Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha LeaverTitle: The Secrets We Keep
Author: Trisha Leaver
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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. 

Amazon “iBooks”

❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver will keep you up all night because it is one of those books that is hard to put down! It is also one of the best books I’ve read in 2015. It is captivating, clever and relatable. If you are in need of a change from the typical contemporary novel, then The Secrets We Keep is the book for you!

❀ Theme of Sisterhood

The Secrets We Keep explores the theme of sisterhood in an extremely engaging and unique manner. As a sister and twin myself, this book really had me thinking and comparing my own experiences. Trisha Leaver portrays the special bond that twins share and their distinct relationship quite accurately. The reader is left wondering if the circumstances surrounding Ella were his/her own, how these  scenes would unfold in real life.

❀ Aftermath of a Car Crash

To compare, The Secrets We Keep is very similar to another popular young adult novel, If I Stay by Gayle Forman. Both books have similar life events that the main character copes with. A car crash sends the families in these novels into an unexpected and life altering experience. The stories follow different paths, but start off on the same foot. If you enjoyed If I Stay, then chances are you will love The Secrets We Keep.

❀ Touching and Well-Written

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver is a touching, well written book with lots of secrecy. I was able to finish this book in just one sitting, because the plot is so intriguing and it goes by so quickly. I strongly suggest everyone, especially those with siblings, to add this book to your shelf!

About Trisha Leaver

Image of Trisha Leaver

Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press.

candid cover avatar

About The Candid Cover

Olivia ❀ YA book blogger, Starbucks lover, novice New Yorker, & professional bibliophile.

4 thoughts on “Review: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

  1. asteriskpearl says:

    Omgsh, I am so excited for this book!! I’m even more excited after reading your review!! The best book I have read this year, so far, is The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson and I’ve been searching for a read that compares! Hopefully this is it! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl’s Book Blog

  2. Jaime Lynn says:

    I am so looking forward to this one. I love the cover, too! I am not a huge contemporary reader, but when they are a little more than, it usually gets my attention. I enjoyed reading your review, and I really can’t wait for this one!

  3. Eileen says:

    Yay we’re review twins today :DD And we’re both twins~ So many bloggers I know are twins, it’s pretty amazing! Anyways, I really loved this one too. So heartbreaking but SO good!

  4. Karina @ Watcha Reading says:

    Wow this sounds really similar to another book I have that I haven’t read. This one has a prettier cover though. And I love books that readers can finish in one sitting!! I’ll have to check this out 🙂 Awesome review!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.