Author Biography (Short)

Tom Ryan is the author of several books for young readers. He has been nominated for a number of awards, and two of his young adult novels, Way to Go and Tag Along, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013 and 2014. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction. Tom, his husband, and their dog currently divide their time between Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Author Biography (Long)

Tom Ryan was born and raised in Inverness, Nova Scotia. He’s a graduate of Mount Allison University and NSCC.

Since 2012, Tom has published several books for young readers of all ages. He has been nominated for the White Pine Award, the Stellar Award and the Hackmatack Award, and two of his books - Totally Unrelated and Big Time - were Junior Library Guild selections. Two of his young adult novels, Way to Go and Tag Along, were chosen for the ALA Rainbow List, in 2013 and 2014. In 2017, on the occasion of Canada’s 150th birthday, his first novel, Way to Go, was chosen as one of the most significant books in Nova Scotia’s history. He was a 2017 Lambda Literary Fellow in Young Adult Fiction.

Tom, his husband and their dog currently divide their time between Ontario and Nova Scotia.

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Book Details

Keep This to Yourself: Available May 21st, 2019 from Albert Whitman and Company

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A town ripped apart.

A message from beyond the grave.

And a chance for justice.

Last summer, a serial killer terrorized the sleepy seaside village of Camera Cove, killing four people before disappearing without a trace. Like everyone else in town, eighteen-year-old Mac Bell has been trying to move on from the tragedy—easier said than done when Mac’s best friend, golden boy Connor Williams, was the final victim. But Mac is starting to accept that he might never find closure…

Until he discovers a note that Connor left him the night he died—a note hinting he’d found out the killer’s identity and needed Mac’s help. Now, Mac’s on a mission to solve Connor’s murder once and for all. And nobody—friends, neighbors, or even the cute stranger with his own connection to the case—is beyond suspicion.

Can Mac untangle the truth before the killer strikes again?

Blurbs

A classic whodunit complete with an atmospheric coastal setting, red herrings galore, and a gay teen detective you’ll root for from page one. Malinda Lo, author of A Line in the Dark

With sharp twists, mounting tension, and a doozy of an ending—not to mention a little sweet romance—this is a page-turner you will not want to keep to yourself. Caleb Roehrig, author of Last Seen Leaving

A delicious murder thriller that chills to the bone. Keep This to Yourself asks you out for a sweet walk in the park that eventually turns into a terrifying sprint in the dark. K. Ancrum, author of The Wicker King

Keep This to Yourself is full of twists and turns that keep readers second guessing and flipping pages right until the end. I fell in love with the characters—even when I wasn’t sure who I could trust. Eileen Cook, author of With Malice and You Owe Me a Murder

Trade Reviews

Breathtakingly chilling. Set across the lush backdrop of an oceanside vacation town, the mystery unfurls like a thick fog, eerie and wholly immersive…. A tightly plotted mystery. Kirkus Reviews starred review

A powerful coming-of-age story and a frequently surprising mystery. To Ryan’s considerable credit, the distinct narrative strands are inseparable... As a thriller, Keep This to Yourself delivers twists and turns aplenty, but its personal elements are just as thrilling and suspenseful, with stakes almost as high. Quill & Quire

[A] tense, compelling mystery… Suspicion turns to paranoia in Ryan’s clever whodunit… Alongside the well-plotted mystery is a sweet romance… With an atmospheric setting and relatable characters, this is a solid choice for mystery fans. Booklist