Here Lie the Secrets

Here Lie the Secrets

By Author / Illustrator

Emma Young


Suspense & Thrillers

Age range(s)



Little Tiger Press Group




Paperback / softback




Mia's best friend Holly died when they were thirteen. But years later, Holly still hasn't left her.  Spending the summer in New York, Mia is hoping to escape the visions of Holly that haunt her life at home. There she meets Rav, a parapsychology student, who convinces her to take part in a study into why some people see ghosts. Soon she is caught up in the investigation of Halcyon House, which is reputed to be haunted by a poltergeist. As Mia confronts her fears, what she learns about the house and herself will change her life forever.   A tense psychological thriller for fans of ONE OF US IS LYING, A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER and THIS LIE WILL KILL YOU.

Q&A with author Emma Young



Here Lie the Secrets is a tense psychological thriller that follows the story of 18 year-old Mia. Set in New York, Mia goes to stay with her aunt in Manhattan for the summer. Here she is introduced to her aunt's roommate Rav, who is a parapsychology student. Mia is intrigued to learn more about Rav's work, especially in his studies of paranormal phenomena.

Since the death of her best friend Holly five years ago, Mia is still haunted by her presence and desperately needs to find answers. When the opportunity for her to take part in a paranormal investigation in one of the most haunted houses in America arises, Mia is hoping that it will help her to work through her own experiences. However, no-one is prepared for what is about to happen.

I really enjoyed the book and loved the ghost hunting aspect of it. The story is told from Mia's perspective and I found her a really likeable and relatable main character. The plot is good and there are some great plot twists in there that readers will really enjoy. Emma Young certainly has a skill at leaving the reader second guessing at what is going to happen next.

I would suggest that the book is for readers aged 14+ although, as the content isn't too heavy or overtly scary, so I think younger, more mature readers would really enjoy it too. I think fans of Karen M. McManus and Holly Jackson would really love it too.

376 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Julie Broadbent, school librarian

Suggested Reading Age 14+


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