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The Secrets We Keep

3.03  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  54 reviews
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
Paperback, 184 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Dundurn Group (first published December 10th 2016)
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Dundurn and NetGalley.)

“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 abou
Lorrea - WhatChaReadin'?
Kit Stitski is dead. He fell into the quarry during a party and drowned and ever since June no one has been able to come forward to say what really happened to him. Now that school has started, his mother is making a plea with the students to come forward with what they know. Was it just a tragic accident or did someone do something to Kit? Clementine was there, she spoke with Kit and sent him off to the bushes when he said he had to go to the bathroom. Ellie was there too, she is keeping Clemen ...more
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

"This book was provided to me by Netgalley and Dundurn in return for an honest review . Thanks!!"

3 / 5 Stars

Mini Review! (Time, sorry :()

I can read this book in a day and a half which is incredibly fast for me, and that is thanks to the author's writing that is quite addictive

At first I enjoy it a lot, but then the plot decays a little in the middle, leaving me with a strange feeling, as if the characters were forgotten what happened. On the other hand I liked very much how different the charact
The Secrets We Keep is an incredibly light for a read of it's genre. It's dubbed mystery, but it did not broadcast (that's the only word I can thing of right now that fits my train of thought) suspense, or to give any plot twist. It was really a straight line when it comes to the atmosphere it carried.
I gotta say that it was well planned out, and I liked how the characters were so different from each other, but I think that the execution of all these great things failed.
At least it did for me.

Layla (Between the Lines)
“He did not wind up in the water by accident. I know that someone out there, one of many who were at the quarry that night, knows more.”

Disclaimer: I received a digital ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Since The Secrets We Keep is intended to be a contemporary mystery, I will not be discussing the plot. On that note, do yourself a favor and go into every mystery book without prior knowledge of the story. The reading experience will be so muc
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 h
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Note: A copy of this book was provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

We are having four teenagers who each are dealing with the loss and the guilt of their friends Kits death. Kit went missing after a party and was later found dead. All four teenagers are having their own stories of that night and their own way of dealing with it.
This novel is mysterious and very well thought through.
It doesn't just focus on one problem but points at several.
How social are we today? - Bound to o
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

“I was ashamed too, for not having the guts to step forward and tell the police what I knew. And now I can’t even live with myself anymore.”

Okay, having your last read for the year as a two-star-worthy-read is probably one of the saddest thing ever. I hoped to end this year with a book that I will love but I ended up with the opposite. I didn’t actually hate this book, but I just didn’t like it either. It was just okay. So, 2 stars.

The Secrets We Keep was told from Clementine’s point
Note: I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I've been on a mystery/suspense kick and was immediately drawn to The Secrets We Keep based on the description. However, the overall story line felt a little tame - especially given the description. It read more like an middle-grade story than upper-YA like I was expecting.

Things started off strong. I felt for Clem and all she was going through and was intrigued by her interest in Jake. However, a bit over halfw
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Nothing is the same after Kit, a classmate with social and learning challenges, is found dead in a quarry after a field party. Feeling responsible Clementine can't sleep and her best friend is blackmailing her about that fateful night.

THE SECRETS WE KEEP reads more like an upper middle grade story than one for teens and young adults, reminiscent of a Disney story with lessons learned and problems neatly solved. Narrator Clem is a great character who lies out of fear and shame, truly feeling guil
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was able to read this book from NetGalley for an honest review**

I enjoyed this book and the plot. It was very well-written. My start and finish date is correct. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down. I ended up falling asleep while reading (but in a good way, it was about 3AM).

This has absolutely nothing to do with the author's writing but I hated Ellie throughout the whole book. She had a piss poor excuse for acting like a megabitch. I really like Clem and Jake and even Aubrey when she m
Stephanie Bryant
This is a young adult book but I decided to read it anyway and it is excellent. The worries, the issues, the online mania are all so relevant. The kids make more trouble for themselves by not just telling the truth but all comes more or less okay by the end.

It's rather scary to see how kids can dig themselves in!
Nov 14, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
I started the year with a one star! Ugh. There are so many problems in this book (in my opinion). The four main characters and plot fell flat and don't seem realistic. The characters have no substantial dimension and the story felt very cookie cutter.

The book needs more research and fact checking. Or someone who understands how teenagers interact, communicate, etc.

This novel was such a disappointment.

To be completely honest, The Secrets We Keep is anticlimactic and a complete blame game thro
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a mystery YA novel in which our protagonist, Clem, is the last one to see Kit alive before he drowns. She blames herself for his death, thinking that if she had kept a closer eye on him instead of her crush Jake, Kit might still be alive. All she wants is to put it behind her, but her friend Ellie threatens to expose her if Clem doesn't go along with Ellie's lies.

This was a decent read. It built
Tasya Dita
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange from honest review

This is a very short and light book for mystery genre. I think it has "plot twist" but it wasn't that twisted that it felt like no plot twist at all.

I get why the characters felt guitly about Kit's death, but I can't say I agree with the way they solve things, especially the ending. I also feel like the characters are just okay-ish, no depth, no personality, nothing. It's like all that characterize them in this book is the part th
Chrsitina Somerville
I received this book via NetGallery in exchange for my honest review.

This book was a quick read full of mystery and lies.

The book is based on 4 people who blame themselves for Kits death. Each think that they were the reason he was dead. These secrets and lies both bring them together and tear them apart. Clem and Jake bond over there fears and develop a cute romance between them. Mac and Ellie's relationship started on that night and has been a love/hate relationship due to their fears of wha
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review.
Thanks to NetGalley and Dundurn for the opportunity to read and review The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead. This story is told in four points of view beginning with Clementine, and telling the story of Kit and how he died, which is a mystery. The target audience is right on as described by the publisher - 12 to 15 years. Clementine, Jake and Ellie are part of the group who last saw Kit, who has special needs. Ellie is blackmailing Cle
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
First of all I want to thank the publisher for the opportunity to read this book. I was intrigued when I saw this on NetGalley so I immediately requested this. The blurb and book title was catchy. I do want to know what were their secrets so...I decided to proceed reading this one.

I don't read much mystery related book but this one is an exemption, I enjoyed reading this. It was confusing at first but the story changes fast and the reader will be able to catch up right away. If you'll look at t
Jasmine Fuentes
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Mandy Peterson
"The Secrets We Keep" has a premise full of promise. The first half of the book is riveting! The author's story telling is impeccable, and I was devouring page after page of this short book at a healthy clip. The characters are easy to sympathize with, Clem in particular. She feels responsible for Kit's death (even though she really shouldn't in my mind). This relentless guilt got very old when other plot points started to deteriorate...about 50% through the book. For me, it went downhill from t ...more
Dundurn and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Secrets We Keep. This is my honest opinion of the book.

After Kit Stitski drowned in the quarry after a party, Clementine Stanford blamed herself. As the last person to see him alive, she cannot forgive herself for being distracted by Jake, the boy she has had a crush on for a long time. Between being blackmailed by her so-called friend and the pressure from Kit's mom for someone to tell the truth, Clem is concerned that her role mi
Oct 31, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This came recommended to me in an email, but now that I've read it, I'm not sure why. The writing is choppy, simplistic. No intrigue or atmosphere. The characters have no personality, and their dialogue is either overly descriptive or angry screaming for no reason. There's no consistency, and the moods flip with no build up or explanation multiple times in one conversation. The main character treats her former best friend terribly. I understand she's being manipulated, but she keeps saying she h ...more
Lucas Ballard
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh my god where do I even start.... I've never read a book before that I had to fight of tears like I did for this one! It's hard because kit is "challenged" and has a special place in everyone's heart. He wasnt truest in the book but you were able to tell exactly what kind of kid he was by the legacy he left behind. Wonderful book! Really hits home and makes you hurt a little inside knowing that something like this could easily happen and has happened many times... great book. I read it becaus ...more
Zoe Elizabeth
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
While the plot of this book was interesting, the presentation just killed or for me.

The book centers around four teenagers who had a friend die and are all feeling guilt over what happened. The writing is basic, and the characters are not likable. If you like YA mysteries, and have a fee afternoon, it's easy to read, and entertaining enough, but not a masterpiece.

Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a young adult novel. It deals with all the various secrets that surround the death of a young friend with autism.
Kelly Sierra
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, 2017
This is an average story of a party gone wrong, and those that attended it feel guilty for their own reasons.

3 stars
A quick read at less than 200 pages, The Secrets We Keep by Deb Loughead is an enjoyable young adult mystery.

Four months after an end of the school party ended with the drowning death of classmate Kit Stitski, Clementine "Clem" Sanford cannot let go of her guilt that she might have been able to save him. She is also feeling quite disconnected from her family due to the lack of face to face interactions since everyone seems to be addicted to their mobile devices. Even more troubling is her so-cal
Dec 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
When I had started this book, I expected it to be a mystery or you know, a thriller regarding secrets being kept and there being some weight to it, some consequences attached. What I got was a letdown on many fronts. First, we have a narrator who sounds sometimes like a 10 year old and then like a middle aged writer trying to sound like a 10 year old. She comes off as bratty in one scene and preachy in the next. That whole 'let's not use technology' seemed like an odd plot device to place - almo ...more
Heather A
Review: The Secrets We Keep
I received a copy from Netgalley.

The premise of this mystery was what intrigued me when I read the synopsis on Netgalley and put in a request. On reading it, I must admit I was rather disappointed and found it rather dull. There was nothing wrong with it per say, other than the main character’s horrible best friend and said BFF’s appalling boyfriend, but it just didn’t work for me.

The novel starts with an assembly for a boy who died during a party under mysterious cir
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