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Title: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Macmillan)
Blog Tour Organizer: MMSAI Tours
Release Date: April 28, 2015 Acquired Via: Publisher
A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters.
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world.
When—after a heated argument—Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options—confess her deception or live her sister's life.
Praise for The Secrets We Keep
"Trisha Leaver crafts a powerful and haunting novel that will keep you up long after you read the last page. Full of twists and turns and FEELS, this book questions how far a person will go for her family . . . even if it means losing herself." - Lynne Matson, author of NIL
Haunting and beautiful, The Secrets We Keep, is a gripping, evocative examination of siblings' complex relationships. It compels us to question what we know, or think we know, about our loved ones and--most of all--ourselves. - Karen Rock, award-winning YA author and co-writer of the bestselling Camp Boyfriend series
I have no idea why I decided to review The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver because I have a problem with switcheroos in a novel. However, I'm so glad that I did because there is nothing better than a good cry while reading a well-written book. Do not be disheartened by that, my lovelies, if you don't like "sad" books - there was also smiling through the tears.
As I said, I generally don't like characters switching places in books, but I think it being consensual for the person giving up their identity makes it more palatable. Or maybe The Secrets We Keep was so good and Ella pulling me right into the story made me not even bat an eye at it. This was very much a character-driven novel, and I was happy to go on this very difficult journey with Ella.
I think my favorite thing about Ella was how much she loved Maddy, and that was also the hardest thing about the book. She felt like Maddy losing her life was her fault, and it was heartbreaking to watch her attempt to give up her own life to live Maddy's. And as she slowly found Maddy's secrets and revealed her own, it gave me All The Feels.
If you're a reader of contemporary novels or want to step outside the box like me, The Secrets We Keep is a great book to read. I can't wait to see it on the shelf at my library and start handing it to patrons.
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About the Author
Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather irreverent black lab. (He is actually half Dalmatian so that could explain a bit of the excitability.) She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the YA Scream Queens - a group of nine female authors who are deathly serious about their horror.
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received an advance copy of the novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are rambling, honest, and completely my own.