[[ Free eBook ]] All Your Twisted SecretsAuthor Diana Urban – Collateralloan.co

This thrilling debut, reminiscent of new fan favorites like One of Us Is Lying and the beloved classics by Agatha Christie, will leave readers guessing until the explosive ending Welcome to dinner, and again, congratulations on being selected Now you must do the selectingWhat 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 diesAmber 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


10 thoughts on “All Your Twisted Secrets

  1. Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) Hailey (Hailey in Bookland) says:

    3.5 3.75 have to mull it over a bit still.


  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    This book has perfect set up and intriguing plot idea Breakfast Club meet Saw and Escape Room with Agatha Christie novels whodunit vibes and small similarities with One of Us is Lying A musical genius, popular athlete, drug dealer, queen bee, outcast, entrepreneur geek gets a dinner invitation That are selected six people to get 20K scholarship with bright future lies ahead of them Or not Because the entire diner organization is a trap They re locked in their sweet dining room with ti This book has perfect set up and intriguing plot idea Breakfast Club meet Saw and Escape Room with Agatha Christie novels whodunit vibes and small similarities with One of Us is Lying A musical genius, popular athlete, drug dealer, queen bee, outcast, entrepreneur geek gets a dinner invitation That are selected six people to get 20K scholarship with bright future lies ahead of them Or not Because the entire diner organization is a trap They re locked in their sweet dining room with ticking bomb it about to explode in one hour and a poisonous There is note instruct them they will decide who is going to die in one hour to save themselves Let the game begins and find the jigsaw master who pulls the strings of these six puppets Minor spoiler five puppets because one of them is the master Let s find the one who knocks and who is the danger I loved the promising, exciting start and fast entrance but as I resumed my reading I lost my interest definitely because The story started to repeat itself and lost its action packed excitement The characters are so dull, boring and they re categorized with one word Amber is musical genius and I cannot find too many adjective to describe her Neither the author did Sasha is bitch and queen bee and See, I didn t find anything to like or dislike about them because they haven t been developed yet They seems like they stuck in their mom s wombs and they need at least sixmonths for their birth Creation ache should be something like that So sorry but those characters are too raw, too shapeless, unlayered The puppet master, perpetrator is so predictable and ending was also hmm okay but not earth or soul shattering kind of conclusion.So I m giving 2.5 stars only for amazing cover illustration and promising start but this is one of my Switzerland, I don t like or hate it, let s meet in the middle kind of mediocre reading I was expecting so muchbut I truly disappointed.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter


  3. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    3.5 stars Arriving at a purported scholarship dinner, Amber Prescott, and a very selective few of her classmates, quickly discover something isn t right.The teens seem to be the only ones in the local restaurant and after the door to the banquet room closes, they re locked in When the purpose of them being trapped is revealed, they realize they have an important decision to make.They have to choose one amongst them to die If they don t, they all will be killed.Alternating between the presen 3.5 stars Arriving at a purported scholarship dinner, Amber Prescott, and a very selective few of her classmates, quickly discover something isn t right.The teens seem to be the only ones in the local restaurant and after the door to the banquet room closes, they re locked in When the purpose of them being trapped is revealed, they realize they have an important decision to make.They have to choose one amongst them to die If they don t, they all will be killed.Alternating between the present timeline and the months leading up to the night of the action, this story pieces together the relationship dynamics of all the characters.Amber is our narrator She is a musical prodigy, whose main goal is to go to USC for musical composition The other characters include Queen Bee, Sasha, Amber s ex BFF, Priya, Amber s boyfriend, Robbie, bad boy, Scott, and childhood entrepreneur, Diego.The characters were stereotypical, but generally I don t mind that and I didn t really mind it here.While the set up was compelling, I was hoping for a bitof a mystery This seemed like a dramatic YA Contemporary to me, with a teensy tiny bit of suspense sprinkled over the top.While some of the interactions between the teens were interesting, it just wasn t what I was looking for Overall, it was entertaining, though I wouldn t say particularly memorable If you are looking for a quick, dramatic story though, it s absolutely worth reading, just expectdrama than suspense


  4. Arini Arini says:

    The thing about being trapped in a room with five other people, a bomb, and a syringe of lethal poison is that at some point, shit s going downThere s something to be said about recycled ideas that just never get old All Your Twisted Secrets is blurbed to be a redolent ofOne of Us Is Lyingand classic mystery thrillers by the likes of Agatha Christie It s a great marketing strategy bcs I as were other readers, I believe was caught like a fish on a hook for that one littThe thing about being trapped in a room with five other people, a bomb, and a syringe of lethal poison is that at some point, shit s going downThere s something to be said about recycled ideas that just never get old All Your Twisted Secrets is blurbed to be a redolent ofOne of Us Is Lyingand classic mystery thrillers by the likes of Agatha Christie It s a great marketing strategy bcs I as were other readers, I believe was caught like a fish on a hook for that one little bait However, despite the author s best efforts to give the book its own spin, it just fell short for me.That s not to say it isn t good It s still a pleasant read It just doesn t have what I m hoping to find in a genre such as this That being said, this book is readlike your average high school contemporaries with requisites of friendship drama, miscommunication, fluffy romance, and some type of imminent future college or career goals plotline Add a sprinkle of mystery on top and you re good to go.I m okay with this kind of scenario You know I liked the book One of Us Is Next. But it all come back to the fact that I wanted darkness and thrills and creeps which this book delivered very little of Rather than giving me all the chills and tingly scary feelings, this book committed itself to being a teaching life moment by incorporating themes, such as bullying, suicide, death, violence, PTSD, and drug abuse Again, I m not mad about it But where s the fun in that All Your Twisted Secrets is told from the viewpoint of one of the six characters, Amber Prescott, in a short bursts of present day and extended flashback that lead up to the fateful night inside the locked room I get that this was supposed to help build suspense, but much to my annoyance, this only served as to diminish my sense of urgency in figuring out the culprit There s a lot of repetition that I was tempted to just skip the flashback chapters I didn t Basically, some tea got spilled in the locked room Then we are thrown some time into the past that showcases how said dirty little secret came to be This setup is not entirely useless bcs we find out how the characters are connected to each other and this, in fact, also helped me find my own suspect I should tell you that the BIG REVEAL was not at all shocking bcs I CALLED IT However, there s one other plot twist that did make me feel like the rug was pulled under my feet.The wrap up chapters explain in great detail the motive behind the bogus dinner and locked room shindig as well as how the perpetrator organizes the whole arrangement in carrying out the plan It was quite an unnecessary recount of the events, but I suppose it s good to have all the facts I also liked the ending What with this book being an after school special life lessons I appreciate the underlying message that we should always take full responsibilities of our actions.All in all, despite the commonality of the storyline and themes, All Your Twisted Secrets is a noteworthy debut Admittedly, it s a watered down version of what I would ve liked to consume as the overall tone is rather light Nevertheless, I won t be quitting this type of books anytime soon bcs I enjoy reading them and still have yet to find my favorite If you re drawn to this book bcs of all the Breakfast Club meets Saw reference, then go for it Expect cat fights and bitch slaps, but don t hope for gore and mayhem.Read Alikes One of Us Is Lying One of Us Is Next


  5. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    The May Reading Vlog aka tier listing 30 books is up Now that you know where this one ranks, click the link to check out the rest The Written Review Congratulations It is our pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient Amber Prescott musical genius along with a few friends were invited to a scholarship dinner with the Mayor.Only when they arrived, the reception they expected was far less than welcoming The massive oak door behind me slamm The May Reading Vlog aka tier listing 30 books is up Now that you know where this one ranks, click the link to check out the rest The Written Review Congratulations It is our pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient Amber Prescott musical genius along with a few friends were invited to a scholarship dinner with the Mayor.Only when they arrived, the reception they expected was far less than welcoming The massive oak door behind me slammed shut with such force it reverberated through my chest Stuck in the room with five others, Amber quickly realized they re locked in the room.There s a single note explaining that one of them must die in order for the rest of them to leave this room.And there s a syringe full of poison strong enough to kill them all with a single drop.Who will it be Stoner Loser Miss Popularity The star athlete The questions are endlesstime on the other handis not I spent the last hour wondering if I would die tonight. Whew.This book came out of the gate swinging Punch after punch with the way the six students were stuck in the building, the pressure from the decision making and the steadily increasing tension all wowed me.But considering that the present of this book was an hour long event, much of the page space was devoted to flashbacks to round out the world and the character s reasoning That started to take some of the momentum away.And, there s only so many times you can swap who you want to kill before it gets a little samey.However, the ending RAMPED back up once the decision was made and the after events were equally wild.The main thing that kept it from being any higher was that the VERY end of the book was a bit of a downer I wanted that high energy did they really get away with all that sort of feel and the direction the book took just felt too logical or realistic to truly be satisfying to me


  6. Candace Robinson Candace Robinson says:

    First, I m big into thriller, mystery, and horror movies, but it s very hard for me to connect to those types of books I m glad I found one that broke through that barrier What I really liked about this one was that it was like the Breakfast Club meets Saw but not bloody or with crazy contraptions Even though the story is told from Amber s perspective, I felt that each character was well developed I felt bad for some, wanted to slap some, and wanted to hug some of them I don t always read bo First, I m big into thriller, mystery, and horror movies, but it s very hard for me to connect to those types of books I m glad I found one that broke through that barrier What I really liked about this one was that it was like the Breakfast Club meets Saw but not bloody or with crazy contraptions Even though the story is told from Amber s perspective, I felt that each character was well developed I felt bad for some, wanted to slap some, and wanted to hug some of them I don t always read books fast, but I flew through this one I especially loved the timeline of the story going back and forth between past and present to get the full story I can t say too much because I don t want to give the story away, but I will say it was fun yet also with life lessons that make you think about things, especially bullying and mental health Loved it


  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    Until the end I was going to rate this 4 stars Read on to find out what happened Everyone here knows that I live on the struggle bus with YA I still like to give it a try from time to time because there are stories that genuinely interest me This was one of them The cover reminded me of Sadie, and I thought the concept of 6 different teens being stuck in a room where they had to decide which one dies in an hour sounded intriguing I guess this is a pretty popular trope I didn t know that Until the end I was going to rate this 4 stars Read on to find out what happened Everyone here knows that I live on the struggle bus with YA I still like to give it a try from time to time because there are stories that genuinely interest me This was one of them The cover reminded me of Sadie, and I thought the concept of 6 different teens being stuck in a room where they had to decide which one dies in an hour sounded intriguing I guess this is a pretty popular trope I didn t know that so I m unable to compare to others So for me, I thought this was a great YA for the most part I thought the characters were well written although they fit the obvious stereotypes , but they didn t annoy the heck out of me There were complex issues that they dealt with in the book gun violence in schools, bullying, opioid drug use, stress perfection a lot of kids are dealing with to prepare for college, etc and I thought these aspects were written well and true to the teen experience today My attention was kept for the most part, but I do agree with other reviews I ve seen where it did get kind of repetitive after a while I was confused by the ending because I didn t see it coming at all which is okay and also points out how I m never good at guessing the end , but it didn t feel genuine to me I mean, at all Am I that gullible view spoiler I just felt like it was WAY outside Amber s character to do ESPECIALLY because of how her sister died from committing suicide as a victim of bullying So she is going to create this master plan which also, when did she have the time for this to trick six kids in an abandoned restaurant and pretend that they all need to figure out who is going to die by injecting poison with a syringe or a bomb will go off Ehhhh, I m way too skeptical about this hide spoiler I honestly think this wasof a shock factor plot device than anything and I wasn t on board Even if I was, the ending then just came to a screeching halt I was left with a lot of questions So I read this entire book and you re not even going to tell me how this really ends I was very annoyed It reminded me of The Scent Keeper where I was frantically scrolling my kindle to see if I missed a hidden chapter or something Just very bizaare.HOWEVER with that said to make everyone evenconfused if you re even still reading this , I would read another book by Ms Urban again There was enough good for me here to try again Hence, the 3 star rating.Thanks for sticking with me on this one I encourage you to read it and let me know if you agree regarding the end Thanks to Edelweiss, Harper Teen and Diana Urban for the opportunity to provide an honest review.Review Date 03 24 2020Publication Date 03 17 2020


  8. Diana Urban Diana Urban says:

    UPDATE 01 02 20 Preorder links are available here, and you can submit your receipt on that page to get a special gift a key necklace, a signed bookplate, a signed bookmark, the first 3 chapters emailed to you immediately , and access to an exclusive author Q A on 3 17._____I can t tell you how much it means to me that you re taking the time to consider, read, and review my book Your hard work makes it easier for readers to make informed decisions about the books they purchase, and the world UPDATE 01 02 20 Preorder links are available here, and you can submit your receipt on that page to get a special gift a key necklace, a signed bookplate, a signed bookmark, the first 3 chapters emailed to you immediately , and access to an exclusive author QA on 3 17._____I can t tell you how much it means to me that you re taking the time to consider, read, and review my book Your hard work makes it easier for readers to make informed decisions about the books they purchase, and the worlds they escape into So thank you I respect and value the opinions you share, whether positive or critical And reviews are for readers, not for authors As such, I will not seek out, comment on, or otherwise engage with reviews here on Goodreads or on book blogs However, if you d like me to signal boost your review, I d be thrilled to do so To alert me to your review, simply tag me on Instagram or Twitter DianaUrban I hope that you enjoy getting to know Amber as much as I enjoyed writing her And I hope this story keeps you up until 3 a.m CONTENT ADVISORY This book contains themes and or mentions of bullying, suicide, death, violence, post traumatic stress disorder, and drug abuse ORIGINAL POST OMG people are going to read my book Thanks so much to everyone who s checking out All Your Twisted Secrets and adding it to their Want to Read shelf I can t wait to share this story with you all


  9. jesse (ourdarkduets) jesse (ourdarkduets) says:

    HA I actually intended to rate this book three stars, but since Diana Urban is a debut author and I think this is one hell of a powerful debut, I m adding another star of appreciation slow hand claps Funny thing, I actually found out about this book right after I finished One of Us Is Next It came up on my recommendations and the synopsis sounds intriguing enough so of course I have to add it to my ever growing TBR list I was brimming with detective theories for One of Us Is Next and the fact HA I actually intended to rate this book three stars, but since Diana Urban is a debut author and I think this is one hell of a powerful debut, I m adding another star of appreciation slow hand claps Funny thing, I actually found out about this book right after I finished One of Us Is Next It came up on my recommendations and the synopsis sounds intriguing enough so of course I have to add it to my ever growing TBR list I was brimming with detective theories for One of Us Is Next and the fact that this book came to me at the exact right moment It could ve been destiny Fairly enough I might add, the synopsis sounds a hell lot like Karen McManus debut novel One of Us Is Lying with the breakfast club style squad But All Your Twisted Secrets has an escape room and a bomb I didn t just fall for it because I don t think escape room would make such a good story have you watched the movie called escape room or something It s horrible and ridiculous but apparently it didn t and I ended up liking this one First of all, let s start with the basics enter our narrator, Amber Prescott, an ambitious music prodigy who dreams to be a scorer for Hollywood movie soundtracks, hence the reason she was so hell bent on getting to USC during the entirety of the book Amber might not nail her SATs, but her talents are dayum so it s no surprise that she got invited, along with five others, to this scholarship thing y, supposedly held by the mayor I think it s the mayor So there s that, there s food and stuff But once six of them were in the reserved room, the door closed on them and they re locked Unsurprisingly, there are two things along with the food on the table, a bomb and a syringe, along with a note to kill one of them or the bomb will go off The story is told in intersecting parts, one in the present, and another taking place in the past rubs hands Just like I said, I ended up liking this book despite feeling discouraged But this book is kind of one of my most anticipated releases, I ve been dying to get my hands on another YA mystery thriller that isn t Karen McManus not like that Karen, I love your books okay It s just a genre that s easy to find and I m glad to see that this book met my expectations, for a debut author I like the pacing and the book is such a page turner I even finished it in a day I can t put it down Though I admit the past chapters went a bit slow and I was kind of hoping that it would end so I could get to the present chapters I like it when thrillers also insert mundane teen stuff like stealing your boyfriend, the bitch queen bee or shit but like I said, some of them are unimportant and doesn t contribute to the main story we re working on here, and when you read thrillers, are you care about is the revelation These parts were too repetitive and too long The present chapters were fast and nerve racking enough that I want to know what happened next, it s basically the only thing that kept me going The plot, and the events leading up to the present is plotted in a good way and Diana Urban added some cool foreshadowing that would leave readers especially the ones new into the genre scratching their heads and saying WHY DIDN T I THINK OF THATWell I kind of guessed the culprit right, I actually guessed a lot of things right, but I think that s because I read too much of these books already that nothing surprises me any But all things aside, when the plot twist bomb dropped, I was actually intrigued and feeling victorious Though the plot and pacing is good, the past chapters are actually too repetitive for me and there were lots of unimportant stuff in there that I don t really care about so I was mildly annoyed All I wanted was to finish them and get back to the present chapter which wasinteresting.Since this is Diana Urban s debut novel, I think she did a solid good work on this one but I think she could improve on some things, she has potential I can feel it I mean she has to start somewhere right The first problem I noticed was that few dialogues actually felt too forced and it doesn t come naturally, especially in the beginning, for exampleFortunately I ve been blessed with the talent of microwaving popcorn myselfI don t know about you but who speaks like that I mean there are lots of them but I didn t keep track of it That s just the one I remembered because I stifled a laugh.As of the characters, I think Diana Urban needs to workon them I get these characters Yes, I also felt sympathy and all that stuff Also, weaving a story with six characters in the spotlight is no easy job But some characters, even Priya are like paper characters to me and I find it hard to imagine them as well, people.Also I kind of don t like that Sasha is such a bitch I mean I know she s meant to be that way but I want some conflicted feelings Now writing about her as if she s the biggest bitch in the world, and all of our characters agreeing to that statement too, makes her uninteresting It seems like she s only there to be the villain you know And suddenly she s another paper character I also like Scott and I think his sarcastic remarks is like a candle in the dark and it keeps the situation light weight even though everything was going to hell but his sarcasm came so often that he feels like he doesn t have any personality because we couldn t look past his sarcastic fa ade.SPOILERY SECTION Actually if the book ended up differently I was going to say that I don t like how Amber looked to be the only one who has a brain and the others were either panicky or has anxiety issues If it ended any different, I was going to complain that the author doesn t give the others the spotlight So I kind of got suspicious of her I actually wrote so in my reading progress and it basically spoiled the entire book and I m so proud of myself.When did I guess it might be her I don t know it s just that my gut feeling said so and it would be such a good twist it reminded me so much of Dangerous Girls, with all the unreliable narrator thing going on Also along the way of reading the past chapters, I can t help but feel like Sasha was manipulating her all along like do you really need booze just to convince someone And how could the entire drama club not make it to a party Surely at least somebody could make it Unless of course, Sasha didn t invite them at all So in that case, if that s true, then Amber must ve been the person with a lot against Sasha When I found out that Natasha Jane is the name of the girl who bullied Maggie, well man that was the exact time I knew it was Amber all along I actually had a friend whose name is Natasha and goes by Sasha Who even name their kid just Sasha It has to come from a longer name I also find it hard to wrap around the fact that Amber didn t fucking knew You re in the same class as this girl, you literally spent time with her Okay, Sasha not knowing about Maggie is acceptable since Amber doesn t talk about it but how can you not know the name of your so called best friend who actually have classes with you That s just plain ridiculous Sherlock out


  10. Ari Ari says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Blog Instagram TwitterB N Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine. I wanted to prevent people from hurting anyone else the way they hurt Maggie.But the last hour was born out of anger,desperation, and revengeand now I had to find forgiveness. 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 Blog Instagram TwitterBN Thank you Edelweiss and HarperTeen for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine. I wanted to prevent people from hurting anyone else the way they hurt Maggie.But the last hour was born out of anger,desperation, and revengeand now I had to find forgiveness. 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