Saturday, 10 December 2016

The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead

Sponsored post: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Dundurn and NetGalley.
The Secrets We Keep
Blurb (from Goodreads):
First she blamed herself. Now she doesn’t know who to trust.

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.

The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Secrets We Keep “My first thought was like a boulder hitting me in the chest, knocking the breath right out of me – it’s my fault.”

This was a YA mystery story, with several people all blaming themselves for one boy’s death.

Clem was an okay character and I understood why she felt responsible for Kit at the party, and blamed herself for his death.

The storyline in this was about discovering what happened to Kit the night he died, and finding out how other people also blamed themselves for Kit’s death. I did lose interest after a while though, and the second half of the book really dragged.

The ending to this was okay, although I think a flashback from Kit’s point of view might have been interesting to give full closure.

6 out of 10

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