Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan -Giveaway!

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In Secrets of Southern Girls, the powerful, affecting debut from Haley Harrigan, a young woman uncovers devastating secrets about the friend she thinks she killed…

Ten years ago, Julie Portland accidentally killed her best friend, Reba. What’s worse is she got away with it. Consumed by guilt, she left the small town of Lawrence Mill, Mississippi, and swore nothing would ever drag her back.

Now, raising her daughter and struggling to make ends meet in Manhattan, Julie still can’t forget the ghost of a girl with golden hair and a dangerous secret.

When August, Reba’s first love, begs Julie to come home to find the diary that Reba kept all those years ago, Julie’s past comes creeping back to haunt her. That diary could expose the shameful memories Julie has been running from, but it could also unearth the hidden truths that Reba left buried…and reveal that Julie isn’t the only one who feels responsible for Reba’s death.

In fact, she may not be responsible at all.

Haley Harrigan graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in creative writing and public relations. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband. Secrets of Southern Girls is her debut.  Visit her website at or on Twitter @HCHarrigan.

Book Giveaway

Great news!  If this sounds interesting to you, the publisher is holding a giveaway for this debut book by Haley Harrigan, you can sign up for a chance to win by clicking the link below.  Deadline to enter is June 15, 2017.

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My thoughts

I received a copy of this book at no extra charge to me from Netgalley and the publisher SOURCEBOOKS Landmark, in exchange for my honest review.

I recently finished this book and found it to be entertaining.  I read a wide variety of books and this is something I would typically pick up for a quick read.

The story is told from 4 different points of views of each of their experiences before and after Reba died.  I really enjoyed the diary entries from Reba that were throughout the book, even though some of the details that were passed off as diary entries may or may not be true to what a typical teenager would write in their diary.  However, I feel these details were necessary to give the reader a full picture of what had happened in the events leading up to and after Reba’s death.

I did feel like the beginning of the book was kind of slow and the story was pieced together in a way that made it difficult to understand where the story was heading.  About midway through the book, everything started to fall into place.

Overall my opinion is, this was a good, quick and easy read which would be perfect for your next trip to the beach.

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  1. Lynn

    June 13, 2017 at 1:40 AM

    Summer reading? That’s a hard question! I get to pick the book for July’s book club. What if it were THIS book? =D

    1. Jody

      June 13, 2017 at 10:38 PM

      This would be a good summer book club pick. I think there are plenty of things to discuss.

  2. Chasa Fulkerson

    June 9, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    This sounds interesting! I do not have a favorite summer read, but I am working on some travel related books!

    1. Jody

      June 9, 2017 at 8:03 PM

      Do you have any recommendations for travel books? I have always been interested in checking some out because one day I dream of being a world traveler.

  3. Jaclyn

    June 9, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Thank you for sharing this. I needed something to read but don’t have a ton of time. I’ll be checking it out.

    1. Jody

      June 9, 2017 at 7:51 PM

      I struggle with finding time to read also, that is why a quick easy read like this book was perfect.

  4. Cori @ Sweet Coralice

    June 8, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Is this a YA book? I love a good book and really need to get back to reading. This one sound interesting 💕

    1. Jody

      June 9, 2017 at 7:49 PM

      It is not a YA book, according to the publisher it is a Mystery/Thriller and Women’s Fiction. It wouldn’t surprise me if a lot of YA readers like this book. It fits the genre I feel.

  5. Marlene Wetch

    June 8, 2017 at 10:21 PM

    When you say quick read, do you mean that you read it in a day? I love the story line, but when things don’t make any sense within the first two chapters, I usually give up.

    1. Jody

      June 8, 2017 at 10:36 PM

      I would say yes this book could be read in a day or a weekend. The chapters were fairly short which to me makes it easier and quicker to read.

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