Review of Please Don’t Tell

Posted June 18, 2016 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 4 Comments

Review of Please Don’t Tell

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Please Don't Tell by Laura Tims
Genres: YA, Mystery
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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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.
In this darkly compelling narrative, debut author Laura Tims explores the complicated relationship between two sisters, and what one will do for the other. It’s a story that will keep readers turning pages and questioning their own sense of right and wrong.


First Line

I’m Hiding in the bathroom.

What I thought of this book

Wow, talk about a fast paced, I need to know if she did it YA mystery.

It’s told in the POV of both Joy and Grace. All of Joy’s sections are present day and Grace’s are what happened last summer to lead up to present day.

It starts out with Joy in a panic because Adam’s dead and she can’t remember anything that happened that night because she blacked out  from being so drunk. All she knows is that she really wanted to kill him for what he did to Grace. She has been having some anger issues and so she thinks she might have pushed him into the quarry, though everyone else thinks it was just an accident cause he had been drinking.

Her best friend Preston says he doesn’t think she did it because she left the party before it happened, but then she starts getting blackmail notes to do certain things or they will expose the fact that she killed Adam and they have proof.

Grace thought she wanted to be more like Joy (they are twins), but she is not as brave. When they decide to go to a party they thought they knew what they wanted to happen. Then the worst thing happens to Grace. Now she won’t come out of her room, she verily eats and she has decided to do independent study at home.

Joy wants to fix Grace but she doesn’t know how and she thinks it’s all her fault that she is like she is now. Then Joy meets a new boy at school who is Adam’s half brother and nothing like Adam. She doesn’t want to be his friend because of who he is, but he seems to calm her when he is around.

Oh the ending, I kind of guessed who the blackmailer was but still it was interesting when you find out what exactly happened that night at Adam’s party.

Joy and Grace are a pair of really messed up twins. I am not sure if it was all because of that summer before school started that done it or if they were already a bit mixed up. I know Grace was for sure, she didn’t seem to  be able to think on her own with out Joy. Not sure how twins behave but it seemed a bit odd.

I am a bit disappointed in the parents because it seemed like they just went on with their lives like they didn’t know anything was going on. How could you not have any idea what is going on when you perfect student decides to stay in her room all the time and not  go to school and wants to do an independent study. They put to much pressure on Joy because the dad is always like Joy you talk to her she will talk to you more than she will us. Um be a parent! (This is coming from a non-parent, so parents might have a different view.)

Overall, I really liked this one. Some times I am worried that YA mystery/suspense types are not going to be real good but I was totally hooked and need to know if she killed Adam or not….lol. Not read this author before but I will be checking out some more from her.

If you read YA and you like mysteries then you might enjoy this one. 🙂

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4 responses to “Review of Please Don’t Tell

  1. Most YA mysteries haven’t worked for me as I love YA and I love mysteries but somehow together they miss the mark for me. This sounds like it might change my mind though, I love how fast paced you found it.

  2. This does sound like a page turner even though there are some predictable elements. I love books that keep me guessing or wanting to see how it all comes together if I’ve already guessed. I do agree that it’s pretty unrealistic that the parents wouldn’t do anything especially with Grace having that many dramatic changes. I can see not rushing to think the worst because teenagers are crazy dramatic but it does seem like you’d check and do more than sending in the twin to talk to her.

  3. I like the premise of this one, being blackmailed after doing something to protect her sister and then lots of secrets coming out. Sounds fun! Yeah the parents thing seems silly but that’s YA for ya- seems like happens a lot. Too bad the parents didn’t act a little more realistically, but still sounds good!

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