06 May 2015

{Review + Giveaway} The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

By: Me My Shelf And I | 06 May 2015 at 8:02 AM | | | | | |


I can't believe that it's the last day of THE SECRETS WE KEEP blog tour already. Don't worry, the giveaway will go on for a few more days on all the stops so you can still try your luck at one of the 14 finished copies being given away!

About The Book


The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Pages: 304
Release Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Rating: 4 Birds

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.

Page one. That's where Leaver got me. That's where she hooked me – the very first page! And the incredible growth in the plot will kept moving full force forward from then out out pulling me behind it both anxious for more and a bit worried of what I might find. It doesn't take much into the book for those characters to become part of you. It's like Trisha Leaver wrote them on your heart, instead of on the pages. I have to warn (or promise…depending on how you like you books) you'll learn more, feel more and cry more before page 100 than you have in any other book in a long, long time.

The life altering decision that Ella makes, with out so much as a second thought is heart-breaking. You see, from what we know about her up until that point, she's felt like the out-cast, the "extra" twin. Never loved enough by her family, only had one real friend. Maddy was the star, the favorite, if you will. But she does it out of love for Maddy, so completely, and with out a second thought, you will catch yourself wondering if you love any one enough in your life that you could do something so huge for.

With it's tangled story line and trail of secrets, one might expect things to be a bit confusing – but it's just not how things are here. This is a solid, emotional story that will break your heart, and leave you wanting nothing but to wrap every character up in your arms at different parts, and just tell them "it will be okay" even if maybe it really won't be.

This was my first Trisha Leaver book, and I don't know about the rest  of you but I am hooked now. It's a necessity for me to read and own everything else with her name on it!


About The Author

author-pic-1_thumb1Trisha Leaver: Trisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. She lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three kids and one rather irreverent black lab. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the YA Scream Queens
TWITTER | FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | Instagram: @trishaleaver



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1 comment:

  1. I really love the concept of this book and I've read such great things about it. This one has become a must-read for me!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction


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