Parents' Guide to

All Your Twisted Secrets

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Twisty tale of teens trapped in deadly locked-room thriller.

Book Diana Urban Horror 2020
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

An intense page turner...

Diana Urban's debut is a real page turner. I haven't read a book that fast in years - I couldn't put it down. I wasn't too far off in guessing who locked the teens in the room. That said, the novel tackles a lot of the stereotypes about high school, from drugs, bullies, manipulations, and suicide. The teens trapped in the back room of a restaurant are flawed, not the type of people you'd root for, but it is interesting to see how their stories intertwine. As expected, being in a locked room facing death brings out the worst in the teens and has tragic consequences. I'm still processing that ending though... There is quite a bit of f-bombs and other language present. The are discussions and innuendos regarding sex. Teen drinking and the dealing of drugs are present. There is also a character who struggles with the suicide of her older sister. The violence in the book is not graphic. High school students and older should be okay reading this book.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

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Teens grapple with the problem of who to throw under a bus in this murderous locked-room thriller in which toxic high school behavior takes center stage and chews up a lot of scenery. And that's before things get really bad. Narrator Amber struggles to be the voice of reason that gets everybody out alive as All Your Twisted Secrets come home to roost, but getting anyone to listen is another matter. And, as she says, "The thing about being trapped in a room with five other people, a bomb, and a syringe of lethal poison is that at some point, s--t's going down."

Genre fans will be caught up in the thrills. Others won't be sold on the notion that these characters are worth caring about.

Book Details

  • Author: Diana Urban
  • Genre: Horror
  • Topics: Brothers and Sisters, High School
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: March 17, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 14 - 18
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: January 20, 2022

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