Sunday 23 February 2020

✪ Truths I Never Told You ✪ Kelly Rimmer ✪

From the bestselling author of The Things We Cannot Say comes a poignant novel about the fault in memories and the lies that can bond a family together—or tear it apart.

With her father recently moved to a care facility for his worsening dementia, Beth Walsh volunteers to clear out the family home and is surprised to discover the door to her childhood playroom padlocked. She’s even more shocked at what’s behind it—a hoarder’s mess of her father’s paintings, mounds of discarded papers and miscellaneous junk in the otherwise fastidiously tidy house.

As she picks through the clutter, she finds a loose journal entry in what appears to be her late mother’s handwriting. Beth and her siblings grew up believing their mother died in a car accident when they were little more than toddlers, but this note suggests something much darker. Beth soon pieces together a disturbing portrait of a woman suffering from postpartum depression and a husband who bears little resemblance to the loving father Beth and her siblings know. With a newborn of her own and struggling with motherhood, Beth finds there may be more tying her and her mother together than she ever suspected.

Exploring the expectations society places on women of every generation, Kelly Rimmer explores the profound struggles two women unwittingly share across the decades set within an engrossing family mystery that may unravel everything they believed to be true.

Copy received from Hachette Australia for an honest review

I have devoured each Kelly Rimmer book that I have read so far, and the same can be said for Truths I Never Told You.

As with all her books, Ms Rimmer delves into some deeper and darker corners of families, histories and 

I felt a connection to Beth/Grace and this book from the beginning.  That connection was through the depression that they both suffered throughout their lives.

Ms Rimmer, I felt, deals with depression very well.  As a person who has dealt with depression for the last 15 years, it can be hard to bring those feelings across in a book, however I did feel them.  

I will admit though, that I did skim through the bits written in the past at the beginning of the book, but just for the first say 80 pages or so.  Not sure why I couldn't concentrate on those parts - just my mindset at the time I guess.

I also didn't particularly always like our leading lady Beth.  That doesn't mean I couldn't understand her and what she was going through, she just grated on me at times. I more liked her sister Ruth most of the time lol.

Beautifully written, this is a story that will have readers flicking the pages to know what is going to happen next.

Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women's fiction author of six novels, including Before I Let You Go and Me Without You. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, two children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages.