[b:The Black Book of Secrets|1802710|The Black Book of Secrets|F.E. Higgins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1317791256s/1802710.jpg|174367] is the first of four loosely related YA novels in [a:F.E. Higgins|105220|F.E. Higgins|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1283977158p2/105220.jpg]'s Tales From the Sinister City series.
I was thoroughly impressed. The book has a very dark theme that vaguely reminded me of [a:Stephen King|3389|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1362164094p2/3389.jpg]'s [b:Needful Things|107291|Needful Things|Stephen King|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1315767817s/107291.jpg|1812101].
The hero of the story is a young boy who had a rough beginning to life and manages to land a position with a pawnbroker who buys the darkest secrets from people for a very high price. But, to what end does he buy these secrets?
5 STARS and favorited
*** NOTE: I just finished the second book in the series, [b:The Bone Magician|1802711|The Bone Magician (Tales From The Sinister City, #2)|F.E. Higgins|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1271330284s/1802711.jpg|1801897], and while the books are loosely related, there is a common thread that runs between these books. So, they should be read in order. ***