Deadly Little Scandals
by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published November 4th 2019 by Freeform
“Think of the White Gloves like the Junior League-by way of Skull and Bones?”
Reluctant debutante Sawyer Taft joined Southern high society for one reason and one reason alone: to identify and locate her biological father. But the answers Sawyer found during her debutante year only left her with more questions and one potentially life-ruining secret. When her cousin Lily ropes her into pledging a mysterious, elite, and all-female secret society called the White Gloves, Sawyer soon discovers that someone in the group’s ranks may have the answers she’s looking for. Things are looking up… until Sawyer and the White Gloves make a disturbing discover near the family’s summer home–and uncover a twisted secret, decades in the making.
No one is quite who they seem to be.
👸 Book 1 review: Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
It is truly a testament of how eventful 2020 is, that despite Little White Lies being one of my favorite read this year, I thought I read it in 2019 🙃
As with the first book, Deadly Little Scandals gives the cold opening with Sawyer and Sadie-Grace being buried alive. We then went back in time, to the summer following their disastrous debutante ball and immediately get introduced to the White Gloves within the first few chapters. I would say that this book is perfect for the summer as it is set on a lake house and filled with jet skis, coves, and midnight shenanigans courtesy of the White Gloves. Despite the challenges being borderline dangerous, I love the idea of the White Gloves and I wish we get to know more of them.
I admit that when I first started it, I already forgotten about the characters except for Sawyer and Lily. It took me a while to figure out the rest of the cast and recall the events happening during their debutante ball, but getting back into the world felt really comforting. From the unexpected friendships between Sawyer, Lily, Sadie-Grace, and Campbell, the ridiculous antics of the rich, and the barbs hidden beneath the “prim and proper” attitude. I genuinely enjoyed all the characters and their dynamics and truly sad that this duology is now over.
Deadly Little Scandals promises “life-ruining secret” and it really delivers. Not only one, but there are many life-ruining secrets unearthed in this book, the everything-was-a-lie-and-now-my-world-is-imploding kind of secrets. It is full of twists and turns and I loved every second of the journey. However, I also find this book harder to get through as there are too many things going on. The obvious ones, we have the White Gloves, the issue of Sawyer’s paternity, the mystery of Ana’s baby, Sadie-Grace’s step mom, and Nick but throughout the book, more mysteries are popping out left and right. I would say the reveal was brilliant but at the middle of the book, it was getting hard to keep track of all the stories running.
While I enjoyed the sequel less, Deadly Little Scandal is the perfect ending for this duology for the hopeful note it sets and how the story came full circle. I would say that this duology is one of my favorite YA contemporary ever: It was fun and fast paced, filled with crazy antics, twists and mystery that are brilliantly weaved into the story. Everything just keep going full circle and when the reveal come, you just can’t help feeling in awe. Take all of the soapy craziness away, this is a story about family and friendships that I would always cherish.
“Because we can. Because when people say that well-behaved women rarely make history, they leave out the little tidbit that the women who do make history rarely do so alone.”