**Mature Content Warning** Recommended for 17+ due to language, violence, and sexual content.
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.
4 out of 5 stars
Oh my goodness!! Talk about sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. Adam Kunz has achieved a perfect balance of suspense and romance in One Tiny Secret - a rather unusual combination but it definitely works.
Danielle (Dani) Marks is the teenage daughter of the Sheriff in Holden Ridge - following unexpected events at a Halloween party Dani finds herself the target of blackmail threats from an unknown person. As they increase in intensity and things around town start to get decidedly creepier Dani has to try and work out just who it is that has it in for her before people she loves fall victim to "Unknown". Add into the mix Parker Reed, Dani's ex boyfried, and the undeniable feelings she still has for him and you've got a hotbed of emotions, fuelled by lust, terror and good old teenage drama.
Having watched many, many horror/slasher movies in my day (Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining etc) I really appreciated the style of One Tiny Secret. While not as gruesome as the examples I've listed, there was certainly pleny of suspense, with just enough blood to satisfy the horror fan in me. At times I found Dani's actions and reactions a little bizarre, but of course if you reflect on the role of the female lead in most horror movies, they do tend to make the obvious 'stupid' choice. Having said that, Dani was surprisingly resilient and I was super impressed with how she held things together towards the end of the book.
Parker deserves a special mention. Kunz has created a fabulous love interest for Dani, particularly with the history between the two of them. He is swoon worthy and regularly says all the right things ... but ... there's a few things that happen that had me wondering whether he could be trusted ...[and you'll have to read One Tiny Secret to find out!]
One Tiny Secret is very well written in a style that was easy to read and engaging. I was hooked early on and while I had an inkling of who 'Unknown' was, it wasn't until quite late in the story - and there were defintely elements of the outcome I didn't pick. I think there's enough romance in the story to satisfy the majority of YA/NA readers and when combined with the mystery/intrigue of 'Unknown' all with a little bit of Halloween flavor this book will appeal to quite a wide audience.
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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. 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. If you would like to find out more about this author, C.A. Kunz, or One Tiny Secret, please visit the links below:
Author Website- http://www.cakunz.blogspot.com