“Keeping secrets from me was keeping me safe. Well, at least safer than the alternative.”
Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. Yup! That’s definitely true here.
Locket Full of Secrets is a YA suspense novel mixing friendship, betrayal, and the coverup of the catastrophic events in Chernobyl.
Claire, our main character, is good friends with Olena, but Olena always seems to be hiding something from her. While at college, Claire meets Steven. They have a connection, develop a friendship, and then, possibly, begin to develop deeper feelings for one another, but Olena comes hurtling back into Claire’s life and the three go on a life-altering and life-threatening quest for truth.
This is a quick, easy read. The language is light and perfectly suited for young readers — high school appropriate for sure. That said, I grew a little weary of the clichéd writing, some plot holes, and Claire’s over-all naiveté.We get it, kid. You’re emotional.
I also wish the book had been a little longer. There needed to be less repetition, particularly of simple phrases, and more description and development. In particular, I wish the author had taken some time to describe Kiev. Most readers will have a frame of reference for the small, generic U.S. towns in Ohio or Michigan, but most of us will not have visuals to draw on for the trios’ adventures overseas.
Overall, a decent YA suspense novel. Definitely check it out if you’re looking for a fast-paced, actiony adventure and/or if you have an affinity for things Ukrainian.
**Side-note: I finished this yesterday, around the same time this article was published. Eerie timing!**
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.