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Secret Society by Tom Dolby

September 29th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 2.75 out of 5

Description from

Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . .

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York’s wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn’t ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything—even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they’re forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they’re part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It’s all perfect—until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

Tom Dolby makes his teen fiction debut with this riveting novel about a dangerous society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.

This book was somewhat a disappointment for me.  I was so looking forward to it but as I read I kept wanting to hurry the story along.  I’ve always had a fascination with secret societies, the part they play in the larger world and what sort of rituals they used.  Combine this with my love of YA books I thought it sounded like the perfect read.  The biggest negative point was the pacing of the book.  It really dragged and I kept hoping for something to happen and while eventually the story comes to a head it took so long that it seemed like a let down.  I did not find myself caring much for Patch or Nick.  I did like Lauren’s character and Phoebe has potential.  The most interesting part was seeing how the perks of belonging to this society helped each of the students and the cost this help comes at.  I may pick up the next book just to find out what happens as the last 30 or so pages did spark my curiosity.  Most likely it will be a library pick though.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

9 Responses

  1. Michelle

    Sorry you didn’t like it. Today I went to the author official web and I think this will be a series.

  2. dsuzuki

    Thanks for letting me borrow it anyway :) Yup, I figured it would be a series and am hoping the next one will pick up the pace a little.

  3. Faye

    slow books annoys me. I end up flip and skimming the pages, but Secret society still looks good :D

  4. Kay

    Meh. I was really looking forward to this one, I love secret societies! Sadly, you’re not the first reader I hear being disappointed with it. Maybe I’ll see if I can borrow it from the library?

  5. dsuzuki

    Faye-the concept is a good one but the pace really needs to pick up
    Kay-yeah, this was definitely more of library material.

  6. J. Kaye

    Totally bummer! You know how much patience I have with slow books?

  7. Kailana

    I am sorry that this book was a disappointment! It looks good, actually, and has quite a cover.

  8. dsuzuki

    J. Kaye-yeah, me too. It was so tempting to put it down but it was a book I really wanted to like so was hoping it would pick up.
    Kailana-I know it looks really good huh!

  9. Page

    Well that’s no fun. This one looked like it could be good. I don’t think my library would get it, maybe paperbackswap…

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