The Secrets that Kill Us (2022)
At sixteen, Liz had already trudged through hell and back. Having Bounced from one foster home to another for most of her life, she finally finds herself in a stable home. But stability poses its own challenges after a life of unsteady footing, and Liz grapples to find a way to be still. Her past still plagues her in this new world. Everything feels wrong, she is at odds with her own body and mind, and struggling to survive.
Liz finds an unlikely friend in Alex, a girl who may not share Liz's troubled past but strives to understand, even though it means becoming a pariah at school. With Alex's help, Liz searches for the strength to confront her demons, and the two see each other through addictions, transitions, and the dangerous consequences of coping.
Unable to let herself trust and love, even in this new space with new support, Liz’s trauma begins to drag her under. Some secrets kill, and some truths fight to stay hidden. Unearthing them all will require Liz to trust others despite a lifetime of learning just how dangerous that is.
Author of queer tales
Your book is so relatable. I love that it doesn't flinch. I love how you lean in and tell the whole story. It is so true to my lived experience as a foster child. I know these characters. I know these experiences. "The Secrets that Kill Us" is fantastically well written.
- Kisstopher Musick, Cinnabar Moth Publishing
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