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Review: Keep This to Yourself by Tom Ryan

Ryan delivers a truly hair raising thriller in Keep This to Yourself. A story about friendship, murder, and featuring a m/m relationship.


It’s been a year since the Catalog Killer terrorized the sleepy seaside town of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace.

Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell is trying to put that horrible summer behind him—easier said than done since Mac’s best friend Connor was the murderer’s final victim. But when he finds a cryptic message from Connor, he’s drawn back into the search for the killer—who might not have been a random drifter after all. Now nobody—friends, neighbors, or even the sexy stranger with his own connection to the case—is beyond suspicion. Sensing that someone is following his every move, Mac struggles to come to terms with his true feelings towards Connor while scrambling to uncover the truth.


(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

I could not put Keep This to Yourself down. Sleepily I picked it up after waking up and I could not stop reading. It’s a thriller which will keep you on the edge of your toes as Ryan delves into this small town with big secrets. It’s a book about grief and searching for closure, not letting all these questions remain unanswered. All of this while there’s a swoony adorable gay romance and a very quiet narrator. Such a win!

Thrills and scares

A year after the murder of Mac’s best friend, he still can’t let go of unanswered questions. But when an unexpected new discovery brings up more questions, Mac becomes determined to try to solve this on his own. Enter his estranged best friends and a new boy who has his own personal connection to the case.

Keep This to Yourself is a thriller mystery that will result in you reading faster and faster just so you can continue the shocking story. I have a note in my e-copy that say I’m scared and that happened around twenty percent. The fear and doubt merely builds as the book continues and you aren’t sure what is going to happen.


Not only this, but Keep This to Yourself is a story about seeing people for who they are. About wanting them to be remembered, but also not seeing the past with rose tainted glasses. When we think we know someone, there’s always a way we can be wrong. Grief, suspicion, and secrets collide in Keep This to Yourself. All with the additional aspect of the queer romance – lending the story light, humor, and smiles amidst our fear.

Find Keep This to Yourself on Goodreads, Amazon, Indiebound & The Book Depository.


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