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Mackenzie Oden's body was pulled out of the Hudson last night.
That's the news high school senior Rose Morton gets the day she and nine friends leave to spend a week in a castle nestled in the French countryside. When they arrive, the ten find an envelope on each of their beds. Inside, a note reads: Welcome to France, where all your secrets follow you. Whose will come out first?
Rose assures the group it's likely nothing more than prank, but another envelope arrives later that evening. Envelope after envelope exposes everyone's skeletons: sabotage, drugs, blackmail. Distrust festers in the cracks between the group, but Rose is determined to be the mortar that keeps them together. Ten years of history and friendship can't go to waste in a few days. They just can't.
Then the latest note reads, Mackenzie Oden was murdered. Those four words are a dangerous shift—Mackenzie discovered Rose's secret. If the envelopes keep coming, it'll soon be clear Rose had the perfect motive to silence Mackenzie. Rose needs to get ahead of the ever blurry end-play, or else risk being framed for murder, with no friends to back her innocence.
SECRETS THE DEAD KEEP is an 80,000 word YA psychological thriller with an unreliable narrator. It's Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None meets Gossip Girl. It would appeal to fans of the morally grey characters in Kara Thomas’ Little Monsters. Thank you for your consideration.