Monday, 28 March 2016

Secrets Don't Make Friends by Lyla Payne

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Lyla Payne and NetGalley.
Secrets Don't Make Friends
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Jeyne Dalton has graduated from college, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she’s put her past – and her family – behind her for good. If only she hadn’t answered that random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect.

Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, the horror that is her life will never be behind her…unless her controlling, threatening, abusive boyfriend finally kills her. She’s floating, waiting, and advertised for a roommate as a last ditch, listless effort to save herself a few beatings here and there.

Jeyne and Dinah may have been roommates for months, but they’re not anything like friends. In fact, they hardly know each other at all – until the night Jeyne comes home late to find Dinah in a heap of trouble. The two girls then find themselves sharing a secret that brings them together in a way they never expected. And upends their lives in a way they may never be able to set right.

TRIGGER WARNING: The beginning of this book deals with a physically and emotionally abusive relationship in a honest and realistic, violent manner.

Secrets Don't Make Friends by Lyla Payne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Secrets Don't Make Friends “It’ll ruin my life if we tell the truth.”

This was an NA story about a girl in an abusive relationship who accidentally killed her boyfriend.

I felt quite sorry for Dinah because of the abuse she was receiving, but she was also pretty nasty to her poor housemate, who really didn’t deserve the abuse she got either.

The storyline in this was about Dinah and her housemate Jeyne who accidentally killed Dinah’s boyfriend, and then tried to hide the body! I really wasn’t sure if that was a good idea, but I could see why they did it.
There was a little bit of romance, and a sex scene towards the end, but I just didn’t feel invested in either relationship.

The ending to this was okay, and things did end happily for the girls, I just didn’t feel like I ever really got sucked into the story the way I would have liked.

6 out of 10

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