, Liza Gold and her friends celebrated their high school graduation with a party on the beach. It should have been the best night of their lives, only one of them never came back out of the ocean.
The tragedy haunted Liza Gold for years. Now, she's a recently divorced working mom struggling to connect with her standoffish teenager daughter Zoe when history repeats itself. Another young woman has drowned at Beach Week, and this time the victim is Zoe’s secret best friend.
Liza begins to suspect that the two deaths are somehow related, which causes her to face hard truths and take an unflinching look at the people she’s called her closest friends for the past two decades. She must discover what really happened to both women before it’s too late.
Please note: This book contains material about sexual violence.
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Aggie Blum Thompson is definitely an author to watch out for. This is the second book I have read of hers and I have really loved both. I think it’s the quality of writing, and deeper themes that set it apart from other books in the genre.
I loved that it was told from both the mom and the daughters POVs, and that there is also a timeline in the ‘90s. None of the chapters were filler like they can be sometimes when there are multiple POV, every single one revealed something new and kept the suspense going and the story moving forward. I loved the whole theme of a group of really close friends who grew up together and have lots of old secrets, as well as the tension between the main character, Liza, and her daughter, Zoe, who is was such an accurate representation of a teenaged girl. I was totally invested in both.
Thompson kept me guessing the whole time. I really did not see where this story was heading but when we got to the end it made such perfect sense. I love when an ending can hold up! This is an awesome one-sit read I would recommend to any thriller lover!
Thanks to Forge and NetGalley for the advanced copy of this book.
Thompson pulls no punches with this one…All The Dirty Secrets is atmospheric, shocking, and downright unforgettable. A can’t-miss story for fans of domestic suspense! I enjoyed her debut and this one is just as good, if not better! Loved it!
Wow! Such a great thriller. This is my second Aggie Blum Thompson book and I loved both. The writing is what sets the book a step above your average thriller. This had me hooked from the first page with the multiple POVs and the dual timeline from the 1990s. There were so many different threads and the Thompson does an amazing job of pulling it all together. The friendships, the characters, the settings – they were all so real and believable. I really related to Liza raising a teenage daughter and how hard that can be. There were times when I was so nervous reading this book. I did not see the ending coming at all! Overall a really well-written. one-sit read. Trigger warning for sexual assault and suicide.
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