Book Review: Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims

17933522Title: Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims
Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Thriller
Length: 336 pages
Format: Ebook
Publication date: May 24, 2016
Publisher:  Harper Collins
Rating: 4/5

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.


I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss.

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Grims is a gripping YA thriller told in the alternating perspectives of two twin sisters: Joy and Grace. When Joy learns what Adam, the school bad boy, has done to her sister she attends his birthday party with the purpose of confronting him. But Joy awakes in her own bed the next day with no recollection of what happened the night before and learns that Adam has been found dead. When she begins to receive letters from an anonymous source attempting to blackmail her into revealing some really dark secrets about the people around her, Joy is unsure what exactly she is capable of.

Please Don’t Tell definitely had the thriller/suspense vibe. It gripped my attention from the very first page and after that I couldn’t bring myself to put it down. It was thrilling, dark and suspenseful. It always had me on the edge of my seat trying to guess who the blackmailer was and although the person it ended up being was one of my guesses, I still wasn’t one hundred percent sure about it until the reveal happened.

It was a pretty dark, gritty story. It does cover some hard topics like rape, death, abuse and grief. It’s definitely not a happy book though there are a few happy moments. I loved the scenes between Levi and Joy when they are getting to know one another. There were alot of great, quotable lines throughout the book but specifically in the conversations between Levi and Joy. I hate how it ended between them even though it’s totally understandable, given the events that went on in the story but oh how I wished a happy ending for them. It was difficult to read the story from Grace’s perspective because of this terrible thing that has happened to her and that she has had to deal with in the only way she knew how.

It had this psychological element to it that made me want to keep reading more. It was a pretty intense read. I am giving this book a four out of five star review. It’s definitely a light read in terms of length and the fact that it will go by really fast because you won’t stop wanting to read it but definitely heavy in terms of topic. I recommend giving this book a read if you are a fan of YA thrillers! Also, I MUST mention the cover because the cover is fantastic. It’s eye catching with the bold, loud font contrasting with the muted black and white photo in the background. Genius!

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