Title: Dead Girls Can’t Tell Secrets
Author: Chelsea Ichaso
Genre: YA Mystery / Thriller / Contemporary
Publication Date: April 5th, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.
“Piper’s fall was no accident. Did someone want her dead? It’s up to her sister to discover the truth in this shocking new thriller with an unreliable narrator, from the acclaimed author of Little Creeping Things.
Piper Sullivan was in a strange hiking accident last month and has been in a coma ever since. Her older sister, Savannah, can’t pretend to be optimistic about it; things look bad. Piper will likely never wake up, and Savannah will never get any answers about what exactly happened.
But then Savannah finds a note in Piper’s locker, inviting Piper to a meeting of their school’s wilderness club…at the very place and on the very day that she fell. Which means there was a chance that Piper wasn’t alone. Someone might’ve seen something. Worse, someone might’ve done something. But who would want to hurt the perfect Piper Sullivan…and why?
To discover the truth, Savannah joins the club on their weekend-long camping trip on the same mountain where her sister fell. But she better be careful; everyone in the club is a suspect, and everyone seems to be keeping secrets about that tragic day.
And Savannah? She’s been keeping secrets, too…” (Goodreads)
I have read this author’s previous book and even though it wasn’t a favorite, I still liked it enough to give her next book a try. I’m glad I did because I liked this one a whole star more and I would say that’s pretty good!
The book is told mostly from the perspective of Savannah with some chapters from the past from the perspective of her sister, Piper. I liked getting to know Savannah. She has her own issues and it’s easy to see how they started to affect the relationship she had with her sister. Savannah feels like no one sees her and everyone cares too much what her sister is doing. It’s tough having siblings. I have five so it’s hard to feel like you are being seen by your parents.
Although the other characters in the book don’t have as much development. I liked seeing how they interacted with Savannah, especially those who had a falling out with her. Some of them have their own secrets and the author does a good job of keeping the reader hooked because of them. I really had a hard time putting the book down especially because I couldn’t figure out who did it and the fingers are always being pointed at someone.
The plot itself wasn’t entirely original and have read books that are similar but honestly I didn’t mind. Mystery / Thrillers can still be quite thrilling because they always have a set of new characters and you just never know what will happen.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Savannah has a lot to work through but I was happy to see her grow close to some of the other characters and realize her own mistakes.