The Secrets We Keep: An unputdownable emotional page-turner

The Secrets We Keep: An unputdownable emotional page-turner

by Kate Hewitt

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ISBN-13: 9781786816290
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication date: 09/06/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 8,638
File size: 565 KB

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The Secrets We Keep: An unputdownable emotional page-turner 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 20 days ago
This emotional page tuner is a reminder that the grass is never greener and things are often not as they as appear.
Selena 9 months ago
This book is about two women, Rebecca and Tessa. Although these two women are very different from one another, they are also very much alike. Rebecca, a very wealthy woman with two children, decides to leave her husband for the to go to the Lake with her kids to figure her life out. Tessa and her kids are at the Lake for the exact same reason that Rebecca is. Tessa and her kids have a small cabin at the Lake and Rebecca and her kids a huge beach house. Rebecca becomes friends with Tessa in hopes that the kids will become friends so they are occupied and have things to do so she can just sit around drinks. Rebecca buys Tessa and the kids a membership to the country club so they can go there together everyday. As the relationships grow between the mothers and children it become very clear that each are carrying their own secrets. Each of these women will have to face their own fears. How can these mothers care for their families/children if they can't care for themselves. This is a very raw, emotional read that at times are very difficult to read but so very worth reading. I highly recommend it.
LlamaJen 9 months ago
I really enjoyed the story but hated the characters. Loved reading about Rebecca and Tessa and finally finding out what they were hiding. I never guessed the ending. When the cause of Rebecca's drinking was finally revealed, nothing really happens with it. She almost destroyed her family over a memory and then sort of buries it again. It was a big enough issue where she drank all day but never wanted to tell the people who were involved. The husbands pretty much only showed up when something serious happened and by then it was too late. Tessa hated who she was and pretty much took over Rebecca's life. Rebecca and Tessa both escaped their life in the city and end up being unlikely neighbors in Upstate New York. Rebecca's family is renting a huge house along the lake, while Tessa's family is in a rundown cottage. Both are hiding from their problems. Somehow they become friends, forcing their children to spend time with each other. Tessa become Rebecca's project and she gives her a makeover. Tessa wants Rebecca's "perfect" life. Rebecca finally has to confront her issues after a disastrous Fourth of July party. Tessa picks up the pieces and helps with Rebecca's children, but at the same time doesn't give her own children the attention they need. Tragedy strikes both families. Finally Tessa's issues are revealed. Even though I didn't like the characters I loved the story and writing style. Neither Rebecca or Tessa gave their children the attention they needed. Of all the children, I just couldn't stand Zoe. I immediately took a dislike to her when she tells Tessa's family that they can't swim or be on the beach in front of the cottage because it belongs to Zoe's family. I do blame her parents for the way she acted. Rebecca just brushed it off that she was a difficult child. The ending was actually perfect for the book. It doesn't wrap everything up in a nice little bow and make everyone's life perfect again. I definitely recommend the book and look forward to reading more by the author. I loved the cover of the book. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and the author, Kate Hewitt, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Rebecca and Tessa both have secrets they are trying to run away from with their children in tow they decide to spend the summer away from their husbands to find some answers. There they meet by chance and strike up a friendship they think will help them solve their problems. Unfortunately that is not the case and as the secrets are revealed you get to the underlying issues these two women have and the tragic ending that no one saw coming. Gripping emotional read.
MoMoBookDiary 10 months ago
MoMo’s Book Diary highly recommends the new release by Kate Hewitt - “The Secrets We Keep” which is a powerful, emotional and captivating book. This book tells the story of one summer for two families with alternating chapters which I found captivating yet slow and I was continually wishing the book would speed up – until it did and then I wished for it to slow down and last longer. I think this may be due to the latest books I have been reading have all been shorter and very fast paced where I could read in one day. This one took two days so really not that much different and it was very gripping from half-way by which point I was completely wrapped in the two mothers and how they would deal with their own secrets. The author has penned a fantastic story. I will definitely be looking out for this author in future and recommending to friends and followers of momobookdiary book blog. Thanks to Bookouture, Kate Hewitt and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review this prior to publication.
Debi_2014andBeyond 11 months ago
I have heard of Kate Hewitt before, I had seen her books out there, but I don't recall reading anything she's written...... until now. I also know I want to go back and read whatever else she's written after reading this one.  I'm talking about The Secrets We Keep by Kate Hewitt. While I get the vibe that Ms. Hewitt is a contemporary romance writer, I felt that this book has an edge of suspense that takes readers through twists and turns in unraveling the secrets of each of the characters. Readers meet Tessa and Rebecca, two mothers who come from very different worlds but end up as summer neighbors by the lake with their children. Tessa is grieving the loss of her mother and she's struggling to deal with her children.  She doesn't have a lot of money and she feels isolated. She takes her two children, Katherine and Ben, to the lake as her life with her husband is not progressing. Rebecca, meanwhile, goes to the lake for the summer with her three children, Zoe, Max and Charlotte, as her life with her husband seems to be falling apart.  Rebecca is super rich, beautiful and seems to be effortlessly living her life and handling her children. Tessa and Rebecca are each jealous of how the other's life appears to be to them. Ms. Hewitt writes the story using alternating chapters so that readers get the full point of view of each woman. I felt this technique worked really well as the women each shared their own mindset for the same events going on in their lives.  Both women are having trouble with their husbands and their relationships with them.  They develop a instant friendship and depend on each other.  Throughout this story, there is a fantastic build up as readers aren't quite sure what to expect or how to anticipate how things are going to end. The Secrets We Keep explores the ways in which people are broken and reveals the doubts each of these women experiences as they question their parenting skills. The story brings readers to question exactly how a parent can care for her family if she cannot care for herself. I think the emotional struggles of both women shared in this story were very realistic and believable. Truth be told, I didn't expect the end to turn out the way it did, the last several chapters of this book gripped my attention to the very end.   I was provided with a complimentary electronic advanced reader copy of this book from Boukouture through NetGalley in exchange for my post.  I was not required to post a positive review, but have chosen to do so because it was such a great book!
KerryACroucier 11 months ago
This book will draw you in and then run your emotions through the wringer. Two women who wouldn’t normally be friends are thrown together when they rent houses next to each other on a lake. Both have their own secrets and difficulties that they are trying to overcome. There are not enough words to describe this novel. It’s about family, love, secrets, and truth. Each mom is dealing with their reality or their perception of it and what it will be going forward. The downside comes when, while their friendship grows, their children aren’t always in the top of their minds. The ending was hard and real and a reminder that things in life don’t always end up perfectly or with a happily ever after. Sometimes life is hard and you have to find a way to deal with the fall out. And you have to find a way to live your life, with its ups and downs, not someone else’s. #TheSecretsWeKeep #KateHewitt #Bookouture
SL22268 11 months ago
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. At first this started off a little slow...I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish since it wasn't really keeping my interest. As soon as it picked up though, I wasn't able to put it down. Tessa and her kids need to get away...they end up at a lake and their neighbors, Becca and her children, are so much different than what they are used to. A bigger house, lifestyle, etc. Becca takes Tessa under her wing and treats her and her kids to a summer they'll never forget...until Becca has a breakdown and needs to get help. Both women are running from things back at home...what will become of them? Will Becca get the help she needs while away? Will Tessa realize that things aren't always greener on the other side? With a heart-wrenching twist and tragedy at the end, if you love a good book that keeps you guessing, I highly recommend you read this one!