Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer


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.

Great cover!


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‘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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Author: sandysbookaday

I love good quality chocolate. I love the ocean and love to be in, on or beside it. I read any and every where. I am a proud mum and Nana. I like wine, gin, Southern Comfort, a cold Heineken on a hot day. I am very versatile like that. I cross stitch, do jigsaws, garden, and work on a farm. I am an occasional scribbled. I have far too many books I want to read to ever find the time to die. I am an active member of Goodreads as Sandy *the world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* and review on Amazon under the name Sandyj21. My Goodreads reviews are automatically linked to my Facebook page. Groups I belong to and participate in on Goodreads include: The Mystery, Crime and Thriller Group; Mysteries and Crime Thrillers; Psychological Thrillers; Reading for Pleasure; Crime Detective Mystery Thrillers; English Mysteries; Dead Good Crime; Kindle English Mystery, All About Books and NZ Readers. April 2016 I made the Top 1% of Goodreads reviewers (As follows) Hello Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*, In our community of readers, you stand out in a notable way: You're one of the top 1% of reviewers on Goodreads! With every rave and every pan, with every excited GIF and every critical assessment, you've helped the Goodreads community get closer to a very important milestone – the 50 Million Reviews mark!

5 thoughts on “Truths I Never Told You by Kelly Rimmer”

  1. Your thoughts are interesting here! I loved her last book The Things We Cannot Say…..well…mostly loved it because I lowered my star rating a bit because I felt lectured to about autism and feminism. The premise and story telling were great except for that. So I’m disappointed to hear she has some of the same tendencies with this book. I like to come to my own conclusions and don’t like being told or lectured to! I’m glad you brought this up!

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      1. Ha! It’s actually quite a good story if you can eye roll your way around the sporadic pedantic tones! I gave it a high rating despite my eye rolling!

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  2. I am sorry to hear that she lectures in this one. She has done that in some of her other books, but they always redeem themselves in my eyes, but half the book?? I will have to see what I think as I am the blog tour for this one coming up. Nice, honest review as usual Sandy.

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