Book Review: Secret Society by: Tom Dolby

Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publish Date: September 29, 2009

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Hardcover

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: "Secrets, secrets are no fun. Secrets, secrets hurt someone. . . ."

An eccentric new girl. A brooding socialite. The scion of one of New York's wealthiest families. A promising filmmaker. As students at the exclusive Chadwick School, Phoebe, Lauren, Nick, and Patch already live in a world most teenagers only dream about.

They didn't ask to be Society members. But when three of them receive a mysterious text message promising success and fame beyond belief, they say yes to everything--even to the harrowing initiation ceremony in a gritty warehouse downtown and to the ankh-shaped tattoo they're forced to get on the nape of their necks. Once they're part of the Society, things begin falling into place for them. Week after week, their ambitions are fulfilled. It's all perfect--until a body is found in Central Park with no distinguishing marks except for an ankh-shaped tattoo.

Tom Dolby makes his teen fiction debut with this riveting novel about a dangerous society so secret that once you get in, you can never get out.

Review: ‘Secret Society’ has it all – implied sex, drugs, alcohol, murder, conspiracy, and best of all – The Society. The Society is New York’s secret organization whose outward facing goals are to make sure the right doors open for their members to succeed. As the story moves along, you find out there is not much The Society would not do to ensure the success of its members. Nick, Lauren, and Phoebe are all students at Chadwick Prep and have all been tapped for The Society. Things start to fall into place for them, but at what cost?

I’m hoping some of the history of The Society is explored in any following books to this series. Overall, you are pulled in quickly to ‘Secret Society’ and the author smoothly pushes you along through different characters’ viewpoints adding richness and layers to the story. Outwardly it would seem the author is telling the reader they have to have money and connections to make it in life. Yet, as you delve deeper, you see this isn’t the case at all. Patch, Nick’s best friend, is an outsider to The Society determined to videotape their secret meetings and gatherings. I enjoyed Patch’s perspective because it was a lot like the readers’. Again, though, I hope some of the gaps regarding The Society are filled in during the next book. Overall, a good story and based on ‘Secret Society’ I would pick up Book #2. 

Secret Society series: Secret Society (1), The Trust (2)


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