Book Review: Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K Morgan

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Secrets, Lies, and Scandals

Release date: July 5th 2016

4 stars

Nothing ruins summer vacation like a secret…especially when it involves a dead teacher.
Ivy used to be on top of the social ladder, until her ex made that all go away. She has a chance to be Queen Bee again, but only if the rest of the group can keep quiet.
Tyler has always been a bad boy, but lately he’s been running low on second chances. There’s no way he’s going to lose everything because someone couldn’t keep their mouth shut.
Kinley wouldn’t describe herself as perfect, though everyone else would. But perfection comes at a price, and there is nothing she wouldn’t do to keep her perfect record—one that doesn’t include murder charges.
Mattie is only in town for the summer. He wasn’t looking to make friends, and he definitely wasn’t looking to be involved in a murder. He’s also not looking to be riddled with guilt for the rest of his life…but to prevent that he’ll have to turn them all in.
Cade couldn’t care less about the body, or about the pact to keep the secret. The only way to be innocent is for someone else to be found guilty. Now he just has to decide who that someone will be.
With the police hot on the case, they don’t have much time to figure out how to trust each other. But in order to take the lead, you have to be first in line…and that’s the quickest way to get stabbed in the back.

It took me one episode to get hooked on How to Get Away with Murder so a book that was compared to the show and the movies I Know What you Did Last Summer, which I also loved, had some high expectations to overcome. It did take me longer than one chapter to get hooked on the book. It took two.

The book was told in the POVs of the five students who were involved in their teacher’s death. Mattie was an instant favourite but all the characters were easy to either like or feel for. I didn’t feel a strong connection to Cade or Kinley but I still didn’t want to see them hurt or worse and I still enjoyed reading their POV. All five were so different that it was easy to tell their POVs apart. Mattie was sweet and shy, Ivy was the former school queen looking for redemption, Tyler was a bad boy trying to change his ways, Kinley was the constant teacher’s pet, and Cade was the rich boy whose father tried to organize every inch of his life. It was a Breakfast Club group of characters who normally would have barely spoken to each other and who now had to trust each other to keep their mouths shut.

I thought there was a really good balance between the death plot and how it was affecting each character, and showing that their every day problems that they had before the death didn’t go away. Everything they were struggling with before was still there. It was interesting to see how the dynamics were playing out between the group; who was bonding with who, who was willing to turn against who, who was willing to protect who.

The whole book took place in the matter of about a week but it felt like no time at all with how addicting it was to read. It was fun, enjoyable, and I definitely got the same can’t-stop-watching/reading vibe as I do when I’m watching How to Get Away with Murder. I am definitely hoping for a sequel.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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5 responses to “Book Review: Secrets, Lies, and Scandals by Amanda K Morgan

  1. I’m obsessed with that show, so I need this book in my life! It sounds amazing!!

  2. I can’t wait to read this book 🙂

  3. Kim

    This sounds like an interesting read! I’m glad that you had fun reading it. 🙂

    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor: BLOG || VLOG

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