EXCERPT: I’m losing it. That’s what this is. It’s a panic attack, or maybe a good old fashioned nervous breakdown, and maybe I’m hallucinating those notes. I do feel a little disconnected from the world, and hallucinations are as good an explanation as any. I’m going to have to leave Noah with Hunter and go into a hospital before something unthinkable happens. Crazy. It’s an awful word, one I’d never ever let myself use to describe another person, but I feel crazy right now, and I’m so ashamed that I start to cry.
The letter needs my attention, and the baby needs my attention, and the canvases must match notes from her, and all of this obviously means something, and the attic is a mess, and Dad’s really going to die. It’s all just too much.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.
MY THOUGHTS: I really did not enjoy the first half of Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer. I skimmed passages and debated not finishing it. But I read on and just past the half way point my interest was piqued and I read the second half with a great deal of interest.
This is the first book by this author that I have read and I am still sitting on the fence as to whether I will read more from her. A little time and distance may give me a clearer perspective on that.
Things I didn’t like included being ‘lectured to’ rather than feeling like a part of the story. This is particularly true in the first half. I didn’t feel involved at all, or much sympathy for Beth, or anyone else for that matter. And I should have felt sympathy for Beth. It was obvious she was suffering from more than just ‘baby blues’. But even so, I found the first half of the book rather overwrought. Personally, I like a little subtlety rather than having a point repeatedly rammed home.
The story is told through the eyes of three women; Grace in the 1950s, her sister Maryanne, and Grace’s daughter Beth in the 1990s. The mystery is that surrounding Grace’s disappearance, the uncovering of the truth surrounding it and Maryanne’s role in the family unit. But we find out nothing about this mystery until the second half of the book. For me, it was introduced just in time and was the only thing that kept me reading.
‘We have ceremonies like funerals – not for the departed but for the living, to remind one another that even in grief, we don’t have to be alone.’
‘Love doesn’t just need compromise to survive – love, to its very essence, is compromise. It’s genuinely wanting what’s best for the other person, even when it trumps your own preferences.’
THE AUTHOR: Kelly Rimmer is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author of ten novels, including The Secret Daughter and The Things We Cannot Say. She’s sold more than one million books, and her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. Kelly lives in the Central West of New South Wales with her family and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil.
DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Hachette Australia via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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