I don’t remember where I heard about Keep This To Yourself, but I put Tom Ryan‘s latest on my TBR a few months back, and was excited to get the notification that it had been released.
From the publisher:
It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim.
But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all. Now nobody—friends, neighbors, or even the sexy stranger with his own connection to the case—is beyond suspicion.
Sensing that someone is following his every move, Mac struggles to come to terms with his true feelings towards Connor while scrambling to uncover the truth.
This was a quick, fun mystery/thriller about a boy trying to find the serial killer who murdered his friend a year earlier.
I liked the pace, the story kept moving, and the relationships between the group of friends felt authentic. I also appreciated that the protagonist is a gay teen and that it wasn’t treated as a big deal by those around him.
There are a few false leads and twists to keep the reader guessing right up until the end.
I had it in my mind that Keep This To Yourself was Ryan’s debut, but he’s written a number of young adult novels, so I will be adding those to my TBR.