The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on April 28th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fiction, Mystery
“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 by Trisha Leaver is a contemporary mystery novel about twin sisters that get into a huge accident. After the “perfect” daughter Maddy dies, her sister Ella decides to take over her life thinking that is what her family and friends wanted. She thought no one cared about Ella, everyone will survive without her, but definitely not Maddy. But when Maddy’s secrets start to come out, she is finding it harder and harder to want to be her.
I seemed to have a love hate relationship with this book. On one hand I enjoyed the concept, one twin taking over her “perfect” sister’s life in turn to find out that it was a lot more dark then she ever thought. And on the other hand, I found some of the characters to be annoying and off putting.
I like Trisha Leaver’s writing. It perfectly encompassed teen life with a hint of mystery attached. But I was underwhelmed with character development. I didn’t feel like Ella really thought through her decisions, and it took too long for her to come to her senses. I also would have like Maddy’s deep dark secrets to be a lot more sinister. I feel like that would have made the story a lot more addicting then it was.
Ella as a main character for me was just meh. I wasn’t rooting for her, but I also didn’t want to see anything bad happen to her. She was too much of a people pleaser and didn’t think too much of herself. She jumped at the first chance she saw at becoming her sister, leaving her one true best friend behind and picking up what she thought was the perfect life.
I had a feeling how it was going to end, which was kind of a let down. I was just left wanting more out of the story then I got. So overall I didn’t entirely in hate it, but I also wasn’t in love with it either. I only wish there was more dark twists in the life of the “perfect” daughter.
If you’ve read The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver, let me know what you thought! I would love to start a conversation!
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