**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.Just one tiny secret has the potential to ruin everything.Being the daughter of the sheriff in a small town like Holden Ridge means that eighteen-year-old Danielle “Dani” Marks’ life is under constant surveillance. She’s made a habit of staying under the radar by being a floater among social circles at school, which has kept her out of trouble—until now.After a missing persons case stirs up the entire town, Dani finds herself caught right in the middle of the scandal. When she’s labeled a possible suspect, things quickly go from bad to worse.The sudden return of her old flame, Parker Reed, manages to make her whole situation even more complicated.When an elusive unknown person begins to blackmail Dani by threatening to reveal her deepest secrets, Dani refuses to play along. That is, until the person’s actions take a violent turn. Holden Ridge loses its sense of quaint town security, and Dani is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse.Who can she trust when anyone around her could be a suspect?One thing’s for certain though: Never underestimate the power of one tiny secret.
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So I have to admit that One Tiny Secret was a bit of a struggle for me to review and it was a bit of a struggle because it took me a little longer to actually get into the story than I typically like... however, once the story started to take off I wanted to know what happened next. I wanted to know who was responsible and if Dani would get the happily ever after she deserved.
I liked Dani... I didn't love her but I did like her because she had that whole "I don't care what you think of me" attitude, and lets face it... 90% of heroines do not feel that way, so for me it was refreshing. I do have to say there were times when I didn't quite believe her I don't care what you think attitude and would have liked to have seen her show some actual emotion... even if it was only internally.
Parker was something else all together. He was sweet and loving, but still a little bit of a mystery at the same time. There were quite a few times when I would have liked to have seen Dani actually question Parker... but she didn't because of everything else that was going on. And while I totally got it... I still wanted more and the biggest more I wanted was to know why a certain someone was at a certain place when Dani showed up.
Overall One Tiny Secret was a good read... while a little slow at the beginning, once the story picked up, it moved along quite nicely. And the biggest of all - the bones of the storyline... "unknown" was absolutely perfect. It had that Pretty Little Liars feel where you're squinting your eyes at each new character wondering if they could be "unknown"... sometime I definitely enjoyed!
“Whatcha got in your basket?” A deep and raspy voice asks behind me.
It almost sounds familiar, so I spin around and am confronted with the face of a wolf. Well, a wolf mask. The irony is seriously starting to kill me. I can tell the person is smiling because the mouth of the mask is strained and curled up.
“Can I help you?” I ask, looking the person up and down. He just stands there, which is kind of creepy. “Gunnar, is that you?” There’s still no answer. Well, I definitely know it’s a guy, not only because of the person’s height, but also because his red flannel shirt is shredded, revealing the most ripped set of abs I’ve ever seen…and I should know ripped because I attend all the swim meets at school. Those guys are freakin’ chiseled like crazy, but not like this guy.
I go to step past him, but he moves to stand in front of me again. “Ha-ha, I get it. I’m Little Red and you’re the Big Bad Wolf. Very funny. Now, if you don’t mind, I’ve got a party to get back to.”
“So why didn’t you answer my friend request, huh?” the wolf asks in a normal voice as he removes his mask.
“Parker!” I exclaim.
I instinctively throw my arms around his neck and hug him since I haven’t seen him in years. His arms wrap around me too, and I relish the moment, but only for a second. Reality hits me like a sack of potatoes to the jaw, and all the negative feelings come pouring in from when he left without saying goodbye. Backing away slowly, the happiness leaves my face and I just stand there staring at him.
“Well, that was short-lived,” he jokes, but I don’t laugh.
“Sorry, that’s pretty much all the happy I had for you,” I state, but secretly, all I want to do is kiss him. Why does this have to be so complicated? Oh, yeah, that’s right. Because I’m so freaking stubborn.
“Wow, that was a little harsh, but I probably deserve it.”
“Damn right, you deserve it. What did you expect? Me to be all, ‘I forgive you, Parker?’”
Oh, and for the record, it’s really hard acting like this when all I want is another hug from him. His arms felt so nice wrapped around me, but what he did to me was a dick move and shouldn’t be rewarded.
“I’m sorry things ended the way they did, but—”
“Ended? Is that what you call what happened? Because all I remember is having one of the best nights of my life at your graduation party and then waking up the next morning to find you gone. There were no phone calls, no texts, nothing.” He tries to talk, but I cut him off. “Then Phoebe tells me you’ve left to stay with your grandparents in California before starting school in the fall at UCLA. You were supposed to stay here and go to Blackburn, but I guess that didn’t happen.” Jamming my finger into his chest, I say, “I even dealt with Phoebe hating me to go to your prom, and then you just up and leave?”
Wow, I’m really getting heated now. I grab my drink that’s resting on the keg and take a swig while Parker mulls over everything I just said.“I can explain,” he begins. .
Adam Kunz is the A part of the mother and son author duo C.A. Kunz. Growing up, he always had a fondness for R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series. So, it was a no brainer when he decided to write his own novel that it’d be a thrilling mystery with a dash of horror, and some romance thrown in for good measure. When he’s not busy writing, Adam enjoys his job at a theme park in Orlando, Florida as a décor consultant. This job brings him face to face with all sorts of nightmarish creatures, especially when he decorates the haunted houses for the park's annual Halloween event. It’s been said by many that his addiction to Starbucks coffee will most likely be his downfall later in life.
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