All Your Twisted Secrets

All Your Twisted Secrets

by Diana Urban

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Overview

A thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, that will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending.

“Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected. Now you must do the selecting.”

What do the queen bee, star athlete, valedictorian, stoner, loner, and music geek all have in common? They were all invited to a scholarship dinner, only to discover it’s a trap. Someone has locked them into a room with a bomb, a syringe filled with poison, and a note saying they have an hour to pick someone to kill...or else everyone dies.

Amber Prescott is determined to get her classmates and herself out of the room alive, but that might be easier said than done. No one knows how they’re all connected or who would want them dead.

As they retrace the events over the past year that might have triggered their captor’s ultimatum, it becomes clear that everyone is hiding something.

And with the clock ticking down, confusion turns into fear, and fear morphs into panic as they race to answer the biggest question: Who will they choose to die?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062908216
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/17/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 1,483
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Diana Urban is an author of dark, twisty thrillers. When she's not torturing fictional characters, she works in digital marketing for startups. She lives with her husband and cat in Boston and enjoys reading, yoga, fawning over cute animals, and looking at the beach from a safe distance. Visit her online at dianaurban.com.


Customer Reviews

All Your Twisted Secrets 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous 11 days ago
With mystery layered on intrigue layered on suspense, Urban delivers a fast-paced, unforgettable escape room thriller--a gripping debut. When a group of teenagers arrives at a scholarship dinner, the door locks behind them, launching them into a harrowing hour that forces them to confront all the horrible things they've done and had done to them in high school. Flashbacks reveal the reasons we have to suspect them--and the reasons they have to mistrust each other. The book delivers incredibly tight pacing all the way to the unforgettable ending. I can't wait to see what Urban has for us next.
PrivateLuvr 5 days ago
This book was a less than 24-hour read for me! I could not put it down and I absolutely loved it!!! It was everything I love in a thriller. Diana Urban's debut novel is basically Saw meets The Breakfast Club and it was AMAZING. From the moment I saw those comp titles I knew I needed this book--I've had it preordered for months. Within the first few chapters I was not only hooked on the book, but also so attached to each character! It's twisty and has tons of juicy drama. It does an amazing job at switching between the present and past, while hooking the reader but not letting it feel drawn out. Amazing. This is definitely one of my favorite books. The story was well crafted and I am amazed that this was Urban's debut! Clearly so talented!!! I will definitely be getting any and all subsequent books from her! I can't want to read what she cooks up next!
Anonymous 5 days ago
A fast-paced, fun thriller!
Anonymous 5 days ago
I read All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban in a single day and it was awesome! I love mysteries and a locked room mystery always entices me. It was a solid mystery with thrills, drama, and a bit of romance. The book gets 5-stars from me because it had two moments in the final pages that surprised me--and I love that I didn't see those moments coming! Quick synopsis: six teens from the same school are invited to a special scholarship dinner; however when they arrive at the restaurant, it's just them. No adults, no servers, and no explanations when the door to the private dining room swings shut and locks them in. It doesn't take long before they discover that someone (or more than one someone) wants at them dead. They discover under one of the food domes a note, a syringe with potentially deadly fluid, and a bomb. It's simple, choose one person to die by injection or all of them die when the ticking bomb goes off in one hour. Have you ever wondered how a small group of teens intimately connected would react in a locked room with a ticking bomb? Yeah. It doesn't go so well. All Your Twisted Secrets is written with an alternating time line--the reader gets one chapter in real time with the group in the locked room and then the next chapter is a flashback to what happened last year; the critical series of events that led to every person in that room being there. And I think it worked perfectly with this story. The book does tackle difficult subjects, including bullying and suicide. I really liked All Your Twisted Secrets and so glad I bought my copy because I definitely will be rereading it. I'm looking forward to more books from Diana Urban.
JuliaGuilardi 5 days ago
All Your Twisted Secrets is a gripping, twisty YA thriller that kept me utterly captivated until the final, shocking twist! Six teens go to what they think is a scholarship dinner, only to find out they've been trapped in a room with a bomb and a syringe — and a note telling them they have an hour to choose someone to die, or they all do. From there, the story unfolds in alternating timelines, revealing the startling (and some might say, twisted) secrets each character is hiding, while they race to figure out how to escape their invisible captor alive. Seriously, this book is so. good. I blew threw the whole thing in two nights, unable to stop turning the pages. And that ending! Highly recommend this one for fans of One of Us Is Lying, Agatha Christie, and fast-paced thrillers in general.
Anonymous 9 days ago
What a ride! I don’t read much YA that isn’t fantasy anymore, but this had me hooked. Twists and turns that I didn’t expect at all! A really good read for anyone who likes suspense and teen angst. Awesome, Diana!
RebeccaWritesYA 9 days ago
I read an early version of this book a while ago and enjoyed it so much. If you're into fast-paced mystery/thrillers that draw you in completely and constantly keep you guessing, you'll love this!
Anonymous 10 days ago
I absolutely devoured this book - it's so much fun and the definition of unputdownable!
bri13 11 days ago
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this and was so happy I did!! A very fun read that will keep you guessing 'til the very end. Highly recommended.
aepstone 11 days ago
All the best elements of a great YA thriller are here -- high stakes, great characters, and a fast pace that hooks you immediately and doesn't let go. I loved this one!
JenacideByBibliophile 11 days ago
Actual Rating: 4.5 Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss+ for an honest review. The Queen Bee. The Jock. The Brains. The Stoner. The Loner. & The Orchestra Geek. It’s The Breakfast Club meets Saw!
sara_t 11 days ago
This. is. so. good! Rife with tension, teenage drama, a love triangle, backstabbing, and secrets — not to mention a syringe of poison and a bomb (!) — All Your Twisted Secrets is Agatha Christie meets The Breakfast Club and the perfect YA thriller to keep you up all night. The premise of Urban’s captivating novel has six high school seniors receiving the same invitation to an awards ceremony. But when they arrive, the only door soon locks, trapping them inside with no cell service, no way out, and a note promising they will all die if they don’t choose one among them to kill. This was an easy sell for me, and I was greedy to unearth all the kids’ secrets soon after the story began. All Your Twisted Secrets brings back the juiciest bits of high school — from crushes and flirting to college applications and career goals — all tied in with the most thrilling, edge-of-your-seat plot I’ve read in ages. And the ending will astound you. If you’re looking for a captivating YA, a truly heart-pounding thriller, a teen drama, or just a fun, quick read, look no further than All Your Twisted Secrets. I highly recommend this one.
DNP23 11 days ago
Holy heck yes - this is a superb new YA thriller that totally had me gripped the whole way through! Six students arrive at a scholarship dinner, but suddenly they're locked in. On the table is a bomb, a syringe of poison, and a note saying they have to pick one of them to die — or they all do... I loved how the timeline unfurled as you find out what happened leading up to this dinner and you try to figure out who locked them in and why. The slow revealing of secrets was never predictable, and the end truly shocked me. Definitely recommend!
SVG 11 days ago
My first book by author Diana Urban was simply fascinating. The prose was perfectly Young Adult with each of the 6 characters leaving their mark on me. Every chapter revealed a facet of their lives bringing me closer to the truth. I would feel a strange giddiness in the pit of of my stomach as the deadline approached. Alternate chapters of past and present laid down the perfect synchrony of the action and the secret revealed. The author knew how to reel me in with a single swing. The prose made me react... I could feel my pulse spiking every few minutes. I was completely lost in the lives of these teens. The book was a perfect thriller where the secrets played hide and go seek with me.
TheCaffeinatedReader 11 days ago
Urban has a really great sense of timing and pacing, each chapter leaves you wanting to know what happens next whether it's in the past or in the future. Seriously, this book was addictive, and as far as debut novels go, she's got me hooked! I couldn't stop reading and so I finished it one go, on Friday the 13th no less [Urban's not the only one with a great sense of timing, jk jk]. Each character has their own reasons for being there, but is it because they did something wrong? And how easy is it to decide to kill someone you know? The choice is clear, pick one or you all go. Fantastic book, I don't want to write too long a review, it's a thriller, it's an escape/locked room, and there's six teens, one needle, and one bomb.
BookLoverx10 1 days ago
This book kept me hooked till the end. However, the ending was a little disappointing to me. Despite this fact, the ties between the past and the present was done very nicely and flowed with the story.
Anonymous 4 days ago
A fantastic debut by Diana Urban! The flashbacks were so well woven into the present day and the story was so captivating that I couldn't wait to find out where it was going and how it was going to end. A great quick read YA thriller that you will definitely want to add to your 2020 reading list!
HelloJennyReads 6 days ago
All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban is the story of six teens who were offered a wonderful scholarship that they are supposed to attend a dinner to accept but this dinner ends up becoming an escape room from hell scenario. What could six seemingly random teenagers have in common besides being invited to a scholarship dinner? Well, for one, most of them are or have been friends. Two, a few of them had a hand in damaging some of the lives of the others. Three, they all have secrets that lead someone to lock them in a room with no choice but to murder one of them or they all die. What would you have to do to someone to make them angry enough to kill? This story was very interesting. There were so many layers and histories that it was very fun having them unravel before you. The plot goes back and forth between past and present and it leads us up to the inevitable end where everyone's secrets are left out in the open but it turns out even the person who locked them in the room had it all wrong. Well, maybe not ALL wrong. It was around the halfway point when I started to realize who the 'bad guy' was but the motive still wasn't entirely clear. By the end of the book, I still didn't fully put it all together and was very shocked by the conclusion. So many lives potentially ruined because of bullying and revenge and the worst part is... Bullying. Happens. Every. Day.  In the end, this story was very suspenseful even though some of the secrets weren't all that big. But the plot ran a lot deeper than just some forced escape room shenanigans. I enjoyed all the layers to the story and I'm glad it wasn't just a face value plot. I am also glad the book managed to be like One of Us is Lying without being a replica. Overall, I gave the book 4/5 stars.
WordsLikeStars 9 days ago
Years after her death, Agatha Christie continues to inspire murder-mystery novels, and years from now we will still see the legacy of her writing in other authors' works. While it doesn't stand out as a full retelling, All Your Twisted Secrets shows enough similarities to Christie's And Then There Were None to make it noteworthy. It was easily the hook that drew me to the story. The premise is easy to grasp: six teenagers, who attend the same school and are connected—if not by friendship then certainly by past circumstances—are invited to dinner with the ruse of a $20,000 scholarship win, and become locked in not long after they all arrive. Soon after, tensions arise, secrets come out, and the six teens begin to turn against each other while racing against the clock to either choose one among themselves to kill, or succumb as one to the threat that is posed against them by the person that locked them in. You can't help but race through this book, it's compulsively easy to read and entertaining. I appreciated the way that the chapters were set up, at once going into the past to show how characters related to one another depending on where they were in the present, while the clock counted down their hour locked together. But there's a usual sense of urgency that captures moments like these that I did not feel while I read this book. While it's a great novel with which to pass the time, I wasn't as invested in the characters' determination to get out as I should have been. Sure, yes, they are clearly aware that they need to escape, but there's a lot of repetition from them that something bad is going in, and it didn't really reach a high emergency level until halfway through the novel. One of the best chapters in the story is the revelation that Sasha was the girl who bullied Maggie, Amber's sister, and who was inadvertently the reason why Maggie hit such a dangerous level of depression before ultimately committing suicide. It's such a sensitive topic, and was such a big part of Amber's life after her sister's death that the reaction it received was very well created. I don't know that Sasha deserved to die, herself, as a result of being a bully to Maggie—and then to Priya. She's an absolutely abhorrent human being, driven by pure selfishness that cannot be excused no matter what she may have lost on account of her accident. But death is such a final and harsh end to someone that has done such horrible things, it's almost as if she missed out on her true punishment. The wrap-up of the story was alright, but nothing to be excited about. Amber's recounting of how she set everything up—while naming herself as the person who actually planned and executed the hour-long lockup of the other five teenagers—was overly long and full of details that were not always necessary. Even at the end, as she tells Diego and Priya that she's going to tell the police what she did, she goes on and on about why she's doing it and what the importance behind her actions are. This is part of the reason why some of the novel holds a casual tone rather than the necessary earnestness that it deserves: events are at times drawn out for longer than it is necessary. I'm still a huge fan of this theme in mystery novels, and while All Your Twisted Secrets doesn't necessarily offer anything new, it's still a pleasant read.
eleventhirteenpm 11 days ago
Well, I absolutely loved this idea and was excited to dive into the story. Sadly, I’m wondering if 3 stars is too high. I liked Amber well enough. She’s super passionate about music...and that is all. Really, this entire cast is fairly flat and only cares about their stereotypical attribute. The dynamic between the characters did start out interesting, but quickly fell flat. Plot wise, it was intriguing. I enjoyed the past and present chapters and how it helped to tell the story. However, scenes did get repetitive and slowly leached away the tension of the story. The build up did come back and go in a direction I didn’t expect, but then it was the end and the ending chapter left a lot of be desired. Overall, it was an interesting idea, but something kept me from loving it. FYI: talks of bullying and suicide **Huge thanks to Harper Teen for providing the arc free of charge**