ARC Review: The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Thank you so much to Wednesday Books and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep! The summary of this book sounds so much like TV shows that I love, so I was sure that I would love The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep- unfortunately though, there were a few things about this book that made it… not my favorite. The last maybe 25% of the book definitely made the rest of the book a lot better though.

The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Bestselling author Laurie Faria Stolarz returns with The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep, a thrilling novel of an eighteen-year-old girl’s search for answers and what she finds instead.

Four days…
Trapped in a well, surrounded by dirt, scratching at the walls trying to find a way out.
Four days of a thirst so strong, that when it finally rains, I drink as much as possible from the dripping walls, not even caring how much dirt comes with it.

Six months…
Since my escape. Since no one believed I was taken to begin with – from my own bed, after a party, when no one else was home…
Six months of trying to find answers and being told instead that I made the whole incident up.

One month…
Since I logged on to the Jane Anonymous site for the first time and found a community of survivors who listen without judgment, provide advice, and console each other when needed.
A month of chatting with a survivor whose story eerily mirrors my own: a girl who’s been receiving triggering clues, just like me, and who could help me find the answers I’m searching for.

Three days…
Since she mysteriously disappears, and since I’m forced to ask the questions: will my chance to find out what happened to me vanish with her? And will I be next?

So I kept waiting and waiting for the story to progress and for the things in this summary to happen, and they didn’t really all come to pass until 75% into the book, which feels like really far into the book. Also, the switching from past to present seemed really weirdly done and sometimes it was hard to really understand what was going on. I’m sure that this was just an issue with the eARC/formatting, but it kept throwing me off. The book in general made me really sad- no one believed Terra about being kidnapped but she knew it had happened. There was so much trauma there and it hard to read, but when we got to the real action of the book, it was so good and I loved that part. That whole section really made the book for me- without that, I probably would have given it a lower star rating, and I honestly may not have finished it at all. I think if this book was translated into a TV show/series, I might have enjoyed it more, because I feel like with those kinds of creative liberties, Terra’s story would have been brought to life in such a compelling and powerful way (well, at least the 75% I wasn’t interested in). While most of this book wasn’t for me, I do think that this book is worth a read if you enjoy that creepy/thriller/crime drama type of read, just be sure you know that the first 3/4 of the book are going to be slow goings.

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Last Secret You’ll Ever Keep by Laurie Faria Stolarz

    • Ugh that’s so frustrating!!! This one also did this thing when online messages were being sent on the anonymous chat site, sometimes it would say F04C at the end of some of the messages and it was so weird and so many reviewers of the eARC were like huh? I assumed it was a formatting issue and it looks like the author said it was on Goodreads too- what a mess haha

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