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The Haunting of Secrets

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Are some secrets worth dying for?

Sixteen-year-old Aimee doesn't like to touch people. One touch and she sees their past. One graze over her skin and she can see all the good and bad deeds a person has ever done. It isn't until a bomb explodes during lunch that she realizes exactly how many dirty secrets the students in her school harbor-or exactly how far one of them would
Paperback, 162 pages
Published July 24th 2014 by Fire and Ice Young Adult Books (first published July 23rd 2014)
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Cathy Ryan
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
For all that she is caring and warmhearted, Aimee is a loner and keeps people literally at arm’s length. It took her only friend, Dejana, a year to break through her reserve. Aimee is cursed with the ability to see, in detail, the memories of anyone she touches skin to skin. To others she appears to be weird and insular but the Goth attire of all black with long sleeves and gloves, whatever the weather, is her protection from personal contact.

When a bomb explodes in the school cafeteria, Aimee i
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With The Haunting of Secrets, Shelley R. Pickens has created an intriguing story of a girl who tries to keep to herself. Her secret is only known to Mary who adopted her four years before and to her friend Dejana. When a bomb explodes at lunch time, life is getting harder. Some classmates are killed or hurt and when trying to get to safety, someone touches her arm. This boy knows that she now knows his secret. The Haunting of Secrets is a very gripping read with a three-dimensional main characte ...more
N.A. Granger
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley Pickens is really a YA novel, but I decided to give it a read because the premise – a high school girl who sees and feels all the memories of anyone she touches –seemed rather intriguing. Also, I’ve found a lot of other YA books very enjoyable (think the Harry Potter series, the new volumes of which I anticipated as much as my daughter).
This book indeed held my interest, and I had a hard time putting it down – but looked forward to picking it up again, like a t
Diane Coto
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
What you think you see in a person is not always the case. Sixteen year old Aimee appears to be ‘Goth’. Some people even see her as freakish. But if they were to take a closer look at Aimee, they’d see a caring, compassionate individual. She only has one friend, Dejana, and her guardian, Mary. No one else knows her secret. She dresses fully covered in all seasons; I’m sure this is no small feat in Georgia where the story takes place. She has a gift (or a curse). When anyone touches her skin, she ...more
Arkham Reviews
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
***Reviewed as part of the Blog Tour for this novel hosted by Bewitching Book Tours. To read the full review of this novel, please visit my blog on 23 September 2014***

The Haunting of Secrets is an engaging and fast paced novel that had me hooked from start to finish. The mystery builds rapidly as the story progresses, revealing a little more each time that Aimee has a vision and maintaining tension through the knowledge that the killer is one step ahead of her at all times. Although I felt that
Elisabeth Hamill
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holy cow...teenagers these days! I've been waiting for Shelley Pickens' first book to come out, and it did, with a bang. Literally. Like, somebody blows up the school cafeteria right away in the first couple of chapters.

Aimee is our heroine, who affects a standoffish goth persona in order to prevent people from touching her, physically and emotionally, it seems. But Aimee has a a curse and the second she touches anyone with her bare skin, their memories flood her mind. And she seems to have a pr
Pratr- Authors
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Reviewer for paranormal romance and authors that rock.

This book is a teenage thriller, it can be read as a standalone but I believe there to be at least one more book.

Aimee has always been different, she hides herself by covering in all black clothes and gloves. If she was to touch you she would gather every bit of your memories then collapse.

The book starts with a bomb in a school cafeteria. Under the rubble Aimee touches an arm of someone next to her and sees all his memories. She can't
Aubrey Wynne
The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley Pickens is a carefully crafted YA thriller. Aimee is a high school girl who has been running away most of her life. She has a gift, or as she sees it, a curse. If her bare hand touches someone, she is able to read his memories. Tragedy strikes the high school. A bomb destroyed the very cafeteria she was sitting in. During her escape, she accidental touches someone.
Although she doesn't know who he is, she sees chilling scenes through his eyes. Aimee turns to he
Alice J.
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
In this novel, Aimee is a young sixteen year old woman who not only has to battle with the normal intricacies of being a teenager and a loner at school, but something she calls an awful curse that she has. Whenever she touches someone's bare flesh, all of their secrets are revealed to her and she tends to avoid people for this reason. However, when a bomb blows up the school and someone accidentally brushes past her, she realises there's a killer at loose at school and she must do everything to ...more
Valerie Clarizio
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don’t typically read YA but the book cover caught my attention on this one, and then I was sucked in from page 1. Shelley Pickens did a wonderful job creating an intriguing YA suspense novel that kept me flipping pages. I love the main character, Aimee, she’s a strong, ‘take the bull by the horns’ heroine, yet she knows when to seek help from others for the safety of others. Aimee has the unusual ability to absorb people’s memories at just one touch. Unfortunately, she comes to absorb the memo ...more
Erin Pemberton
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book full of unexpected twists and turns as Aimee finds a purpose for her "curse". Travel with her as she searches for a killer among her peers in order to find some justification for why she's different. This book will hook you right from the start and keep you hanging on right until the last page!
Sue Wallace
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The haunting of secrets by Shelley R Pickens.
Sixteen-year-old Aimee doesn't like to touch people. One touch and she sees their past. One graze over her skin and she can see all the good and bad deeds a person has ever done. It isn't until a bomb explodes during lunch that she realizes exactly how many dirty secrets the students in her school harbor-or exactly how far one of them would go to keep his secrets safe.

In the aftermath of that fateful day of the bombing Aimee is brushed by a fellow st
*thank you to Netgalley and City Owl Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

2 stars.

This was just ok. It didnt really work for me though as I found my mind drifted a bit too much. I dont think that there wasn't anything really wrong with it, just that it wasn't for me. I just didn't find myself absorbed in the story. I lost interest at around 35% but kept going hoping it would improve. It didnt but thats not to say others wont enjoy this. No book is for everyone.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
WOW Im sorry it took me so long to actually read this book because it sucked me in from the very first page till the last word. Will definitely be reading more in this series
R.M. Gauthier
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Haunting of Secrets
What an interesting take on a seer.
Mrs. Pickens's story of one girl's life as a seer is completely different than anything I've read before. She twists and plots this story keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Aimee is a girl hiding from the world and what she is. Just like every teenage girl she hates herself and the world she lives in, but none of that is really true, she's just been hiding from everyone and everything.
Forced out of hiding she must
This sat on my "reading" shelf here on GR for far too long.
I actually finished this book LONG ago.

This is the story of a girl the world sees as a Goth and a loner. Weird.
What they don't know is that Aimee has a secret. With one touch she will see everything that's ever happened in your past.

So, when a bomb goes off in Aimee's school cafeteria, killing and injuring numerous students around her, Aimee is disoriented and worst of all - the gloves and long sleeves she wears to protect her from othe
D.G. Driver
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a good thriller. Aimee's power to see the memories of other people is interesting, and what she sees is truly horrifying. I thought she was a well-crafted character, and I understood her motives and desire to stop the killer in their midst. It was definitely a page-turner, as I was eager to find out who the murderer was. It has some graphic violence, so I'd push it for 14 and up.

There is a big deal about a bomb going off at the beginning of the book, and I don't think that gets addressed
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A strong female character leads this story into a dark, mysterious world. Aimee is such a unique, intelligent young woman trying to come to terms with the ability to see others' memories if she touches them. When she accidentally absorbs the memories of a serial killer she is put into the uncomfortable position of finding the identity of the person before he kills again.
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