Can You Keep a Secret?

Finished Can You Keep a Secret? by RL Stine.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

R.L. Stine has built his legacy on scaring children and teenagers. Now he’s back with another spine-tingling tale of horror in this new Fear Street book about temptation, betrayal, and fear.

Eddie and Emma are high school sweethearts from the wrong side of the tracks. Looking for an escape their dreary lives, they embark on an overnight camping trip in the Fear Street Woods with four friends. As Eddie is carving a heart into a tree, he and Emma discover a bag hidden in the trunk. A bag filled with hundred-dollar bills. Thousands of them. Should they take it? Should they leave the money there? The six teens agree to leave the bag where it is until it’s safe to use it. But when tragedy strikes Emma’s family, the temptation to skim some money off of the top becomes impossible to fight. There’s only one problem. When Emma returns to the woods, the bag of money is gone, and with it, the trust of six friends with a big secret.

Packed with tension and sure to illicit shivers in its readers, this new Fear Street book is another terrifying tale from a master of horror.”

As you know, I am a huge fan of RL Stine and especially his Fear Street books.  I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read of his relaunch (every one but the one before this one, which I bought myself for my birthday!) and this one is probably my favorite.

There’s a major supernatural element (Emma is having all these dreams about wolves and there are wolf attacks going on in Shadyside) but I love the fact that she and her friends found a ton of money.  Obviously we all know that if we find a wallet or a bunch of money on the street, we turn it in, right? But what if you found several hundred thousand dollars and it’s obviously been hidden on purpose?  It’s clearly ill-gotten gains…so what do you do?

(Okay, I’d probably turn it in just because if pop culture has taught me anything, it’s that robbers will find you, torture you and kill you for even thinking about taking their money.)

This is creepy but also just ridiculously, incredibly fun.


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