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Jenny is new in town. Her parents go away, leaving her all alone in an isolated house. The mountains surrounding the town loom ominously, guarding the secret of what really happened the day of Diana Benson's accident. Then the phonecalls start... Jenny has a secret admirer, who courts her with sweet messages and flowers. But she also has an enemy, who chases her on a lonely Jenny is new in town. Her parents go away, leaving her all alone in an isolated house. The mountains surrounding the town loom ominously, guarding the secret of what really happened the day of Diana Benson's accident. Then the phonecalls start... Jenny has a secret admirer, who courts her with sweet messages and flowers. But she also has an enemy, who chases her on a lonely road. Does she know too much about the 'accident' on the cliffs? and is there anyone she can trust? Jenny has no one to turn to. Except her secret admirer... But who is he?


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Jenny is new in town. Her parents go away, leaving her all alone in an isolated house. The mountains surrounding the town loom ominously, guarding the secret of what really happened the day of Diana Benson's accident. Then the phonecalls start... Jenny has a secret admirer, who courts her with sweet messages and flowers. But she also has an enemy, who chases her on a lonely Jenny is new in town. Her parents go away, leaving her all alone in an isolated house. The mountains surrounding the town loom ominously, guarding the secret of what really happened the day of Diana Benson's accident. Then the phonecalls start... Jenny has a secret admirer, who courts her with sweet messages and flowers. But she also has an enemy, who chases her on a lonely road. Does she know too much about the 'accident' on the cliffs? and is there anyone she can trust? Jenny has no one to turn to. Except her secret admirer... But who is he?

30 review for My Secret Admirer

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Jenny Fowler just moved with her family into a new house in a town called Rimrock. She makes some new friends. Her parents have to go away on business leaving her alone for a few days in the new, isolated house. Jenny doesn't like the rimrocks that are outside, surrounding the house. They give her the creeps. Soon Jenny starts receiving phone calls from a secret admirer. At first she is happy about this. Her admirer leaves her presents...flowers, wind chimes, and leaves sweet messages on the ans Jenny Fowler just moved with her family into a new house in a town called Rimrock. She makes some new friends. Her parents have to go away on business leaving her alone for a few days in the new, isolated house. Jenny doesn't like the rimrocks that are outside, surrounding the house. They give her the creeps. Soon Jenny starts receiving phone calls from a secret admirer. At first she is happy about this. Her admirer leaves her presents...flowers, wind chimes, and leaves sweet messages on the answering machine for her. But eventually she starts receiving gifts that are gruesome, like a dead snake. Her dog Peaches is almost killed, another girl falls off the rimrocks and is now in a coma. Who could be doing all of this? This was an interesting read for young-adults. I liked the rimrocks setting. I didn't care for Jenny's parents, they were quite careless, leaving her all alone in an unfamiliar isolated house without even putting the curtains up yet. The story had some mild suspense. I was curious to find out who the "admirer" was. An entertaining read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    New girl in town gets secret admirer, but does that guy have the right intentions or not? So, me and the story got reunited again. Long time ago I read a ton of these Point Horror books in Dutch, including this one. I bumped against this one again, and thought it would be nice to read it again and see if I liked it as much as I did back then. Mm. Yes and no. It was still good, still creepy at points, but also very easy to figure out, the MC was just dumb as hell, and who the hell leaves their 16/ New girl in town gets secret admirer, but does that guy have the right intentions or not? So, me and the story got reunited again. Long time ago I read a ton of these Point Horror books in Dutch, including this one. I bumped against this one again, and thought it would be nice to read it again and see if I liked it as much as I did back then. Mm. Yes and no. It was still good, still creepy at points, but also very easy to figure out, the MC was just dumb as hell, and who the hell leaves their 16/17 year old alone in a new place for so long? Jenny is the new girl in this tiny town, I should say tiny tiny tiny tiny town. She lives in a gorgeous house, far far away from things. Yes, her new friend lives down the road, but that road is apparently (going by the descriptions) pretty long. The first day she meets someone (Sally) and so gets to join the annual scavenger hunt but things happen there that will stay with her for much longer. She thought she would have a nice time, but from that moment things go wonky. Jenny should really just have shut up her mouth that she heard something when she was on the cliffs. But then we wouldn't have had a story. :P There were tons of spooky and scary parts that had me on the edge of my bed (sick and mostly in my bed these past days). When Jenn's dog went bonkers (which just gave me goosebumps, it is the middle of the night and the dog is whining and scratching at one of the doors like a mad man), when she found those presents (the good and the bad presents both), when all sorts of other things happened that escalated as the story continued.. Yes, despite me rolling my eyes at times because of how cliché it all was, it was still very exciting to read. It has been years since I last read this one, so I had no clue how it would end. Would she survive? Would someone save her? Would Diana live? As I said in the first part, I can imagine you can leave a 16/17 year old alone in a home for 2 or so days, but this long? And in a new place? With no real connections if something goes wrong. Oh and you just let her deal with some painters (who you don't know). It just felt weird and off. Convenient plot device so that all the events could take place. Plus, conveniently, Jenny just stays at home throughout everything. Barricading her home with cans of food and forks. :P She did try to get her new friend to stay over, but her new friend is just very suspicious and seems to have plans all day and all night. But I still wish she would have talked to her parents. Sure, they seemed to be a bit too busy to care about their daughter, but I am sure one of them could have come home if she had at least told them about her worries. About the gifts. The admirer? Gee, it was just so obvious what kind of guy that was and what his plans were. But I had a laugh that Jenny truly thought he was some kind of sexy dude who wanted to give her attention. Sorry, but this guy just screamed stranger danger to me. I guess no matter the time kids make stupid mistakes like this. These days it is people pretending to be good people on the internet, back then you just left presents and messages. And if you are lucky and got a dumb person, they will meet up with you. *sighs* The ending was pretty good, though also a bit anticlimatic. I kept waiting for something else to happen, but then the book was over and we got to the author's note. But all in all, even with a dumb MC who annoyed me at times, a suspicious best friend, cliché stuff, I still had fun reading this one. There were plenty of exciting and scary parts, and I had fun figuring out who the baddie was in the story (so many red herrings). Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Shockingly, this is actually good. Real tension, real fear, and a nice avoidance of some Point Horror tropes. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream Shockingly, this is actually good. Real tension, real fear, and a nice avoidance of some Point Horror tropes. I read this for our podcast Teenage Scream, which dissects the best (and worst) of 90s Teen Horror. https://soundcloud.com/teenagescream

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    Decent addition to the Point Horror collection. I'm trying really hard not to be too judgemental when rereading these books. They haven't dated particularly well, and quite frankly there a lot of plot holes. This one is no exception. Given the apparent age of the protagonist (which I gather is somewhere between 15-17), she is incredibly stupid and immature. Also far too trusting. If she were a real person, she would probably have been awarded a Darwin Award by now. The lack of adult supervision ( Decent addition to the Point Horror collection. I'm trying really hard not to be too judgemental when rereading these books. They haven't dated particularly well, and quite frankly there a lot of plot holes. This one is no exception. Given the apparent age of the protagonist (which I gather is somewhere between 15-17), she is incredibly stupid and immature. Also far too trusting. If she were a real person, she would probably have been awarded a Darwin Award by now. The lack of adult supervision (or even adults in general) seems to be a running trope with these books. I know teenagers don't need to be watched 24/7, but running off to different cities at short notice and leaving your (stupid) children home alone is just asking for trouble. This wasn't the best in the Point Horror collection, but very readable. I just need to get used to stupid characters and their stupid decisions.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I liked MY SECRET ADMIRER despite the fact that I think an anonymous someone leaving messages on a machine about watching them and liking them is incredibly creepy. Chalk that one up to the invention of the internet and becoming less tolerant of stalkers. I think the notion of a secret admirer used to be wistful and desirable but now it’s off-putting and sometimes terrifying that someone’s creeping around, watching your every move, leaving “gifts” for you on your doorstep. *shudders* What I liked I liked MY SECRET ADMIRER despite the fact that I think an anonymous someone leaving messages on a machine about watching them and liking them is incredibly creepy. Chalk that one up to the invention of the internet and becoming less tolerant of stalkers. I think the notion of a secret admirer used to be wistful and desirable but now it’s off-putting and sometimes terrifying that someone’s creeping around, watching your every move, leaving “gifts” for you on your doorstep. *shudders* What I liked most about this book was the setting. It reminded me of some kind of Sedona hybrid with how the rocks were described as glowing red when the sun was setting and how intimidating they were yet still beautiful. I couldn’t get a visual layout of how Jenny’s house was set up, though. It seemed like the rocks were pretty much in her backyard but I had a hard time telling if they were cliffs going up or canyons going down. Or both. It seemed like both sometimes. And apparently everyone in that little down is a good climber and thinks nothing of just crawling up the rocks when they need to. Yeah, let’s just go for a picnic at the bottom of the cliffs that we’ll have to climb down to. Pass. But yeah, the way Jenny viewed them, since it was from her point of view, was as being intimidated by them and it really came through. They were these looming objects in her peripheral that everyone seemed to want to be involved with but her latent fear of them kept her at arm’s length, making her an even greater target for this secret admirer. Add in the exceedingly small town feel and how isolated her house was it was a good backdrop for something terrifying to happen. As the story went on Jenny became suspicious of everyone and that came through in the writing. People she’d gotten close to in such a short amount of time appeared standoffish and anxious to get away from her or seemed to be hiding something. That subtle level of paranoia worked itself nicely into Ellis’s words. Everyone was a suspect because that’s how Jenny came to look at them and I think Ellis did a good job of portraying that. For all the build-up the ending was kind of lackluster, not all that big of a reveal or a surprise. I think the perpetrator was made a little too obvious throughout the book so it was just a matter of waiting for the truth to come out as opposed to finding out who did it. So the ending left me wanting but short of that I don’t really have any other complaints (aside from Jenny not thinking to put her secret admirer and her assailant into the same basket, or just standing down the motorcycle that attacked her because . . . it’s a motorcycle, there isn’t much a driver can do to someone or something without causing themselves a lot of harm but whatever). I’ll call MY SECRET ADMIRER one of the better old school YA horror books. Solid characters, an unreliable narrator, good scene-setting, a pretty decent plot. I liked it. 4

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chelley Toy

    5 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2015/02... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofye 5 out of 5 Point Horror Book Stars! (I rate these books compared to other Point Horror Books Only) I read this as part of the #pointhorrorbookclub that I run monthly! You can read the post here http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/2015/02... This is more of a discussion than a review with highlighted areas of the book and has a comedy feel to the discussion to. Please be aware that as this is a discussion there will be spoilers. Want to know more about #pointhorrorbookclub - check this out http://talesofyesterday.co.uk/tales-p... All in all I personally liked this book - classic retro point horror! For more reviews and book chat please visit www.talesofyesterday.co.uk Please be aware that the discussion will contain spoilers!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alex (Hey Little Thrifter)

    3.5 stars Jenny has just moved house and is left home alone while her parents have to travel back to the old house to take care of some business. She starts receiving messages on her answerphone from a secret admirer who also leaves her gifts at her house. But soon things turn nasty and she has to figure out who the secret admirer is and if she can really trust them or not. This was well written and enjoyable. I liked the cast of characters and the suspense. I would have given this 4/5 but part of 3.5 stars Jenny has just moved house and is left home alone while her parents have to travel back to the old house to take care of some business. She starts receiving messages on her answerphone from a secret admirer who also leaves her gifts at her house. But soon things turn nasty and she has to figure out who the secret admirer is and if she can really trust them or not. This was well written and enjoyable. I liked the cast of characters and the suspense. I would have given this 4/5 but part of the story was too similar to another Carol Ellis book so the reveal wasn't as impactful as it should have been and I knocked off half a star.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ken

    I really enjoyed this one. Admittedly it's best to overlook the fact that the main character Jenny who has just moved to the area has been left by her parents who need to tie up loose ends at the other end. Found the story to be well paced and enough tension to keep me hooked.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sati Marie Frost

    One of the first Point Horrors I read, and still one of the best. Jenny's just moved to an unspecified town in an unspecified state, somewhere out west where big red cliffs, called rimrocks, surround the town. She's scared of the rimrocks, but when she gets invited to a school-organised scavenger hunt and gets partnered with handsome dark-eyed David, he talks her into climbing them to look for a bird's nest. A storm comes up and they get separated in the dark, and while Jenny's alone she thinks s One of the first Point Horrors I read, and still one of the best. Jenny's just moved to an unspecified town in an unspecified state, somewhere out west where big red cliffs, called rimrocks, surround the town. She's scared of the rimrocks, but when she gets invited to a school-organised scavenger hunt and gets partnered with handsome dark-eyed David, he talks her into climbing them to look for a bird's nest. A storm comes up and they get separated in the dark, and while Jenny's alone she thinks she hears someone cry out, although she can't make out any words. The next day, the group find out that beautiful, bitchy Diana had a fall from the rimrocks that night, and is in a coma. Jenny immediately mentions the scream she thinks she heard, but no consensus is reached as to whether she was just hearing the wind. Jenny's parents go away for a few days, leaving her alone with the dog. She starts receiving gifts from a secret admirer: sweet, thoughtful presents like flowers and wind chimes. But someone is also trying to scare her, leaving a dead snake wrapped like a present in her mailbox, closing the windows and shutting her dog in a hot car, and trapping her in a phone box while he - a sinister, leather clad figure on a black motorbike with a full-face helmet - repeatedly rides towards the booth, threatening to run her down if she tries to leave. Jenny can't trust anyone in town but her secret admirer - but who is he? And who is threatening her? As I mentioned, I think this is a great book. It's simple and cleanly-written enough for kids to follow, with enough action to stop them getting bored, yet it has a lasting appeal for me; at 28 I still enjoyed it. Jenny's an odd one; her personality is not particularly well-developed, yet what you do see of her has its own certain charm that makes me want to root for a happy ending for her. The scary scenes are quite chilling, and unique enough to be memorable, particularly the phone booth scene. I remember drawing cartoon strips of this book when I was 8 or 9, and having my dad draw the motorbike for me. I didn't do that with many books, but these were particularly powerful images that stay in the mind after reading. I enjoyed the setting a lot, too. It's never specified exactly where the book is set, but I have in mind Utah or Arizona. I've always felt particularly comfortable in those places, so I may be attaching my own emotions when I say that the setting, despite its starkness, is very comforting and provides a really nice contrasting background for the scaries. A great book, really nicely written. Verdict: A shining example of early suspenseful Point Horror.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Bennett

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Reminds me of: Mother's Helper "It was probably just a practical joke" moment: Rattlesnake in a box. This is actually a genius prank gift. "You probably just imagined it" moment: Rocks falling, screams, shadows, cranking the window down for the dog. Innocent victims?: Let's take a minute to talk about Peaches. What kind of teen horror writer writes a horrible attempted dog murder and then doesn't show us a happy dog at the end? I was more upset about Peaches than anything. Oh and I might have fe Reminds me of: Mother's Helper "It was probably just a practical joke" moment: Rattlesnake in a box. This is actually a genius prank gift. "You probably just imagined it" moment: Rocks falling, screams, shadows, cranking the window down for the dog. Innocent victims?: Let's take a minute to talk about Peaches. What kind of teen horror writer writes a horrible attempted dog murder and then doesn't show us a happy dog at the end? I was more upset about Peaches than anything. Oh and I might have felt sorry for Jenny until she went up on the rimrocks to meet her "admirer". Left her brain in the mini-mart. How blindingly obvious?:I didn't guess who it was - I was hoping it was the painter's lad. But once you know the plot and Dean's motive, it's actually just a case of Ferris Bueller Gone Bad. Plot holes / Unfinished plot lines: Why was Sally so moody? Why does the cover show Jenny looking through curtains when the book repeatedly says her house has no curtains?! Inappropriate happy ending: I would have liked to have seen Peaches eat a big bowl of steak or something. But we only care about new boyfriends apparently.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Blue

    I actually remember this one fairly vividly, even though it's been at least 20 years since I read it. So it may even qualify for a 4 star, but I can't give those out unless I'm certain. I think there are some questionable situations like the girl being left alone at all, and even a time when she really should stay with someone else/not alone, but doesn't (or doesn't until something strange happens). I am reminded of a Scream sequel where Neve Campbell thinks she's safe up in some house with a p I actually remember this one fairly vividly, even though it's been at least 20 years since I read it. So it may even qualify for a 4 star, but I can't give those out unless I'm certain. I think there are some questionable situations like the girl being left alone at all, and even a time when she really should stay with someone else/not alone, but doesn't (or doesn't until something strange happens). I am reminded of a Scream sequel where Neve Campbell thinks she's safe up in some house with a picturesque view. So it must be a well-described, vivid setting, or it wouldn't have stuck in my mind. And the main character is relatable/likable, because I remember feeling for her, not just wondering what was going to happen next. I recall that the author is fairly good at providing believable red herrings, which is hard to do in general and even harder in these fast-paced YA novels. If you're a fan of the YA suspense genre, this is worth a read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    C.

    These books feel ANCIENT now. I don't know, this could as easily have been written in the 1960s as the 1990s. But it was enjoyable, and reasonably well-written. I was less creeped out by the dead-snake-and-dirt-bike stalker than I was by what felt like an ever-present threat of rape. What the hell kind of parents leave their teenage daughter alone in a new, curtain-free house in the middle of nowhere, to be leered at by painters? I wanted to buy the main character some mace, and not even to deal These books feel ANCIENT now. I don't know, this could as easily have been written in the 1960s as the 1990s. But it was enjoyable, and reasonably well-written. I was less creeped out by the dead-snake-and-dirt-bike stalker than I was by what felt like an ever-present threat of rape. What the hell kind of parents leave their teenage daughter alone in a new, curtain-free house in the middle of nowhere, to be leered at by painters? I wanted to buy the main character some mace, and not even to deal with the "secret admirer," just to defend herself from the locals.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Trisha

    Finally, I got around to re-reading another Point book! I actually didn't remember much about this one, except I had a vague recollection of the cliff area (the Rimrocks). But I didn't remember they were called the Rimrocks. This was one of those Point books that wasn't too bad, but wasn't one of my favourites either. It was interesting to me how Jenny had a case of insta-love with David, but then he didn't really show up much in the whole story. But I was still convinced by their insta-love, for Finally, I got around to re-reading another Point book! I actually didn't remember much about this one, except I had a vague recollection of the cliff area (the Rimrocks). But I didn't remember they were called the Rimrocks. This was one of those Point books that wasn't too bad, but wasn't one of my favourites either. It was interesting to me how Jenny had a case of insta-love with David, but then he didn't really show up much in the whole story. But I was still convinced by their insta-love, for whatever reason. haha. I liked that every guy she knew was a suspect, because it wasn't one of those lame stories where the stupid heroine suspects everybody except the one that she should suspect. That said, Jenny was pretty stupid, for a number of reasons: 1. Leaving her dog in the car 2. Not being in the least bit suspicious of the messages left on her answering machine 3. Going to the Rimrocks to meet her "admirer", I mean WTF 4. Taking a while to catch on when her admirer revealed himself 5. "Yeah, sure, I'll climb in the dark! What could go wrong?" (paraphrase) Some things that made me go "aww" in this book were things relating to the sheer 80s/90s-ness of the story. Dean and his "computer print-out", the telephone booth being a lifeline, everyone calling around on their house phones (no mobiles, no social media), Jenny's fashion wins (white shorts and a rainbow-striped shirt; later there's a washed out denim jacket). Oh, and the VCR!! "Let's watch a tape." The mere fact that the telephone with its "built-in answering machine" was something fancy at the time. I had no recollection whatsoever of the painters, and how disgustingly creepy the younger one was. Wow. Anyway, I think that's all I've got to say for now - but these were my notes as I read through the book (I'll put them behind a spoiler tag): (view spoiler)[My Secret Admirer p.37 - radio on in car, “Don’t worry, be happy” (lame) p.39 - looking up Howell in the phone book to call him. Also, house phones and hitech built in answering machine 😂 p.41 - creeeeeeepy p.49 - “computer print-out” 😂 p.51 - aww, Peaches p.60 - weird time for Dean to be flirting with the new chick? They’ve just had the bad news about Diana p.89 - rattlesnake! Why does it never occur to Jenny that her secret admirer may be a psycho?! p.94 - good ole days of one phone line, no mobiles 😳 p.96 - the painters are gross!! A 30 yr old cracking onto a 16 yr old, yuck! p.103 - “she’d just waked up” p.107, 110 - VCR, watch a tape. Nawww p.121 - nooooo, don’t do it! Don’t leave her in da car!!! It’s illegal now! p.130 - telephone booth. So old skool p.131 - “she was glad she was wearing white shorts and a rainbow-striped T-shirt.” p.147 - iiiiiidiot! p.168 - you’re a bit slow, Jenny! p.175 - more good fashion: “washed-out denim jacket” p.181 - “rotten thoughts” ... not very teenagery p.183 - everyone on the phone, eg no chat, insta, etc ☺️ (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Arkham Reviews

    My Secret Admirer was probably the strongest instalment of this series so far. The isolated setting was incredibly effective for building tension, with Jenny left alone in an unfamiliar new house against the desolate mountain foothills of the rimrocks. Ellis does a fantastic job of maintaining tension as Jenny receives both mysterious romantic phone calls and threats, all following on from an accident that she may have witnessed in the mountains. The story certainly kept my attention throughout a My Secret Admirer was probably the strongest instalment of this series so far. The isolated setting was incredibly effective for building tension, with Jenny left alone in an unfamiliar new house against the desolate mountain foothills of the rimrocks. Ellis does a fantastic job of maintaining tension as Jenny receives both mysterious romantic phone calls and threats, all following on from an accident that she may have witnessed in the mountains. The story certainly kept my attention throughout and the villain was a little harder to guess than those of the previous instalments, helped by the fact that Jenny was only loosely acquainted with the rest of the core cast due to the fact that she was the new girl in town. Yet there was still something a little off about the pacing. As with Trick or Treat, Jenny's parents cleared out of the picture remarkably quickly in order to isolate her, and it does take an incredibly long time before Jenny starts to put the pieces together. This really leads to my biggest issue with the story - Jenny. Jenny is not an especially bright protagonist. It takes her far too long to release that her stalker and her admirer could be one and the same, leading her to often put herself (and, at one point, her dog) in great danger. Although Jenny does not really know anyone in the story, she is very quick to jump to conclusions and rule out the people that she does not think are responsible, despite only have met them on a couple of occasions. As the novel reaches its climax, Jenny shows especially poor judgement that very nearly results in her death. Still, daft protagonist aside, I actually did really enjoy this one. Here's hoping that the next instalment is equally as memorable.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cazzy

    I've recently been rereading the books in the Point Horror series I loved as. tween. My rating is in comparison to other books in the series, rather than any adult books. I found this book rather dull, although Carol Ellis is a solid writer and doesn't seem to drop as many clangers as some of the other writers in the series. The protagonist was OK, my main problem was I just didn't care all that much about any of the characters or what was going on. I did, however, learn what a 'bluff was. Probab I've recently been rereading the books in the Point Horror series I loved as. tween. My rating is in comparison to other books in the series, rather than any adult books. I found this book rather dull, although Carol Ellis is a solid writer and doesn't seem to drop as many clangers as some of the other writers in the series. The protagonist was OK, my main problem was I just didn't care all that much about any of the characters or what was going on. I did, however, learn what a 'bluff was. Probably an OK read for the audience it was intended.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Noble

    Jenny and her parents move to a new town. Her parents are called away for work and to sell their old property so she is left alone for a few days with her dog, Peaches. Jenny makes friends with Sally and is invited to the town scavenger hunt, and whilst out on the rimrocks with her hunt partner, David, Jenny thinks she hears a scream. Someone doesn't want her to remember exactly what she heard and tries to scare her, meanwhile a secret admirer starts leaving Jenny gifts and phone messages. This Jenny and her parents move to a new town. Her parents are called away for work and to sell their old property so she is left alone for a few days with her dog, Peaches. Jenny makes friends with Sally and is invited to the town scavenger hunt, and whilst out on the rimrocks with her hunt partner, David, Jenny thinks she hears a scream. Someone doesn't want her to remember exactly what she heard and tries to scare her, meanwhile a secret admirer starts leaving Jenny gifts and phone messages. This is an okay read. There's not that many suspects to choose from and it's pretty easy to work out who it is. One of the more so-so PH books.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tazzie Dee

    Jenny is new in town & she catches the eye of some mysterious guy. He leaves her sultry voicemails on her answering machine (this is the 90s). He leaves her gifts outside her house. And he then asks to meet face-to-face. Jenny is buzzing from the attention she is getting from her secret admirer. But who is he? Are his intentions sweet & pure? Or is there a sinister motive behind these acts? This is the first Point Horror book I’ve read by Ellis & I thought it was just ok. Jenny is new in town & she catches the eye of some mysterious guy. He leaves her sultry voicemails on her answering machine (this is the 90s). He leaves her gifts outside her house. And he then asks to meet face-to-face. Jenny is buzzing from the attention she is getting from her secret admirer. But who is he? Are his intentions sweet & pure? Or is there a sinister motive behind these acts? This is the first Point Horror book I’ve read by Ellis & I thought it was just ok.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Books0507_Ashley

    I used to read the point horrors books when I was young, and came across this recently when I moved house and thought to give it another read. It's a good book to read in between other books as it's very short, it's quick flowing and made me want to buy the rest of the point horror series for some light reading.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Serena

    Not bad, but not amazing either. A pretty weak entry in the Point Horror series if you ask me. I thought the story to be kind of underwhelming most of the time and the ending was somewhat anticlimactic. I had an idea in mind of a twist that could’ve happened that I think would’ve been cooler than the ending we got. At best, it’s a decent thriller but I don’t think it’s overly memorable.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Loop

    The way it sets up the atmosphere is great the whole book tells about the rimrocks and how they look is pretty pleasing. Also her being alone at night with no curtains is pretty creepy. I hate leaving curtains open at night. And it treats teens as teens one gets really upset and drinks which anyone would do especially teens. It's one of the better older book teen horror reads.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jarrett

    I feel it could of been better but it was a book with a nice mystery at the end

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Kretschmer

    A favorite of mine in middle school that I recently re-discovered. Maybe not as great reading through it as an adult but it'll always have a special place in my heart.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie James

    I read this when I was a teenager and found it again so I re-read it. Great read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy Gogarty

    Our hero Jenny is a remarkable dumbass and deserved to die

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Simpson

    Not a fan of books about stupid girls. That about sums up my review. Lolz.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Liam Underwood

    I'm currently alternating between a Goosebumps book and a Point Horror book, and I must confess that now, after reading two of each, I'm much preferring the Point Horror books. Which is surprising to me, as I have very vivid memories of events that occur in the Goosebumps books, and practically zero memories of what happens in the Point Horror books. I know I definitely used to own My Secret Admirer, but I have no memory of actually ever reading it. Maybe I didn't? I don't know. Anyway, the most I'm currently alternating between a Goosebumps book and a Point Horror book, and I must confess that now, after reading two of each, I'm much preferring the Point Horror books. Which is surprising to me, as I have very vivid memories of events that occur in the Goosebumps books, and practically zero memories of what happens in the Point Horror books. I know I definitely used to own My Secret Admirer, but I have no memory of actually ever reading it. Maybe I didn't? I don't know. Anyway, the most important and shocking thing about this book is how much the author, Carol Ellis, hates Peaches, the dog. Poor Peaches is relentlessly fat shamed throughout this book, and let me tell you something - Peaches is the best. In all honesty, the treatment of Peaches is only so obvious because so little else actually happens in this book. Compared to The Lifeguard , by Richie Tankersley Cusick, which I described as 'basically an '80s slasher movie in book form' (and had a lot of fun reading), the pace here is way slower and events of note are remarkably infrequent. However, that said, I did still enjoy reading My Secret Admirer and I did find it to be better written than The Lifeguard . I'm still not particularly wise to the mystery elements, so once again I didn't guess who did it. I don't know if that's a comment on the book being well crafted with good red herrings, or, (more likely) a comment on my inability to guess who did it. Thankfully most of the frustrating tropes in The Lifeguard are absent here. So, to summarise: Carol Ellis hates Peaches and needs everyone to know how fat the poor dog is; My Secret Admirer is, in several ways (but mostly the writing), better than The Lifeguard ; but I still found The Lifeguard to be a more enjoyable book overall. Both have been an absolute joy to read though and I'm so excited to see what the next Point Horror book brings. 3.5/5 Point Horror Ranked 1) My Secret Admirer - 3.5/5 2) The Lifeguard - 3.5/5

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jadaloves

    What a blast from the past this one was. And while I’m sure I was completely thrilled as a kid, as an adult I do have a few issues with this book. Jenny’s family moves to yet another new town. While her parents fly back to their previous town to wrap up business and close on the sale of their old house, Jenny is left to make new friends and acclimate herself to her new surroundings. But after things go horribly wrong during the annual scavenger hunt, Jenny finds herself the target of a sick joke What a blast from the past this one was. And while I’m sure I was completely thrilled as a kid, as an adult I do have a few issues with this book. Jenny’s family moves to yet another new town. While her parents fly back to their previous town to wrap up business and close on the sale of their old house, Jenny is left to make new friends and acclimate herself to her new surroundings. But after things go horribly wrong during the annual scavenger hunt, Jenny finds herself the target of a sick jokester and the object of someone’s affection. I have to say I did have fun being back in one of these books that I so enjoyed as a kid. And although I can’t say I was ever frightened by this book, this time, I can say it elicited the same anxious feelings, wondering who the killer could be and why. Although all of the characters had their own very distinct personalities, many of them were a bit flat with no depth. The villain was well done because I was kept guessing about who it was until the end. I think Jenny was well written too although her inner musings sometimes got on my nerves. As far as the other characters, though they were kind of one dimensional, their actions were expertly played to keep the reader wondering about who could possibly be tormenting the new girl. While the story was engaging, and kept me interested, the conclusion and big reveal was kind of weak. And not so much who it turned out to be, but why he was the villain in the first place. It was perfectly fluffy and a bit silly why this particular villain was motivated to want to kill. Very trivial and almost laughable that he would go to such extremes to cover up what he’d done. Overall a nice walk down memory lane. As an adult I’m bound to have a different view on the story, but the book manages to keep its soul and remind me of why I loved these books so much as a kid.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Okay, so this was one of the first of the series, and one I had never read as a child. In truth I found it disappointingly flat; perhaps because of my mindset while reading it (not the best), or maybe because the plot follows along similar lines to one I'd already read (Trick or Treat). Oh, they are different, the main change being the romantic overtures the stalker leaves for Jenny. Aside from the usual motifs you can infer from a story where the heroine is new in town and becomes suspicious of Okay, so this was one of the first of the series, and one I had never read as a child. In truth I found it disappointingly flat; perhaps because of my mindset while reading it (not the best), or maybe because the plot follows along similar lines to one I'd already read (Trick or Treat). Oh, they are different, the main change being the romantic overtures the stalker leaves for Jenny. Aside from the usual motifs you can infer from a story where the heroine is new in town and becomes suspicious of everyone (fear of strangers, especially those professing romantic interest, turns out to be somewhat valid etc), there are shades of I Know What You Did Last Summer in the plotline, since Jenny's being terrorised due to knowing something about a near fatal 'accident' (in this case it's the perpetrator not the victim who undertakes the harassment). Although some of the events are a bit unsettling, especially if you imagine yourself as the recipient, overall the whole thing felt less threatening that it could have done, and when the stalker's motives are revealed it all seems a bit overblown. Also I have no idea if he actually liked Jenny romantically or the nicer gifts were part of an elaborate ploy to lure her out at the end and nothing else. I suppose it hardly matters when this is all about fiddling grades at school.

  29. 5 out of 5

    SaturNalia

    Jenny is new in town and she's terrified by the bluffs that surround the town. Sally is a chatterbox, gossip and her only neighbor. During a scavenger hunt, bonding exercise, she is introduced to other kids in the area. Jenny is paired up with David and thinks she hears someone screaming but is unsure. Turns out one of the girls fell off the bluff and is unconscious. Her parents leave her alone for a few days, while they finalize the selling of their old house, and she starts getting messages on Jenny is new in town and she's terrified by the bluffs that surround the town. Sally is a chatterbox, gossip and her only neighbor. During a scavenger hunt, bonding exercise, she is introduced to other kids in the area. Jenny is paired up with David and thinks she hears someone screaming but is unsure. Turns out one of the girls fell off the bluff and is unconscious. Her parents leave her alone for a few days, while they finalize the selling of their old house, and she starts getting messages on her answering machine and little gifts. Her secret admirer makes her feel good, then she gets a dead snake as a gift. The nights alone in the house scare her, and I felt bad for Jenny. Lots of bad things happen to Jenny but she doesn't suspect her secret admirer, she suspects all her new found friends. When he asks her to meet him at the bluff she agrees, I though this was stupid but the bad guy had to be revealed somehow. The beginning was a little slow then pick up a bit, Jenny's terror felt realistic. (view spoiler)[Dean was the bad guy. He was a computer nerd and his grades were slipping. He didn't hurt anyone but he didn't do anything to help either. (hide spoiler)]

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kerra

    I thought this book was pretty darn good. Especially for a book that is aimed for younger readers. I really enjoy reading books like this because it reminds me of the innocents I used to have when I was young and maybe even the idiocity as well. I loved the characters in this book and how easily they flowed together. I also loved that you never quite knew what was going to happen in the ending and you didn't figure it out until you got to the last chapter. Which is something I look forward to be I thought this book was pretty darn good. Especially for a book that is aimed for younger readers. I really enjoy reading books like this because it reminds me of the innocents I used to have when I was young and maybe even the idiocity as well. I loved the characters in this book and how easily they flowed together. I also loved that you never quite knew what was going to happen in the ending and you didn't figure it out until you got to the last chapter. Which is something I look forward to because I hate being able to guess the ending of a book. However, sometimes being able to guess the ending of a book always has it's perks to. But you don't want to be able to guess them with this type of a book. I think that is why I gave it 5 stars, because even though this is based for younger readers, I am 24 and couldn't figure out the ending. That could just be me, lol, but I enjoyed it just as much. Good read! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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