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.
Deadly Little Scandals is the follow-up to Little White Lies, wrapping up Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s Debutantes duology. I did not think anything could be twistier and soapier than Little White Lies, but Deadly Little Scandals made that look like a child’s picture book.
Please, please, please make it a multi-book series.
N.B: this is not intended as a fair or balanced review, but a totally biased and unabashedly enthusiastic squeal on all the things I loved about the book. This is pure, unrestrained fangirling!
❗️Mild spoilers ahead!❗️
👍The characters were a massive strength of Little White Lies, and that’s still the case in its sequel; and there’s character development, too. The impact of the secrets revealed–and how they’re revealed–should and does have a knock-on effect on the characters, and each and every one of them has shifted by the end of the book. This character development is what makes the story so believable, even when the twists push their luck.
👍Sawyer is still as witty, funny, tormented, and badass as she was in Little White Lies; in fact, every other character has moved a little closer to her fearlessness, and it creates a real feeling of a girl gang, which I am here for. (I want a spade necklace, too. Is it too much to ask?)
👍Making every effort to remain spoiler free here–that last line in the blurb is true, no one is quite what they seem. Everyone has some agenda or secret that changes the way you think about them–whether they know it or not–and that makes for such an interesting read. Even the villains become sympathetic–even the villains you thought were total lowlifes a book, a chapter, or a page ago. This book has layers, man.
❤️Unholy hell, that twist at the end BLEW MY MIND. I had actual, genuine, physical reactions as I was reading–my fiance laughed several times seeing my jaw hanging open, my hands on my head, staring into nothing waiting for my brain to catch up with every stage of the big reveal. Mind. Blown.
🌟Favourite character: I still love Sawyer the most.
🌟Favourite quote: ‘If they’d pitched the White Gloves to me this way from the get-go, I might have been in it for more than the distraction and the opportunity to cross-examine Victoria Gutierrez. Forget tradition and secrets and symbols. All they would have had to do was send me a note scribbled on scrap paper that said Smash the patriarchy? Circle one: yes or no.‘
🌟Favourite moment: That massive reveal. Again: mind blown.
This book is:
A standalone🔶Part of a duology🔶 Part of a trilogy🔶 Part of a series
Action-packed🔶 Charming🔶Clever🔶 Comforting🔶Creepy🔶 Dark🔶 Emotional🔶 Funny🔶Gripping🔶 Haunting🔶Heartbreaking🔶Intense🔶Mysterious 🔶Powerful🔶Quirky🔶Romantic🔶Sad🔶Scary🔶Sweet🔶Tear-jerking🔶 Tense🔶 Touching🔶Twisty🔶 Violent🔶 Witty
Middle Grade🔶YA🔶 Adult