Release Week Blitz & Giveaway: The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver

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Twin sisters. A fatal accident. A devastating lie. Which girl survived?

“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 Maddy 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. And everyone believes her. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options–confess her deception and risk devastating those who loved Maddy, or give up her own dreams and live her sister’s life.

“Leaver’s brilliant novel is the high school version of What Happened to Janie? The compelling premise will attract readers and the strong characterization will keep them enthralled.”

-VOYA, STARRED REVIEW

*“Leaver’s story is certainly entertaining and intriguing. VERDICT This should be a primary purchase for any library with patrons who love melodramatic mysteries and romance.”

-SLJ, STARRED AUDIO REVIEW

“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

ExcerptI don’t remember her room being so cold. Even snuggled into her sweater the chill seeps in, settling into my bones like a whisper from beyond. That’s where I will sleep tonight…in Maddy’s bed, surround by her scent. Mom wants to change the sheets, but I won’t let her. The hint of vanilla mingled with Alex’s dark cologne brings a little piece of my sister back to me each night.

The only thing I have left of my old life is a few sketches and a poor replica of the friendship bracelet Josh gave me. It took me days to re-create, to weave the strings into the right pattern. It’s not perfect, but it goes with me everywhere, a tiny reminder of who I once was and what Josh still means to me. The real bracelet is gone, cut off and tossed aside just like my life.

I want to make peace with my choice, but Maddy’s secret haunts me. The dark pieces of her life are hid- den in the back of her closet for no one but me to see. She’s not who I thought she was, but that doesn’t matter. Maddy was my sister, my twin sister, and I’ll do anything for her, including losing myself.

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“There was a fear behind his words, a fear that I would change my mind and reveal a secret I didn’t even know.”

“I am already gone. I died that night on the side of the road with my sister.”

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Trisha Leaver lives on Cape Cod with her husband, three children, and one rather disobedient black lab. She is a chronic daydreamer who prefers the cozy confines of her own imagination to the mundane routine of everyday life. She writes Young Adult Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Psychological Horror and Science Fiction and is published with FSG/ Macmillan, Flux/Llewellyn and Merit Press. Her YA Contemporary, THE SECRETS WE KEEP, was named one of the best YA novels for summer (2015) by Teen Vogue and received starred reviews from VOYA Magazine and School Library Journal (audio). For more details, check out her website at http://www.trishaleaver.com

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ARC Review & Giveaway: Creed-Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie

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Release date: November 8, 2014

Publisher: Flux

Genre: Young Adult Psychological Horror

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When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town’s inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah’s son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear

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***I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review via Flux and in correlation with this tour.

Do you like M. Night Shyamalan? Are you looking to be creeped out and wickedly disturbed? If you answered yes to any of these questions, add this to your TBR, stat.

PROS:

  • There’s something incredibly disturbing and sinister about this story. The plot is not overly detailed or blunt, there’s not an abundance of gore or carnage but what Leaver and Currie do astoundingly well is create an atmosphere of utter hopelessness and terror. The foreboding is almost staggering, it forces the reader to pause and take a breath. Like a great horror film, it leaves you reeling and hesitant to look because the certainty that the worst is still to come is ever on the horizon. Small images, the wooden crosses, the mirrored room, the absolute pristine condition of the identical homes is weird, the kind of bizarre that sinks and settles beneath the skin. Rationally, it doesn’t seem like anything crazy or out of the ordinary but it’s immensely unsettling. The clues serve as tiny pieces of the puzzle that is Purity Springs and the truth is revealed with a resounding slap across the face. Nothing can prepare you for the reality of this tiny, insulated town. 
  • Religious zealots, the brain washing, the sense of righteousness and absolute disregard for human life is sickening and downright horrifying. Elijah is a complete psycho. Totally and utterly out of his mind and justifies everything with his belief that he is a prophet of God. Insanity. Leaver and Currie get the fanaticism down pat and man, is it chilling. Elijah doesn’t flinch, doesn’t question. He’s a genius, able to predict and understand the human heart so well and that’s what makes him dangerous. That and the fact that he’s a solid sociopath. 
  • Joseph is a fascinating character. He wavers between a compassionate, fierce young man willing to withstand any abuse to protect his sister and one who is equally willing to toss others’ safety into the wind. It’s hard to peek beneath the layers of emotional damage and mind manipulation to get at the heart of Joseph but pity and anger are pretty constant. 
  • The physical violence and blood-letting inspires goosebumps and nausea. It’s a cult-like series of rules and expectations in the name of a vicious dictator who rules in the name of God. The bowls, the paddles, everything is an image, a glimpse, but it’s these images that suggest so much more without actually witnessing the deeds. The acts aren’t needed, the imagination does all the work and it’s brutal.
  • Dee is a fierce, powerful character she has already suffered and experienced so much in her life that her trauma is painful to read. Her resilience is remarkable and inspiriting. Her spirit is not broken and she fights and makes decisions that damage her happiness for the sake of those she loves.

CONS:

  • The first 1/3 or so of the story was really slow.
  • Luke and Mike are main characters but there isn’t much insight into who they are apart from some small details. It wasn’t enough to establish a connection with them and because of this, some moments that should have been emotionally crushing and paralyzing fell flat.

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Lindsay CurrieTwitter/Website/Instagram: @lindsayncurrie

Lindsay Currie graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, IL with an English Literature degree. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association and a contributor to the YA Scream Queens.

Trisha LeaverTwitter/Website/Instagram: @trishaleaver

Trisha Leaver graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work. She is a member of the SCBWI, the Horror Writers Association, and the Cape Cod Children’s Writers.

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