Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan
Published June 6th, 2017 by Sourcebooks
Genres Fiction, Mystery
Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What’s worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back. Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can’t forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret. When August, Reba’s first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie’s past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried…and reveal that Julie isn’t the only one who feels responsible for Reba’s death.
I have to admit I had a hard time getting into this book because it started off fairly slow. This often is the case with books and then they seem to pick up about 1/4 of the way in, but this one just didn’t really pick up until much farther into the book. I also really never connected with the main character Julie and when I don’t really get invested in the main character, I tend to lose interest in the story itself. Julie’s best friend Reba, died in high school and Reba’s then boyfriend, finds Julie 10 years later asking her to come back to Lawrence Mill to help locate Reba’s missing diary. Throughout the book, there are parts of Reba’s diary between chapters and I really didn’t find it to be very realistic of a girl in her teenage years, but hey that’s just my opinion. I do like the author’s writing and it is actually quite beautiful throughout the book, but overall this just was not my favorite. I never really got invested in any of the main characters and found the plot to be fairly slow and not at all exciting or suspenseful. However, to each his own and definitely check this one out in a few weeks if you are a fan of mysteries! Thank you to the publisher, Sourcebooks, for sending me an ARC.