Finished All Your Twisted Secrets by Diana Urban. I received a copy for review.
Summary (from Goodreads):
“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 selecting.
What 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 dies.
Amber 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?”
This is an incredibly fun novel, one that is immediately engaging. There’s obviously a lot to figure out (who set this up? Why were these particular people chosen? What do you do in this situation?) and I had a hard time trying to do anything else until I finished. (I would definitely advise that you start this on a Saturday morning, say. And even though this is almost 400 pages, they fly by.
I loved Amber and wanted her to be OK and to be able to figure out a way to escape and/or keep everyone alive. (Her fellow captives aren’t as invested in the idea of everyone surviving.)
I’ve had a hard time focusing lately, so this was a really welcome read. Here’s to distractions during a pandemic, right? Recommended.