Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims

Please Don't Tell 
By: Laura Tims
Released: May 24, 2016
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase the Book: Amazon
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Joy killed Adam Gordon—at least, that’s what she thinks. The night of the party is hazy at best. But she knows what Adam did to her twin sister, Grace, and she knows he had to pay for it. What Joy doesn’t expect is that someone else saw what happened. And one night a note is shoved through her open window, threatening Joy that all will be revealed. Now the anonymous blackmailer starts using Joy to expose the secrets of their placid hometown. And as the demands escalate, Joy must somehow uncover the blackmailer’s identity before Joy is forced to make a terrible choice. (Goodreads)

Please Don't Tell was a fantastic debut! It's been days since I finished reading it and I still can't stop thinking about this book. 

Please Don't Tell is the story of twin sisters Joy and Grace. Joy thinks she killed Adam the night of his party, but she doesn't remember. However, she does know that she wanted to kill him, especially after what he did to Grace. Then one night, Joy finds a note threatening to reveal her as Adam's killer unless she does what the blackmailer says. 

Joy and Grace were both well developed and complex characters. I loved how the chapters alternated between not only both sisters, but also the past and present. Tims did a wonderful job with differentiating Joy and Grace's voices. Joy and Grace are so different from one another, but they also have their similarities too. Joy is the more carefree sister and constantly seems to be clashing with her parents. Whereas Grace is more serious and focused on school. These sisters share a really complicated relationship and I liked that the past chapters helped show how that came to be. There were also several side characters who each had their own interesting mini side story.  

The plot was filled with so many dark twists that made it difficult to put this book down for long. I loved the way the suspense built and the secrets were revealed. Please Don't Tell was definitely filled with a lot of drama and secrets. However, this book also touches on a variety of serious themes such as sexual abuse, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, and alcohol abuse. I think that Tims handled each theme very well. I will certainly be looking forward to reading what she writes next.

Overall, Please Don't Tell was a suspenseful, dark, and twisted story that you won't be able to stop thinking about any time soon. I highly recommend picking this one up.     

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  1. This sounds very interesting! I am glad you liked it! I will have to add this one to my TBR pile.

  2. I LOVED this one also. I completely agree- there definitely were some triggers inside of the book for people, but I must say that all of the potential triggers were written really well. I could feel the character's emotions and it was just raw, heartbreaking- yet beautiful to read. If that makes sense? :P Great review!

  3. The twists sound like they were really well done and kept you on your toes. I love the aspect of the book and the sound of the characters (they really sound complex). Glad you enjoyed this one


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