All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison – Review

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All Her Secrets by Kate Avery Ellison – Review

All Her Secrets

by Kate Avery Ellison

Publication Date October 18th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 250


Nothing is as it seems in this psychological YA thriller set in a not-too-distant future.


Eighteen-year-old Victoria, the daughter of inventor and visionary-genius Bill Faraday, was almost murdered by a stranger four years ago. She's been trying to forget the incident ever since.

When Victoria discovers something that might explain why she was brutally attacked, she heads home from college to uncover the truth. Then, she’s kidnapped.


Sam’s just a poor kid from Valley City, but he knows who Victoria is as soon as his cousin Craig drags her from the trees. He doesn’t want anything to do with what appears to be a revenge kidnapping, but Craig has a gun and needs someone to take the fall if things go wrong.


Craig and his buddies imprison Sam and Victoria in an abandoned mountain cabin to await ransom. Putting aside mistrust for tentative friendship, Victoria and Sam conspire to escape together, and the close quarters ignite a startling attraction between them. Then they discover strange tunnels beneath the cabin. And what they find inside the tunnels proves more bizarre.

With a plan in place to escape, freedom seems within reach. But Sam and Victoria are both keeping secrets about their past.

And secrets can be deadly.

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All Her Secrets is another great story by Kate Avery Ellison.  I don’t read a lot of dystopian fiction, just because so much of it tends to be dark and hopeless.  Though this story is darker than what I normally read, it was not hopeless.

The story takes place in the mountains of the US in the future and is told alternatively by Victoria (Rhee) and Sam with flashbacks added in as well.  I have to confess that as the story unfolded, I smugly thought I knew where it was going and what the dark secret was, but I was very wrong.  Which makes me like the story more.

There were some pretty cool inventions that had been created by Rhee’s father.  I love the idea of the butterflies (I’ll let you read the book to see what I’m talking about!)

There is certainly violence in the story, which should be evident by the description, but nothing over the top.  And there are psychological elements as well.  I wouldn’t recommend it for young teens, unless they have stronger constitutions for suspense than I do (oh wait, that doesn’t take much), but high schoolers and above would probably enjoy it.


About Kate Avery Ellison

Kate Avery Ellison wishes she could live in a place where it's always October, but until that's
possible, she makes her home in humid Atlanta with her husband, two children, and two cats.

When she isn't dreaming up her next novel, Kate can be found binging her favorite shows on
Netflix, reading on her Kindle, and dancing in her kitchen.

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