Title: Swallowed by a secret
Author: Risa Nyman
Genres: Middle grade/Mystery/Family/Grief
Goodreads rating: 4.63/5
My rating: 5/5
One dead father. One lying mother. One giant secret.
12-year-old Rocky’s father dies suddenly, and he learns the “his heart stopped” story he has been told is bogus. Immediately after the funeral, his mother sticks the For-Sale sign in the lawn and whisks them out of town as if living there has become too dangerous. As his trust in his one remaining parent unravels, Rocky is determined to crack the secret about how his father really died.
The road to the truth involves eavesdropping, snooping, and listening to advice from his dead father which sends Rocky on a risky journey to find the truth.
But sometimes it might be better for a secret to stay secret. Will Rocky have to rethink the father he thought he knew?
First of all, I want to thank Risa, she’s the first author who contacted me on IG after reading my bio, and gently asked me if I want to read her book. I’m grateful for this, it means that my work on bookstagram is seen by someone.
At first, I admit I wasn’t fond of the main character, Rocky, since he was so rude and ungrateful to his mother, but it was also somewhat justified but the tragedy that took away his father.
This book shows perfectly the “famous” stages of grief, and also includes one of the best character development of the MC I have ever seen in a book, even in an “adult” book.
My fave character is Olive, a great side character who easily became best friend with Rocky and helps him in more than a way.
The relationship between the characters is so heartwarming, thanks also to the development and personal growth of Rocky.
Prepare the tissues, because you’ll need them right before the ending. It was so emotional I had to pause my reading and calm myself. But don’t worry, there’s a happy ending.
Read it, you’ll not regret it.