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Don't Tell a Soul

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Stay up all night with this modern day Rebecca! Perfect for fans of Truly Devious—a haunting story about a new girl in an old town filled with dark secrets . . . that might just kill her.

People say the house is cursed.
It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.
In Louth, they're called the Dead Girls.

All Bram wanted was to disappear—from her old life,
Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: January 26th 2021 by Delacorte Press
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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
"In the dark, it made no difference if my eyes were open or shut."

Do you enjoy YA novels that lean more toward the mature side of writing, ones that are dark and eerie yet beautifully written with a powerful message? Then Don't Tell a Soul is the gothic novel for you! There are subtle similarities between this book and Rebecca, but more so via appreciative retelling rather than anything malicious like outright plagiarism. The plot feels two-fold; there's a focus on the mystery behind her family'
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ghosts lurking around the gothic mansion where three women from different eras had died because the place haunts the weakest young women by taking their souls.

And another troubled young girl named Bram, outcast, forced to leave NY because of accusations against her, estranged with her own mother who denies to believe her moves to uncle James’ eerie mansion located in Louth: a tiny town on the Hudson River to live with him temporarily!

But the permanent spiritual night time visitors of the house
Nov 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley, tbr-next
When Netgalley approves you for an ARC you really wanted!! Best feeling ever.
Erin A. Craig
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Delicious and dark, this is a gothic haunting for the modern age. It sank its teeth deep. I will be haunted by the Dead Girls of Louth for a long time to come.
Montzalee Wittmann
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Don't Tell a Soul by Kirsten Miller is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. As I read this book I truly forgot I was reading and not actually experiencing this story! The author presented the world so complete that I felt, heard, and experienced everything that the main character was going through. Terrific job!
Wonderful, well developed characters and plenty of tension, plus unpredictable situations and possible outcomes kept me entranced!
Our gal is sent to live with h
Lady H
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
wow that was so freaking good omg???? i gotta get my thoughts together and write a proper review because i LOVED this
Caitlyn DeRouin
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trigger Warnings: Mentions of parental death, mentioned death of grandparents, death (by suicide, fire), mentions of suicide (drowning), mentions of mental illness (nondescript, a character was committed, another character went to rehab), house fire, underage drinking and drug use, mentions of alcoholism, drug addiction, overdose, attempted rape, neglectful parenting, mentions of physical abuse, mentions of pedophilia, murder

This book was absolutely wild. It starts off as a ghost story, but it's
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, almost 4

Note: I was provided with a free ARC by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions here are my own.

The creepy atmosphere Miller creates in this book harkens back to the gothic classics of du Marier and the Brontë sisters. Though the prose, voice, and style may feel a little old-fashioned, this story is wholly contemporary. Women aren't rivals. Instead, they are support networks, and they work tirelessly in a world where women's stories are d
Maria F.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A gothic mansion. A cold winter town. Mysterious deaths. A mystifying mural. And one girl on a mission to find the dark truth that could possibly kill her.
This book was so addicting, enthralling, heart-pounding and suspenseful. I found myself staying awake to finish- I could feel the tension through the pages and it was honestly brilliant.
This book follows our protagonist Bram- a “troubled” teenager who has been sent to live with her uncle after some unfortunate circumstances in her hometown
Samantha Louise
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a Kirsten Miller fan, I was really excited to be approved by Netgalley for this eARC.

The story starts with Bram arriving in Louth, New York after a very long journey from Manhattan. She's come to stay with her uncle at a large manor house he's remodeling. There's a blizzard outside and she doesn't she feels like she's been forgotten. Eventually, she's picked up by a man her uncle hired to pick her up, which puts her on edge even though she's armed herself with a newly bought box cutter and be
Ashley Dang
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*Trigger Warning: Attempted Sexual Assault, Drug Abuse, Lacing someone’s drink*

“Don’t trust what anyone tells you. A girl should always go with her gut.”

Nothing says a great read like a gothic story filled with mysterious, a haunted house, dead girls, and a troubled protagonists. Told as a modern day Rebecca retelling, it absolutely hits the mark for me! The story revolves around Bram, banished from Manhattan after an incident that “tarnished” her reputation, and has been moved to live with her
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’d recently watched the remake of Rebecca on Netflix when I read this book description. Ghosts, an old manor, a string of dead girls – what about this description doesn’t grab you?

I loved the setting of this story – a small town full of layers upon layers of secrets, an old mansion with disturbing rumors surrounding it, locals who don’t trust the newcomers and vice versa. It takes place during winter in the northeast, so the snowstorms and occasional loss of power just add to the atmosphere. Th
Alisha Carderella
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it

Bram tries to escape her old life in Manhattan, and the only one left for her to turn to is her Uncle James. James is not the same man she remembers from her childhood. After losing his second wife in a mysterious fire he’s now an unrecognizable wisp of a man. Moving into his creepy old manor might have been a bad idea. Especially since the locals aren’t very welcoming to Bram. “People say the house is cursed. It preys on the weakest, and young women are its favorite victims.”

I thought thi
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
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Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars.

TW: drug abuse, attempted sexual assault, gaslighting.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this arc in exchange for an honest review.

This was a brilliant and eerie book, and I really enjoyed reading it! It was great YA gothic novel, full of spine-chilling parts and a nail-biting ending that had me on the edge of my seat.

The story followed Bram as she tries to uncover the mystery behind the manor she is staying at, though she may be in over her head. While the storyline is a c
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I had been looking forward to this “modern retelling of Rebecca” ever since I read its description and saw its cover. I’m a fan of “Rebecca,” the story more than the writing, and I thought that I would see the obvious parallels right away: a second wife living in the shadow of the first.

I would say that if you are looking for “Rebecca,” this isn’t it, but it doesn’t disappoint. What this is though, is a gothic story set in modern times, with a cold, wintery town and a creepy house. The story is
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
I really wish I was able to enjoy this but unfortunately I just couldn’t.

“Don’t Tell a Soul” brings us to Louthe where Bram is escaping the missteps of her past while also looking for answers surrounding her fathers death and when she’s reunited with her uncle she quickly learns that small towns carry nothing but secrets and ghost stories.

I really wanted to like this book it has everything on the surface that I enjoy but I think it suffered in the overall execution.

Bram is an unlikely lead ha
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the characters in this book. At the start of the book it is unclear who can be trusted and what secrets they are keeping. The setting of the small town and potentially cursed mansion works really well for the creepy secretive atmosphere of the story. It also served the theme of powerful wealthy men using their influence and money to get anything they want. The story takes place in the present day but the characters are also dealing with the influence of the home’s history and tr ...more
Emily Radojits
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for this ARC!

Trigger Warnings: attempted rape and drug abuse

Bram moves from Manhattan, NY to escape her troubling past. She goes to live with her beloved Uncle in a small town in New York so she can get away from everything happening in Manhattan. Her uncle had bought and tried restoring an old house that was intended to be turned into an Inn at some point, but a fire broke out and killed her uncle's wife. Bram uncovers some unsettling things while living in
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
*Thanks to NetGalley for the eARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.*

Bram is absolutely ready to disappear from life in Manhattan, where she lives with her Mom (who never wanted kids anyhow) and where she's trying to get past an unfortunate scandal (that totally wasn't her fault). When her Uncle James invites her to stay at his house in upstate New York, she jumps at the chance - except, it's more of a mansion than a house, which was supposed to be turned into an inn, and it's also
Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this novel!

While there were a lot of aspects of this book that I thought I was going to like, overall DON'T TELL A SOUL had a number of unexplored paths and muddled outcomes. There were some really well done moments of horror and dread, with descriptions of unease and late night paranoia that I did like. I also liked that there was some examination of how so many ghost stories have women who are victimized, even through violence and death,
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

TW: Assault, drug addiction, villainization of drug addiction and mental illness

The reason this was not an entirely five star read for me was that at the exact moment I would have classed this as genuinely scary- the story took a turn. And this turn made me angrier than anything else. We want to change the "crazy girl" horror trope, and this story attempted
Dec 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Random House Children's for an e-ARC of this book. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.
A short description with no spoilers: Don't Tell A Soul follows Bram as she goes to stay with her Uncle in his mansion in a small town called Louth. However, there is something strange about Louth and there is definitely something strange about the mansion. Bram also keeps hearing stories about the Dead Girls and the rumors and mysteries surrounding them. What sma
Jessica Julien
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
When all is lost, Bram seeks refuge with the kind uncle who recently has lost just as much, but when Bram arrives at the mansion only to learn of the haunting deaths that linger. Desperate to prove the Dead Girls' story wrong and find their true killer, Bram dives headfirst into the frozen tales of deadly curses while trying to keep herself out of the ghostly grasps of the local lore.

I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this novel wasn't that I didn't like it, but I definitely
This was a fantastically thrilling book with Gothic elements and a hint of Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" at its core. I loved the ghostly elements, the mystery/thriller aspects, and the strength and comradery of the female characters. I also loved that the author took "Rebecca" and effectively flipped it about and delivered us something contemporary with a strong message and a darkly Gothic feel. I was so pulled into this book that I stayed up all night to finish it, and felt no disappointment w ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! I highly recommend reading it! I loved it so much! The characters, the writing, the twist and turns! Everything!!! It kept me wanting more and I honestly didn’t want it to end! It was fast paced and kept me turning the pages. I didn’t get bored at all and wanted to figure out what happened. I didn’t expect a lot of the things that happened and was surprised to find everything out. I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait to read more by the author. Thank you to Netgalley an ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley. I'm leaving my honest review.

A modern Gothic mystery with well developed characters. It was well written and kept me guessing until the end. I particularly enjoyed the underlying theme of female empowerment.
Kay Mcleer
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
this was a really good read, the atmosphere is what really sold me on the book, the characters were great and I really enjoyed going on this journey. The plot is really well done and I really loved the way the author writes.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Dark and mysterious, this was a good read. Small, quaint town where everyone knows everyone. A pleathra of young women seem to go mad at the inn. The reveal of the curse came as no surprise to me.
Hannah Merseal
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this as an ARC from Netgalley! This one had me on the edge of my seat. Ghosts, murders, and many things that were not as they seemed. A definite winner,
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