Dark Secrets 1: Legacy of Lies/Don't Tell

Dark Secrets 1: Legacy of Lies and Don't Tell - Elizabeth Chandler Goodreads Summary:Two girls haunted by the past...and destined to relive itIn Legacy of Lies, Megan has to stay with the uptight grandmother she wants nothing to do with. She's determined to get through the visit without any drama, but when she falls into a twisted love triangle with potentially fatal consequences, Megan may be caught up in her family's legacy in more ways than she realizes.In Don't Tell, Lauren knows that by returning to the town where her mother drowned seven years ago, she'll be reliving one of her most haunting memories. When she arrives, she is propelled into a series of mysterious events that mimic the days leading up to her mother's death. Maybe her mother's drowning wasn't an accident after all...and maybe Lauren is next.Review:I think this is going to be another quick one. Nothing special here, just a quick entertaining read. There are two stories here, neither of which get that deep or are particularly mesmerizing. Don't Tell was a little bit better than Legacy of Lies, and I savored that one more. Both of the stories remind me of those thriller books from the 90's by authors like Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine. Richie Tankersley Cusick is another one of those authors that come to mind. Turns out this book was originally published in 2000. That explains a lot. Most young adult books from the late 90's follow a very formulaic plot. Main character moves to a new town, meets new people or becomes reacquainted with old ones, has a conflict, starts a romance, climax, conflict resolution, happy ending. Each story is around 180 pages long. Suspenseful, but if you follow the foreshadowing, the villain is not hard to figure out. And I did. Both times. I liked the setting (Maryland) and this is the first book I read this year set there. If I was rating the stories separately, I'd give Legacy of Lies 3 stars, and Don't Tell 4 stars. I much preferred the characters and storyline in the second book. So end result is 3.5 stars. I must point out however, that if you like to have an emotional attachment to your characters, then these are not the books for you. But if you like a decent plot with some suspense and you are look for a simple mindless read, I think you will probably enjoy it.