Published by Graydon House on April 14th 2020
Genres: Women's Fiction
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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.
With Truths I Never Told You, Kelly Rimmer delivers a riveting family drama that had me completely captivated. The story unfolds at different times, and from different perspectives, but Rimmer ties it all together in a compelling manner. Told via journal entries from wife and mother, Grace Walsh, and also from the perspective of Beth, Grace’s youngest daughter, the reader is brought into a world of depression and deception. A third voice, that of Grace’s sister Maryann, comes into the story and provides the bridge between the past and present and the dark family secret is revealed.
Centered on Patrick Walsh’s declining health, the Walsh siblings are facing the fact that they need to move him out of the family home and into a nursing home. Beth, who steps up to manage this is motivated by her own shame at not enjoying motherhood, one that she fought hard to gain. The story is equally intriguing and sad. As Patrick and Grace’s early years are shared, we see two people facing financial and emotional hardships. As Beth packs up her father’s house, she discovers things he kept from his children, and the mystery of their mothers’ death gives her pause.
This story kept me guessing. It was one of those reads where I found myself ruminating on what the secret might be. If you like a family drama with a well thought out cast of characters and plot, this story is for you. 4 Stars and recommendation.
~Review by Cyndi
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kelly Rimmer is the worldwide and USA TODAY bestselling author of Before I Let You Go, Me Without You, and The Secret Daughter. 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. Please visit her at www.Kelly.Rimmer.com