FICTION

All the Things We Do in the Dark

HarperTeen. Oct. 2019. 304p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062852595.
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Gr 9 Up–In Mitchell’s latest teen thriller, secrets don’t stay buried for long, and the things we do in the dark aren’t hidden forever. For years, Ava has struggled with the aftereffects of being sexually assaulted, including a scar on her face that reminds her of it daily. When Ava unexpectedly stumbles upon a secret no one was meant to find in the woods, she has to decide what to do. A part of her knows the right thing is to tell an adult or the police, but the burdens of her own past beg her to keep the secret. An outstanding thriller concept and mystery plot will grab readers who love writing that is dark and emotional, and Ava’s internal struggles are authentic and heartfelt. This haunting and mysterious story will keep readers guessing until the final chapters.
VERDICT Teens who enjoyed Courtney Summers’s Sadie or Kathleen Glasgow’s Girl in Pieces will be invested. A standout choice for high school libraries where these titles circulate well.

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