Review: Seven Dirty Secrets


Title: Seven Dirty Secrets

Author: Natalie Richards

Release Date: 11/16/21

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Find it here: Goodreads


Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.


On her eighteenth birthday, Cleo receives a mysterious invitation to a scavenger hunt. She’s sure her best friend Hope or her brother Connor is behind it, but no one confesses. And as Cleo and Hope embark on the hunt, the seemingly random locations and clues begin to feel familiar.


In fact, all of the clues seem to be about Cleo’s dead boyfriend, Cyrus, who drowned on a group rafting trip exactly a year ago. A bracelet she bought him. A song he loved. A photo of the rafting group, taken just before Cyrus drowned. And then the phone calls start, Cyrus’s voice taunting Cleo with a cryptic question: You ready?


As the clock on the scavenger hunt ticks down, it becomes clear that someone knows what really happened to Cyrus. And that person will stop at nothing to make sure Cleo and her friends pay. Can they solve the hunt before someone else winds up dead?


My Review: This was a pretty decent YA mystery with some really great elements but it also lacked in a couple of areas. The suspense and mystery aspect were well done and kept me reading. The characters made some really stupid decisions though and that seemed a bit unbelievable. It was pretty easy to guess the who early on, the why came at the end though. I listened to the audio and I felt the narrator did a great job capturing Cleo and the story.


*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*