ARC Review by Guest Reviewer Madison: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

25522033.jpgThe Telling by Alexandra Sirowy
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 2, 2016

Rating: 5 Stars


Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.

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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with an advance copy of The Telling for an honest review.

The Telling is a story full of so many twists and turns that I could not have possibly guessed where the story was going. This story has so much suspense, mystery, and swoon. I loved this book so much that I had to find more books by Sirowy.

The Telling starts with a murder. Lana witnesses the murder of her stepbrother, Ben, and at first, she was very depressed. Lana then starts acting in a different way than the Lana everyone used to know.

Shortly after Ben’s murder, more murders begin rapidly occurring in their town. Lana notices that all the murders seem to match the secret bedtime stories Ben used to tell Lana.

Who else could have known about Ben’s bedtime stories? Will Lana find out who is behind the murders before more people in her town die?

The Telling was one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put it down and finished it in a matter of a few days. This book was such a page turner and had me sitting on the edge of my seat the whole time I read it. I have been recommending this book to everyone I know and I cannot stop talking about it. I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.


Alexandra SirowyABOUT AUTHOR:

Alexandra Sirowy was born in Northern California and grew up in Providence, Rhode Island and the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended a women’s college as an undergraduate and has a graduate degree in International Studies. She lives in Northern California with her husband. Visit her at

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