Author: Trisha Leaver
Genre: YA Mystery
Received: ARC Tour from Trisha Leaver
Releases: April 28th 2015 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
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.
The Secrets We Keep is a bit different from what I normally read, but I was hooked from the beginning. This book made me really anxious because of all of the lying. I just wanted to shake Ella because I was so invested in this story. Trisha Leaver's writing is fantastic!
I loved how untrustworthy all of Trisha Leaver's characters were. When it came to Maddie and all of her friends you were never quite sure who was in on all of the secrets. I loved the deception and the mystery. For a good portion of the book I had no idea what was going on.
The Secrets We Keep is a standalone which is rare for me to read. The ending was very resolute, but still bittersweet. I was glad to see the story wrap and to see Ella get some bit of a happy ending despite having to deal with the death of her twin sister and what she did.
If you're a fan of mysteries I highly recommend this book. The Secrets We Keep hooked me from beginning to end. At times it was like getting really into a TV show and screaming at the TV hoping the characters listen to you. This was a little out of my normal reading zone and I am so glad I read it.