Jul 06, 2020
Secret Lies
Posted by Amy Dunne

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 thWould 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

  • Title: Secret Lies
  • Author: Amy Dunne
  • ISBN: 9781626390119
  • Page: 383
  • Format: ebook
  • Secret Lies 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 bump


    The tale takes place in Brassley, a large town in the East Midlands of England I needed to wing it a bit when school references that would be second nature to locals got bandied about, but I didn t find that too distracting and I enjoyed trying to equate the situations to my own experiences in the United States Nicola, one of the leading gals, has just faced a bolt or die scenario and with a few scraps of survival genes still firing she races out of her home only to moments later smack right int [...]


    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Unfortunately, I did not like this book What bothered me than anything was how quickly Jenny comes to accept Nicola I understand the severity of the situation, but the moment they meet Jenny is trying to prove something in terms of friendship and that she can get close to someone I liked Nicola and I enjoyed her point of view and seeing the torment she was subjected to through her eyes, as well as Jenny s but it was [...]

    Littles Books

    With a very fast moving plot and a few good twists, this story about two teenage girls falling in love with each other puts us through a whole range of issues From teenage drama, to abusive households, through self hatred and self harm, sexual discovery, appearances and faith, Ms Dunne takes them all.Nicola Jackson is an abused stepdaughter with a clueless mother and a disgustingly evil stepfather Jennifer O Connor, a social butterfly, popular and the perfect daughter, is also a self cutter with [...]


    I started this book, but DNF The opening chapter is all telling, with little showing While in the next chapter, we re right in the midst of a violently abusive scene, with far too much showing Books that make readers voyeurs of a scene of abuse can be really offensive, asking even if unintentionally their readers to take pleasure in watching a scene of abuse Unless the writing is strong enough to push the reader out of that voyeur position in some way, that is Unfortunately, the writing here was [...]

    Ian Wood

    This is the complete review as it appears on my blog Blog reviews may contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates and modifications on the blog be replicated here.I rated this novel a worthy read.Warning spoilers Amy Dunne was raised in Derbyshire, England, just like me, so how can I not review her novel Well, I wouldn t if it looked like it was boring or outside of my interest range, but I d already decided that this one was worth a look before I knew from whence its author ha [...]


    This review was originally posted francesandlynne.wordpress The time she spent with Nicola, the she liked her Which was strange, considering she generally didn t like many people But liking Nicola wasn t enough to deter her She remained adamant she would discover Nicola s dark secret Another of her own darker qualities, which she d failed to mention earlier, was she always got what she wanted in the end, even if it was at someone else s expense Jenny in Secret Lies by Amy DunneI first came acr [...]

    Velvet Lounger

    Jenny is one of those popular girls who appear to have it all She is attractive, put together, confident The other girls want to be her, the boys want to have her But underneath the false bravado is a mess She blames herself for the death of her adored Gran, hates what she has made herself into and the never ending pretence to keep it up She hates herself to the point of self harm She has sought help, but that doesn t stop the feelings, doesn t stop the pain Nic is the outcast Wearing her winter [...]

    Ruby Ridge

    Very few books keep you awake at night thinking about then this was one.Only criticism is that as with many of this type of book it feels too rushed, maybe the authors are help to a word limit If it was rewritten to a longer time frame would be a classic hint.Not a light read but nice ending.


    Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFictionDisclosure I received a free copy of this book from the author publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.When the author approached me about reviewing this book I was really excited by the sound of it, and I am always on the lookout for LBGTQ YA fiction Secret Lies follows teenagers Jenny and Nicola who develop a close relationship after Nicola moves in with Jenny to escape her mother s abusive boyfriend.Firstly this book is an inte [...]

    Heather A

    I snagged a copy of this book from Netgalley when it was available as a Read It Now.An enjoyable contemporary lesbian romance Which is always nice to see in YA books When I read the blurb it was the relationship that appealed to me nobody girl falls in love with popular girl and have a secret relationship.Some mild plot spoilers The two girls in the story Nicola and Jenny are very different, Jenny is from a good wholesome Catholic family, whole her parents believe Jenny is a good girl Jenny has [...]

    Terry Baker

    After years of abuse at the hands of her step father, Nicola Jackson, Nic can t take any and finally leaves her family home She has nowhere to go and no friends she can turn to When Nic literally bumps into Jenny O Connor, one of the most popular girls in school, they hit it off right away and a friendship between them develops Soon they are best friends and sharing their deepest, darkest secrets Their friendship escalates into a romance that must, at all costs, be kept a secret Although Jenny [...]


    This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna I m really torn on SECRET LIES On one hand, I liked the relationship between the two main characters, and also liked that their love gave them both the strength to face their demons But on the other hand, I didn t believe how quickly that relationship developed, with Jenny bringing Nicola into her house after knowing her for a day, and then I love you being said within two weeks I did like how the author handled Jenny s character Jenny hurts he [...]


    Nicola has been abused for years but finally escapes from that terrible situation At exactly the right moment, she runs into Jenny, who has her own issues They are able to be there for each other in exactly the right way, and their relationship grows as they help each other to heal.Well, first the good I honestly liked the two characters, and enjoyed their developing romance There were a couple of good plot twists, and quite a few truly touching moments The author took on a lot, and made an inte [...]


    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I guess the generic title should have been a giveaway that Secret Lies would be a generic book full of clich d characters I didn t care much about either main character, and in fact, I didn t even like Jenny There wasn t anything special or particularly interesting about either of them What can I tell you about each of them Jenny was the poor little lonely popular girl, slept around with boys , and had a secret Nicola was a mis [...]

    Sassy Spratt

    When Nicola flees from her home, terrified of being murdered at the hand of her cruel abuser, she thinks life is over as she knows it Understandably she feels lost, confused and depressed Thinking no one cares for her, she has no plan in mind except to escape Everything changes when she runs into her fellow classmate, Jenny Jenny was a character I slowly learned to enjoy At first she seemed just like the rest of her friends, stuck up and quick to judge I personally hate people who act like that [...]

    Trader (RedHotBlueReads)

    I liked the subject matter of this story, with Jenny and Nicola discovering their sexuality, but I thought there lacked execution It could have been a much stronger story There was a lot of telling, which became obvious toward the end of the book, and this made for a very uneven pacing.There was a bunch of things I just couldn t believe I could believe the circumstances of Jenny and Nicola s meeting, but I just had a really hard time believing that their strong relationship developed over a two [...]

    Ameliah Faith

    Wonderful Debut BookI 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 [...]

    Kristen Cansler

    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 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 [...]


    Being new to the world of lesbian ficton and especially Young Adult I was unsure of what to expect maybe a soppy love story However, I was definitely pleased that Amy addressed difficult topics and while this might not be for everyone, it made the characters much real and relatable Life isn t perfect and things rarely go according to plan, and this book really is a celebration of that and finding the opportunities and the best in all situations.It was easy to invest emotionally in the character [...]


    This was a powerful story, very well told It dealt sympathetically with the difficult subjects of self harming and physical abuse I must admit I had put off reading this book because of the subjects involved, which were a bit close to home, but once I started I was pulled along by the momentum of the story Amy did not paint the main characters to be whiter than white, in fact she drew the flaws of their personalities as well as their good points Both Jenny and Nic, as young as they were, showed [...]

    Jake Smith

    Wow What an incredibly interesting and enjoyable book this is to read It is one of those books that you can t put down once you ve picked it up You are left on a cliff hanger at the end of every chapter, which evokes excitement and tension for the reader Every minor detail of every character has been skilfully depicted by the author which makes it very fascinating It not only concentrates on how young gay couples face challenges in society, but cleverly shows many dark scenarios read the book to [...]


    This is a very well written story about two high school girls from opposite ends of the popularity spectrum who happen to find each other Both of them have very sad backgrounds and help each other in their healing process The only thing I didn t like was that it ended abruptly and not well thought out But overall, it is an excellent read I would read this again.

    Elisa Rolle

    2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention 5 from at least 1 judge

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