I am super excited to be today’s stop on THE SECRETS WE KEEP Blog Tour hosted by MMSAI Tours with a “This, That or The Other” Q&A with Author Trisha Leaver, a review, and a fab giveaway.
I loved this book, which was totally captivating and just so sad – there were many tears. And while there was a bit of a mystery, it was much more of a heartbreaking and emotional read.
If you’d like to know more about the book, the details are below. If you’d like to know what I thought, my review follows a bit further down. If you’d like to know what a few other bloggers thought, be sure to check out the other reviews on the tour – the schedule is at the bottom of this post, or you can click the banner above to view it on MMSAI.
And if you want to know whether the author prefers standalones or series, straightforward or twisty-turny plots, Ella or Maddy, and more, the “This, That or The Other” Q&A follows the book details. And, yes, I know that some of the questions may seem just a bit out of left field. But I had done some digging and tailored a few of those Qs around what I discovered about the author online.
About THE SECRETS WE KEEP
Title: THE SECRETS WE KEEP
Author: Trisha Leaver
Release date: April 28, 2015
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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.
“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
The Guest Post
This or That and This, That or The Other with Trisha Leaver
Q. In the spotlight or in the shadows?
Q. Twins: Identical or fraternal?
Q. Ella or Maddy?
Q. Deception or honesty?
Q. Contemporary, horror or sci-fi thriller?
Q. Series or standalone?
Q. Endings: happy, bittersweet or tragic?
Q. Prologues or epilogues?
Q. Narrative: First, second or third person?
Q. Heroines: Fierce, clever, or wicked?
Q. Heroes: Strong, brave or bad boy?
Q. Plots: Straightforward or twisty-turny?
Q. Romance: Swoon-worthy, heartbreaking, or who needs it?
Q. Hardcover, paperback, eBook?
Hardcover or paperback; it’s a toss-up, but I’m definitely a hold-the-book-in-my-hand kind of reader
Q. Write by light of day or write all night?
Write all night
Q. Write it or type it?
Q. Blog it or Tweet it?
Q. Author it, co-author it, or contribute to it?
Q. England or New England?
I have an unnatural fascination with British accents, so England
Q. In the air, on land, or on the water?
Q. Coffee or tea?
Q. On the stove, on the grill, or in the microwave?
On the stove
Q. Savory or sweet?
Q. Which came first: The chicken or the egg?
About Trisha Leaver
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.
She writes Young Adult Contemporary fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press.
THE SECRETS WE KEEP is the gripping and moving and heartrending story of one girl’s attempt to keep her sister alive by assuming her identity after the fatal car crash that claimed her life. It is a compelling and intriguing story that shows that perception and reality are not always the same, that living a lie is not really living, and that some things are too big to be kept hidden.
Ella never meant for everyone to believe that she was her identical twin sister Maddy. But when she came to in the hospital surrounded by flowers meant for her sister, being comforted by her sister’s boyfriend Alex, and with her sister’s friends anxious for news of Maddy’s recovery, she knew she owed it them to keep Maddy alive. And, more importantly, she owed it to Maddy.
If it weren’t for her, Maddy would still be alive. She’s the one who caused the crash that killed her. The least she could do was give up her life so Maddy could have one, give her parents the daughter they love more, and give everyone back the sister they want. She knew it would be difficult to be as outgoing, to pretend to like her friends, to pretend to love her boyfriend, but she owed Maddy.
She just never imagined how tough it would be. To give up her dreams. To give up her best friend. To see her parents mourn for her. To keep Maddy’s secrets.
Author Trisha Leaver delivers a fascinating and emotional and beautifully-told story in THE SECRETS WE KEEP. She dives beneath the surface of Ella’s subterfuge and shares her character’s struggle with pretending to be her sister, the guilt she feels for causing her death, the pain she’s causing by not successfully being able to step into Maddy’s shoes, and the suffering she’s causing to those who think she is gone. And she adds in a bit of a mystery, making Ella’s pretense of being Maddy that much more of a challenge.
This is not a story of an identical twin playing a prank. Ella’s motives are not to deceive in a negative way or for selfish reasons. Ella’s grief at losing her sister may have caused her to make some poor decisions, but her intentions were altruistic. She is sympathetic and loyal, if a bit clueless about her own importance, and determined to do what she thinks is right.
THE SECRETS WE KEEP is sad, a little bit sweet, and a whole lot heartbreaking. It is an interesting and engaging and a well-paced story that can be read in one sitting. It is a touching story that promises to make you think and to make you feel.
NOTE: This review is based on an ARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for..
- TEN (10) Winners will each get a finished copy of THE SECRETS WE KEEP by Trisha Leaver (US/Canada shipping only)
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The Tour Schedule
Apr. 23rd – Such a Novel Idea – Review
Apr. 24th – Bibliophilia, Please – Review
Apr. 25th – Fiction Fare – Review + Author Interview
Apr. 26th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Review
Apr. 27th – Bookish – Review + Music Playlist
Apr. 28th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Review
Apr. 29th – Her Book Thoughts – Review
Apr. 30th – Fiktshun – Review + This or That
May 1st – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
May 2nd – Cassandra M’s Place – Spotlight
May 3rd – A Dream Within A Dream – Review + Inspiration Board
May 4th – Literary Meanderings – What’s in Trisha’s Bag
May 5th – The Cover Contessa – Review
May 6th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review