Thorn of Secrets

My Darkest Secret Book 2

Young Adult - Coming of Age
371 Pages
Reviewed on 02/25/2022
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Author Biography

B. Truly has wanted to be an author since she was fifteen years old. She is grateful to have accomplished this dream. B. Truly has very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. She likes to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. She’s addicted to romance and gets a thrill out of suspense and sci-fi. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult romance, sci-fi, dystopian, paranormal, and urban genres.

B. Truly likes to explore conflicted plots of romance with thrilling twists. She also loves creating impossible situations for her characters to grow from and try to overcome.

B. Truly has three wonderful children, and a husband who defines the person that she is today. She works full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Houston, Texas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephanie Chapman for Readers' Favorite

Thorn of Secrets by B. Truly is the sequel to Scorn of Secrets. Madison moved to Baton Rouge with her daughter, Justice. She mourns the loss of her relationship with Justin, especially since his twin sexually assaulted her, and is mortified that her sister began dating Jackson. As her family gathers for Thanksgiving, her mother reveals that she has married Regan Jenkins, making Justin and Jackson her stepbrothers. To complicate the story further, her sister Tanya is actually Regan’s daughter and Aunt Cassandra’s ex from nineteen years ago. Madison recovers from the revelation and confides in her cousin, Dariel. When school starts, Madison becomes friends with Chauncey, who makes it obvious that he is infatuated with her. Madison consents, but as soon as they attempt to become intimate, she feels panic from her rape invade her mind. While Chauncey doesn’t push her, Madison doesn’t know how she will be able to tell him about the truth of her past.

B. Truly made this an increasingly intense story told through Madison’s eyes. Thorn of Secrets had me hooked in with the suspense to see if Madison would be able to make Jackson face justice. I was able to understand the cold feelings she had for her mother and sister. Knowing someone had raped me, I would hate my sister if she chose to date the monster. To add salt to the wound, having my mother marry the father of my attacker would probably have me disown my family. I appreciated that Madison did not fit the normal victim mentality because she had the fortitude to move forward with her life. The pace of the story blended well with the vivid imagery. Tastefully written intimate details are left to the imagination. There are several young adult social issues addressed, including being aware of your surroundings, dating abuse, and having someone that you can trust if you are struggling with trauma. I highly recommend this book to young adult readers who enjoy a suspenseful story of a young woman’s recovery from trauma.

K.C. Finn

Thorn of Secrets is a work of fiction in the interpersonal drama and coming of age subgenres and was penned by author B. Truly. The work forms the second novel in the My Darkest Secret series and is intended for the mature young adult / new adult reading audience, due to the presence of some sexual content and moderate use of explicit language throughout. We find ourselves back with Madison as she battles her deepest fears and feelings of forbidden romance. In this installment, a figure from the past derails her life as she attempts to get back on track and be authentic in her own right, no matter how others choose to define her.

Author B. Truly delivers a complex work with heavy themes for the YA/NA audience to handle, but the progression and context of the overall work certainly justify their places in this emotive and exciting story. Madison is by no means your typical YA heroine, never perfect, often non-heroic, and struggling to reconcile her heart with her mind just as many young people do. I thought the scenes concerning abuse and trauma were well-handled and approached with empathy, and the author’s narrative quality really draws you deeper into Madison’s character and the issues she struggles with. A new setting and a fresh start are no automatic fix for healing oneself, and that message comes through loud and clear as she deals with new responsibilities and complexities. Overall, I’d certainly recommend Thorn of Secrets to anyone who enjoyed the first book in the series: a worthy sequel.

Rabia Tanveer

Thorn of Secrets is the second novel in the My Darkest Secret series by Brandy Truly. The story of Madison continues as she navigates life and tries to outrun the trauma of the past. Madison graduates from high school and looks forward to starting college but things start to become complicated. The past comes knocking on her door and before Madison knows it, she is once again terrified of taking one step ahead. College is a temporary respite but that changes when secrets are revealed and Madison is once again a step behind and questioning everything in her life. While Justin is there to support her, Madison knows, this time, it is her battle to fight and win. No one can fight for her but herself.

Dramatic and entertaining, Thorn of Secrets by Brandy Truly is intense from the get-go. Madison is the kind of protagonist that makes you question things and hope to find answers to those before the story ends. She is a little unsure and a little vulnerable as the story begins, but she slowly gains momentum. She becomes stronger, more put-together, and understands that she has to fight her own battles. Her relationship with Justin is sweet and supportive. Her life is turbulent, to say the least, but having Justin in her corner helps her a lot. Although the story is written in the first-person narrative, I had no issues in forming a connection with Madison. I didn’t like her family that much (especially Jackson), but that is just another hurdle for Madison to overcome. Packed with emotions and paced just right! I loved it!