Deadly Secrets

Five Survive by Holly Jackson is a suspenseful teen read.

Six friends head out for spring break in an RV. They manage to get stuck in the middle of nowhere while trying to find a campsite. An active shooter takes out all their tires and gas tank. He communicates his request by walkie talkie: the person holding a secret must reveal it. This is the only way to prevent them from all dying.

This begins their desperate attempts at survival while also sifting through each character’s possible secrets. There are intense moments with plenty of double crossing, mafia involvement and suspense.

Red is one of the main characters. She lost her mom tragically and hasn’t been able to recover from her own guilt. Her mom is in her mind constantly through their ordeal which all connects to the final secret once it’s revealed.

This is a fast paced read with an unexpected ending.