[Review] The Secrets We Keep

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I received a copy of this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Quick fire review:

With good bones and addictive writing, this book has the potential to be a great YA mystery.

However, lack of character development and an incoherent plot makes a shortfall.


When Kit disappeared at a party and was found drowned in the quarry the next day, Clem knew who to point the finger at: herself. She was the last person to see him alive, the last person who could have helped. If she had just kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush, Jake, maybe Kit would still be here. She knows she made a mistake, and wishes she could just forget about it — but Clem’s friend Ellie says she’ll expose Clem’s secret if she doesn’t play along with Ellie’s lies.

Jake seems to have his own difficult secrets, and when he and Clem start to talk, they make a plan to help themselves move on. But when an unexpected discovery at the quarry makes everyone question what they thought they knew, Clem and Jake decide it’s up to them to uncover the truth.


2.5 out of 5 stars

This has so much potential, but unfortunately it fell a little short for me. The Secrets We Keep follows a group of teens as they deal with the aftermath of the drowning of Kit, a socially challenged student; each blaming themselves.

Even though this mystery unfolds slowly, the author’s writing is quite addictive and is the only reason I kept flipping the pages. However, what starts out strong begins to dwindle by the second half of the book and it seems like the author and subsequently the characters begin to lose focus about what happened to Kit.

While the bones are there, I didn’t feel like there was enough suspense or character development to make this as great as it could be. The ending was underwhelming and did nothing to serve the overall arc of the story.

Would recommend more to the younger YA reader or middle grader in your life.




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