Sudden Secrets is an interesting YA book written by C. Lee McKenzie. It’s entertaining enough for anyone to enjoy, regardless of age. The storyline is easy to follow, and gives you enough history on the characters to allow you to relate and enjoy them. The character Cleo is a forlorn teenager with a heavy heart and great burden to carry. I really felt her heartache just leap off the pages. The tone of the story emphasizes the burden of the secret that Cleo is carrying, and how it affects her relationships with those around her. The supporting characters are as equally well developed, and readers can easily get attached. I love the descriptions of the small town, the oldness of the house, and the great detail of the deterioration of the yard. These details set the tone for the story. The strain of the secret that Cleo’s family carries can be felt in the pages as you read. Paired with the mystery of the house across the street, it's a well-written blend of mystery, angst, sorrow, and love. I look forward to reading more from C. Lee McKenzie.
Cleo has struggled to heal after her baby sister’s death, but the flashbacks to the accident won’t go away. With the move, she vows to keep her tragedy a secret and avoid pitying looks.
Something’s strange about the abandoned house across the street—flashes of light late at night and small flickers of movement that only someone looking for them would see.
Everyone says the house is deserted, but Cleo is sure it isn’t, and she’s sure whoever is inside is watching her.
In one night, Belleza’s life changes forever. So famous, her only choice is to hide her secret from the world so she can silence small town bigotry.
Then Cleo happens.
14+ due to adult situations