Book Review “All Her Secrets” Kate Avery Ellison

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Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too-distant future


Eighteen-year-old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She’s been trying to forget the incident ever since.

When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped.


Sam’s just a poor kid from Valley City, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.


Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam form an unexpected bond. They conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then, they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.

With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.

And secrets can be deadly.


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First lines: I’d always thought I’d probably die suddenly, unexpectedly, a car wreck on a foggy morning or a brain aneurysm during a workout. I could never imagine a slow ebb into the other side, a gradual slide into death brought about by a wasting illness or old age. I figured it would be fast. 

“All Her Secrets” begins with the memory of a rather horrible event in Victoria’s life. Her paranoia from this near death experience sets the tone for the rest of the novel. Things are tense from front cover to back. Victoria may appear to have it all with her high profile family and luxurious life but, her father is well hated by the populace. His inventions have destroyed a town and the lives of many within it.

Everything that happens next is one twist after another until finally all is revealed. Some of the twists are a bit predictable but others will completely blow you away. Most I never saw coming. I was thoroughly entertained.

The world this book illustrates is the fruition of what many scientists and civilians have speculated on for decades. When factories become automated there was public outcry for the prospective loss of jobs. This story is in many ways that fear brought to life in vivid detail. It was interesting to see the world through those eyes.

Victoria is a very likable character. Though she is rich and well connected her life is far from carefree and I feel like this brought the reader closer to her as the main character. Her humility and depth added yards of realism to the story. People are layered and I enjoy when authors understand an implement that philosophy. 

This was one heck of a Scifi book. I hope to see more from this author in the future.

5 stars.

5 stars

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The Technical Data:

Title: All Her Secrets  | Series:  N/A  |  Author(s):  Kate Avery Ellison |Publisher: Kate Avery Ellison  Publishing / Publication Date: 10-18-2016 |Pages: 290 (Print) | ISBN: B01L5557NS |Genre(s): Science Fiction |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 10-17-2016 |Source: Copy from Netgally

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