Book Review: The Secrets We Keep

Author: Mia Hayes

Genre: women’s fiction

Rating: 🔥🔥🔥🔥


Taken from Goodreads.

After fleeing her city life for something quieter in the suburbs, Elizabeth Mavery grapples with her new existence. When she’s not going to Costco or day-drinking with her best friend, she’s trying to escape her past. And it seems to work—until an anonymous gossip blog begins spilling the women of Waterford’s darkest secrets. Now, the blurred conversations and blank spots I. Elizabeth’s mind give way to panic and anxiety. If her secrets— like a hospitalization for bipolar disorder and a suicide attempt don’t stay buried, she faces social shunning. Because after all, life in Waterford must look Instagram perfect at all times. With her mental health in tatters and her marriage on the brink of imploding, Elizabeth fights to protect her family, her reputation, and her sanity. The past, however, has a way of not being forgotten.


My Thoughts:

This is not my usual go to for a book, but I decided to change things up! This story is one of social status, gossip, affairs, and mental illness. A peak at the darker side of the “having it all” lifestyle.

Elizabeth and her husband move to Waterford for a fresh start after her husband’s affair. Unfortunately, things aren’t going any better, despite how hard Elizabeth tries. I liked Elizabeth’s character and kept cheering for her, but could not stand her husband.

Someone in their social circle is spreading everyone’s dirt on a blog and turning everyone’s secrets inside out. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who it was until the last page. This book was a bit slower than I usually like, but the characters did grow on me after a few chapters and I needed to know how it ended.

For anyone sensitive to the topic of suicide, or bipolar disorder this book touches on both throughout the story.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and author for this ARC, my opinions are my own.

This book was released on July 2nd, 2018.

Have you read this story? What were your thoughts? Happy reading!



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2 replies »

  1. This book was one of the choices in Amazon’s monthly book offer this summer, and I almost chose it but ended up picking somethings else. I’m putting it on my reading list. Thanks for the review Lana.

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