Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Secrets That We Keep Review!!!



Julian and Annabella Rivera have been married for three years. To anybody who knows them they are the perfect couple; happily in love and made for each other, but Annabella has been keeping a secret. A secret she wants to keep from everybody, especially her husband.

When Julian, a FBI Investigative Specialist, begins working late nights, receiving mysterious phone calls and cryptic messages, Annabella worries she may not be the only one keeping secrets.

With her husband’s sudden change in behavior, the feeling that she’s being watched and the unexpected arrival of someone from her past, Annabella decides she needs to do some investigating of her own.

When secrets begin to emerge, will she be able to handle them? Will she be able to finally confide in someone about what happened all those years ago? Or will the ugly truth be too much to handle?


I received this book as an ARC for an honest review, and I am glad I did!  I have had this book for a little over a week now and just didn't have time to get through it in one shot.  I remedied that tonight =)

Annabella is married to her dream man Julian and lives in her dream home.  But like many dreams, it isn't what it seems.  In fact, nothing is what it appears to be in this book.  Annabella had tragedy strike her young, she lost her family and the man who caused their deaths was able to walk free.   She does something awful and disappears.  Of course you can never really outrun the bad you do.  There will always be a day of reckoning.

Julian works for the FBI and is hiding a rather disturbing secret of his own.  Being Agent Rivera by day and Batman by night, we see that Annabella doesn't really know her husband as well as she thinks she does.  When an old friend comes back into Bella's world, truths start to emerge.  Some are shocking, others, heartbreaking.  But it seems that everyone is holding something back.

I loved the intricate story of how Bella, Julian, & Lucas all know each other.  I thought that Julian & Bella's story was so well told that when the truth came out, it hurt me to read it.  I wanted to be on team J&B, but like Bella, I needed time to come to terms with things.  Lucas is that wild card that is thrown in to throw you off, and admittedly I started rooting for team L&B!  But alas, what's meant to be will find a way.

My only gripe about this book is sometimes I feel like there was a lot of story that was brushed over.  I wanted to hear from Dante.  I wanted to know his anger from his own mouth.  I felt like I lost out a bit on that experience.  But whereas that is my gripe, there are just too many pros for me to over look.  I LOVED the epilogue!  In fact, it brought tears to my eyes!  I highly recommend reading this novel.  What a great debut novel!  Can't wait to see what Isabel has in store for us next!

I give it 4 lipsticks!


~B~


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