The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

<a href=”” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”The Secrets We Keep” src=”” /></a><a href=””>The Secrets We Keep</a> by <a href=””>Trisha Leaver</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”″>1 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
For such a short book, this took me forever to read. Partly because it was just so two dimensional in every single way. Great idea for a novel, but very poor execution. <br><br>I didn’t connect with any of it. I didn’t feel sad when Maddy and Ella get into the accident. I didn’t feel sad when Maddy dies and Ella decides to take over her identity. I didn’t feel anything at all when Ella struggles with her decision. I didn’t hate any of the bad guys. I wasn’t overly absorbed in the story. Nothin’. The author failed to draw me in and make me care. <br><br>The novel basically has no plot. The plot is: Ella and Maddy get into accident. Ella takes over Maddy’s identity. Maddy did something bad. Ella doesn’t want to be Maddy anymore. Even the mystery surrounding the bad thing Maddy did before she died is painfully boring. There’s no giant conspiracy. Ella basically just asks someone what happened and is told. I was expecting this book to at some point have some interesting sub plots- Ella starts dating her old best friend as Maddy and has to come clean OR the bad thing Maddy did before dying has major consequences for Ella OR Maddy’s relationship with her boyfriend was actually abusive or SOMETHING. But it was just Ella grieving in self-destructive ways and nothing exciting ever coming from it. <br><br>I was bored the entire novel. So incredibly bored.
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