Book Review: Keep This to Yourself

Tom Ryan

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

published: 7th May 2019
spoilers? I tried my best


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.

But Connor isn’t here to hold us together anymore, and there’s nothing I can do to change that.

Galley provided by publisher

You know a book is good when you finish it and try get your thoughts together and all you have is oh fuck. That’s me with this one. Even after I went away and slept on it (I stayed up late reading this, another sign how good it is).

Keep This to Yourself is set a year after a series of murders in a small town, one of which was Mac’s best friend, Connor. Mac and Connor made up two of a group of five friends, all living on the same street, who have now all drifted apart following Connor’s deaths. But Mac can’t get over it, and when he finds a note left for him by Connor, he decides to investigate, sure that Connor stumbled across something the police missed.

There’s not really a lot more I can say about the plot without verging into spoilery territory, to be honest (you definitely want to go spoiler free into this one. You want to go completely blind to anything in terms of the plot, trust me). But it’s a really good thriller, so tense and creepy at points (I definitely regretted reading it so late at night and freaking myself out). And I really did not see the end coming. It’s one of those ones where you might think you have it all sorted out but you actually don’t. Whatever you think is probably wrong. So yeah. It was so so good, and I couldn’t put it down. Every time I reached the end of a chapter I thought to myself I could go to bed or I could carry on reading, and guess which won out. Every time.

It’s not just the plot that’s great, the characters are too. I loved Mac and Quill and everyone else, and if once or twice I might have wanted a little more depth to something, the plot made up for it. I mean, ultimately, yeah, I did occasionally want a little more dwelling on particular things maybe. Like someone said something, Mac felt hurt, next thing he’s almost brushed it aside. But maybe that was more to do with him not wanting to hear particular things (and also to say he brushed it aside is kind of harsh. It wasn’t like that, it was more like he compartmentalised maybe? I don’t know, but my point was I wanted more characters-thinking-about-things at times).

Probably the only real thing I had a kind of sticking point on was the romance. It’s cute and all, but it’s pretty rushed. Not in the instalove way. There are no confessions or anything, but the way they get together felt pretty quick. They meet once, then meet again and at this point Quill makes some comment about feeling better since he met Mac. But they only met once before. I don’t know I feel like they could have hung out more before that part, but that’s just me. Always wanting a slower burn.

And then the end happened. And all I had was a load of expletives and a ceiling to stare at in shock.

8 thoughts on “Book Review: Keep This to Yourself

  1. I’ve been super excited for this for a while now and I cannot wait to read it!!! Your review made me want to read it more! 🙂


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