A book review of Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan.
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I really enjoyed Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan. The main character of the story is Julie Portland. Julie grew up in a small town Lawrence Mill in Mississippi. We get hints of something bad that happened in her past. Something involving her best friend, Reba. When August, a friend from back then, finds her in Manhattan and asks her to go back home to find out what really happened to Reba, she does.
The story is told in the past and in the present. The past is told from Reba’s diary. As the past unfold’s, we watch Julie and August try and unearth what happened. Julie had always been a little wild and she had loved that her best friend was the opposite, all sweet and innocent. As she reads the diary, she learns that maybe she didn’t know her best friend very well at all.
A well crafted mystery. It held my interest from beginning to end, I found myself sneaking away and finding extra time to read. At first I was not happy with the ending, I’m not sure that it rang true to the character. But then I realized that’s the sign of a good book, when you care enough to think about whether the characters actions ring true or not. Then I decided I was okay with the ending.
I received an ARC copy of this book.