Would you face your biggest fear, to save the one you love?
Nicola Jackson escapes from her abuser, only to realize she has no one to turn to and nowhere to go. In a twist of fate, she accidentally bumps into Jenny O’Connor, the most popular girl at school. They strike up an unlikely friendship. As their trust in each other develops, they share their darkest secrets, and their relationship blossoms into a secret romance.
Jenny loves Nicola, but she is fearful that if their secret relationship is discovered, she might lose her family, friends, and her seemingly perfect life.
Nicola confronts her abuser and blackmails him to leave for good, but things go terrifyingly wrong. Jenny is left with a life-changing dilemma: should she face her fear and accept who she is, or let Nicola take the blame and pretend their relationship never happened?
|Publisher:||Bold Strokes Books|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.80(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Amy was raised in Derbyshire, England. She attended Keele University and graduated in 2007 with a BSc in philosophy and psychology. After graduating, she worked for a while with vulnerable young people until she moved on to delivering adult training courses. She is currently in the process of setting up her own business, which is an exciting prospect. She is engaged to her lovely partner, Lou, who is also a massive fan of Dolly Parton. They have two gorgeous cats and a very naughty puppy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wonderful Debut Book I do not usually read YA but I was given a copy of Secret Lies and I truly quite enjoyed it. This story revolves around a pair of 17 yr olds as they discover their sexuality and feelings for each other. Each girl is coping with a trauma, one past, one current. Together they put into effect Nic's plan to end her abuse as Jenny comes to terms with her painful past and present. It has been a LONG time since I was a YA but I do remember everything being so all consuming and desperate, the “If it doesn't happen NOW I might die” feelings. Despite their problems and fears, both girls have hope and strength. They face their problems the best way they know how. These girls were brave and easy to care about. I found myself afraid for them both as well as happy for them as they conquered their challenges. The ending was wonderfully sweet and nicely wrapped up the tale. I was afraid the intimacy between the two leads would leave me feeling like a pervert (at my age I am FAR from Ms. Dunne's target audience) but it was handled really well. I didn't feel awkward and the scenes were not just tossed in for the sake of it. They were put in place because they fit and held true for the story. This is a really good book and I can safely say for Ya and adult alike. Thank you Ms. Dunne.
What a flashback to my own teenage years! Amy Dunne masterfully captures the moods and emotions of these characters and blends them perfectly into this story. The attention paid to the characters enhances the story so much and makes it so much more enjoyable to watch these complex people evolve and grow throughout this book. This book is seeping with reality. Some of it is harsh and hard to read. It's all too real. It's another testament of Amy's that she can bring something to life so well that you feel it just like Nicola does. The evolution of romance is also told in a realistic way that brought a lot of emotions that I've experienced myself to the surface. If I had to sum up Secret Lies with only one word it would be realistic. Amy Dunne makes everything in this story come to life and capture your attention and heart. Secret Lies is packed with emotions. It isn't a book to be taken lightly. But still, I recommend it to anyone looking for more LGBT fiction. It tells a story that will resonate with you long after you've finished. **I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review with no compensation.