Secrets Don't Make Friends
TRIGGER WARNING: The beginning of this book deals with a physically and emotionally abusive relationship in a honest and realistic, violent manner.
Jeyne Dalton has graduated from college, medical school, and has slogged through half of a surgical internship year with flying colors, which she figures HAS to mean she’s put her past – and her family – behind her for good. If only she hadn’t answered that random ad for a roommate, her life would be pretty damn perfect.
Dinah Robbins knows that, no matter what she does, the horror that is her life will never be behind her…unless her controlling, threatening, abusive boyfriend finally kills her. She’s floating, waiting, and advertised for a roommate as a last ditch, listless effort to save herself a few beatings here and there.
Jeyne and Dinah may have been roommates for months, but they’re not anything like friends. In fact, they hardly know each other at all – until the night Jeyne comes home late to find Dinah in a heap of trouble. The two girls then find themselves sharing a secret that brings them together in a way they never expected. And upends their lives in a way they may never be able to set right.
From the beginning of this book till the ending it was a roller coaster. I ignored everybody until I finished reading the book! I was hooked a couple of sentences in. Book was well written, and even though it had some violence it wasn't too overwhelming and I still enjoyed the book. I think the violence was necessary to understand how much Dinah suffered. My heart ached for Dinah and Eli. To see how much they suffered from Tritt and to finally be free of them. I hope this book inspires someone who is also suffering the same fate and can be strong enough to leave that life.
Some people live in a world of black and white. When standing on the outside, it's easy to say whether something is good or bad, right or wrong. But sometimes there are moments that fall in the gray area and you are faced with a difficult decision. Jeyne and Dinah are roommates who hate each other. Jeyne is one of the top surgical interns. Dinah is a teacher who is also attending grad school. Dinah sees Jeyne as stuffy, while Jeyne sees Dinah as spoiled. Neither can stand being around the other and both are hiding secrets. Jeyne, her past. Dinah, her pain brought by her abusive and controlling boyfriend. One night, they are suddenly thrust into a situation that will connect them. They discover that sometimes there is more than meets the eye and the person you need the most is the person you least expect.
This book was recommended and given to me by my amazing friend, Jamie. She definitely did not disappoint me! You follow their lives anxious to see if they will heal and if they can get past that one night. I couldn't get enough and had to keep reading to find out what would happen. I loved watching their relationship grow as they discovered that they had more in common than they thought. Lyla did a great job evoking emotions and making you love the characters. This was truly a wonderful story.
I found this book to be a powerful heart filled book. The beginning starts out with detailed description of very abusive relationship. Book deals with Jeyne and Dinah struggling to take back their lives after one night changed it forever. Watching their friendship grow, despite everything happening around them, was inspiring. They weren't victims, they were survivors ready to face things head on.