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Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh

Hey booklovers!!

Am back with another book review. Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me this reader copy. I find myself reading a lot of thrillers and maybe that is my specialty genre. But sometimes I do need to lighten up and read other genres too and am looking forward to the next one on my TBR list in Goodreads.

Coming to the plot: Ellie and Tia are identical twins but other than their appearance nothing else is identical. Ellie is ambitious and headstrong and married to Will where as Tia is a little slow, gentle and lives alone in an institution for the differently abled. They haven’t seen each other for fifteen years but Ellie writes Tia a letter every week where she pours her heart out about everything in her life, to the minutest details. Soon it’s time for Tia to move and both Ellie and Will agree to let Tia stay with them till they can find another place for her. But once Tia stays with them something happens and that something changes their lives forever.

I felt all the three characters are horrible. The worst was Ellie. What a horrible sister. Unless there are concrete reasons to stay away from your sibling like death threat or drastic sibling rivalry there’s no reason for one to stay away. Especially when their father had begged her to look after Tia, she was the vulnerable one after all. She stayed away cause they are identical – what a load of bull.

Of course am not a twin and I don’t know what it’s like to be one. But how can someone be so heartless. Will on the other hand is so selfish like he can’t see anything beyond what he desperately wants. What’s wrong with you?

And Tia. I don’t know where to begin. She suffered a lot without any complaints so when it was time to have something for herself I am really confused if she is in the wrong.

By the way I saw this happening miles away. Yet I wasn’t sure if the writer was going in that direction specifically. I found Ellie to be so contradicting. One second she cares about her sister, feels guilty for not been there for her and the next she can’t wait to get rid of her. Horrible horrible sister.

I didn’t feel like I was reading a thriller and the pacing too didn’t feel like one. Maybe a suspense in the mild form but when you already have an idea of where this is going there is little that surprises you.

The writing is definitely good for an author I have never read before and hence had low expectations going in. But she doesn’t disappoint where as the plot is nothing great ( I also wonder if the title is slightly misleading?) I don’t care about any of them but yes, Tia just was in the wrong place but I can’t decide who’s right or wrong here. So the author must have done something right, huh?

Publication Date: 14th November 2018

Bibliogyan rating – Read it if you can bear unbearable characters but good writing 🤷

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